With no protection from blundering ref Jon Moss either, the midfielder cut a forlorn figure and wasted a glorious chance – but Osman insists Fellaini must rise above it.
He said: “When you are as effective as he is, teams are going to find a way to stop you. That’s up to him and us as a team to find ways around that. “I don’t need to go into how the ref was. People are going to try and stop him playing and being effective for us. “On other occasions we have been OK with that and found ways around that, playing in different parts of the field, but apart from the opening half an hour, we couldn’t really operate.”
Everton’s midfield hopes were also hit by the departure through injury of Darron Gibson in the first half, something Osman admitted unsettled them. “We were on top at the time,” he added. “We were playing the ball through the midfield and me and him were getting a lot of the ball. It was disappointing he had to go off. Gibbo was playing well at the time.”