Everton and West Bromwich Albion finished the Monday Premier League match with a point a piece after a goalless encounter, but the match was clouded over Kevin Mirallas’ decision to take the penalty over usual choice Leighton Baines, resulting in a failed attempt and some negative comments, Skysports reports.
When the Toffees were rewarded with a spot kick late in the first half, Baines was about to take his usual penalty before Mirallas seemed to steal it from him, prompting former Manchester United defender Gary Neville to blast his actions.
He said: “If he’s done what I think he’s done, go against team orders, manager orders, and selfishly taken the ball, it’s one of the most despicable breaches of team orders you can possibly have. You do not do that at any cost.”
The Belgium attacker eventually missed the spot kick with the half ending 0-0 and did not feature in the second half due to an injury despite many assuming Roberto Martinez took him out for the penalty incident.
When the manager was asked about the events which took place, he defended his player’s decision, a move which former Liverpool defender believes he had to do despite how he actually felt.
“He’s got to say that. He can’t come out and villify his own player. In reality if you’re the manager, you’ve got to keep everyone on board, that’s what managers have to do,” he said.