Moyes believes that officiating needs to improve

David Moyes sympathizes with Premier League referees, but feels they are being let down by their assistants in games.

The Everton boss, who saw two penalty shouts waved away by referee Kevin Friend against Spurs on Sunday, said that at times it is the linesmen who should be supporting the man in the middle more.

Moyes feels that poor decisions have cost his side points this season. In September Newcastle came from behind to draw 2-2 after the officials ruled out a legitimate goal from Victor Anichebe, which would have put the Toffees 3-1 up.

“Being a referee nowadays comes with a much higher profile and it is also a much more challenging job,” Moyes told Goal. “The cameras and the technology now allow us to analyse every decision and for anyone who has never refereed a game I can tell you that it is very difficult as I do it most days in training.

“However, here comes a ‘but’ from me. What we’ve had in recent games, starting at Reading a few weeks ago, are decisions that have cost us points. I will always be the first person to look at the players to finish better or to defend better and not rely on decisions, but as you can see on a regular basis at the moment decisions are affecting the outcome of the games.

“Some of the decisions that have gone against us have been made by the assistants – Newcastle and Wigan for example.”

“I do feel that the referees are not being supported by their assistants and are, on occasions, being let down by them.”