Graham Poll highlights incorrect decision which helped West Ham beat Everton

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Graham Poll believes Everton should've been able to retake their penalty against West Ham on Saturday.

Former referee Graham Poll has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Everton striker Romelu Lukaku should have been given the chance to retake his penalty against West Ham.

In a frankly stunning game at Goodison Park, Everton went 1-0 up through a Lukaku goal before Kevin Mirallas was sent off for the Toffees for two bookings in the first half.

Aaron Lennon made it 2-0 before Muhamed Besic won a penalty for Everton, giving Lukaku the chance to make it 3-0, only to see West Ham goalkeeper Adrian make a save, sparking West Ham's recovery.

Quickfire goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet handed West Ham a 3-2 victory, as Slaven Bilic's men produced a stunning fightback after Lukaku's saved penalty.

Now though, that moment has been brought into question. Replays showed that, before Lukaku had even struck the ball, Adrian had come some way off his line - an offence which should be penalised with the retaking of the penalty.

That didn't happen at Goodison Park though, and former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has given his opinion on the situation in the Daily Mail.

Poll believes that referee Anthony Taylor made the wrong decision in allowing play to continue, and should have ordered for the penalty to be retaken by Lukaku - and also thinks that, if Lukaku had been given a second chance from the spot and scored, Everton would have won the game. Instead, the decision sparked West Ham into life and helped them claim a stunning victory.

"[Everton manager] Roberto Martinez had every right to complain about an aspect of the officiating as Everton lost 3-2 to West Ham after leading 2-0 but he picked the wrong incident to criticise," said Poll. "Referee Anthony Taylor was absolutely correct to dismiss Kevin Mirallas for two cautionable offences but how Everton didn’t get a second chance to convert their penalty was beyond belief."

"There are quite a few laws which seem to be ignored at the top level and keepers coming off the goalline before a penalty kick is taken is one of them. West Ham’s keeper Adrian jumped forward twice before Lukaku’s penalty was taken but Taylor’s assistant failed to flag to tell Taylor to order a retake. Had that been converted surely Everton would have won with a 3-0 lead," he added.

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