Zouma was sent off after full-time, as Everton lost to Watford.

Danny Murphy has criticised Everton defender Kurt Zouma on BBC’s Match of the Day for getting sent off after full-time, during the Toffees’ 1-0 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Andre Gray scored the only goal of the game in a feisty encounter that saw Marco Silva return to Watford after joining Everton in the summer, where he is struggling to impress after replacing Sam Allardyce.

Zouma, 24, was aggrieved with referee Lee Probert after the official ruled Jordan Pickford to have touched a shot that drifted wide of his goal. Replays suggested the England stopper had not.

From the corner, after a sequence of play, Watford opened the scoring as Gray tapped in and that enraged Zouma – who after the full-time whistle confronted referee Probert and ex-Liverpool star Murphy criticised the France international.

“It was a tight game and obviously he is frustrated at the way things have gone,” Murphy said. “I still don’t think he should go over like this. He’s in his face and he’s not helping himself. 

“I get the frustration but he’s in his face and ends up with a red. He’s justified in his frustration because Jordan Pickford doesn’t touch the ball for a corner, but Everton have been guilty of late from set pieces. Silva has to turn it round quickly.”

On loan from Chelsea, Zouma has played 26 times in all competitions – but has only managed to help the Toffees keep five clean sheets all season. The defeat leaves the Merseyside club in ninth place, 17 points behind sixth.

Zouma will be missing as Everton next take on Cardiff City on February 26, with the club already knocked out of the FA Cup. 

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