Everton defender Kurt Zouma saw red after his side’s defeat to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Patrick van Aanholt has admitted that if he was the manager then he would ‘have a go’ at Everton defender Kurt Zouma for his sending off against Watford after the final whistle. 

Following the Toffees defeat to the Hornets on Saturday afternoon, Zouma was seen approaching referee Lee Probert after the match, with the centre-back clearly unhappy.

The 24-year-old was then given his marching orders for dissent as Marco Silva’s day went from bad to worse as pressure mounts on the Portuguese boss. 

Crystal Palace defender Van Aanholt offered his honest thoughts on the Zouma situation as he praised the ‘strong’ Merseyside defender. 

“It’s frustration,” Van Aanholt told Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports. “You can go to the referee and ask. He [Zouma] is right in his [referees] face, so I can understand why he is getting booked for that.

“But for Everton, he will be a great miss because he is a unit. He is a big strong defender. If I was a manager, I don’t know what I would say to him, but I think I would have a go at him.”

Striker Andre Gray, who was brought on as a halftime substitute by Javi Gracia, scored the only goal of the match when he slotted home Will Hughes’ low cross.

As Zouma has been doing for the majority of this season, he played alongside Michael Keane at the heart of the club’s defence at Vicarage Road, but his side were unable to keep out the opposition. 

Since the turn of the year, Silva’s side, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall last month, have recorded only three wins in all competitions.

One of those wins came against bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town, while another came at home against League One side Lincoln City in the FA Cup.

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