Moyes rages at Athletic penalty

David Moyes was unhappy at the penalty awarded against his Real Sociedad side in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

The hosts controversially went ahead on 52 minutes after Aritz Aduriz had netted from the spot following what looked an innocuous challenge inside the box from Mikel Gonzalez, who was subsequently dismissed, while La Real equalised with a superb goal from Alberto de la Bella eight minutes later to ensure a share of the spoils.

However, Moyes was clearly upset with the referee’s decision for the hosts’ goal and feels penalties in La Liga are given too easily.

“It wasn’t a penalty and it changed the whole game. In the Spanish League they award penalties very easily,” the Scot told reporters post-match.

“Referees have got to be 100 per cent sure before they signal a spot-kick and dismiss a player. I don’t think he should have given it.

“On the other hand I thought we got a very good point after playing well in the first half, when my players showed great motivation and determination.

“I must give my team credit because the situation [after the sending off] couldn’t have been worse. Despite being down to 10 men for more than 40 minutes we did really well and thanks to the hard work we put in were able to defend with one less.

“Even so, I’d have liked us to have played better but today was just the beginning. We need to win games, not draw them, despite what we did with 10 men because of an incorrect decision.

“The players are improving and we want to continue in this manner to improve even more,” maintained the Scot.

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