By Goodison News speaking to Keith Hackett

30th Aug, 2021 | 11:00pm

Keith Hackett: Jon Moss made major error that denied Brighton potential goal in 2-0 v Everton

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Keith Hackett has insisted that Jon Moss denied Brighton a goalscoring chance during their 2-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.

Adam Lallana won a free kick in the defensive half for the hosts in the dying minutes of the first-half, with the Toffees already 1-0 up thanks for Demarai Gray’s opener.

However, Brighton would have fancied their chances of scoring had the referee not blown and opted to give them an advantage instead.

Hackett reckons the error proved costly for the Seagulls, telling Goodison News: “Moss is a ref with a players’ background in his career so his knowledge about the game, he instantly recognised that he blew the whistle too quickly.

“Moss was too quick and he instantly recognised that what he’s done is not right. He influenced whether a shot at goal would be taken.

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“Nonetheless at the top level of the game, we expect a fair amount of advantages to be applied.”

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Moss is one of the best refs that the PGMOL has to offer, but the veteran whistleblower remains prone to error like all of his other colleagues.

Brighton would have been fuming, and had they been given the advantage and allowed to equalise, just anything could have happened in the end.

However, Everton maintained their lead heading into the break, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled their advantage from the spot 13 minutes after the match restarted.

Given that they are not always perfect even with the introduction of VAR and constant rule changes, refs should not be expected to get every call right.

However, much more is expected from those at the top level and with plenty of experience like Moss.

Nevertheless, his error gave the Toffees the chance to win for the first time in the league at the Amex Stadium, and they will hope to always be at the favourable end of those decisions going forward.

A game can be won or lost depending on how the officiating of the man in the middle goes, and every team often need luck to be on their side.

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