By Pranav Shahaney

14th Sep, 2021 | 8:40pm

Leon Osman: Burnley should've been handed a penalty v Everton

Leon Osman believes that Everton were lucky to not see a penalty being given against them in the first half in the 3-1 win over Burnley.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was seen holding onto the shirt of Burnley’s James Tarkowski in the first half when the Clarets were handed a corner.

The former Everton midfielder believes that had the ball landed in that area, the referee would’ve blown his whistle and possibly handed a yellow to the Frenchman.

Speaking on Premier League Productions’ post-show, Osman said, “I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t see it initially.

“When you see it more closely, Doucoure is running the risk. If you see the ball going next to him then it had to be a penalty and possibly a booking.”

Was fortunate

The last thing Everton would’ve wanted was to go into the break with a deficit. They looked a shadow of their true selves in the first period, but in the second half, had a brilliant outing, scoring three goals.

Doucoure who would’ve been cautioned may not have played with the same kind of freedom had he been on a yellow.

It all worked out well for Rafa Benitez’s men in the end, but there are still few things that need to be worked on.

Defensively, the team is far from how he would’ve liked them to be, but in a few months, one may see drastic improvements in this Toffees side.

That said, Benitez will take the three points and will now direct focus on Aston Villa at the weekend.

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