By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

30th Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Max Kilman could have been sent off for his challenge on Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye but it didn’t affect the result, says Kevin Campbell.

The Wolves defender caught the Toffees man in the face with the scores level at 1-1 on Boxing Day, before the visitors went on to steal all three points at the death.

Carlton Cole said Gueye was put in danger and Kilman should have been shown red, while Michael Brown admitted it looked “really, really bad” on the Amazon commentary, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell refused to blame the heartbreaking loss on the foul drawing just a yellow card.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “We’ve seen them given, players sent off for that.

“But that isn’t the reason that Everton lost. Everton lost because they couldn’t score and they fell asleep.

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“They couldn’t get the winner, and in that sense by going for the winner what you [must] make sure is you don’t lose.

But they got a little bit gung-ho at the end and got caught, and fair play to Wolves.

But it’s a sickener.”

It isn’t the first time that a decision that could have gone either way went against Everton and it won’t be the last, but regardless of the Kilman foul the home side should have had enough to win that game.

If Anthony Gordon had taken one of the two quick-fire chances he was presented with by Vitalii Mykolenko and Gueye in the first half then the Toffees wouldn’t have been pushing for a winner in the dying minutes.

Everton simply have to take the opportunities that they get otherwise valuable points will continue to be left on the table.