Roberto Martinez refused to accept Everton’s draw at Chelsea after John Terry’s controversial equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time.
Terry was in an offside position when he earned the hosts a point, long after the additional seven minutes indicated earlier had elapsed.
“We won the game. It’s as simple as that,” said Martinez, whose immediate comments about the officials post-match may be scrutinised by the Football Association.
“We were 3-2 when the clock showed 97 minutes and 50 seconds. We should have played 97 and then we concede a goal that shouldn’t have been given. It was offside.
“Scoring three goals, it was a victory that unfortunately has been taken away from us.”
Martinez was frustrated his side’s strong showing went unrewarded as Everton were denied a first league win at Chelsea in 21 years.
“If we had been sitting here with a 3-2 victory it would have been a completely different perception (of the performance),” Martinez said.
“That is the hardest aspect to take because the players don’t deserve to be questioned on how to manage the game because we won the game and we did everything we had to do.”
A Terry own goal and Kevin Mirallas strike put Everton 2-0 up, only for Diego Costa to capitalise on a mix-up between Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka and Cesc Fabregas to score a deflected equaliser.
Rather than dwelling on the loss of a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, Martinez praised Everton’s response and their subsequent lead through Ramiro Funes Mori, which Terry’s goal wiped out.
Everton have now drawn half of their 22 league games this season.
“We need to understand how to manage the game a a little bit,” Martinez added.
“After we scored the first goal we had a fantastic, fantastic moment in the game.
“We managed the game really well we took the sting out of the game completely and scored the second goal.
“At that point Chelsea are always going to have some threat. It’s a long ball we should have dealt with better, the second goal was a deflected shot that should never have been a goal.”