Blackburn manager Steve Kean was critical of referee Lee Mason after he awarded the injury-time penalty that Mikel Arteta fired in to secure a barely deserved 1-0 win for Everton at Ewood Park.

Rovers had already wasted two second-half spot-kicks of their own before Christopher Samba was penalised for climbing on the back of Marouane Fellaini as he made a clearing header. Arteta made the hosts pay as he then delivered the killer blow to leave Kean, whose side remain pointless after three games.

"I've seen it in real time, slow motion and I can't see it. I can't see how it can be that decision," said the Rovers boss.

"I felt the ball was 15 metres away before the lad went to ground or there was any contact. I think anybody backing into someone of Chris Samba's size is going to take a tumble. It's a tough one to take."

Blackburn should, however, have had a clear advantage before Arteta's match-winner after they twice missed from the penalty spot.

With regular penalty taker David Dunn, who hit a post before being forced off by injury in the first half, absent, Junior Hoilett and Mauro Formica both failed to convert from 12 yards. Hoilett saw his effort just after half-time expertly kept out by Tim Howard while Formica, who won both awards, struck the post with his 83rd-minute effort.

"You have to stick your penalties away," Kean added. "I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. The second half we were fantastic with the amount of chances we made but it is a ruthless business.

"David would normally take the penalties and then Junior stepped up. The second one I think David Goodwillie had his hands on the ball and then Gatto (Formica) decided to take it off him. I've not a problem with the lads who take it. At least they show the bottle to take it."

Everton manager David Moyes felt his side deserved their success after claiming Formica had dived for Blackburn's two penalties. The Scot was also adamant that his side deserved their late penalty as they bounced back from a 1-0 home defeat to open their season against QPR last weekend.

"I think the two Blackburn got are both dives and I think ours is a penalty kick," he said. "I say it as I see it and I'm telling you the boy Formica goes down too easy for the penalty kicks. Then Samba is definitely has two hands on Fellaini's shoulders going for the header."

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