Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has admitted that he was expecting to receive his marching orders after the challenge that sent Luis Suarez sprawling to the Goodison Park turf during Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Mirallas caught Suarez with a knee-high challenge in the first-half of the encounter, and referee Phil Dowd chose to sanction the Belgium international with a yellow card rather than red.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has since claimed that the player deserved to be sent from the field, while Mirallas has now revealed that he would not have been surprised if Dowd had chose to act differently.

"When I made the challenge the first thing I thought was that it was going to be a red card," Mirallas told reporters.

"I was genuinely going for the ball but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away."

Both Mirallas and Suarez had found the net prior to the fearsome challenge, and the spoils were shared after a dramatic final 10 minutes.

Romelu Lukaku moved the hosts into a 3-2 lead with only eight minutes remaining, before Daniel Sturridge found the net with his ninth goal of the season as the game headed into stoppage time.

Liverpool's failure to win afforded Arsenal the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, and they duly accepted with a 2-0 defeat of Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.