AFC Wimbledon -v- Liverpool


TS at 2015-01-05 22:52:14

Corner to Liverpool as we enter time allowed. 3 minutes added – is that enough?  Freekick to a wimbledon will do long and results in a corner. Cleared and Liverpool have a chance for a Gerrard hat trick. Saved! Liverpool corner in the last few seconds. Game over – but all credit to Wimbledon. Great performance from them and Jon Moss has seen the game to a safe conclusion. No major errors but some aspects of his game need attention. Signals were weak and his positioning needs attention but to his credit he didn’t make any ‘major errors’ although he might have avoided a couple of cautions. Persistent offenders need to be recognised and with 10 fouls, Akinfenwa fitted that category, but didn’t receive a second caution! The Wombles were beaten but came out of the game with great credit. Join us on You Are The Ref next time and thanks for your company tonight. Goodnight from me.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:41:59

Akinfenwa committed 10 fouls – 6 less than his weight in stones! He was cautioned earlier but continued to commit offences. Should he still be on the field? Jon is managing the event and trying to keep all the players on the field. What are your opinions as we get into time allowed?

TS at 2015-01-05 22:38:27

80 minutes gone and vital for Jon to maintain his concentration and see the game out to a satisfactory conclusion. He needs to maintain a close proximity to play and get the best angles for his decision making. Firm word for Jordan Henderson – I don’t like the words ‘come here’ when talking to players! More subs as Wimbledon make changes. 5 minutes to go. Toure on for Liverpool too.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:32:15

Harsh caution of Courtinho for that challenge – maybe with the caution count of 3-0 Jon felt he had a chance to make the balance of control more even! Incorrect decision in my opinion as Lamber leaves the game to be replaced by Mario Balotelli. Wimbledon sub too as another freekick awarded to Liverpool. Yellow Card

TS at 2015-01-05 22:26:47

Gerrard shot is just past the post from the freekick. 72 minutes gone and this game is not over yet! Wimbledon could still cause an upset. The next goal is vital. First offside of the game and Jon Moss displayed a disgraceful ‘indirect signal’ – it looked more like a direction signal. Is it a sign of tiredness or lack of concentration?  Let us have your views.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:22:53

Lamber shot well saved on Liverpool breakaway. Corner to Liverpool well defended. Jon is still very central in his positioning as substitutes get ready to join the game. Caution for Goodman for a foul on Gerrard – correctly issued. Yellow Card

TS at 2015-01-05 22:16:54

Wimbledon almost equalise but Bulman shot just over. Injury to Skrtel who landed heavily but it will take the sting out of the Wimbledon fight back.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:14:50

Yellow Card Caution for Barry Fuller of Wimbledon for a reckless challenge and it is vanishing spray time for the first time as Gerrard scores from the freekick. 2 – 1 Liverpool .

TS at 2015-01-05 22:12:55

Jon is seeming to adopt a very central position but judged a potential handling offence very well. The ball hit the arm and his decision was accurate. It is a worry when referees become too central as they are not able to get the best angle to judge offences. It is often a sign of taking the easy option and can indicate a lack of fitness in getting to the action quicker. AR Kirkup – good flag for a foul in his close proximity.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:04:27

In terms of signals – I have seen Jon use both arms at the same time to communicate decisions. This is not good practice as he should, after indicating the direction of the freekick, then indicate the position that the offence took place.. Both arms in the air at once is not to be recommended.

TS at 2015-01-05 22:02:08

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Wimbledon starting the 2nd half as they finished the first. Gerrard headed off the line and the ball out now for a goal kick. Connection problems caused a delay as Wimbledon continue to make it hard for Liverpool.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:57:30

Second half under way. What changes will the managers have made to their tactical formations? Adjustments to the referee’s positioning might be necessary as he watches to see what changes have been made by the managers. Remember that the tactical formations of the teams (4-4-2 or 5-3-2-1) have different positional requirements for the referee to get the best viewing angles without being in the way of play. His management of the big ‘beast’ for Wimbledon will be interesting – keep an eye on that! His penetration into the penalty area is a requirement of the modern game and this is one aspect that Jon needs to think more about.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:45:58


Keith said, “I have delivered many lectures to match officials outlining a set of basic requirements that a referee MUST deliver: –
The Premier League is the best in the world and we saw some terrific player skills in many of the games over Christmas and New Year. It is evident, however, that many referees appear to be suffering from a lack of confidence and they are falling well below expectations from a performance point of view. They are rushing their decision-making and this is leading to game-changing errors.

YES – they are getting too many of the BIG DECISIONS WRONG.

A number of our top referees look pedestrian, failing to deliver at the right moment that explosive sprint that places them in the right position to make the correct decision. They are confused with regard to handball, a subject that I have covered already this season. They are seeing the incident then appearing to lack courage when it comes to pointing to the penalty mark.

Garry Monk, manager of Swansea City, must wonder why his team is on the end of so many bad decisions this season after watching Anthony Taylor produce a well below-par performance. Robert Green was well outside his penalty area when he handled the ball. It was a deliberate act that denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity. How could a red card not have been produced? It is just not acceptable to get such an easy decision so wrong…by the way where was the teamwork? In the closing minutes of the game Wayne Routledge was the victim of a clear reckless challenge committed with excessive force and endangering his safety. QPR player Karl Henry should have received a red card. However, Routledge got off the floor to show his disapproval of the challenge and then, to his amazement, was dismissed. Swansea City submitted another appeal and the card was overturned. Well done, FA.

Now Mr Riley, I suggest you find Mr Taylor a 4th official role for his next four appointments. He needs to understand the gravity of his error.

Mike Jones, despite his continuing very poor form, was surprisingly appointed to a game at Anfield and lived up to his reputation by pointing to the penalty spot after the ball hit the face of a Leicester City defender. No wonder Nigel Pearson, the Leicester manager, supports the view of YATR that video replays should be introduced into the game Jones produced a very poor performance and displayed why he is not good enough to be a member of the select group.

Phil Dowd, despite his clear lack of pace, managed the big game between Tottenham and Chelsea in a positive manner. Gary Cahill should have been sent off, though, for his kick on Harry Kane.

Mike Dean delivered his usual sound performance.

Finally, PGMOL I state once again that you MUST appoint Mark Clattenburg to more games”.


TS at 2015-01-05 21:44:59

One minute time allowed being played and this first half has been a ‘wake up call’ for Liverpool. The half time whistle blows and in terms of control, Jon Moss has fulfilled that aspect of his game. A few technical bits to add to his skill set are required, but overall he’s completed a satisfactory first half.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:43:53

One minute time allowed being played and this first half has been a ‘wake up call’ for Liverpool. The half time whistle blows and in terms of control, Jon Moss has fulfilled that aspect of his game. A few technical bits to add to his skill set are required, but overall he’s completed a satisfactory first half.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:40:50

Freekick Wimbledon in their own penalty area and I would have liked to see Jon getting into the area to give that decision instead of making his award from a greater distance. It is the little extra effort and work-rate that defines the top referees.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:36:27

Unleash the beast is the banner and they have! 5 minutes to halftime and the ‘beast’ commits his 3rd offence to earn a caution for pushing over his opponent. Yellow Card That could be a crucial caution to stop him using his physical strength in excess

TS at 2015-01-05 21:32:33

Akinfenwa at 16 stones is ‘putting himself about’ and Wimbledon get another corner. The big man scores from the set piece and his size is certainly upsetting the Liverpool defence. Game on!

TS at 2015-01-05 21:29:23

A couple of freekicks, one for each team given by Jon to remind the payers that he’s still there. Another chance for Wimbledon and it goes narrowly wide.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:27:02

30 minutes gone and it’s game on as Wimbledon have a good last 5 minutes to put Liverpool under the cosh.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:25:16

The longer the score remains at one nil, Wimbledon will gain in confidence and they have a corner after some neat passing put Liverpool under pressure. A second corner is headed over. Good play by the home team.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:22:03

The field of play looks in a heavy condition on the near side in front of the dugouts. A few players have slipped and fallen over and it is an area for the referee to be aware about when judging challenges. Jon got that one absolutely right.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:19:35

Advantage played for Liverpool in midfield when the freekick would have been more beneficial. The attack never was able to develop and represented more ‘possession’ than advantage.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:15:49

Jon Moss has managed to be low key so far but will need to be aware of the potential for problems caused by the class difference and any increase in player frustration.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:13:44

16 minutes gone and a bit of blogging trouble – sorry for delay in posting the goal.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:12:29

goal Liverpool – Gerrard scores after Jon Moss spoke to Wimbledon 10 who weighs over 16 stones. He could be a handful for the Liverpool defence!

TS at 2015-01-05 21:09:01

Holding offence by Markovic – just a free kick awarded when it might have been a ‘cheap’ caution. Good judgement by Jon Moss as Wimbledon shoot narrowly wide. First chance of the game.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:04:36

Holding offence by Markovic – just a free kick awarded when it might have been a ‘cheap’ caution. Good judgement by Jon Moss as Wimbledon shoot narrowly wide. First chance of the game.

TS at 2015-01-05 21:02:07

5 minutes gone and Wimbledon don’t seem overshadowed by Liverpool who are getting their passing game going without too much penetration.

TS at 2015-01-05 20:58:47

Interesting that Jon Moss grovelled on the floor to pick up the toss-up coin. Didn’t look good – nor did the first tackle of the game! Throw in awarded when it should have been a freekick right in front of assistant Kirkup.

TS at 2015-01-05 20:56:02

The whistle blows and we’re underway. Jon Moss should have done his homework on both teams in an attempt to be in total control. He’ll be aware of where his problems might arise and let’s hope that he will be able to get into the best viewing positions to judge incidents. Let us know your thoughts through the usual channel.

TS at 2015-01-05 20:51:18

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The teams are in the tunnel ready to enter the arena for today’s game as the Assistants carry out the equipment check in readiness for the contest.

TS at 2015-01-05 20:42:19

The winners of tonight’s game will play at home against Bolton Wanderers in the 4th round of the competition following the draw made just before the start of the game.

TS at 2015-01-05 20:41:42

This is the third former FA Cup Final of the weekend (following Sunderland -v- Leeds United and Arsenal -v- Hull City) and there will be lots of commitment and passionate play on show today. All the officials will hope that they can play a ‘low key’ role and only intervene when necessary but the reality is that this will be a tough game for them all. Jon Moss has a good temperament and his professional vocation as a Head Teacher in Halifax schools will stand him in good stead today. I was fortunate to work with Jon – as his coach during his Football League days – and he thinks greatly about his game. He showed another addition to his skill set in recently giving a top quality lecture to the West Riding FA development group where his humour and passion for the game endeared him to the younger referees present. We wish him the best of luck tonight. There is a feeling in the game that the standard of performance by Assistant Referees is not good enough and that the PGMOL have not fully taken on board the specialised training that these officials require. We wish both Simon and Peter the best of luck tonight and we hope that their judgements and decision making are first class tonight. Fourth Official Lee Proberts completes the team – the only one without a Biblical Christian name – let’s hope they all come out of the game as Saints rather than sinners!

TS at 2015-01-05 20:27:21

A F C Wimbledon -v- Liverpool

Referee: Jon Moss
Assistant 1: Simon Long
Assistant 2: Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Lee Proberts

Hello, Good evening and welcome to You Are The Ref as we get ready for what should be a most interesting game this evening. The match is a re-run of the 1988 FA Cup Final played at the original Wembley Stadium, in 1988. Against all the odds, Wimbledon won that game by a goal to nil in a game that was refereed by Brian Hill. He controversially awarded Liverpool a penalty in that game which was taken by John Aldridge but saved by Dave Beasant in the Wimbledon goal. It was the first penalty not to be converted in an FA Cup Final and Dave Beasant, as Wimbledon captain, became the first goalkeeper to receive the FA Cup – good job he didn’t drop it in front of crowd of 98,203! The Wimbledon team were labelled as the crazy gang and included Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise, Lawrie Sanchez (who headed the winning goal), Terry Gibson and John Fashanu. All the players who started the game – except Bruce Grobbelaar in the Liverpool goal – were British. Jan Molby was named as a Liverpool substitute. How times have changed! Interestingly, the FA Cup Final referee Brian Hill and I were Linesmen in the last ever game played by East Germany, against Scotland at Hampden Park, with Neil Midgley as referee. It was played just before the Berlin Wall was knocked down and the unification of East and West Germany.