Arsenal v Everton


GT at 2015-03-01 16:59:44

It’s honours to the hosts at The Emirates, and exactly what the PGMOL needed in this one.

A low-key performance from our referee with little controversy.

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GT at 2015-03-01 16:59:24

Full Time

GT at 2015-03-01 16:57:52

95 minutes of play, and Scott Ledger calls offside against Lukaku

GT at 2015-03-01 16:56:30

Andre looked for an advantage to Everton again, but nothing came so he correctly awarded them a free kick

GT at 2015-03-01 16:53:49

Which is the correct amount of additional time as we have had some very lengthy stoppages today, especially for Coquelin’s two facial injuries

GT at 2015-03-01 16:52:50

That’s the regular 90 minutes finished….7 additional minutes go on…

GT at 2015-03-01 16:51:57

Rosicky’s deflected shot off Jagielka seals all three points for the Gunners

GT at 2015-03-01 16:51:19


GT at 2015-03-01 16:50:52

Indeed, Coquelin has to make way for Callum Chambers with just 2 minutes of regular play to go

GT at 2015-03-01 16:50:11

Coquelin goes down holding his face again as the ball hits him in the nose.

He’s not having much luck today!

GT at 2015-03-01 16:48:45

Arsenal make a late change with Danny Welbeck coming on for Alexis Sanchez

GT at 2015-03-01 16:46:43

Late challenge on Barkley goes unpunished

GT at 2015-03-01 16:45:48

In his final change, Martinez replaces Barry with Darren Gibson

GT at 2015-03-01 16:44:32

Rosicky replaces Oxlaide-Chamberlain for Arsenal

GT at 2015-03-01 16:42:32

10 minutes to go…

GT at 2015-03-01 16:42:12

The crowd scream for a foul but Andre calls it correctly again.

Nothing in that challenge on the edge of the Everton penalty area

GT at 2015-03-01 16:40:29

Yellow Card for Koscielny as he ‘takes one for the team’ after Lennon skips by him

GT at 2015-03-01 16:38:38

Naismith comes on for Besic as Everton look for the goal they badly need

GT at 2015-03-01 16:35:45

Scott Ledger leads his referee into another good decision as Barkley holds down his opponent

GT at 2015-03-01 16:33:45

Lennon brings a superb save from the Arsenal keeper

GT at 2015-03-01 16:32:52

Coquelin is back on his feet and will soon rejoin his team mates.

GT at 2015-03-01 16:30:55

Excellent awareness from Andre.

He spotted the two Arsenal players clash heads as Giroud made contact with Coqualain.

The latter’s nose is pouring blood.

Andre immediately stopped play and got the Arsenal medics on to the field of play.

GT at 2015-03-01 16:27:39

Just 25 minutes to go and the game is set up nicely for a grandstand finish.

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GT at 2015-03-01 16:23:23

And in a positive, attacking move Everton’s winger, Lennon, comes on as a replacement for Kevin Mirallas

GT at 2015-03-01 16:20:35

The game is certainly opening up as Everton commit men forward in an attempt to find that equaliser

GT at 2015-03-01 16:19:37

Advantage well played as Everton press forwards

GT at 2015-03-01 16:18:51

Ideal positioning by our referee to correctly call a thrown in to Arsenal.

Good stuff…

GT at 2015-03-01 16:17:30

Good spot for a foul on Mirallas.

Well done Anfre.

GT at 2015-03-01 16:16:21

The ball strikes Jagielka’s arm in the penalty area but definitely no penalty.

His arm was on the ground as he supported his body weight.

GT at 2015-03-01 16:13:43

A few appeals for handball against Chamberlain, but Andre calls it correctly – no penalty

GT at 2015-03-01 16:08:54

Yellow Card first caution of the game as Giroud cynically trips Coleman.

Correct decision.

GT at 2015-03-01 16:07:18

Everton get the second half underway.

They have to open up this half otherwise they’ll be leaving London empty handed.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:54:00

A good first half from our referees.

Andre could, and maybe should, have had a couple of cautions but he’s clearly set his standard of what is acceptable, and he is sticking to it so far.

As expected and predicted both assistants were faultless.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:52:17

Half Time

GT at 2015-03-01 15:50:51

Excellent spot by Andre to award a goal kick to Arsenal, when may in the ground believed it was an Everton ball.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:45:37

Poor marking by Everton at a corner allows Giroud to slot a low shot into the bottom corner.

That should liven up the game now as Everton has to come out and attack if they want anything from this one.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:44:15

GOAL! Giroud

GT at 2015-03-01 15:40:38

Well  done Andre.

Looked for an advantage but nothing came for Everton, so he brought back play and awarded a free kick.

Good refereeing

GT at 2015-03-01 15:37:40

Scott Ledger shows he hasn’t fallen into the trap though, as he displays his concentration and catches Giroud offside.

Very good, Scott. Are you watching at The FA?

GT at 2015-03-01 15:36:10

Koscielny is the latest to escape a caution as he brings down Ross Barkley with a late and high challenge.

Come on Andre, get back in the game.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:32:37

Giroud misses an absolute sitter from six yards out.

It was harder to miss!

GT at 2015-03-01 15:30:28

Mirallas should have seen yellow there for a poor challenge down the back of his opponent’s legs.

Come on Andre, keep focussed.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:28:14

Good spot for a foul to Everton.

Well done Andre

GT at 2015-03-01 15:26:47

This is the kind of start our referees and their boss would have been hoping for.

No controversy. No hefty challenges. No talking points!

GT at 2015-03-01 15:22:34

A quarter of an hour of the game has gone already and barely a foul has been committed but that doesn’t take away from a good opening from our referee.

You don’t have to be giving foul after foul to have a good one.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:17:00

Classic example of Andre’s good positioning there as he is ideally placed to see Barkeley brought to ground.

Well done ref…

GT at 2015-03-01 15:14:57

Andre is reading the game well, stepping back and letting the players get on with it.

His positioning is good though, meaning he stays close to play.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:12:14

Just six minutes in and Scott Ledger shows how it should be done with a very good offside decision against the Arsenal forward line.

Good lining.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:10:30

Jagielka takes a blow but Andre sees nothing wrong in the challenge

GT at 2015-03-01 15:08:38

Good opening for Andre.

All correct and both sides look like they have come to play.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:05:13

Arsenal take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-03-01 15:02:20

It’s almost time for kick-off at The Emirates.

GT at 2015-03-01 15:01:53

As for our referees today, Andre Marriner leads a team which includes the ‘holy grail’ of assistant referees in the peerless Darren Cann and outstanding Scott Ledger. Bobby Madley makes up the team as 4th official.

After spending five seasons on the Football League list the likeable Andre is in his tenth season as a Select Group referee.

He also continues to enjoy being a FIFA Referee, having made it to the international list in 2009.

This season the 44 year old midlands-based whistler has controlled 11 games in which he has issued 42 cautions and managed to stay clear of a red card so far.

In the midst of another disastrous weekend, indeed another disastrous season for Premier League referee boss Mike Riley, Andre will be hoping for little more than a controversy-free afternoon today.

Nothing spectacular. Nothing questionable. Just a plain and simple game.

The old adage of many a referee surely has to be the order of the day…’Get in. Do the job. Get out again unscathed’.

‘Is it too much to ask for?’ Riley must be asking himself as each weekend he witnesses further drop in the standard of his referees’ performances.

Riley is running out of excuses and ‘spin’ for the appalling standard of his management and his referees’ performances. No amount of questionable data will ever convince those who see these performances week-in-week-out that standards are, indeed, higher than they have ever been.

Today’s refereeing team is set up to deliver that quiet game for which Riley yearns with the experienced Marriner in such esteemed company as Cann and Ledger.

If any YATR followers have designs on a career as an assistant referee they would do themselves a massive favour by watching these two in action. In my opinion they are the stand-out assistants the Select Group has to offer, and the only mystery remaining is how The FA has held back Ledger’s progression on to the FIFA list.

Compare his performances with some of his FIFA badge carrying colleagues and question should be asked how The FA Referees’ Committee reach decisions on who should represent England as the cream of assistant referees.