MH at 2015-08-09 15:32:05

Not a difficult day at the office for Martin and having said that the players behaviour dictates to how a referee performs on the day. On the whole the players generally behaved well making it easy for Martin to control. Having said that the referee has an impact as well in his performance with his accuracy in his decision making in foul non foul which was very good today. Thus gaining the respect of the players. Co-operation with his assistants was good, the team can be pleased with their performance today.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:23:24


MH at 2015-08-09 15:23:02

Full Time

MH at 2015-08-09 15:18:18

A minimum of 5 minutes added time.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:17:56

Good co-operation assistant flagging for a free kick to Arsenal Martin plays a good advantage.

Substitution for West Ham, WH15 OFF, WH20 ON.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:13:59

The game has quietened down,  its important Martin keeps his concentration at a high level. If you switch off this is when something could happen and you get caught out.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:11:25

Next up after this game, Stoke City V Liverpool where your ref coach will be Rob Harris.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:06:46

Substitution for West Ham. WH35 Off, WH4 ON.

MH at 2015-08-09 15:02:44

Well done Martin stopping the game straight away for a clash of heads.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:57:41

As I said Martin cool calm and collective in issuing his cards today.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:56:40

Yellow CardA18 for a foul on WH16, cant have any complaints reckless challenge.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:54:48

Substitution for Arsenal. A2 Off, A17 On.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:52:43

Another good free kick given by Martin, his excellent fitness is getting him into good positions for the ultimate viewing angle.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:50:13

Substitution for West Ham, WH10 OFF, WH7 ON.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:46:56

Substitution for Arsenal A34 Off A14 ON

MH at 2015-08-09 14:45:34

What a shock 2 – 0 to West Ham

MH at 2015-08-09 14:44:42



MH at 2015-08-09 14:44:14

Arsenal pushing for an equalizer a good save by the WH keeper.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:42:24

Martin’s body language is very good and he looks very calm and in control.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:37:44

Good advantage played by Martin after a foul.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:33:10

West Ham to get us under way.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:25:27

Looking back at the free kick for the West Ham goal looked harsh.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:24:03

First half overall good start by Martin, his recognition of foul non foul is very good although some will argue that he may of been inconsistent with his showing of his yellow cards especially WH5. Good co-operation with his assistants although Steve Childs called off side incorrectly.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:17:37

Half Time


MH at 2015-08-09 14:17:25

Just before the WH goal Steve Childs incorrectly judged A12 offside in my opinion.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:15:55

A minimum of 2 minutes added time.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:15:33

The pace of the game has gone up and Martin needs to go up with it.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:14:04


MH at 2015-08-09 14:08:44

WH5 can count himself lucky that he is still on the field of play.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:07:59

Deserved yellow card for WH5 after a foul on A18.

MH at 2015-08-09 14:07:11

Yellow CardWH5

MH at 2015-08-09 14:01:40

First real chance excellent save by the WH keeper.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:56:56

Excellent flag by assistant Burt assisting the referee with a free kick.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:56:11

Earlier I said WH16 was unlucky to be cautioned after a challenge on A34, WH5 can consider himself very lucky not to be cautioned.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:54:48

Having said that Martin has not missed any free kicks up to now aiding to his match control.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:53:10

WH5 lucky not to see a yellow card for a challenge on A12.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:49:16

Remember tomorrow to tune into the ref show with Alan Biggs and Keith Hackett talking about all the weekends talking points.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:44:47

Good decision by Steve Childs on the off side.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:43:56

Some people may ask was there any difference between the two cautions? yes on the first caution for WH16, A34 made a meal of the challenge and it wasn’t a promising attack and the second caution WH21 was a promising attack with no other WH defenders around.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:40:07

Martin had the opportunity to stamp his authority on the game early and he has done so.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:38:32

WH21 foul on A15, excellent yellow card for stopping a promising attack.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:37:31

Yellow CardWH21


MH at 2015-08-09 13:37:17

Foul by WH16, A34 played for the foul, yellow card harsh, my opinion careless challenge not reckless could of managed the challenge better.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:34:59

Yellow CardWH16

MH at 2015-08-09 13:34:04

Martin looks in very good physical shape, moving around well.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:33:27

First off side of the game correct call.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:30:11

Arsenal to get us underway.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:24:24

5 minutes to kick off.

MH at 2015-08-09 13:23:56

Good afternoon to all our viewers for the first of the Ref Cam games, the London derby Arsenal V West Ham United. Already one day into the new season we have a number of talking points. That’s what makes the Premier League the best league in the world for excitement. Today’s referee is the very experienced Martin Atkinson who finished last season very strongly refereeing the Europa League Final and had an excellent game.

He will be assisted by Steve Childs, Stuart Burt and 4th official Michael Oliver.