Aston Villa v Leicester City


AM at 2014-12-07 19:35:44

Match Summary –

Overall this was always going to be a tough local derby that had the extra edge with Villa not winning at home since August 2014. Leicester currently lying at the bottom of the table and desperate for a result today. As it turned out this was a challenging game for Craig Pawson and his team.

Overall Craig`s performance saw him achieve a good foul detection and good management of the players. He detected the difficult scenes well. I felt that he got the Key decision correct with Konchesky of Leicester being shown the red card. All yellow cards shown were correct as our referee remained consistent in this area in his showing of 8 yellow cards (4 for each team) as he strove to remain in control of this feisty derby game. Fitness and movement,  achievement of good viewing angles as I have mentioned in my BLOG were as good as I have seen this season by a referee.

Both Assistants were accurate (No) and Offside decisions  and good “Wait – And – See – Technique” showed a good and adequate alertness and good co-operation with the referee. Good positioning and movement seen along the touchline with a clear and visible flag technique.

In the Leicester Manager`s Nigel Pearson`s SKY post match interview he mentioned that he was not sure why Paul Konchesky was sent off? this would be an ideal opportunity for the referee post match to confirm his decision. However PGMOL guidelines restrict this from happening. What do you think?

Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this afternoon at You-Are-The- – Please join us again tomorrow night for the Southampton v Manchester United game which will be played at St Mary`s Stadium and this fixture has kick off time at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for all your tweets and have a good evening.


Andy Martin

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AM at 2014-12-07 18:58:47

My full time summary is to follow:

AM at 2014-12-07 18:58:20

The referee blows his whistle for full time as Villa hold to win 2-1. There is then a lengthy cordial discussion seen on the touchline between Lambert and Pearson Managers of respective teams, I wonder what their discussion was about? the red card? maybe?

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AM at 2014-12-07 18:54:35

Leicester shoot wide as Villa claim handball against 33 of Leicester, no free kick awarded

AM at 2014-12-07 18:53:00

Final 2 minutes of added time can Villa hold on?


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al 2 minutes of added time can Villa hold on?



AM at 2014-12-07 18:51:34

Yellow Card11 of Villa reckless challenge. 4 minutes of added time


AM at 2014-12-07 18:50:51

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AM at 2014-12-07 18:48:48

Goal kick to Leicester our referee has achieved a good angle and position to judge

AM at 2014-12-07 18:47:46

Last 4 minutes and added time as 10 man Leicester search an equaliser, tempo is certainly up and Officials will need to be fully focussed – mental and physical key now.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:46:01

Villa Offside correctly signalled by McDonough, good view and judgement

AM at 2014-12-07 18:44:02

Red Cardred card to Konchesky for serious foul play for his challenge on 21 Hutton with a yellow card Yellow Cardshown to 21 Hutton of Villa for unsporting behaviour towards Konchesky. Replays indicate that both of these cards were correct. Tempo up and all Officials will need to be mindful.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:39:54

Leicester sub 15 of 11 on ex Villa man on Albrighton as Leicester chase an equaliser. game plan and tactics will change, our referee will need to be aware of this as we enter the final moments.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:37:43

24 Villa Yellow Cardreckless on Leicester player. Good management OF FREE KICK. Our Referee is showing a crouched position as he attempts to get the best view following the taking of the free kick.


AM at 2014-12-07 18:35:20

4 yellow cards shown to Leicester Players so far, this shows how crucial this game is to them as they lie at the bottom of the table and are currently losing

AM at 2014-12-07 18:33:46

27 LeicesterYellow Card

AM at 2014-12-07 18:33:08

Goal to Villa scored by Hutton, good non offside call by McDonough, well done

AM at 2014-12-07 18:32:06

Leicester throw in correct call by Dave Bryan, the ones close to you are sometimes the most difficult to judge, believe you me!

AM at 2014-12-07 18:29:57

Advantage to Villa good signal by our referee. Benteke 20 offside given by McDonough, correct signal technique. Throw in to Leicester after a delay by McDonough who may be was unsure. Comms helped here. Good non offside flag from Dave Bryan, replays show Nugent onside. Good call Dave.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:26:57

Corner kick to Villa given from a good angle achieved by the referee, resulting in a throw in to Villa.

Leicester Sub 9 off 39 on.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:25:02

Advantage to Villa as the ball was moving across the field of play towards the touchline I don’t feel that this was a clear advantage to Villa.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:22:43

Villa sub 8 off 40 on.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:21:38

15 Schlupp Yellow CardLeicester yellow card – reckless on Villa Player

AM at 2014-12-07 18:20:05

Cambiasso 19 Yellow CardLeicester yellow card reckless on Villa Player.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:18:48

Benteke 20 offside correct flag by McDonough and his judgement is right as he was in the active area.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:16:23

Free kick to Villa support from Dave Bryan with the flag indication. Followed by a free kick to Leicester.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:15:23

Good non offside flag from AR McDonough – 20 Benteke Villa onside. Throw in to Leicester McDonough was close to make his judgement.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:13:46

Good movement to the goal line from AR McDonough to be in the best place to award a goal kick to Leicester.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:12:54

Corner to Villa following a deflection from a Leicester Player

AM at 2014-12-07 18:11:38

The referee is showing a good composure with effective movement I have been impressed so far let us hope that he keeps this going. Good teamwork overall.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:09:30

Another question from Ian Miller in my opinion the challenge by Clark on Ulloa was a fair one, whilst is was a firm one. In my opinion the  Referee and his Assistant who was right in the front of the challenge both called this one correct.



AM at 2014-12-07 18:06:23

Leicester Sub 23 off 35 on. We start the 2nd half and a quick free kick to Villa.

AM at 2014-12-07 18:05:41

Back to Ian Miller`s tweet regarding the Fabianski`s red card in the West Ham v Swansea game today. In my opinion this was incorrect. My question to you is – Did Fabianski deny the West Ham player an obvious goal scoring opportunity from his position wide and on the edge of the penalty area?

AM at 2014-12-07 18:01:53

Half time summary –

The referee Craig Pawson is in full control of this game he has chosen his yellow cards correctly I for each team. Good management seen of the players. Calm and effective with very good movement and acceleration seen.

Both Assistant Referees have correctly judged offside – particularly with M McDonough with the correct non offside flag of the Leicester goal. Free kicks good support seen overall. I just felt Dave Bryan could have assisted with a free kick to Leicester but he decided for some reason not to, was he in the best position to view? camera did not give us a clear view of his position.

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AM at 2014-12-07 17:51:29

The referee Craig Pawson blows the whistle for half time. 1-1.

2 yellow cards – I for each team which is correct.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:50:20

Free kick to Villa again the referee is close to play to judge.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:49:19

Free kick to Leicester –  11 Villa on 23 Leicester. Right in front of the referee, who is on the spot to award.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:47:38

Clark 5 Villa clears the ball in a challenge with 23 of Leicester, no free kick awarded and despite the Leicester players feeling unhappy with Clark`s challenge for me it is fair and the referee is correct in his judgement. It also happened right in front of Mike McDonough who was unmoved. 4 minutes added time is shown by 4th Official Mike Jones.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:44:23

Villa sub – 15 Westwood leaves the field of play to be replaced by 18 of Villa.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:42:24

Vardy 9 Yellow CardLeicester reckless on 15 Villa the referee quickly shows the yellow card to defuse any potential retribution by players

AM at 2014-12-07 17:40:29

23 Leicester on 5 Villa a careless challenge by the 23 of Leicester. Free kick correctly awarded.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:39:38

Corner kick to Villa, good spot by our referee with a deflection off a Leicester Player

AM at 2014-12-07 17:38:24

Watch the referees communication skills today good management with the players is seen, in particular off the ball with good arm signals in place.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:36:38

The referee leads on a throw in when better placed to judge good communication with Bryan.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:35:31

Yellow Card28 N`Zogbia who just previously also committed the foul –  good management and process seen by our referee – calm and respectful towards this player.


AM at 2014-12-07 17:34:11

Free kick to Leicester following a foul by a Villa player

AM at 2014-12-07 17:32:51

No free kick awarded to Leicester the referee would have been looking to his Assistant on this nearside touchline for help.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:31:37

Did you notice again the good viewing angle achieved by Pawson in the latest Leicester attack?

AM at 2014-12-07 17:30:38

Further offside from McDonough, quickly followed by another offside against Villa

AM at 2014-12-07 17:29:18

The game has opened up and Benteke 20 Villa is correctly flagged offside by Bryan

AM at 2014-12-07 17:26:06

No penalty kick to Leicester – correct call from Craig Pawson who through good speed and acceleration has got in the best viewing position to make this judgement

AM at 2014-12-07 17:23:40

20 Benteke off side correct call by Dave Bryan

AM at 2014-12-07 17:23:03

Free kick to Villa, calming words to both players by Craig Pawson. Tweet from Ian Miller was Fabianski`s red card correct in West Ham v Swansea game earlier today? in my opinion it was incorrect as Fabianski did not deny a clear and obvious goal scoring opportunity.

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AM at 2014-12-07 17:19:01

From a Villa free kick, spray out and which was well managed by our referee we have a Villa GOAL!


AM at 2014-12-07 17:15:13

GOAL!0-1 – Great judgement from AR McDonough as Ulloa 23 was not offside when the ball was initially played and following the Villa goal keeper`s save.


AM at 2014-12-07 17:13:02

Good effort from 20 Benteke with the referee moving in quickly to get the best viewing angle

AM at 2014-12-07 17:11:05

Good acceleration seen by our referee in a quick Villa breakaway to achieve the best position and viewing angle

AM at 2014-12-07 17:09:54

Did the notice in the last Leicester attack the good angle adopted by the referee

AM at 2014-12-07 17:08:52

Good position and reading by Mike McDonough to confirm that the ball was not out of play over the goal line.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:05:33

Both Assistant`s today are vastly experienced at this level.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:04:02

Early attack from Villa with our referee showing good early movement.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:02:37

Assistant Referees – Mike McDonough is on the Technical Area touchline with Dave Bryan on the near touchline to the camera.

AM at 2014-12-07 17:00:13

The Match Referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle to signal the kick off.

AM at 2014-12-07 16:57:53

As the players and match officials enter the field of play for the customary handshakes, we are all ready for the kick off. Will the Holte End see a goal today? they have not seen a goal since April 2014.

AM at 2014-12-07 16:55:17

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AM at 2014-12-07 16:54:31

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AM at 2014-12-07 16:53:10

Craig is assisted this afternoon by Mike McDonough and Dave Bryan. 4th Official is Mike Jones. We wish them all the best of luck this afternoon.

AM at 2014-12-07 16:52:36

Today`s Referee is Craig Pawson

Personal information
Year of birth 1979
County FA Sheffield & Hallamshire FA
First Premier League Match 2 March 2013: Swansea City v Newcastle United


Referee Craig Pawson made his Barclays Premier League debut as he took charge of Swansea City’s clash with Newcastle United on 2 March 2013, and now he has been placed in the Select Group of Premier League officials for the 2013/14 season.

Pawson had already refereed an all-Premier League match-up between West Ham United and Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup in the 2012/13 campaign.

Prior to his top flight debut, Yorkshire-based referee Pawson took charge of 12 Championship matches and the 2012 League Two Play-Off Final, which saw Crewe Alexandra beat Cheltenham 2-0 at Wembley.

Pawson has been a referee since 1993, working his way up to regularly officiating in the Football League in the 2012/13 season.





at 2014-12-07 16:47:42

  • There is no sitting on the fence on The Ref Show So don’t forget to tune in for previous issues and also for this week`s show in which Alan Biggs, Roger Dilkes and David Hirst discuss key refereeing / assistant refereeing / 4th official key moments both GOOD and BAD together with the latest discussion points of last weekend’s games. There will be another The Ref Show this coming week. It is a must to help you learn and understand all the key moments and are a great aid in helping you. Listen to our resident experts as they discuss both positive – good and negative – bad moments of this weekend`s games. Whatever happens these experts will be honest in their opinions and do not sit on the fence and fudge around with their responses! Alan Biggs always gets to the heart of the matter in his usual immaculate interviewing manner and probing way to get to the heart of the matter and honest responses from the resident experts.

at 2014-12-07 16:42:36

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at 2014-12-07 16:38:32

History of Aston Villa F.C. (1874–1961)

For an account of the club’s history since 1961, see History of Aston Villa F.C. (1961-present).

The very successful Aston Villa team of the late 19th century

The history of Aston Villa Football Club between 1874 and 1961 covers their time from the club’s foundation, through the first two major periods of success (the late 1880s, and the early 1900s) and the club’s League Cup success.

Chart showing the progress of Aston Villa F.C. through the English football league system from the inaugural season in 1888–89 to the present.

Aston Villa Football Club were formed in March 1874, by four members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel (known as early as 1867 as Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel)[1] in Handsworth. The four founders were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood. The first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary’s Rugby team.[2][3] As a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under rugby rules and the second half under football rules. The club were soon playing the modern version of football though and the club won its first FA Cup in 1887.[4] Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with one of the club’s directors, William McGregor being the league’s founder. Aston Villa emerged as the most successful English club of the Victorian era. By the end of Villa’s “Golden Age” at the start of the First World War, the club had won the League Championship six times and the FA Cup five times.[4]

Aston Villa won their sixth FA Cup in 1920.[4] For the remainder of the inter-war years though, Villa were on a slow decline that would lead to them being relegated to the Second Division in 1936 for the first time in their history. They returned to the top-tier of English football by the outbreak of the Second World War. As with many clubs, the war brought much change to Villa Park and remainder of the 1940s were spent rebuilding the team. By 1957, Villa were a Cup winning side once again with the clubs seventh FA Cup win. Even though Villa won the inaugural League Cup in 1960, the club were to enter into a very unsuccessful period. The 1960s saw much change at Villa Park. By the end of the 1960s, Villa were languishing in the Second Division and fan pressure led to the resignation of the Board and the introduction of Doug Ellis as Villa Chairman.[5][6]



at 2014-12-07 16:36:31

Welcome to this afternoon`s live REF CAM game which is being played at Villa Park and is a local derby between 2 of the Midland`s Team`s Aston Villa v Leicester City.

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