Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion


AM at 2015-03-03 22:56:18

Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this evening at You-Are-The- – Please join us again tomorrow night for Newcastle v Manchester United ko 7.45pm, followed by part 2 of Aston Villa v West Brom  The FA Cup 6th round being played on Saturday 7th March with a 5.30pm ko. Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 8th March 6th Round FA Cup with a 4.00pm ko. Then to complete the FA Cup 6th round ties on Monday 9th March Manchester United take on Arsenal with a 7.45pm.

Best wishes and have a good  week.

Andy Martin

AM at 2015-03-03 22:53:27

Full time Summary –

JM has judged the first penalty non award to Villa first half correctly, goal line decision was used to correctly confirm that the ball had not crossed over the WB goal line. Villa penalty in the 2nd half was correct. Hutton 21 of Villa should have seen Red Card for his tackle which endangered the safety of Beraniho 19 (85th minute) this was a tackle of serious foul play used with excessive force. If Hutton had been shown the yellow card in the first half as per my BLOG would he have committed this challenge late on? I felt that JM was over lenient early in this game his first yellow card came in the 40th minute when to aid his disciplinary control there should been yellow cards shown to Jacob, Hutton and Fletcher earlier in the game (as per my BLOG) which would have aided his overall match control. Fitness / Positioning were at an expected level with good levels of fitness being seen throughout this is an area JM has clearly been working at.

Both Assistants displayed overall very good support with free kicks and their key reading of Offside`s which is their key requirement of their performance.

AM at 2015-03-03 22:40:16

Full time summary to follow –


AM at 2015-03-03 22:38:11

Full TimeDramatic end to this game as JM plays some more added time after the goal and The Villa win it 2-1.


AM at 2015-03-03 22:37:08

Great effort from Villa and Foster commits a foul on Lowton in the dying moments of this game. Penalty kick correct. Time now up shades AGAIN of Spurs v West Ham for JM and the Kane penalty in the same time!

GOAL!Benteke 2-1

AM at 2015-03-03 22:34:26

3 minutes of added time

AM at 2015-03-03 22:33:34

WB sub 7 off 4 on

AM at 2015-03-03 22:33:13

Excessive force foul by 21 Villa Hutton on Beraniho. The referee is using a lot of whistle to little effect.

Then showsYellow Cardto 19 of WB and Yellow Card21 Hutton for me this should be red to Hutton a challenge made by Hutton with excessive force on Beraniho this should have been red.

AM at 2015-03-03 22:29:22

JM will now need to remain consistent and firm as we enter the final minutes of this game

AM at 2015-03-03 22:28:04

Yellow Card8 of WB reckless on 21 of Villa, correct

AM at 2015-03-03 22:25:28

Offside correctly indicated by JB against Villa

AM at 2015-03-03 22:23:33

Villa Sub 11 off 10 on

AM at 2015-03-03 22:23:11

Yellow CardClark 6 pulling back WB Player, correct

AM at 2015-03-03 22:20:30

Further free kick to Villa, 19 of WB careless

AM at 2015-03-03 22:19:00

Villa Sub 8 off 7 on

AM at 2015-03-03 22:17:57

JM is showing some good acceleration and pace as Villa break. No foul awarded as Fletcher commits a foul not in the view of JM

AM at 2015-03-03 22:14:15

Holding offence by 11 of Villa. Spotted by JM. Offside flag from SL correct with good retention of the flag, to ensure the correct restart of play

AM at 2015-03-03 22:12:15

End to end play now great non offside flag from SL as WB break

AM at 2015-03-03 22:10:57

JM will know the importance of the last 22 minutes and added time with no doubt support from his colleagues via the comms kit. This is a very important stage of the game

AM at 2015-03-03 22:09:20

GOAL!From the corner kick West Brom score 18 Beraniho


AM at 2015-03-03 22:08:21

Corner kick to WB as they press to get back in the game.

AM at 2015-03-03 22:06:11

Free kick to West Brom when advantage could have been played as Villa bring back players behind the ball

AM at 2015-03-03 22:05:13

Brooks sharp on a throw in to Villa that will please him and the referee who looked to him to decide

AM at 2015-03-03 22:04:00

Free kick to Villa Lescott on Benteke no flag from AR J Brooks who was right in front of the incident this always causes players to argue no flag from the Lino Ref? Teamwork here just let down for a moment.

AM at 2015-03-03 22:01:11

Villa Sub 28 off 40 on

AM at 2015-03-03 21:59:09

Okore late on Ideye close to the touchline and a free kick to WB which is put just over the bar by WB

AM at 2015-03-03 21:57:22

Keep an eye on the good focus and body language from AR Simon Long nearside touchline

AM at 2015-03-03 21:55:52

Agbonlahor is felled in a reckless manner by Lescott and he is rightly shownYellow Card spray out with the referee taking up a good restart position.



AM at 2015-03-03 21:53:05

The BT Pundits has reviewed the penalty incident in the first half –  Foster on Agbonlahor they have viewed this incident a number of times and are in disagreement. Remember the referee in this situation had one view to make this judgement and I feel that on his only view that he called no penalty correct.

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AM at 2015-03-03 21:49:49

First free kick to West Brom is awarded.

AM at 2015-03-03 21:47:42

JM kicks off the 2nd half

AM at 2015-03-03 21:41:47

Half time summary –

An entertaining game which has seen a high number of free kicks, I would have liked to have seen the referee step in earlier with his yellow card as mentioned in my BLOG. Fletcher having just been spoken to by JM then immediately commits a further foul challenge and again there is no further disciplinary measure seen. Otherwise all key match decisions have been correct. No penalty to Villa first half and the use of the goal line decision system has been excellent tonight, with its correct reading of no goal to Villa.

Both Assistant Referees have been fully supportive and assisted with free kicks when required and better placed to judge. All Offside`s their key area have been correct whether flagged or not.

4th Official MC has communicated well to both Managers as and when required.

Stay tuned for the 2nd half.

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AM at 2015-03-03 21:32:20

Half TimeAs the referee blows his whistle for half time.

Villa 1 West Brom 0


AM at 2015-03-03 21:31:36

1 minute added time

AM at 2015-03-03 21:31:24

Villa hit the post from their Captain Delph 16

AM at 2015-03-03 21:30:48

The referee has shown a lenient approach with his disciplinary control tonight which is not in keeping with his usual approach with an average of just over 4 yellow cards per game. Offside WB correct from JB

AM at 2015-03-03 21:28:21

And finally Yellow CardYacob 5 WB goes into the referees note book.

AM at 2015-03-03 21:27:10

Free kick to WB good flag from SL

AM at 2015-03-03 21:25:56

John Brooks is keeping a  good position in line with the 2nd rearmost defender. Hutton is late with his challenge, referee late in his whistle as there is no advantage and again for me Hutton is fortunate to escape a yellow card.

AM at 2015-03-03 21:23:11

Throw in to West Brom with a good positive flag from Simon Long on the near side touchline

AM at 2015-03-03 21:21:12

Throw in to Villa following a strong challenge for the ball by the West Brom player

AM at 2015-03-03 21:19:31

No free kick awarded to Villa when it should have been I felt that the referee was too close to judge as West Brom take possession

AM at 2015-03-03 21:17:55

Offside from Simon Long on the nearside touchline as the referee ensures that correct placement is achieved as he looks to slow things down as the tempo is currently right up there!

AM at 2015-03-03 21:15:57

From a Villa attack the Villa player is onside as the ball is cleared by West Brom in the challenge by Foster on Agbonlahor there is a question of a possible penalty kick? but for me on replay this is not a penalty kick

AM at 2015-03-03 21:12:52

Throw in to Villa which should have gone to West Brom and the referee speaks to Fletcher concerning his disagreement at the decision and Fletcher then follows this up with a late challenge on a Villa player with no further action taken from the referee who has just spoken to Fletcher. Has the referee set his tolerance too low?


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AM at 2015-03-03 21:09:08

GOAL!Agbonlahor and Villa take the lead 1-0

AM at 2015-03-03 21:08:24

Ideye late and again a further free kick as the free kicks rise. The Referee will need to step in soon to remain in control as the tempo is rising

AM at 2015-03-03 21:07:11

Free kick to Villa foul by Jacob on Hutton and for me that should have been the first yellow card for this reckless challenge. Spray out for the management of this free kick.

AM at 2015-03-03 21:05:28

JM has put in an acceleration of pace as Villa break quickly

AM at 2015-03-03 21:04:12

Further free kick to West Brom as the careless tackles start to mount

AM at 2015-03-03 21:02:22

Just to clarify that AR on the nearside touchline is Simon Long and on the Technical Area touchline it is John Brooks

AM at 2015-03-03 21:01:11

Free kick to Villa sounds to cheers from the Villa Fans – the shot comes in and it creeps under Foster`s body and not all of the ball goes over the goal line – Well done goal line decision technology – please see my pre match article for extending this aspect. Surely it now has to come in sooner rather than later

AM at 2015-03-03 20:57:54

Free kick to West Brom – Agbonlahor careless, followed by a further free kick to West Brom

AM at 2015-03-03 20:56:19

Foul on Brunt JM plays an advantage and lets both players offender and offended know this fact

AM at 2015-03-03 20:55:01

Goal kick to Villa – good signal from the AR from a position on the goal line

AM at 2015-03-03 20:54:06

Offside Villa near side correct as confirmed by replay

AM at 2015-03-03 20:53:22

Flag for offside from the AR on the Technical Area touchline Simon Long and the referee correctly allows play to continue

AM at 2015-03-03 20:50:50

Free kick to Villa foul on Hutton

AM at 2015-03-03 20:48:47

Early gk to Villa as Villa look uneasy early on

AM at 2015-03-03 20:47:50

Early midfield play is keeping the referee fairly central as play moves across and back

AM at 2015-03-03 20:45:31

The Referee Jonathan Moss (JM) gets matters underway with the blow of his whistle.

AM at 2015-03-03 20:40:05

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AM at 2015-03-03 20:35:54


Video technology: FA chairman Greg Dyke keen for UK trials

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he is keen to conduct video technology trials.

The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has tested the use of replays to help a referee via a headset, and wanted to extend its use to competitive matches.

But a meeting of football’s lawmakers this week put back such trials in official matches by at least 12 months.

“I would very much like to do a pilot in the UK,” Dyke told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.

However, he added: “[World governing body] Fifa can stop us doing a pilot in the UK.”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is football’s ultimate rule-making body and made its decision just before Sunderland defender Wes Brown’s controversial dismissal in Saturday’s defeat by Manchester United.

Referee Roger East dismisses Wes Brown as John O’Shea appears to protest against the dismissal

Television pictures suggested the foul on United striker Radamel Falcao appeared to have been made by Brown’s Black Cats team-mate John O’Shea.

However, referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) issued a statement saying referee Roger East thought Brown had fouled Falcao.

“I can understand that everybody thinks we should not rush into change and that we should do it slowly, which I think does make sense, but you have got to do pilots to see what does work and what doesn’t,” said Dyke.

Asked about Brown’s red card, the FA chairman added: “If you could help that referee with video technology, then you should.

“We see these figures and they tend to suggest referees are not having a bad season but obviously there are still mistakes inevitably and they get highlighted. That’s life.”

Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett criticised the decision of IFAB and says ex-referee Howard Webb should to come out of retirement to help improve the standard of officiating.

Webb retired in August 2014 to become the technical director of PGMOL, which is headed up by Mike Riley.

“Referees are making big mistakes, week in, week out. They need some leadership and with that leadership the guy who is at the top needs to front up,” Hackett told Sportsweek.

“He [Riley] should be encouraging Howard Webb to come back into the game as a referee. I don’t know what Howard is doing behind the scenes with the referees.”

On East’s decision, he added: “I think it was another error in refereeing that we’ve seen, we’re seeing it pretty often.”

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AM at 2015-03-03 20:30:15

Welcome to Villa Park for tonight`s crucial West Midlands Derby between 2 teams currently lying in the bottom regions of the FA Premier League. A vital game for Tim Sherwood as he looks for his first win since becoming Aston Villa Manager, whilst Tony Pullis will see this as a must win game for the Baggies.

The Match Officials for this Evening are Referee Jonathan Moss and he is assisted by John Brooks and Simon Long. Whilst the 4th Official is Mark Clattenburg who must be wishing that he was in the middle after his excellent refereeing performance in arguably the highest profile game of the weekend, with no incident of controversy to discuss.  See the Ref Show for more discussion of last weekend`s games and also the Sheffield Edition in which Keith Hackett, Mark Halsey with Alan Biggs in the Chair get to the heart of the matter with their open and honest assessment of the current refereeing incidents and the plight that faces some of the current crop of Select Group Referees.

Also make it a must to tune in daily to the marvellous Hackett`s BLOG keep up to date daily with the current refereeing issues in particular at the highest level and the challenges that the PGMOL are currently facing with their succession planning and lack of movement of their younger and up and coming referees onto the Premier League.

Jonathan Moss has so far refereed 21 Premier League games and has shown a total of 70 yellow and 6 red cards.