Bournemouth v Newcastle United


GT at 2015-11-07 15:44:40

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GT at 2015-11-07 15:41:41

In a game remarkable for the fact it has seen a win away from home for Newcastle United, Bournemouth will be wondering how they failed to take anything from a game they dominated for long periods.

The three points lift The Magpies out of the relegation zone but see Bournemouth drop into the bottom three.

As for our referees, Lee led his team very well indeed, and judged his involvement perfectly.

The two sides had clearly come to play, so he simply sat back and let them.

Very well done, Lee.

The temptation, especially when you have inexplicably been left off the fixtures for long periods of time, could have been to try and over-referee the game. But Lee did not fall in to that trap and judged his part just right.

He was assisted well by Peter Kirkup, and the pair can drive home safe in the knowledge their work has been well executed today, and they will not be the subject of any refereeing blunder headlines.

Edward Smart had been doing well too until the 89th minute when he completely fouled up an offside call which would have seen Newcastle clean through on goal.

He needs to get back on to the training ground and practice those calls, as that was a repeat of an identical one he made a few weeks ago. I believe he has a weakness with them.

Back to a fine refereeing performance by Mase though…let’s hope Lee’s reward for another fine display is not another pair of fourth official appointments.

GT at 2015-11-07 15:38:10

Full Time

GT at 2015-11-07 15:34:17

In a final change for Newcastle Mbabu comes on for Anita

GT at 2015-11-07 15:33:26

Mase wants to hope and pray nothing happens in the final three of these additional minutes, or there will be serious questions raised over his time keeping.

I think three additional minutes would have been correct.

GT at 2015-11-07 15:32:08

That’s the normal 90 minutes over…6 additional minutes to go on.

That is amazing!

Where did SIX minutes come from?

GT at 2015-11-07 15:31:14

Edward Smart repeats an identical mistake he made earlier this season.

He clearly has a problem with those offside calls where a defender is rushing out and a forward moving towards goal, when just over the halfway line.

Newcastle would have been clean through on goal had he not incorrectly raised the flag for offside.

What a shame he has let down the rest of the team with that poor piece of lining in the final minute of the regular 90

GT at 2015-11-07 15:26:18

We are in the final 5 minutes of the 90

84 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:25:36

Mistake by Edward Smart, who fails to see a touch by the Bournemouth keeper.

That should have been a corner for Newcastle

83 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:24:20

Well seen Lee.

Another shirt pull, this time by Smith (15) of Bournemouth.

Correct decision again Yellow Card

GT at 2015-11-07 15:21:21

Excellent advantage played by Lee as Bournemouth attack again

79 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:20:42

Bournemouth also ring the changes with Rantie coming on for Arter

77 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:18:39

Newcastle make another change as the goal scorer Perez makes way for Thauvin

GT at 2015-11-07 15:17:44

Just 15 minutes to go…

Can Newcastle steal a rare away win, or will Bournemouth’s relentless pressure finally count?

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73 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:16:24

Substitutions for Bournemouth as Stanslas makes way for Tomlin and King leaves for Kermorgant

GT at 2015-11-07 15:13:30

Mase penetrates the penalty area well again to see a corner kick to the home side

70 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:12:03

….and it is as Arter cynically pulls back Anita of Newcastle.

But, Lee could have delayed the whistle and come back to the caution as Anita had retained the ball, and was still on a promising attack.

Just wait a while, Mase, and give it time to develop

Yellow Card

GT at 2015-11-07 15:10:20

That has to be a caution…

GT at 2015-11-07 15:09:49

Peter Kirkup offers good assistance again by correctly awarding a free kick to Bournemouth after a push by Tiote

GT at 2015-11-07 15:07:30

…definitely NOT a penalty kick!

65 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:06:58

Excellent call by Lee Mason.

…and how ironic that the challenge is so similar to the one which saw Coloccini sent-off in the recent ‘derby’ match v Sunderland.

That was a perfectly legitimate charge by the Newcastle man which saw his Bournemouth opponent eased off the ball within the Laws of the Game.

63 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:04:43

Mitrovic leaves the action for Newcastle to be replaced by Papiss Demba Cissé

62 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:03:44

There is little more frustrating than seeing a player play-acting, especially when feigning a head injury.

We saw Ashley Young diving in midweek for Manchester United, and now the goal scorer Perez goes down as if punched by the heavyweight champion of the world. When in reality his cheek was brushed in a challenge for the ball.

60 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 15:01:22

An hour has gone and our referees are still in fine form and total control of this one

GT at 2015-11-07 14:58:59

Josh King has to leave the field of play temporarily after receiving treatment, and Lee correctly restarts with a drop ball

56 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:57:44

Sensibly, Lee stops play as, despite there being no foul, the Bournemouth man has a head injury.

Good awareness, referee.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:54:31

More good work by Lee as he easily makes it from box-to-box

51 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:53:14

Newcastle are defending with The Bible in one hand (!), as yet another goal scoring opportunity is wasted by Bournemouth

48 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:49:57

Correct offside from Peter Kirkup as Bournemouth press again for an equaliser

30 seconds

GT at 2015-11-07 14:47:47

Elliot picks up where he left off in the Newcastle goal with another fabulous save

GT at 2015-11-07 14:46:29

Bournemouth take the kick and get this second half under way

GT at 2015-11-07 14:32:32

It’s been a very good first half for our refereeing team.

In a game of very few fouls and free-kicks, and certainly none with any real malice, Lee has stayed out of the limelight and allowed the players to play and take centre stage.

He has been well supported by his two assistants who have remained focussed throughout.

The game is only 50% over though, and everyone needs to continue that good work through to the end.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:31:50

Half Time

GT at 2015-11-07 14:30:50

That’s the end of the first 45 minutes, just 1 added minute to go on…

44 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:29:51

Yellow CardDaryl Janmaat sees yellow with a minute to go. Correct decision as he was late into that challenge.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:28:48

Distin goes to Lee after committing a foul on Mitrovic.

The Bournemouth man is not happy, but it was a decent call by the referee.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:26:00

Just 5 minutes of the opening 45 to go.

Let’s see this first half safely home now referee.

No risks…

40 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:24:54

Robert Elliot is having an inspired day in the Newcastle goal.

Shots are coming at him from all angles, but he has been equal to everything so far.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:22:40

Lee does something you don’t see many referees bother with these days…

He goes over to the corner taker, makes him correctly place the ball, then returns to check it is still playable within Law.

Well done, Lee.

A small point but one which is all-too-often overlooked by many of your colleagues.

32 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:17:04

Offside against Distin who is looking to score against his former club.

Good call by Edward Smart.

30 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:15:07

The opening third of the game has passed and it is very much so-far-so-good from our officials.

All decisions have been correct, credible and timely.

Keep up the good work boys…

GT at 2015-11-07 14:13:19

Totally against the run of play so far, but that will not concern the travelling Geordie faithful who are hoping to see a rare away win

27 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:12:28

GOAL! Ayoze Pérez

23 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:08:18

Josh King is correctly given offside by Edward Smart.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:07:04

Well done Peter Kirkup who also correctly judges the ball not going out of play…this time it was the Geordies appealing for a throw-in

19 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 14:05:21

Aleksandar Mitrovi? gets away with a little push on his marker, as he does so on the blind-side of Lee.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:03:58

Lee is right in ‘position A’ again to see the ball did not strike the Bournemouth defender’s arm, despite claims for a penalty from Newcastle

GT at 2015-11-07 14:02:36

Well done Edward Smart who was right in the corner to correctly judge the ball did not cross the line for a corner kick.

Good start from all our officials today.

GT at 2015-11-07 14:00:36

Bournemouth appeal more in hope than expectation as Josh King runs into Coloccini, throws himself to the ground, and asks for a penalty.

Good work and positioning again by Lee sees him make the correct call…definitely not a penalty.

13 minutes

GT at 2015-11-07 13:57:59

Excellent positioning by Lee allows him to correctly award a goal-kick to Newcastle United

GT at 2015-11-07 13:56:45

Mase is moving well at the moment, making it from box-to-box without too much difficulty.

The concern was that he may be short of match fitness.

Let’s hope he doesn’t become ‘leggy’ as the game wears on, particularly in these wet and windy conditions.

GT at 2015-11-07 13:53:03

Ritchie (30) of Bournemouth is given the benefit of the doubt as Lee opts to speak with him when others may have produced a yellow card, following a foul which stopped Newcastle’s attack

GT at 2015-11-07 13:51:47

It’s a very lively start from the hosts, and Mase has adjusted his positioning well to account for that.

Good awareness, referee.

GT at 2015-11-07 13:48:59

Kirkup showing he is switched on from the beginning as he keeps his focus and correctly awards a throw-in to Bournemouth

GT at 2015-11-07 13:47:28

An early, but correct, offside decision given by Peter Kirkup.

GT at 2015-11-07 13:46:58

Positioning will be tricky today for our referee as the ball is likely to move around in a strong and swirling wind.

GT at 2015-11-07 13:45:16

Lee Mason blows his whistle, Newcastle United take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-11-07 13:39:18

It’s almost time for kick-off at Dean Court…

GT at 2015-11-07 13:24:17

As for our referees today…

After an excellent performance in the middle of the recent Arsenal v Everton encounter, Lee was inexplicably back on fourth official duties all of last weekend, so everyone at YATR is pleased to see him being given another opportunity to lead a team of officials in the Premier League.

The 44 year-old, Bolton-based official has been operating as a top-flight referee since 2006, and has established himself as a trusted pair of hands.

Running the lines for Lee today are Peter Kirkup and Edward Smart, with Andre Marriner patrolling the technical area as fourth official before doing similar at tomorrow’s North London ‘derby’ game Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – which is also being covered by us on Refcam.

Bournemouth have been on the receiving end of some pretty poor refereeing decisions this season, whilst Newcastle won’t need reminding of Lee’s failure to award to award them a clear penalty last season at Anfield.

The pressure will, therefore, definitely be on ‘Mase’ to put in a big performance today, but knowing him as I do, I am sure he will come into this one sure of his ability to deliver.

His assistants need to step-up and begin to deliver too though, as the man in the middle cannot do it alone, and I shall be keeping a particularly keen eye on their performances today.

Everyone at YATR is hoping a top quality display of refereeing today, and we hope the game goes smoothly for everyone…

GT at 2015-11-07 13:10:19

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary…

…and it is yet another fascinating game on offer as Premier League newcomers Bournemouth host Newcastle United.

With one point separating them both sides are struggling for form near the foot of the table.

These sides have only previously met six times, with two wins each and a couple of draws.

You have to go back 26 years for the last time Bournemouth entertained The Magpies at home. That was in the ‘old’ Division Two, when The Cherries recorded a 2-1 win.

Neither side is in particularly great form at the moment, with the visitors having failed to register a win in their last dozen away fixtures, whilst Bournemouth have conceded 15 times and failed to win in their last five outings.

Indeed, Eddie Howe’s men have the second worst defensive record in the top flight, and have kept just one clean sheet all season in the Premier League.

Steve McLaren’s troops don’t boast a much more impressive record either, having conceded in 9 out of 11 games so far this campaign.

So, there should be goals in this one, but who will triumph?

Can Bournemouth begin to turn around a faltering season or will Newcastle kick-start their stumbling campaign?

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