Bournemouth v Southampton


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AH at 2016-12-18 16:27:09

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Thanks for tuning in today stay tuned for the Manchester City v Spurs game which will follow immediately, with expert comments from former FIFA Assistant Referee Guy Beale.

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AH at 2016-12-18 16:26:06

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In summary, so much to admire about Mark Clattenburg’s refereeing – his performance and level of match control were ‘text-book’.  Here’s the key plus points:


  • Fitness, positioning, movement – an object lesson in how use his outstanding athletic ability with purposeful movement and be in the optimum decision making positions throughout the 90+ minutes.


  • Reading the game – the ability to anticipate play and to be ‘on the move’ as plays develop.


  • Some may be critical of the referee’s decision not to caution Boufal early on in the game. I understand why, but the ‘risk’ taken by not cautioning was proven to be the correct decision, with the reward of unquestioned match control.

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AH at 2016-12-18 16:21:59

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Summary to follow very shortly ….


AH at 2016-12-18 16:18:45

5 additional minutes for the Saints to see out the victory, and from our perspective, for the game to reach a conclusion that the refereeing team would have settled for at the kick-off.


AH at 2016-12-18 16:16:29

Good safety first refereeing as the game is stopped owing to an injury to Cedric, even though his team could have gained an advantage. This could have been a head injury following an aerial challenge


AH at 2016-12-18 16:13:52

GOAL! Rodriguez whacks home a cracking volley from outside the penalty areas to surely secure all 3 points for the Saints, the Home Team now need a Liverpool style recovery to rescue anything from this game.


AH at 2016-12-18 16:09:21

10 minutes to go, and not wishing to put the ‘commentator’s curse on proceedings, Mark and his team seem to have this game well and truly nailed – but, as we know, anything can happen ….


AH at 2016-12-18 16:06:53

Yellow CardGood refereeing once again as Davis ‘takes one for the team’ with a cynical tactical challenge


AH at 2016-12-18 15:59:49

Just a word on the Assistant Referee’s for this game – it’s all about focus and concentration with very little involvement, although that is the perception that is created.  In reality the Assistant’s will be working had to ensure that provide the best possible support for the referee.


AH at 2016-12-18 15:52:31

25 minutes to go, and Mark and his team continue to retain match control simply by getting their decisions correct, nothing more, nothing less …….


AH at 2016-12-18 15:46:42

Keep you tweets coming in – I agree with @BadassZambo who states ‘Vardy send off as wrong as the Rojo non-send off. Knocked off balance. Yellow at the most. Appeal should be successful.’


AH at 2016-12-18 15:44:26

Put that incident in the training manual of where to be placed to judge incidents !  Bournemouth appeal in vain for a penalty, but there is clearly a push in the penalty area by the attacker and the referee is able to ‘sell’ his decision with being placed only 10 metres away. ‘Text-book’ stuff ……


AH at 2016-12-18 15:39:35

In fairness to both teams, they have played the game in the correct spirit so far with very little in the way of poor challenges and a low penal offence count.  The match officials must be pleased with that ….


AH at 2016-12-18 15:37:05

What will master tactician Eddie Howe have up his sleeve for the Home Team ?


AH at 2016-12-18 15:35:29

GOAL! Rodriguez is the ‘fox in the box’ to covert a Davis cross and the Saints take a 2-1 lead ….


AH at 2016-12-18 15:31:23

Here we go for the second-half, Mark and his team will be hoping for more of the same in the second 45 …..

Half Time

AH at 2016-12-18 15:23:25

Half Time

Over your half-time Bovril, let us know your thoughts on any matters refereeing by tweeting us @youaretheref

AH at 2016-12-18 15:21:45

Half Time

His judgement in not cautioning Boufal in the 14th minute appears to have been the correct one, especially as the Southampton #19 gave him the opportunity to assert his authority later in the half, which Mark duly took.


Half Time

AH at 2016-12-18 15:18:31

Half Time

Level pegging at the break, which is about right, from our viewpoint, top marks so far to the referee for judging the mood and  the tempo of the game.  Why get involved when you don’t need to – just let the player’s play, get the decisions correct and, by and large, the game management will look after itself


AH at 2016-12-18 15:15:47

Just 1 minute additional time to add – both sides will be relatively happy with a 1-1 half-time scoreline …


AH at 2016-12-18 15:10:52

5 minutes to go to see the first half through to a safe and successful conclusion …..


AH at 2016-12-18 15:08:41

Good man management by the referee as Boufal has already been warned as to his future conduct in the 14th minute when he clashed with Wilson


AH at 2016-12-18 15:06:47

Yellow CardBoufal does an acceptable Tom Daley impression with a dive on the edge of the penalty area with Wilshere making no contact with him. the referee issues him with the caution he fully deserved and this observer awards him 5.9 for artistic impression !


AH at 2016-12-18 15:03:21

Once again faultless positioning from the referee as he is well placed to detect no hand-ball offence for an incident close to the corner-flag – another correct decision


AH at 2016-12-18 15:00:04

Thanks to Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D for his tweet “shouldn’t be any discretion with a cynical offence like that – grabbing his feet with his hand. 100% YC offence.” – this is where the ‘risk and reward’ equation comes in to play and where referee’s of Mark Clattenburg’s reputation and stature can sometimes ‘get away with’ this type of decision because of who they are.  I am not saying this is right, but it’s fact!


AH at 2016-12-18 14:55:44

More leniency as Clasie clatters into a late challenge, the players seem to be accepting the referee’s tolerance level, we need to keep a close eye on this ……


AH at 2016-12-18 14:49:39

#BOUSOU Boufal and Wilson clash in the centre circle, Boufal’s pull on Wilson’s boot off the ball was cynical and could have led to a yellow card, but the referee shows leniency and issues the Southampton #19 with a warning.  Correct decision or not, it’s risk and reward from Mark – risking match control by not cautioning, let’s see how it pans out ….


AH at 2016-12-18 14:44:37

GOAL! Whoosh – Bertrand restores parity with a cracking finish – game on !


AH at 2016-12-18 14:42:11

Great positioning from Mark – keep an eye on this as the game moves on – no complaints from the offending player.


AH at 2016-12-18 14:36:40

Ake stoops to conquer with a finely placed header and the home side take the lead……


AH at 2016-12-18 14:35:00

The referee moving in early (Mike Dean esque may I say, to prevent grappling at corner-kick ….. interesting …..


AH at 2016-12-18 14:32:50

For you young aspiring referees tuning in to watch the game, just keep an eye on Mark’s movement around the field of play and watch how he always seems to be well positioned through a combination of a high level of fitness and an uncanny ability to read the game.


AH at 2016-12-18 14:30:25

Here we go – good luck to the Refereeing team …..


AH at 2016-12-18 14:28:57

Let us have your thoughts as the game progresses, tweet us @youaretheref, it would be good to hear from you.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-12-18 14:27:03

Significantly, 8 of Mark’s 12 top flight matched so far this season have been covered live on TV, a clear sign off how highly he is rated and I am looking forward to watching him manage the game.

AH at 2016-12-18 14:23:20

So, back to today’s game, and it’s a sign off the significance of the fixture that Mark Clattenburg is in charge, supported by the experience of FIFA Assistant Referee’s Jake Collin and Simon Bennett.  Andre Marriner has the 4th official duties.

AH at 2016-12-18 14:21:21

I have known Craig since he was a young, up and coming teenage referee; he is a deep- thinking and highly intelligent young man, with skills in abundance, and he will be hurting this morning when he reviews the footage.   As Keith alluded to, the support staff employed by the PGMO should now be working very closely with him, and he needs an arm round the shoulder from the PGMO coaching staff to remind him how good a referee his is!

AH at 2016-12-18 14:19:08

There can be little doubt that the talking point with regard to yesterday’s Premier League fixtures was the dismissal from the field of play of Jamie Vardy by Craig Pawson.  Keith Hackett’s verdict at makes for an excellent read in relation to the appointing systems and the pressures which our elite officials are put under, for me it’s time for the PGMO coaching structure to step up to the plate and assist Craig.


AH at 2016-12-18 14:18:21

Welcome to our coverage of Bournemouth v Southampton from the Vitality stadium, one of several local derbies this weekend, which culminates with the Merseyside game tomorrow evening, which we are also covering here at You Are The Ref, with expert commentary from Ron Harris.