Brighton v Southampton


S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:30:06

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Don’t forget to stay with RefCam for the Leicester City v Everton game with a 4pm Kikc-off.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:28:02

SUMMARY: Neil Swarbrick will be happy with his performance throughout this game. He read the tempo and pattern of the game very well during the first half and used good man-management to assert authority and maintain control. I mentioned that he would have to be aware of increased intensity to the pattern of play for the second half which could well lead to a need for increased involvement with a higher profile. After the equalising goal this is exactly what happened and hence four justifiable cautions were given which ensured there was never any threat to control. The Referee was ably assisted by good co-operation throughout from his colleagues and this ensured a thoroughly professional performance was achieved with the appropriate level of involvement. Well done to the team of Officials.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:20:16

Game ends in a 1-1 draw.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:18:19

Foul by BONG leads to CAUTION for the Brighton player as we head into time added on.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:14:30

You wonder what goes through players minds at times Simon Jackson but the Referee dealt sensibly with both players. In the context of the game the action of the Referee was spot on. Substitution by Brighton Brown for Gross and by Southampton Long for Tadic and Hoejbjerg for Ward-Prowse. Substitution by Brighton March for Izquierdo

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:06:47

Handball by Ward-Prowse easily spotted by Referee.Silly foul by DUFFY who kicks ball away and correctly gets a CAUTION.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 16:01:38

Don’t forget that you can follow Leicester v Everton on RefCam at 4pm.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:59:16

Substitution for Southampton Redmond for Boufal

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:57:56

Referee again deals with a quick counter attack to be well positioned to spot the deflection for a Southampton corner kick. Quick play to the other end see a Brighton corner-kick.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:53:08

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S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:50:04

Another good flag from AR2 to indicate an offence by a Southampton defender. This allowed the Referee to make an immediate decision to award a free-kick to Brighton. End to end play now and the Referee showing a good level of fitness to keep himself well positioned. Silly offence by Murray on Hoedt who stupidly reacts. Sensible action taken by the Referee with CAUTIONS for both MURRAY and HOEDT.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:45:00

The intensity has risen since the Brighton goal so the Referee must be aware of this and be ready to take action if necessary

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:38:37

Referee again well positioned to award a free-kick to Brighton. Equalising goal by Murray for Brighton 1-1

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:36:56

Another good advantage allowed by the Referee followed with a quiet word with Stephens(D). Once again a sensible approach to asserting authority in a low key manner.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:34:50

AN immediate free-kick to the visitors and a corner kick to follow. Good spot of deflection off Bong for another corner.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:33:03

Away we go for the second half with both teams keeping the same line-ups without any changes so far.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:31:03


So far so good for the Referee. He has been able to adopt a low profile while maintaining control at a good level. Application of advantage when possible has been good and a sensible approach to players has been seen. AR2 has recovered from a poor start when he failed to signal that the ball was out of play over the goal line before being crossed into the penalty area, and has contributed since to the good standard of co-operation that we have witnessed. More of the same in the second half we hope.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:17:05

Excellent detection of handball offence by Murray. Free-kick then leads to HALF TIME.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:14:02

Good flag by AR1 to indicate holding offence by Southampton player on opponent allowing Referee to make an immediate award of a free-kick. Good co-operation again between officials.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:12:25

Offence by Stephens of Brighton. Referee deals sensibly with the Brighton players who feel aggrieved that Southampton players are making more of minor fouls.

S.M. at 2017-10-29 15:07:09

A good flag signal by AR2 to indicate offence by Southampton forward in his area of the pitch.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 15:00:55

The Referee rightly having a quiet word with Tadic when the Southampton player was trying to make more of a slight collision than actually happened. Sensible Refereeing.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:58:18

Not the blood and thunder you may have expected from this south coast clash and the Referee has been able to adopt quite a passive role so far which suits the type of game that we are seeing. A good offside judgement by AR2.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:52:56

A good signal by AR1 to indicate foul by Bruno right under his nose. Good co-operation ensured offence was penalised.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:48:46

The first 15 minutes have been trouble-free for the Referee. However, he needs to maintain concentration to ensure the level of control does not drop.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:46:41

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s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:43:08

A good advantage signalled by the Referee following a good view from being well positioned.

s.m. at 2017-10-29 14:40:20

Goal to Southampton

S.M. at 2017-10-29 14:30:33

One minutes silence precedes the kick-off. The big crowd observe this in immaculate fashion.  Brighton get the game underway.

SM at 2017-10-29 13:40:58

Todays first RefCam game features Brighton v Southampton. This is the first top flight meeting of these two teams since 1973 following Brightons promotion at the end of last season. The man in charge is Neil Swarbrick who will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Scott Ledger with Roger East acting as 4th Official.  Join us in around 50 minutes to see if Brighton can get the win which would move them above their vistors in the league table.