Burnley v Arsenal


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AH at 2016-10-02 18:46:48

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Thanks for tuning in to our coverage – I am sure the Arsenal goal will be subject to some chat on Social Media – please let us have your thoughts on @youaretheref

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AH at 2016-10-02 18:43:31

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So – this all stands and falls on did Ox-Chamberlin play the ball, and it looks as though, marginally, that Oxlade-Chamberlin kicked Koscielny’s foot and not the ball, therefore the decision to award the goal is correct.  Surely – this is one for the videos referee – how can the on-the-field match officials make that level of decision, at that speed. with any degree of accuracy. Therefore, full marks to the officials.

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AH at 2016-10-02 18:36:05

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In summary – all quiet for 92 minutes, and then …..

Here is how I view the incident, Oxlade-Chamberlin and Koscielny converge on the ball at the far-post, the ball deflects off Oxlade-Chamberlin and hits Kosceinly who is almost on the goal-line, and therefore surely he is in an offside position.  Handball, by the goal-scorer, not for me as it’s no way it was intentional, but I think Bunley have been hard done by as, unless there is also a defender on the goal-line, Koscienly has to be offside.

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AH at 2016-10-02 18:23:24

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The final whistle goes – Arsenal have all 3 points – but was there an offside decision to be made by Scott Ledger ?


AH at 2016-10-02 18:21:33

GOAL! Would you believe it – Arsenal scramble a last second winner – but I need another look at this – offside ?


AH at 2016-10-02 18:15:58

Vokes v Mustafi – Round 7 – to me there was nothing malicious in Vokes’s challenge, his eyes were on the ball and there was no intent to elbow his opponent – another good call from Craig Pawson, who has done so all afternoon.


AH at 2016-10-02 18:11:17

Yet another solid decision by the referee, Marney wins the ball cleanly to break up the latest Arsenal offence.


AH at 2016-10-02 18:09:41

@2wheels04 agrees with me – thanks for your twitter post Bik M’path


AH at 2016-10-02 18:08:40

10 minutes to go, 10 minutes more of quality work by the match officials will see the game safely home, just time to take stock, refocus, and go again for the closing stages.  The match officials will be encouraging each other with the comms system.


AH at 2016-10-02 18:05:20

Another accurate refereeing decision sees Craig Pawson well positioned to judge that Arfield had offended, but Arsenal don’t make the most of the resulting free-kick.


AH at 2016-10-02 18:03:28

Burnley’s turn to come close as Keane rattles the framework with a powerful header.


AH at 2016-10-02 18:01:37

Sanchez fires a fraction wide from 12 yards out as Arsenal come a close as they have to opening the scoring


AH at 2016-10-02 18:00:06

Good positioning once again as Craig Pawson is less than 10 metres from the incident and correctly awards a throw-in to the Away Team.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:57:17

25 minutes to go and Arsenal continue to weave their midfield patterns, but there are no Petit and Vierra out there to thread the pass through to Wright and Henry ……..


AH at 2016-10-02 17:53:59

That was a good advantage applied by the Referee as Sanchez was challenged going forward. Bearing in mind the ‘spirit’ of the game so far, a rebuke for the Burnley man’s challenge was probably the right course of action.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:49:10

Nothing all game and 2 good chances for the Home Team within the space of 2 minutes – game on, dare I suggest, I am sure the officials are aware of the increased intensity.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:45:44

Arsenal still having problems breaking down Burnley’s “flat back 9” (or so it would seem) – it’s important  that Craig and his team do not become complacent and think that their work is done in the light of Arsenal’s dominance.  I am sure a goal, however, would change the whole complex of the game.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:38:08

50 minutes gone and just 3 fouls in the game so far (all committed by Mustafi by the way), surely that will change as the game progresses.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:32:47

Here we go for the second half of Burnley v Arsenal and the second round of Vokes v Mustafi

AH at 2016-10-02 17:30:20

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Thanks to @stokieadam for your twitter post – keep them coming to @youaretheref

AH at 2016-10-02 17:25:12

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With your half-time cuppa, why not visit http://you-are-the-ref.com/hacketts-blog-officials-non-league/ and read Keith Hackett’s great article on officiating in non-league here in the UK.  It’s well worth a read.

AH at 2016-10-02 17:22:59

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A word of praise also for the two Assistant’s who have also made correct decisions at key moments in the game

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AH at 2016-10-02 17:21:30

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With the exception of a minor piece of positional advice, this has been a stellar performance so far by Craig Pawson, he is totally in charge and was quick to recognise the only potential flash point as Vokes and Mustfai continue to do battle – with the latter being very close to a caution in my opinion

AH at 2016-10-02 17:18:27

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Half time here at Turf Moor as the distinctive tones of Burnley manager, encouraging his team, can be heard across the Pennines in Yorkshire !



AH at 2016-10-02 17:16:33

As expected, just 1 additional minute now being played


AH at 2016-10-02 17:13:58

Just 5 minutes to go, and not a lot to add I would envisage, the ideal time for the Refereeing team to refocus and see the game through to half-time with the same high standards.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:11:47

Mustafi on Vokes again – this time the challenge is legal, however my 50 oence is on a caution for the German centre-back before too long.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:10:07

Scott Ledger displaying fine Assistant Referee craft as he correctly judges that Vokes is onside from Lowton’s cross – the Burnley #9 should have done better.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:07:17

30 gone and the first piece of criticism for the referee, did you notice how he got ahead of play as Burnley built a steady attack and had to back track to be correctly positioned.  This observer would prefer to see the referee sweep up behind play, rather than getting ahead of it.


AH at 2016-10-02 17:04:04

Craig Pawson emphasising his authority as Ward is penalised as he takes a throw-in, get the small decisions right, and the big ones will follow ….


AH at 2016-10-02 17:02:22

Burnley are certainly lacking a cutting edge up-front with the absence of Andre Gray.


AH at 2016-10-02 16:57:58

More physicality as Vokes and Mustafi continue to do battle, well not literally, but it’s getting close ….


AH at 2016-10-02 16:55:21

A quarter of the game gone and just one shot on goal so far, but surely it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal’s “chess like” attacks pay divdends


AH at 2016-10-02 16:52:27

Good pro-active refereeing, Craig Pawson correctly referencing to Mustafi that that is offence number 3 against Vokes – last chance saloon I reckon


AH at 2016-10-02 16:49:32

Surely this Arsenal pressure will result in a goal ?


AH at 2016-10-02 16:47:49

15 minutes gone and so far Craig Pawson has retained the standards of his Premier League colleges so far this weekend – I hope I have not tempted fate with that comment …..


AH at 2016-10-02 16:44:41

A second penal offence by Mustafi against Vokes – one for the refereeing team to be aware of.

AH at 2016-10-02 16:40:41

Mustafi does a passable impression of an illegal line-out Rugby Union challenge, Craig Pawson is well placed to award the free-kick to Voakes.


AH at 2016-10-02 16:37:19

That was a good early decision by the Referee, detecting that the ball has been deflected off an Arsenal attacker and to correctly award a goal-kick to Burnley.  This was followed by an equally good decision by Ady Holmes to detect that Voakes was marginally offside.


AH at 2016-10-02 16:33:55

Keep you tweets coming in throughout the game to @youaretheref, does anyone know the answer to @CantonaPat question re the referee changing his shirt at half-time during the Spurs game?


AH at 2016-10-02 16:30:59

Here we go – good luck to the match officials – we hope the ball runs kindly for you ……

Pre Match

AH at 2016-10-02 16:29:45

Craig is having a solid season so far, but I am sure he would agree with me that he is behind Michael Oliver in terms of being the pretender to the Clattenburg crown, highlighted by Michael’s commendable performance in our last game we covered her on RefCam,

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AH at 2016-10-02 16:24:42

There is very much a Yorkshire flavour to the match officials for this game, Sheffield’s Craig Pawson is in charge, Adrian Holmes from Castleford and Scott Ledger from Barnsley are his Assistants, with Lancastrian Lee Mason breaking the White Rose stranglehold as 4th official.

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AH at 2016-10-02 16:15:40

There will be no greater incentive for the Away Team than seeing their North London rivals secure all 3 points early today and end Manchester City’s unbeaten run. – 3 points for the visitors will see them up to 3rd in the Premier League, just 1 point behind Tottenham

AH at 2016-10-02 16:12:28

There will be no greater test for the Home Team than the visit of Arsenal, who enigmatic manager celebrates 20 years in charge of  the North London club – that’s a fabulous achievement and here at You Are The Ref we offer our congratulations to Arsene Wenger.

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AH at 2016-10-02 16:08:28

Welcome to Turf Moor in the heart of Lancashire here in the UK.  It’s a “proper’ football ground and my memories of officiating here are good ones, very atmospheric, the locals love their football and there is a genuine passion for their team.