Crystal Palace v Manchester City


AM at 2015-04-06 22:22:33


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AM at 2015-04-06 22:18:03

Full time summary –

Michael Oliver has managed this game overall in a proactive, effective and consistent manner with good movement and the 3 yellow cards produced aided his game management and were all consistent and correct. He has correctly identified all outfield free kicks and played advantage where and when possible which has added to the value of this game. The major talking point and this is what this game will be remembered by was the missed handball by Glen Murray 17 of CP (2nd half) with MO unsighted due to the number of bodies between him and Murray then you have to look at MO`s position on this occasion, which was obscured and unfortunate, but at the end of the day this is what it is all about getting the Key Match Incidents correct and getting the best viewing position to view. In my opinion JB did not have a clear view and could not of helped from his side view on this occasion. With the help of video technology then this decision could have easily been identified, but the use of this technology has been deferred for a year by the FA.

With regards to the ARs then John Brooks made a correct KMI judgement on the CP 1st goal although he was fortunate. I highlighted JB`s position on the Murray goal which was well out of line to the position where he should have been, when the ball was played to Murray. He should have been in line with the 2nd rearmost defender and I further highlighted this in the 2nd half in my BLOG.

Gary Beswick offside key judgements all appeared to be correct good supportive flag on the yellow card for 27 of CP.

The only area which I would like to see him work on is having a quicker movement following his throw in signals – give and go and then get to the next correct position ie in line with 2nd rearmost defender.

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AM at 2015-04-06 21:54:37

The referee MO brings this classic FA Premier League Monday night game to a conclusion and CP pull off a shock result as they beat MC 2-1. MC who were challengers for the title until this game tonight will now be chasing 2nd place.

Full time summary to follow..




Full TimeFull Time

AM at 2015-04-06 21:51:27

CP gk saves and he will look to delay time as long as he can, MO needs to be aware

AM at 2015-04-06 21:50:23

MO just caught slightly behind play as MC move towards CP penalty area and he moves to his side to try to get the best view

AM at 2015-04-06 21:47:46

4 minutes of added time shown by Lee Probert 4th Official

AM at 2015-04-06 21:46:56

Lee Probert 4th Official is looking focussed and supportive as we move towards added time

AM at 2015-04-06 21:45:57

All Match Officials will need to remain fully focussed as they look to bring matters to conclusion

AM at 2015-04-06 21:44:52

MC sub 25 off 7 on

CP sub 11 off 16 on


AM at 2015-04-06 21:43:51

Time is now running out for MC. Be aware of time delaying tactics by CP now

AM at 2015-04-06 21:42:56

Another ck to MC and MO`s movement in judging this decision is good as he strives to get in the best viewing position

AM at 2015-04-06 21:41:24

CP sub BREAKING UP PLAY NOW 40 on 7 off

AM at 2015-04-06 21:40:43

16 MC handball as a break in play allows CP a breather and then onto an OFFSIDE against CP.

CP sub 17 off 9 on – Murray has given his all

AM at 2015-04-06 21:38:35

From a MC shot deflection for a corner kick to MC as they pile on the pressure to get an equaliser

AM at 2015-04-06 21:36:54

Toure MC makes it 2-1 GAME ON THE MOST IMPORTANT 12 MINUTES PLUS ADDED TIME MC THIS SEASON and MO now needs to up his game to remain in touch and to be effective

AM at 2015-04-06 21:35:11

Going back to the missed handball by Murray and no penalty awarded to MC. MO has not got himself into the best position to view this handball on this one occasion he has missed it but so crucial.



AM at 2015-04-06 21:32:16

Free kick to CP Company careless challenge

AM at 2015-04-06 21:31:19

Advantage to CP well delivered by MO with a clear signal

AM at 2015-04-06 21:30:06

Appeals for handball by MC and it was handball by Murray SO A PENALTY KICK SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO MC. I don’t think MO had a good view with all the bodies in front of him but for me a definite penalty. Could he have had help from JB I don’t think that he had a clear view either.

AM at 2015-04-06 21:27:19

High foot by Ward on MC player – free kick to MC – CK to MC good detection by MO here by the angle that he created to judge

at 2015-04-06 21:25:48

Offside against Murray correct by GB

at 2015-04-06 21:25:18

MO is creating good viewing angles and then follows this up with a Yellow Cardfor 26 of MC

at 2015-04-06 21:23:34

AM at 2015-04-06 21:22:42

MC sub 10 off 18 on

AM at 2015-04-06 21:21:39

MO has a quiet word with 27 of CP good effective man management seen here. It also looks like an object has been throw at Puncheon which has been bought to MO`s attention and will be subject to a later report to the FA

AM at 2015-04-06 21:19:41

GB has signalled a throw in to CP he then needs to quickly get into his next position rather than view his waving flag!

AM at 2015-04-06 21:18:31

CK to MC as the game is played at a frenetic pace

AM at 2015-04-06 21:16:45

No free kick to CP against Murray correct again MO`s close position sells it

AM at 2015-04-06 21:15:13

From the resulting free kick 42 of MC put just over the CP bar

AM at 2015-04-06 21:14:30

Yellow Card42 Puncheon deliberate handball correct


AM at 2015-04-06 21:13:42

Foul to CP very positive blast of the whistle from MO – good communication and effective with a point to the position of free kick

AM at 2015-04-06 21:11:28

No sub from MC when we thought so a change of mind from MC as Kompany plays on

AM at 2015-04-06 21:10:24

We have discussed OFFSIDE positioning for an AR at half time and this is where a Coach can and needs to help JB – more concentration and sharper movement is required

AM at 2015-04-06 21:08:10

JB needs to remain in line with the 2nd CP player at all times he is wavering at the moment and needs to get his focus on the job in hand

AM at 2015-04-06 21:06:51

Can MC make a comeback from this being 2-0 down has there title chances faded at The Palace?

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AM at 2015-04-06 21:05:32

Foul by 25 MC on Murray and the spray is out and from a cracking free kick by 42 of CP then we have a GOAL!

AM at 2015-04-06 21:03:52

It will be interesting to see how MC come out this half?

AM at 2015-04-06 21:02:39

We are underway for the 2nd half

AM at 2015-04-06 21:02:19

Question for you all if JB had been in line with the 2nd MC defender at the time the ball was played to Glen Murray for the goal would we have seen the same protests from the MC Players?

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AM at 2015-04-06 20:57:24

Offside – JB goal the 1st judgement s correct and maybe JB is just out of position – on his 2nd judgement he is correct and in line on the 3rd judgement he is correct and Glen Murray is onside as I have put in my BLOG but JB is well out of position and he has guessed this judgement – Very poor positioning when he should heave been in line with the 2nd MC rearmost defender – A Learning point for all running the line at any level to remain in line with the 2nd rearmost defender at ALL TIMES.

AM at 2015-04-06 20:53:12

Half time summary –

MO is well in control of this game – I yellow card correctly shown, good clear communication skills seen both verbal and non verbal – fitness and movement has been good and this has enhanced his decision making process. The major talking point is the CP goal and whether JB was in the right position on both occasions to judge the goal. We will have further look at half time and discuss

AM at 2015-04-06 20:48:20

Half Time

1-0 as CP complain about the goal we will see further footage at half time of this goal and also a further view of JB`s position at the moment the ball is played in on both occasions.

AM at 2015-04-06 20:45:53

1 minute of added time to be played

AM at 2015-04-06 20:45:30

Having just viewed further offside frozen footage then Glen Murray of CP who plays the ball into the MC goal looks to be level when the ball was played to him. We will view further footage at half time I am sure.

AM at 2015-04-06 20:40:47

27Yellow CardCP Reckless and correct, good supportive flag from GB always adds to the team ethic

AM at 2015-04-06 20:39:34

JB will need to keep focussed and not let any player protests affect his concentration – very important

AM at 2015-04-06 20:37:00

Goal to MC – no offside flag from JB and replays appear to show that JB was correct despite protests from MC – well managed by MO – SUCH FINE LINES ON OFFSIDE ON THIS GOAL BUT JB LOOKS TO BE CORRECT AS WE VIEW REPLAYS

AM at 2015-04-06 20:34:16

CK to CP good clear flag signal from JB – MO looking for any grappling

AM at 2015-04-06 20:32:50

CK ot MO good practice from GB to stand in front of the ball and kicker and to await until MO ready for CK to be taken as he speaks to players prior to the CK being taken. COMMS would have also been used here, good teamwork

AM at 2015-04-06 20:30:46

Players are responding well in the first 30 minutes to MO`s judgements and reading of play, little dissent seen and no need for any cards as yet

AM at 2015-04-06 20:29:13

MO is remaining close to play, sometimes very close but we cannot argue this as this is a key requirement for any referee to add credibility to his judgements

AM at 2015-04-06 20:27:29

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AM at 2015-04-06 20:25:59

Free kick to CP from a deep defensive position close to the goal line MO not risking his control here and waiting for the ball to leave the field of play

AM at 2015-04-06 20:24:50

GB decides no free kick he was in the best to help if needs be and he was correct

AM at 2015-04-06 20:23:47

No free kick to CP awarded when at first look it looked a free kick

AM at 2015-04-06 20:22:14

Following the earlier advantage MO has spoken off the ball to both offender and offended good practice here

AM at 2015-04-06 20:20:49

Man City hit the post as they start to move in control – Advantage from MO to MC correct signal seen following a foul on 3 of MC

AM at 2015-04-06 20:19:02

Body Language is a key component of a referee look at MO tonight and how he displays his body language. Also have a look at Hackett`s BLOG for more vital information on this subject.

AM at 2015-04-06 20:17:23

Free kick to MC  WELL COMMUNICATED BY MO good to see a smile on his face as well

AM at 2015-04-06 20:15:53

No handball against 28 of CP in the penalty area correct by MO and communicated to players

AM at 2015-04-06 20:14:42

John Brooks (JB) is the AR on the TA touchline with Gary Beswick (GB) on the nearside touchline

AM at 2015-04-06 20:12:44

Quick breakaway by MC and MO is seen to show a good acceleration to give a ck to MC. Free kick then awarded to CP

AM at 2015-04-06 20:11:42

1st free kick awarded on 10 minutes by MO to CP

AM at 2015-04-06 20:10:32

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AM at 2015-04-06 20:08:44

Advantage signal from MO as CP are allowed an attacking option. Good positive throw in arm / hand signals seen from MO.

AM at 2015-04-06 20:06:17

Close proximity to play being adopted early by MO

AM at 2015-04-06 20:05:11

Quick break from CP no free kick MO has made good ground to get there to judge

AM at 2015-04-06 20:03:08

Great opportunity for CP with a good non offside flag from John Brooks

AM at 2015-04-06 20:01:56

A good early positive arm signal for a throw in will be a nice start for MO

AM at 2015-04-06 20:00:24

Michael Oliver (MO) blows his whistle to indicate the kick off.

AM at 2015-04-06 19:59:21

The Teams enter the field of play for the customary handshakes:

A packed crowd at Selhurst Park and the atmosphere looks to be electric. A great night for football!

AM at 2015-04-06 19:56:30

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AM at 2015-04-06 19:53:04

Tonight`s Referee is Michael Oliver (MO) and he is assisted by:

AR 1. John Brooks AR. 2. Gary Beswick and 4th Official is Lee Probert.

Michael Oliver has had 30 games in all competitions to date and he has so far this season shown 112 yellow and 6 red cards.


at 2015-04-06 19:45:11

Tonight`s referee is one of the top referees in this Country namely Michael Oliver and I am sure that he will go on to be England`s No. 1 after Mark Clattenburg. He will I am sure keep his feet on the ground, listen to good advice and he will be a top referee without a shadow of doubt.

Personal information
Year of birth 1985
County FA Northumberland FA
First Premier League Match 21 August 2010: Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers


At just 25 years of age, Michael Oliver became the youngest referee in Premier League history when he took charge of Birmingham City’s clash with Blackburn Rovers in August 2010, and he has remained a top flight official ever since.

Oliver’s rapid rise up the Football League ladder culminated in being added to the Select Group of referees for the 2010/11 season. Prior to his time in the Premier League, Oliver was a Football League referee for three years after learning his trade with four years at non-league level.

In 2012, his quick progress was rewarded as he was elevated to the FIFA list of referees, making him now eligible to take charge of fixtures in the Champions League and Europa League, as well as UEFA internationals.

His father, Clive, was a former Football League referee.











at 2015-04-06 19:44:01

AM at 2015-04-06 19:40:35



  • Manchester City have won the last five Premier League meetings – and recorded seven victories in a row in all competitions.
  • If Palace lose on Monday, they will set a new club top-flight record for most consecutive defeats against a single opponent.
  • The Eagles have failed to score in their last three league matches against Manchester City.

Crystal Palace

  • Palace are aiming to win three league games in a row for the first time this season.
  • They have kept just one clean sheet in 10 Premier League matches under Alan Pardew, despite earning a healthy 19 points in that time.
  • Their tally of 36 points from 30 games is Crystal Palace’s best record at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1991-92, when they had 40.
  • Crystal Palace have gained a league-high 18 points from losing positions this season prior to the latest round of matches.
  • After scoring one goal in 19 Premier League games, Glenn Murray has scored four in his last four.
  • Pardew has lost his last eight Premier League games against Manchester City by an aggregate score of 23-3.

Manchester City

  • Manchester City could lose three consecutive away matches in the Premier League for the first time in four years.
  • City have only won four of their last 10 league fixtures (W4, D3, L3). They have earned four points fewer than Palace over that period.
  • They have lost three league matches in 2015, only one fewer than in the whole of 2014.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is entering his second century of games in charge of Manchester City. His record in the first 100 games was W63, D15, L22.
  • Yaya Toure has scored in both of his previous league appearances against Crystal Palace.




at 2015-04-06 19:38:35

AM at 2015-04-06 19:35:57


It’s one hundred not out for Manuel Pellegrini but as he enters his second century of games as Manchester City manager it’s looking increasingly likely that Chelsea will not be caught out.

Indeed, Manchester City are also far from assured of the top-three finish that would earn automatic entry to the Champions League group stage.

Fifteen points from a possible 30 is hardly title-winning form; their grasp on their crown is weakening as their form has wobbled, particularly away from home.

In contrast, Crystal Palace are a club with momentum and the decision to appoint Alan Pardew has transformed them from relegation candidates to the calmer waters of mid-table security.

AM at 2015-04-06 19:34:56


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Monday’s game with Manchester City.

Mile Jedinak completes a ban, while Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell and Jordon Mutch remain sidelined.

Yaya Toure missed Manchester City’s victory over West Brom a fortnight ago with an Achilles injury but has since played for Ivory Coast and is fit.

James Milner is also expected to be available despite being troubled by a knee injury in recent weeks.


AM at 2015-04-06 19:33:58

Welcome to this evening`s live REF CAM SKY game which is to be played at Selhurst Park the home of Crystal Palace in England.

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