Everton v Crystal Palace



GB at 2015-12-07 23:09:05


Craig Pawson must have though he was refereeing a training game until the last 15 minutes plus added time. But to be fair to him, apart from a blatant tug of the shirt by Gareth Barry (EV 18) on Mile Jedinak (CP 15) in the second half which he obviously missed, he put in another decent shift and did very little to draw attention to himself.


Bearing in mind the lack of aggression and passion in the game, it was a pity that he let his positioning slip a little in the first half and got mixed up with the players far too often. He seemed to recognise this though as he addressed this side of his game much better in the second half. All in all he will probably feel fully satisfied with that performance tonight (until he sees that shirt pull)!


I must say that I was not quite so impressed by his assistants though. For me both of them missed ideal opportunities when they were closer to an incident of had a better viewing angle to come in with a flag to assist their colleague. We made not have seen any major mistakes tonight, but once again the standard of lining left a bit to be desired for me. Going back to the tug by Barry which the referee missed, they are the ones as an assistant which make you stand out from the crowd if you are big and bold enough to give them.



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GB at 2015-12-07 22:50:33

My final summary will follow very shortly.


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GB at 2015-12-07 22:50:04

Full Time

Everton 1 v 1 Crystal Palace



GB at 2015-12-07 22:47:55

minimum of 3 minutes added time to come


GB at 2015-12-07 22:47:25

having seen the replay of the challenge just inside of the Everton penalty area, it looks to me like the was no case for a free kick. To be fair even the Palace player made nothing of it. One thing for certain the assistant Michael Salisbury was never going to give anything!


GB at 2015-12-07 22:45:30

Yellow Card Ramiro Funes Morin (EV 25)


we all expected the tempo to rise and good to see the referee raising his profile with it


GB at 2015-12-07 22:44:15

second Yellow Cardof the games goes to James McArthur (CP 18) for a clear reckless challenge


GB at 2015-12-07 22:43:02

I must credit the referee again for clearly jinking his position again as the play came towards him like a magnet – in the first time he just stood still and got in the way


GB at 2015-12-07 22:38:53

Now we should expect the tempo to rise


GB at 2015-12-07 22:38:23

GOAL!  Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Everton 1 v 1 Crystal Palace


GB at 2015-12-07 22:36:58

Eddie Smart has at least been consistent tonight by not getting involved again when a player is pulled back right in front of him


GB at 2015-12-07 22:34:53

the officials will be pleased that there was no controversy about the first goal, but there could be a completely different game to referee now for the last 15 minutes


GB at 2015-12-07 22:33:36

GOAL! Scott Dann (CP 6)

Everton 0 v 1 Crystal Palace


GB at 2015-12-07 22:32:32

great movement by the referee then to keep up with the break by Palace and get into an excellent position to judge the challenge in the penalty area


GB at 2015-12-07 22:29:54

Eddie Smart seemed to have turned off then – there was a clear shirt pull which he was better placed to see and he obviously did not flag it!


I have to say that the assistants are really not helping themselves this season when they do not get involved when them should do!


GB at 2015-12-07 22:28:04

Craig Pawson could be seen purposefully changing his position before the first corner kick was taken and moving to ensure he had a good view of the goalkeeper before the ball came into play – good awareness


GB at 2015-12-07 22:25:23

once again it is very noticeable how the referee has tried to change his position more intelligently in this second half and is clearly skipping backwards out of the way before the players or the ball moves towards him


GB at 2015-12-07 22:21:45

there have been very few “big decisions” to make so far but he has done well to keep the game moving by not being too fussy


What do you think of his performance tonight?


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GB at 2015-12-07 22:19:36

So far Craig Pawson is keeping his recent average up of keeping out of trouble and is putting in another solid performance


GB at 2015-12-07 22:18:01

referee was perfectly placed to judge NOT deliberate hand ball by the Palace player as the ball was blasted at him then in the penalty area


GB at 2015-12-07 22:15:48

this game really needs a goal to set it alight


GB at 2015-12-07 22:11:18

the referee has set his tolerance level now with that first Yellow Card of the game for a “clumsy” challenge by Connor Wickham (CP 21)


GB at 2015-12-07 22:09:56

That is precisely the type of mistake I said could come with the teams playing in the same colours when a corner id given instead of a goal-kick. So difficult for the assistant even when you have seen the ball hit blue last before it went out – was it the blue of Everton or Palace?


The referee used his common sense then and soon found a defensive free kick at the taking of the corner as he must have known it was a doggy call by the assistant!


GB at 2015-12-07 22:06:14

already noticeable how much wider the referee is getting at the start of this second half


GB at 2015-12-07 22:04:54

interesting to see the player put more of the ball on the corner arc line when it is on the assistant’s side!

I can remember when the whole of the ball had to be inside the whole of the line – but that law was changed many years ago.


GB at 2015-12-07 22:01:53

Everton get the second half under way


GB at 2015-12-07 21:55:19

Really not much to write home about as far as the officials are concerned in that first half, apart from a tendency fir Craig Pawson to get drawn into the areas where the players wanted to run or play the ball. There is not much for him to get his teeth into in the game so far, so he needs to be careful to maintain his concentration and not let his positioning tactics let him down and try to read the game better so he keeps out of the players’ way. Once or twice in a game can be unlucky for a referee, but there have been far more occasions than that tonight.


Only 4 fouls given, although there have been a lot of advantage signals given, even when there seemed like no foul challenge had been committed.


The main thing for all the officials now is to remain focussed and expect the unexpected in the second half. If they can keep their profiles as low as they are at the moment they won’t worry about that, so there is no need to go looking for trouble in this game.


Both assistants are looking neat, although they have had very little to get involved with either. Just one push in the back when I felt Michael Salisbury could have assisted the referee more.


GB at 2015-12-07 21:46:56

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GB at 2015-12-07 21:46:21

Half Time

Everton 0 v 0 Crystal Palace



GB at 2015-12-07 21:45:37

minimum of 1 added minute to be played


GB at 2015-12-07 21:44:43

nothing wrong with the position of the ball again for that corner – as long as some of the ball is lipping over the arc – think of it like the whole ball has to cross the goal-line for it to be a goal


GB at 2015-12-07 21:42:46

I have lost count of the amount of times the referee has needed to adjust his position tonight to get out of the way of the ball or the players


GB at 2015-12-07 21:41:51

there was no excuse for the Palace player to hang about within 9.15 metres of the ball at that corner then as there are markings on the goal-line to show him how far away he must retreat. The mark is 9.15 metres from the corner arc by the way, not the corner flag


GB at 2015-12-07 21:37:41

much better head movement and eye contact with the referee noticed then by Michael Salisbury at his last throw-in signal


GB at 2015-12-07 21:35:32

both teams just seem to be cancelling each other out at the moment


GB at 2015-12-07 21:33:39

That was better by the referee – everyone expected the foul to be given and it was


GB at 2015-12-07 21:32:56

That shot of the last Everton attack and the players in the Goal-area, showed what the assistants have to put up with tonight in trying to spot if the ball is last played by an attacker or a defender in a tight off-side call


GB at 2015-12-07 21:30:54

excellent turn of pace demonstrated that time by the referee – mind you he must have lots of energy left due to the pace of the game so far


GB at 2015-12-07 21:29:12

I was surprised that Michael Salisbury or Craig Pawson could not spot that push in the back between them? Are they BOTH getting complacent and losing concentration as the game is lacking any bite at the moment? Either was, the officials cannot start allowing the competitors to start becoming surprised by their decisions


GB at 2015-12-07 21:24:11

Craig Pawson really is making a habit of getting in the way tonight


GB at 2015-12-07 21:23:27

Eddie Smart gets the first off-side of the game and communicates to the players as to who he had penalised and why. Sometimes this can help, but you don’t want to give the players a running commentary from the line.


GB at 2015-12-07 21:21:59

That was a VERY FAIR advantage for Craig to play out on the wing. Might not be the optimum place to play advantage but in a game like this it is important for the referee to do what he can to keep it moving, and this one nearly resulted in a goal.


GB at 2015-12-07 21:20:06

The referee finds himself right in the area the players want to play the ball again. He needs to release the centre ground to the players


GB at 2015-12-07 21:18:41

NOT a deliberate act to handle the ball – well done to Eddie Smart on this side for not signalling when the bounced up and hit the Palace player’s arm. Even if the player gains advantage from the ball striking his hand or arm it is not an offence unless he “deliberately” handles the ball


GB at 2015-12-07 21:16:17

At least Palace have already made it clear that they have not come here to park the bus!


GB at 2015-12-07 21:14:38

Craig was very keen to show the advantage signal then, which gave him a rare opportunity to get involved in this game


GB at 2015-12-07 21:13:32

Craig’s movement looks a little more relaxed tonight, despite being sucked into the mixer just now and almost getting struck by the ball


GB at 2015-12-07 21:10:11

Just one foul in the first 10 minutes and the teams are quite happy to just suss each other out so far – the officials will not mind that at all. Even the crowd seem very quiet so far


GB at 2015-12-07 21:08:05

I remember a game years ago when I was on the line with one team wearing red white red and the other one wearing white red white – these colours of the teams tonight put added unnecessary pressure on the assistants – particularly with all the spectators wearing club colours these days as well


GB at 2015-12-07 21:05:25

With the Premier League Assistants in the spotlight at the moment, I have already noticed a difference in style between these two when they signal for throw-ins. Watch how Michael Salisbury’s head is looking straight across the field of play when he signals, but Eddie Smart sensibly turns his head to maintain eye-contact with the referee.


GB at 2015-12-07 21:04:04

Nice easy foul for Craig to enter the game with

GB at 2015-12-07 21:01:08

AR1: Michael Salisbury (MS) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.



GB at 2015-12-07 21:00:04

Everton won the toss so it will be  Crystal Palace to kick off.


Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


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GB at 2015-12-07 20:55:13

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2015-12-07 20:52:41

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Craig Pawson (CP)

AR1: Michael Salisbury (MS)

AR2: Eddie Smart (ES)

4th Official: Lee Mason (LM)


Craig Pawson


Craig Pawson steps forward for his 12th game of this season, on the back of a sound performance at Leicester City last weekend, in which he pitched his profile very well and managed the event comfortably without becoming centre of attention. Last week’s game was not a particularly high tempo affair, which resulted in me highlighting Craig’s movement at times which I felt would have benefited from a bit more energy occasionally.


This week’s game could prove to be a much more fluid encounter as Everton attempt to make the most of their  home their advantage, whilst Crystal Palace will be keen to keep up their momentum of playing fast attacking football this season. So I am hoping that Craig will have plenty of opportunities to show us what he is made of and emulate some of the more energetic characteristics displayed by the likes of Clattenburg and Taylor.


Michael Salisbury picks up just his 6th game of the season so far as he joins this referee’s crew for the 3rd time. Eddie Smart on the other hand has received twice as many appointments as he turns out for his 12th game of the season, although this will be the first time he has worked with Craig in this campaign.


Lee Mason gets the board holding duties today for the 10th time this season, outstripping his 7 appointments in the middle, which probably reflects his form this time around.


GB at 2015-12-07 20:47:15

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:




Tim Howard (EV 24)

John Stones (EV 5)

Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Tom Cleverley (EV 15)

Gareth Barry (EV 18)

Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19)

Ross Barkley (EV 20)

Séamus Coleman (EV 23)

Ramiro Funes Morin (EV 25)

Brendan Galloway (EV 32)


Joel Robles (EV 1)

Leighton Baines (EV 3)

Darron Gibson (EV 4)

Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

Aaron Lennon (EV 12)

Steven Naismith (EV 14)

Leon Osman (EV 21)


Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace


Wayne Hennessey (CP 13)

Joel Ward (CP 2)

Scott Dann (CP 6)

Yohan Cabaye (CP 7)

Yannick Bolasie (CP 10)

Mile Jedinak (CP 15)

James McArthur (CP 18)

Connor Wickham (CP 21)

Pape N’Diaye Souar (CP 23)

Damien Delaney (CP 27)

Jason Puncheon (CP 42)


Julián Speroni (CP 1)

Patrick Bamford (CP 8)

Fraizer Campbell (CP 9)

Dwight Gayle (CP 16)

Jordon Mutch (CP 22)

Marouane Chamakh (CP 29)

Martin Kelly (CP 34)


GB at 2015-12-07 20:44:54

Both of these teams tonight will be keen to prove that they have the quality to break into the top 5 places if they can put together a consistent run of the type of performances they have both sporadically displayed this season.


Everton are unbeaten in their last 15 Barclays Premier League matches played on a Monday (W7 D8) as well as being unbeaten in all competitions in their last 6 games. Last Tuesday’s 2 nil win over Middlesbrough did not seem to take much out of them, but they need to get back to the main event tonight and forget all about the Capital One Cup Semi Final until after Christmas.


Crystal Palace must be up for this one tonight as they have lost just one of their last four league matches against Everton and have a fair record at the home of the Toffees having come away with the spoils in four of their six encounters in the Premier League. There is no doubt that this Palace team has the ability to really excite under the stewardship of Alan Pardew and only Arsenal have amassed more points away from home than Crystal Palace since he took charge, which sets this one up for a real ding-dong!


GB at 2015-12-07 20:43:59

Welcome to this evening’s RefCam coverage today of the premier League game between Everton and Crystal Palace

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