MH at 2015-02-07 20:42:19

Not the most intense of Merseyside derby’s that we have seen but when judging a referees performance, you ask was there any big key match incidents and if there was did the referee get them right. In this game there were no big key match incidents to be made. So then you look at the referees match control and you ask did the referee manage the players,the game and the event and you have to say YES he did and he did that very well. There was 2 cautions for reckless challenges that were correct and there was a flash point late in the second half that was a challenge to the referees match control when R33 and B17 challenged for the ball, resulting challenge caused a mass confrontation between the players of which referee Anthony Taylor got in well to diffuse the situation showing a yellow card to B14 and R14 for adopting an aggressive attitude towards each other and also showing a yellow card to B17 for his involvement in the incident. Being over critical I think R33 was lucky not to be cautioned in this incident, having said that we have to congratulate Anthony for his overall match control. There wasn’t much opportunity to play advantage and his co-operation with his assistants was of a very high standard with both assistants Beswick and Cann showing excellent judgment in their off side decision making.

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MH at 2015-02-07 20:22:10


MH at 2015-02-07 20:21:55

Full Time

MH at 2015-02-07 20:19:09

A minimum of 3 minutes added time

MH at 2015-02-07 20:13:58

Substitution for Everton B20 on, B14 OFF

MH at 2015-02-07 20:11:04

Substitution for Liverpool R31 OFF, R9 ON

MH at 2015-02-07 20:10:35

Referee managed it very well.

MH at 2015-02-07 20:10:11

Yellow cards issued after a challenge with R33 and B17 and players from both sides came together. R33 lucky not to be cautioned as well.

MH at 2015-02-07 20:08:27

Yellow Card, Anthony quickly in to diffuse the situation, cautioned R14 and B14 also cautioned B17.

MH at 2015-02-07 20:05:19

Excellent to see both assistants concentration levels are at a high on offside judgments.

MH at 2015-02-07 20:03:01

Good to see the two worst challenges of the game and Anthony has correctly cautioned, maintaining his control and the players know where they stand regarding challenges.

MH at 2015-02-07 20:01:33

Yellow CardB8, after a challenge on R33, correct decision mandatory yellow card.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:50:24

Correct judgement on off side by assistant Darren Cann.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:49:27

60 minutes gone and i don’t think i can remember a Merseyside derby without passion and aggression, making it an easy game for Anthony to referee, having said that he is managing the players well.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:47:46

Substitution for Everton, B25 ON, B11 OFF.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:44:02

Substitution for Liverpool, L15 ON, L10 OFF

MH at 2015-02-07 19:38:46

Correct offside decision given.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:37:03

Foul by L24 on B14, referee changes his whistle with 4th official.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:34:08

Referee must continue to keep his concentration levels at a high as he did in the first half. He must not take his foot off the gas.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:33:10

Teams coming back out onto the field of play, Liverpool to start the second half.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:22:31

Referee blows for half time plenty of bruises for some players but lacking in goalmouth action. Not to many incidents for Anthony to deal with, keeping the game flowing when possible. 1 yellow card on 37 minutes for B16 fully justified.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:17:49

Half Time

MH at 2015-02-07 19:16:08

A minimum of 2 minutes added time.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:15:15

Good challenge by B17 on R10, no foul referee correct, R10 just landed awkwardly.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:11:57

B11 goes down but no free kick awarded, did look to go down easy.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:10:31

B11 perhaps lucky not to be cautioned for dissent by action after not getting a corner kick that he thought he deserved.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:08:08

Yellow CardB16, after a reckless challenge on R10. Excellent yellow card Anthony stamping his authority on the game, first poor challenge of the game.


MH at 2015-02-07 19:03:43

He has to have 100% concentration as one will come along.

MH at 2015-02-07 19:02:32

30 minutes gone, lots of pace to the game but lacking passion and aggression, very quiet for referee at the moment as there has been no incidents in the game to date. As a referee that’s just how you want it.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:58:04

Managing the players very well at present.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:57:41

Taylor talks to B16 not sure why?

MH at 2015-02-07 18:53:46

Shout for handball by R31 on B26 good decision by RefereeTaylor not handball.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:48:51

Grappling going on between B10 and R24, good management by referee.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:47:12

16 minutes gone, quiet start for Anthony,his positioning and movement is very good at present, not missing a great deal.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:45:57

Substitution for Liverpool, L21 off L24 ON

MH at 2015-02-07 18:40:12

Good save by Everton goalkeeper from free kick

MH at 2015-02-07 18:39:37

Foul by B18 on R10, free kick to Liverpool, referee in a perfect position.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:37:44

Looked to be a good decision.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:37:12

First off side by Beswick, very tight.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:33:01

Another free kick to Liverpool after a foul by B14.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:31:30

Second free kick after 42 seconds, let’s hope referee Anthony isn’t going to be to fussy today.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:30:43

First free kick after 10 seconds to Everton.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:30:13

Everton to get this game underway. Great atmosphere.

MH at 2015-02-07 18:25:07

Just over 5 minutes till kick off

MH at 2015-02-07 18:14:01

Welcome to today’s Merseyside derby, Everton V Liverpool in what will be an emotional one for Steven Gerrard as this will be his last Merseyside derby before he departs Liverpool at the end of the season.

Today’s match referee is Anthony Taylor, this will be a big test for Anthony as these games are full of incidents. He will need to manage the players, the game and the occasion and he must not set his tolerance level to low otherwise we could see a stack of yellow cards and maybe red’s too.

Anthony has refereed 18 Premier League game’s to date with a total of 77 yellow cards at an average of 4.2 and 3 red cards. Let’s hope the ball runs kindly for him this evening. His assistants today are Gary Beswick, Darren Cann and 4th official Michael Oliver.