Everton v Manchester City


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AH at 2017-01-15 16:33:22

Thanks for tuning in today, why not stay tuned for the second instalment of the Manchester v Merseyside derby as Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.  This will follow immediately, with expert comments from former Premier League Referee Rob Harris.

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AH at 2017-01-15 16:32:27

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In summary, so much to admire about Mark Clattenburg’s refereeing – his performance and level of match control were ‘text-book’.  Here’s the key plus points:


  • Fitness, positioning, movement – an object lesson in how use his outstanding athletic ability with purposeful movement and be in the optimum decision making positions throughout the 90+ minutes.


  • The teamwork was impeccable, all of the officials made correct decisions at key stages of the game.


  • He and his team maintained their focus in the closing stages of the game, even when the match was over as a contest.


However, one criticism, Davies deserved a technical caution for entering the crowd following his goal.  That incident apart, no complaints from me.

Full Time

AH at 2017-01-15 16:26:57

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Summary to follow shortly …..



AH at 2017-01-15 16:26:14

GOAL!Debutante Lookman places the icing on the cake to confirm all 3 points – a great day for the Home Team


AH at 2017-01-15 16:24:38

Yellow CardYellow CardOtemendi and Lukaku earn themselves a yellow card each following a game of “my Dad is bigger than you Dad” at the half-way line.  A positive intervention by the referee to diffuse the situation before it had chance to escalate.


AH at 2017-01-15 16:19:36

Just 4 added minutes for the refereeing team to bring the game to a safe and successful conclusion.


AH at 2017-01-15 16:15:18

An important lesson for all up and coming referees is to maintain your focus, even when the game is done and dusted as a contest.  It would be easy think ‘job done’, but as the incident between between Sterling and Davies has just shown, it’s never over until the final whistle…..  Good sensible man-management as Mark Clattenberg plays peacemaker.


AH at 2017-01-15 16:10:21

GOAL! Game, set and match as Everton’s young striker nets the third for the Home Team – well done Tom Davies …..


AH at 2017-01-15 16:06:19

Yellow CardSilva joins Holgate in the referee’s book as he takes his frustration out on Davies with a cynical challenge.  This was a well timed caution in the interests of match control as this key stage of the game.


AH at 2017-01-15 16:03:19

At the risk of repeating myself – once again the referee is 10 metres from the incident as Ihenacho offends …….


AH at 2017-01-15 16:01:10

20 minutes to go and a goal for the Away Team would make for a very interesting finish ….


AH at 2017-01-15 15:59:03

Mark Clattenburg contains to maintain perfect positioning as Otamendi fouls Barkley – 10 metres from the play, standing still, no complaints from the City players.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:50:27

Everton’s #26 Ben Davies may well be close to a caution – next penal offence maybe?


AH at 2017-01-15 15:47:56

Yellow CardA well timed caution as Holgate becomes in first player to receive a yellow card.  He clearly mouths to the referee “it’s my first one!”.  Sorry young Mr. Holgate, I distinctly remember a first-half penal offence where the referee gave you the benefit of the doubt, you deserved your caution.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:44:40

More good work by Simon Bennett as he correctly detects that the ball was marginally out of play.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:43:10

This is a key 10 minutes for the refereeing team – how this phase of the game goes will, probably, determine the outcome and it’s key that Mark and his team maintain their very high standards.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:37:50

GOAL! Cracking start for the Home Team as Mirallas doubles their lead, striking from the edge of the penalty area. Respect to Darren Cann for yet again making the correct ‘offside’ call, another correct key match decision.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:34:48

Here we go for the second half – at whatever level, it’s ALWAYS the more difficult 45 minutes.

AH at 2017-01-15 15:31:43

Half Time

Here at You Are The Ref we welcome the appointment of Mike Foster as the chairman of Professional Game Match Officials – visit https://you-are-the-ref.com/mike-foster-appointed-new-pgmol-chairman/ for Keith Hackett’s take on the this – with Keith quoting “Mike is a football man, and a supporter of referees.  He is a terrific administrator and I welcome his appointment.”


Half Time

AH at 2017-01-15 15:24:17

Half Time

Correct key decision making has been the main factor in the refereeing team’s success so far as we have reached the interval.  All 3 of the on-field officials have made the correct call at crucial times in the game, the offside decisions by both Simon Bennett and Darren Cann being significant.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:19:11

2 minutes to add at the end of the first-half ……


AH at 2017-01-15 15:18:29

Good man-management by Mark Clattenburg. It was clear from his discussions with Funes- Mori has committed several offences and further misconduct would result in a caution – in addition, a yellow card at this stage would have been unfair in the context of Aguero’s missed ‘offence’ against the Everton #25.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:14:14

I have a degree of sympathy for the match officials as they fail to spot Funes Mori was fouled by Aguero in an off the ball incident. All sets of eyes were, correctly, elsewhere- had that incident come to something, then our new friend the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) could well have come into play!


AH at 2017-01-15 15:10:30

More text-book movement from the referee, notice how he sprinted through the centre-circle as the Away Team moved swiftly into an attack, thus allowing him to change direction as required as the attack develops from a good, wide position.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:06:21

GOAL! Quality teamwork from Everton as Davies and Lirallas combine to set up Lukaku, who finishes with authority, game on.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:04:25

Text book Assistant Refereeing from Darren Cann.  The law requires the Assistant to delay the indication as required and this was the perfect example of how the delay should be invoked, waiting until  Zabaleta played the ball.


AH at 2017-01-15 15:00:10

Darren Cann’s turn to make a quality call as Silva is allowed to proceed on goal from an on-side position – the teamwork this afternoon is, so far, of the highest order.


at 2017-01-15 14:58:20

Sterling once again goes to ground far too easily, but the referee is not fooled.  One for Mark to keep an eye on …..

at 2017-01-15 14:56:00

Once again faultless positioning as Holgate offends against Aguero, Mark was ideally placed to judge that the offence occurred outside the penalty area and he gave the decision with authority and confidence


AH at 2017-01-15 14:51:31

#EVEMCI 20 minutes gone and the refereeing team has been called on to make 2 key decisions. As match officials we stand and fall by how we judge the major incidents – so far, so good is the verdict from You Are The Ref


AH at 2017-01-15 14:47:12

Now Mark’s turn to make a key call as Sterling falls in the box under the combined challenge of Baines and Robles.  In my opinion, no penalty as Sterling went to ground far too easily and was looking for the award.  The second correct call by the refereeing team inside a 2 minute period.


AH at 2017-01-15 14:43:16

The first key decision of the game falls to Assistant Simon Bennett who correctly disallows an Everton ‘goal’ for offside – well done Simon


AH at 2017-01-15 14:40:39

Typical Mark Clattenburg – ideally placed to judge the first 3 penal offences in the game, no fuss, no bother, just correct decisions.


AH at 2017-01-15 14:38:36

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AH at 2017-01-15 14:36:54

A nice steady opening 5 minutes for Mark and his team – he will appreciate that .


AH at 2017-01-15 14:31:47

For you young aspiring referees tuning in to watch the game, just keep an eye on Mark’s movement around the field of play and watch how he always seems to be well positioned through a combination of a high level of fitness and an uncanny ability to read the game.

AH at 2017-01-15 14:30:08

Respect to Graham Taylor from all of us here at You Are The Ref

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:29:03

Significantly, 10 of Mark’s 15 top flight matches so far this season have been covered live on TV, a clear sign off how highly he is rated and I am looking forward to watching him manage the game.

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:27:44

In terms of horses for courses, the PGMO have, in my opinion, made a wise choice with today’s match officials. It’s a sign of the significance of the fixture that Mark Clattenburg is in charge, supported by the experience of FIFA Assistant Referee’s Darren Cann and Simon Bennett.  Kevin Friend, following his very busy holiday period schedule (https://you-are-the-ref.com/friends-like-referees-manic-schedule/  has the 4th official duties.

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:26:01

Thanks to @ConlaundLuke for his comments on Anthony Taylor’s solid performance at the lunchtime game yesterday, I agree with you Luke – Anthony had a very sound game.

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:20:27

For those of you who have been refereeing out in the cold and wet of a typical English Sunday morning, we hope you enjoyed your game, get yourself a warm cup of something or other, sit down, relax and enjoy the game with us.

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:14:23

One of the key talking points in our wonderful game is the use of Video Referees.  Whilst waiting for kick-off, why not visit https://you-are-the-ref.com/hacketts-verdict-word-caution-video-refs/ and read Keith Hackett’s interesting article on how this may be implemented.

Pre Match

AH at 2017-01-15 14:10:08

Welcome to our coverage of Everton v Manchester City from Goodison Park.  This famous old stadium has seen some great games over the years, and this fixture promises to be another great game as title contenders City bring their mutli-million pound squad to one of the iconic grounds in the Premier League.