Everton v Middlesbrough

Everton v Middlesbrough

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 3 - 1



RH at 2016-09-17 19:49:24

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Two key first half incidents providing a compelling case for the use of Video technology in Refereeing
  • Questionable that the first two goals should stood?
  • Comfortable win for the home team took the pressure of the Referee and his team
  • Pluses and minuses on Referee positioning and movement
  • Strong performance from Simon Beck

This match will not be remembered by many as the season draws on save the Everton faithful. But in Refereeing terms it had a significance that goes beyond the events of this evening. The role of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is on its way and on the evidence of this game it can’t come soon enough. Middlesbrough’s first goal should not have stood, I don’t  blame Lee Mason or Assistant Adrian Holmes for that, it was so hard to see with the naked eye that Negredo had headed the Everton keepers arm when it looked initially that he had made a fair attempt to attack the ball. It took several camera angles to contradict my initial view and that of the pundits to confirm that the keeper was impeded. The second goal (Everton’s first) suggested that on first viewing that Ashley Williams had made a genuine attempt to play the ball, here again subsequent views showed that Williams  boot was raised and the challenge was careless. Although in both incidents the goalkeepers did not dominate the ball, I’ve less sympathy for the Referee on the second incident as he was constrained in his attacking final third/penalty area movement and positioning tonight, that’s probably why Lee Mason gets involved in his fair share of key match incident controversy. As I commented Lee seems to hold back from penetrating the penalty for fear of getting caught out of position on the counter attack. However there were some pleasing features of the Referees game, his midfield and developing play positioning was good and here where he was closer to the action that his decision making was much stronger! He played several credible advantages and picked up tripping, holding and pushing offences. Cooperation with the Two Assistants was good and here I would praise the performance of Simon Beck, he’s taken a bit of stick in the past, but tonight he looked sharp with several sound offside calls and careless challenge identification early on. But the Refereeing headlines from this game focus very much on the bigger picture and the much needed introduction of the VAR, how often will we find ourselves saying that this season???


RH at 2016-09-17 19:20:35

Full Time

Summary to follow

 


RH at 2016-09-17 19:20:14

A nasty challenge by Deulofeu on Gibson, definite free kick!


RH at 2016-09-17 19:18:40

A minimum of two minutes added time to be played!


RH at 2016-09-17 19:18:10

Well its not going to be barnstorming finish to this game!


RH at 2016-09-17 19:16:52

Boro starting to concede silly free kicks with careless challenges


RH at 2016-09-17 19:14:22

Clayton and Baines collide in midfield, the Everton man rightly gets the verdict


RH at 2016-09-17 19:13:14

There are more cracking games to follow on Refcam this weekend, tomorrow at 12.00 midday we feature Watford’s home game with Manchester United, will United bounce back after last weekend’s derby disappointment? Or will Watford fresh from a fantastic fight back at West Ham surprise Jose’s men?

Then at 4.00 we’re covering Sunderland’s visit to White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham side who’ll be keen to put their disappointing Champions league opener behind them! Can David Moyes side bounce back too after their Monday night woes? Or has Spurs Premier League season finally kicked in after that great win last weekend at Stoke?


RH at 2016-09-17 19:10:56

Great advantage as De Roon upends Mirallas in midfield, looked worse than it was, good Refereeing


RH at 2016-09-17 19:08:44

That recent Boro attack that saw Downing’s cross saved by Stekelenburg, I would have liked to see Lee Mason move in closer, there were several players in proximity of the ball and Lee should have been another five metres closer rather than settle for a position just outside the penalty area.


RH at 2016-09-17 19:03:10

Whilst I have rservations about Lee Mason’s attacking third positioning and movement, he does read midfield and developing play well, he works that left hand channel and doesn’t get caught up in play much, that’s good for keeping a low profile when the game is quiet


RH at 2016-09-17 19:01:17

Good work again by Simon Beck as Negredo comes from an offside position to head the ball, off side , spot on!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:57:02

A small but important learning point there as the Referee signalled with an outstretched arm a Boro throw, then looked upwards to admire his signal taking his eye off the ball, guys, don’t do that!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:52:57

Lukaku gets wacked from behind by de Roon, who escaped even a warning, just a free kick, don’t get complacent Lee!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:51:10

Looking at Lee Mason’s game for the first time this season, he seems comfortable in midfield and he’s played some really good advantages, although I feel Mirallis should have been cautioned earlier he’s tried to manage other player challenges and he’s done ok, where I feel his game lacks substance is in his final third positioning and movement, he’s not adventurous enough, it feels like he’s hanging back in case there is a counter attack and he worried at getting caught out of position


RH at 2016-09-17 18:46:31

This seems to be a steadier phase of the game, its fair to say that the score line has much to do with that


RH at 2016-09-17 18:44:51

This game certainly supports the use of video technology, my initial viewing of the first two goals and the views of the TV pundits certainly  sympathised with the Referees decision making. But with the luxury of several camera angles and the time to analyse the images, the Referees reading of the incidents were called into question. Certainly the first incident you have to have sympathy with Lee Mason. The second goal less so, but the use of video technology will be so valuable in such games as this and it can’t come soon enough for me!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:40:20

Adrian Holmes spot on to confirm that Coleman failed to keep the ball in play


RH at 2016-09-17 18:36:50

Mirallas lucky to escape a caution for an over the top tackle, which was reckless for me!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:34:05

Adrian Holmes flags Bolasie offside but in actual fact he was level


RH at 2016-09-17 18:33:21

The second half has started


RH at 2016-09-17 18:33:03

No doubt what the half time talking points are, yes of course the first two goals. As I said earlier ‘Lee Mason has made two big calls on the goals and I would support his actions, yes having looked at another view of the Boro goal Negredo did ‘head’ the keepers arm also and Ashley Williams boot was high but the Boro keeper was diving, it would have been harsh to have disallowed each goal.’  Yes there will be complaints but I feel that the players involved in both incidents made an honest attempt to go for the ball. But after several camera angles viewed the incident, video technology would have confirmed that the Negredo failed to make actual contact and the goal would have disallowed, but it would have been so hard to have made that judgment with the naked eye. Williams challenge was a closer call for the Referee, but given his position and viewing angle he went with what he saw, I still feel it would have been harsh but Williams foot was high, so again on viewing with further cameras angles it shouldn’t have stood.

Its a competitive game and once the goal rush started the match tempo rose markedly.  Lee Mason will have his work cut out this half. A comment on Simon Beck who has looked sharp with a great non offside call on that last Everton strike


RH at 2016-09-17 18:18:06

Half Time

 


RH at 2016-09-17 18:17:55

Yellow CardBarry barges into Ramirez and earns a cuation


RH at 2016-09-17 18:16:59

GOAL!Lukaku adds Everton’s third, or was it Bolasie?

 


RH at 2016-09-17 18:15:21

Forshaw high on Williams as the tempo rises and the tackles fly in! no caution though but his next one will be!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:14:18

Williams fells Nsue and its a free kick


RH at 2016-09-17 18:12:00

GOAL!Super goal from Coleman makes it 2-1 Everton!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:10:32

following the excitement of those goals the match tempo has lowered, the two cautions would have contributed also


RH at 2016-09-17 18:08:42

There are more cracking games to follow on Refcam this weekend, tomorrow at 12.00 midday we feature Watford’s home game with Manchester United, will United bounce back after last weekend’s derby disappointment? Or will Watford fresh from a fantastic fight back at West Ham surprise Jose’s men?

Then at 4.00 we’re covering Sunderland’s visit to White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham side who’ll be keen to put their disappointing Champions league opener behind them! Can David Moyes side bounce back too after their Monday night woes? Or has Spurs Premier League season finally kicked in after that great win last weekend at Stoke?


RH at 2016-09-17 18:07:41

Good Refereeing as an Advantage is played following a holding offence by Ayala on Barkley that earns the offender a Yellow Card


RH at 2016-09-17 18:06:04

Lee Mason has made two big calls on the goals and I would support his actions, yes having looked at another view of the Boro goal Negredo did ‘head’ the keepers arm also and Ashley Williams boot was high but the Boro keeper was diving, it would have been harsh to have disallowed each goal.


RH at 2016-09-17 18:03:30

Ayla with a robust tackle on Gueye, Referee warns the offender and clearly another such challenge would see yellow, I’ll go with that!


RH at 2016-09-17 18:00:51

Bolasie the victim this time good free kick!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:59:24

Yellow CardJust tidying up that Boro goal, Stekelenburg was cautioned for dissent

 


RH at 2016-09-17 17:58:31

Actually there is also a talking point on Everton’s goal with Ashley Williams studs being high on Boro goalkeeper Valdes, its a fair point but Lee Mason would have been a brave man to disallow that one! But he would have been within his rights!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:54:50

GOAL!Garth Barry levels for the home side!

 


RH at 2016-09-17 17:53:56

Lee Mason is going to get some stick from the Everton faithful including Ronald Koeman, but Negredo went for the ball and made contact, that goal is down to the keeper!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:52:18

GOAL!Negredo opens the scoring for Boro , the crowd don’t like it but its a fair challenge and a perfectly good goal!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:50:01

Good work by Assistant Simon Beck to signal Lukaku offside as he chased the rebound from Barkleys shot on goal!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:47:52

Assistant Simon Beck signals a push by Bolasie on Gibson, Referee takes note and blows for the offence


RH at 2016-09-17 17:46:32

Players of each team go to ground but Lee Mason is unimpressed and waves play on, when the tempo is low as it is, a Referee can take such action with no risk to Match control


RH at 2016-09-17 17:44:35

An Nsue push on Baines earns the home side another free kick


RH at 2016-09-17 17:43:48

First Everton corner goes to the near post again with no grappling


RH at 2016-09-17 17:42:05

Negredo pushes Coleman, straight forward free kick


RH at 2016-09-17 17:39:34

The early pattern of play suggesting that Everton are attacking down the right so it looks like Assistant Simon Beck will be close to action to detect any illegal challenges!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:36:17

Friend is carelessly challenged by Coleman, free kick, correct


RH at 2016-09-17 17:34:14

Good teamwork between Referee and Assistant as Bolasie shoves Gibson and Simon Beck is on hand to flag the offence with Lee Mason following up with a warning


RH at 2016-09-17 17:32:18

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Beck is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Adrian Holmes is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2016-09-17 17:31:38

First corner is taken short so little grappling opportunities!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:30:11

Our match Referee Lee Mason gets us underway!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:27:03

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!


RH at 2016-09-17 17:20:11

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

‘’ Lee Mason Everton v Middlesbrough On their return to the top flight, Boro are making a reasonable fist of things.

Aitor Karanka is learning on the job and patchy results would indicate that it will take him a few more games to bed in and really find his feet managerially at this level.

He does at least oversee a side that play football the right way and on their day are a joy to watch.

Ditto Everton, who are now schooled by Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman has the tools at his disposal to really trouble their visitors.

Lee Mason gets his first TV game of the season and there’s some certainty to there being a penalty decision or two for the official to decide upon during play.

He’s been castigated in the past by TV pundits and managers alike for giving spot kicks that were no such thing, or vice-versa.

Mike Riley won’t want one of his charges becoming the weekend entertainment again.

Lee Mason – all you need to know Matches in 2016/17: 3 (1 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 2 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

 


RH at 2016-09-17 17:10:42

We’re following the action on Merseyside this tea time as Ronald Koeman’s high flying Everton side entertain Aitor Karanka’s Boro, who’ve not made a bad start to season themselves!