Everton v Sunderland



GB at 2015-11-01 16:32:59

No one will remember who refereed this game – and that’s just how all referees like it. It was all about the players and the goals!


Andre Marriner drifted in and out  only when he needed to. He kept the game moving as much as he could and took the appropriate disciplinary action when required. There was even one period when I think I saw something I have never seen before with two advantages being played then when the play eventually stopped, two players were cautioned – most unusual, but perfectly correct by the referee.

By my reckoning there were actually 4 cautioned issued after an advantage was played in this game. This is not something you see very often and inexperienced referees need to be very careful with when they use this tactic, but for me this was the highpoint of Andre’s game today. He tried to keep the game moving as much as he could and never let playing the advantage rather than stopping the game to issue a caution effect his authority or control of the game – nice one!


Andre is never going to look like an athlete but his movement was “steady” today and he kept up well when the play switched from end to end. He did not miss much in this game by being too far away or being in the wrong position. There was only one incident when I felt he missed a clear push in the penalty area, but he could not put that down to his positioning.


The excellent teamwork I mentioned at half time carried on in the second half with the Assistants clearly on the same page as the referee and not getting involved unnecessarily.


That’s it for me today, so I will pass you over to Rob Harris for the next game which will start in about 30 minutes time.


GB at 2015-11-01 16:24:51

My final summary will follow very shortly.


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GB at 2015-11-01 16:24:09

Full Time

Everton 62 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 16:22:21

Yellow Card Brendan Galloway (EV 32) – after playing advantage again!


GB at 2015-11-01 16:21:33

Scott Ledger proving his concentration right to the end as he delayed his off-side flag until the player became active


GB at 2015-11-01 16:19:59

another advantage played by the referee in the centre there which nearly led to a goal – advantage has been a very positive aspect of the referees performance today


GB at 2015-11-01 16:14:50

AM was coming into the screen shot just as the challenge went in inside the penalty area then. He is never going to look like an athlete, but he has not missed much by being too far away or in the wrong position in this game


GB at 2015-11-01 16:10:19

thats what happens when the referee stops moving – he gets in the way!


GB at 2015-11-01 16:08:36

Scott Ledger gets his first off -side in the 77th minute


GB at 2015-11-01 16:07:36

GOAL! Arouna Koné (EV 9)


Everton 62 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 16:05:46

15 minutes to go and all the officials need to remain focussed in order to see this one out regardless of the state of the game

GB at 2015-11-01 16:03:21

Comment on Twitter from Pat regarding Jermain Defoe (SUN 18) – anyone one else out there think he has a point?

@youaretheref Deulofeu should not be on the pitch Yellow for worst dive ever, yellow for words to linesman !


GB at 2015-11-01 16:01:23

with that clear push-over in the Sunderland penalty area, that is precisely the type of thing I was refereeing to a few minutes ago when I said I hoped Andre could keep his concentration in this one. Because of the state of the game he is likely to “get away with it”, but it was still a poor miss.


GB at 2015-11-01 15:55:24

Andre Marriner showed a good turn of pace at that last goal as the play switched from one end to the other. I hope he can keep his concentration in this one and not become centre of attention for the wrong reasons.


GB at 2015-11-01 15:53:47

GOAL!  Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Everton 52 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 15:52:05

GOAL!  Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Normal service has been resumed!

Everton 42 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 15:50:35

Jack Rodwell (SUN 8) was also on the end of Yellow Card just now for holding an opponent – that one also looked like the referee played an advance on as well


GB at 2015-11-01 15:48:48

the players are really turning up the entertainment and I must say that the referee is playing his part as well by being prepared to go along with it but still take the necessary disciplinary action when required with those last two yellow cards, each one after playing an advantage.


GB at 2015-11-01 15:46:24

GOAL! Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Everton 3 – 2 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 15:45:26

It is all happening now and the referee is spot on again with that Yellow Card for Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19) for attempting to deceive the referee – simulation




GB at 2015-11-01 15:43:45

This game really has the potential to really come to the boil so I expect the referee to read the tempo and temperature rising and react to it as he did with that Yellow Cardfor Steven Fletcher (SUN 26) after that advantage played


GB at 2015-11-01 15:41:36


GOAL!  Steven Fletcher (SUN 26)

Everton 22 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 15:38:06

first off-side of the game for Darren Cann


GB at 2015-11-01 15:36:10

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Second half underway


GB at 2015-11-01 15:31:04

This performance from the referee has been built firmly on basic refereeing skills and excellent teamwork – nothing fancy, but the game really has not needed Andre Marriner to become centre of attention at any time so far.


The one Caution for Defoe for delaying restart showed that the referee knows that he cannot allow clear breaches of the law to go unpunished even in a very “quiet” game, but he really has not needed to go looking for trouble in this one.


Sunderland flattered to deceive


After and exciting opening 15 minutes which was end to end stuff in which Sunderland appeared to flatter to deceive, the game almost died as a contest when Everton took control and the pace almost became a pedestrian.


Nothing the officials can do about that, and even if it means the referee looks like he is just walking around at times, he can only manage what is put in front of him!


Andre has looked relaxed but alert in the first half and that late goal could put a whole different complexion on the second half


Only 8 free kicks so far at 4 each and the referee has really not needed to raise his profile, but it could all change soon as both teams come out fired up to get this game going again.


Both assistants have worked well with their referee so far with hardly a decision to make on the surface but a lot of un-noticed excellent teamwork going on.


GB at 2015-11-01 15:22:32

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GB at 2015-11-01 15:21:41

Half Time

Everton 2 1 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 15:20:45

what a GOAL! by Jermain Defoe (SUN 18) – right on the 3rd minute of added time!

That sets the second half up nicely!




GB at 2015-11-01 15:17:34

minimum of 3 minutes to be played – regardless of the board only showing 1 minute! We could do without another controversy in that area the weekend


GB at 2015-11-01 15:13:42

straight forward free kick again on the edge of the Sunderland penalty area – that challenge in a real blood and thunder game may have resulted in a card, but this game really does not need it yet so Mariner did well to keep his tinder dry with that one


GB at 2015-11-01 15:08:19

There is still a long way to go in this one and I would expect Big Sam to put some fire into the bellies of his players at half time


GB at 2015-11-01 15:05:55

Games like this always come down to concentration for the officials now as there really is very little bite in it at the moment


GB at 2015-11-01 15:04:02

GOAL! Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Everton 20 Sunderland



GB at 2015-11-01 15:01:54

AM is at least on the move all the time as Everton knock the ball about between them – he may not exactly be “on his toes”, but at least he is not just standing still as the play goes on around him


GB at 2015-11-01 14:58:59

Andre has made a very steady start in this game and has managed the expectations of the players well with no surprises in his recognition of fair and unfair challenges


GB at 2015-11-01 14:57:04

That would have been a very interesting decision for the referee if the ball had struck the arm of the Everton player considering the position his hands we in – lucky it hit his ribs!


GB at 2015-11-01 14:55:46

Mike Jones had his work cut out then to keep up with what Everton wanted to do with the substitution


GB at 2015-11-01 14:53:44

Andre Marriner seen acknowledging his Assistant Darren Cann with an arm signal then – good teamwork again even with all the other comms kit they have, good to see a clear signal


GB at 2015-11-01 14:51:03

GOAL! Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19)

Everton 1 – 0 Sunderland


GB at 2015-11-01 14:49:52

good free kick given from distance then by the referee for the foul challenge then

Yellow CardJermain Defoe (SUN 18) for delaying the restart


GB at 2015-11-01 14:47:44

good teamwork then between AM and SL – Andre waited to see what SL was going to signal corner or goalkick


GB at 2015-11-01 14:46:27

Sunderland certainly do not look like a team in the bottom 2!


GB at 2015-11-01 14:45:39

clear ball to hand – not a deliberate act so no hand ball offence!


GB at 2015-11-01 14:44:57

another routine free kick and AM is doing the right thing to pick off these “safe” free kicks. It may be a “quiet” game so far but the referee cannot allow the simple offences to go unpunished as he makes his mark on the game.

Just one in the centre then where I felt AM may have been better to give the free kick


GB at 2015-11-01 14:42:58

Darren Cann showing good basic skills then by continuing to run to the touchline to give his goalkick signal


GB at 2015-11-01 14:41:47

the opening ten minutes have seen the play switch from end to end which bodes well for a good open attacking game. So far the referee has been able to take a back seat and he will not be too concerned about that apart from a few routine careless challenges


GB at 2015-11-01 14:38:18

the double peep of the whistle then was to make sure the player looked at the referee to confirm the position for the throw-in to be taken from


GB at 2015-11-01 14:37:14

Once again this season I notice that the Sunderland Goalkeeper is in the same colour kit as the referee – contrary to the Laws of the Game


GB at 2015-11-01 14:36:09

Andre needed to sprint from one end to the other to keep up with the play then. He has a deceptive running style but he usually get there in the end!


GB at 2015-11-01 14:33:30

Early decision for Scott Ledger then for a goal kick to Sunderland, he was right on the spot to give it


GB at 2015-11-01 14:31:53

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


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


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GB at 2015-11-01 14:27:51

Andre will be happy to have the experienced World Cup final Assistant Referee Cann in his team today


GB at 2015-11-01 14:26:22

There seems to have been a change of Assistant Referee with Darren Cann replacing Richard West


GB at 2015-11-01 14:24:19

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


GB at 2015-11-01 14:20:53

Andre Mariners returns for only his 6th game of this season and the first time he has had two back to back weekend outings in the Premier League since September.


He has managed to stay clear of any major controversy recently and has gone about his business in his 11th year in the top flight by settling back into his reliable calm and controlled manner, which he struggled to rekindle last season following some very mediocre performances.


The 45 years old referee may be content with just being a “grey man” this season, but he will be conscious of the fact that the white badge he will be wearing with pride this afternoon signifies there should be no mistakes to talk about when “a FIFA man” is in charge. A fact which was raised by our own Keith Hackett in last week’s Ref Show when talking about any possible nominations from the English FA this year.


This will be the 3rd time Scott Ledger has worked with Andre in the Premier League, this season and the first time he has been paired up with Richard West.


Mike Jones makes up the crew by getting the job of keeping peace between the Managers today, as well as assisting the referee to control the game from the Technical Areas. Jones appears to have banked another solid performance yesterday in the game between Palace and United, but will no doubt be hoping for a quieter afternoon today!


GB at 2015-11-01 14:19:25

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Andre Marriner (AM)

AR1: Scott Ledger (SL)

AR2: Richard West (RW)

4th Official: Mike Jones (MJ)

Andre Marriner


GB at 2015-11-01 14:17:31

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:



Tim Howard (EV 24)

John Stones (EV 5)

Bryan Oviedo (EV 8)

Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

James McCarthy (EV 16)

Gareth Barry (EV 18)

Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19)

Ross Barkley (EV 20)

Séamus Coleman (EV 23)

Ramiro Funes Morin (EV 25)


Joel Robles (EV 1)

Darron Gibson (EV 4)

Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

Aaron Lennon (EV 12)

Steven Naismith (EV 14)

Leon Osman (EV 21)

Brendan Galloway (EV 32)




Costel Pantilimon (SUN 1)

Billy Jones (SUN 2)

Patrick van Aanholt (SUN 3)

Wes Brown (SUN 5)

Lee Cattermole (SUN 6)

Adam Johnson (SUN 11)

Jermain Defoe (SUN 18)

Yann M’Vila (SUN 21)

Sebastián Coates (SUN 22)

DeAndre Yedlin (SUN 24)

Steven Fletcher (SUN 26)


Sebastian Larsson (SUN 7)

Jack Rodwell (SUN 8)

Jordi Gómez (SUN 14)

Jeremain Lens (SUN 17)

Danny Graham (SUN 19)

Vito Mannone (SUN 25)

Duncan Watmore (SUN 41)


GB at 2015-11-01 14:15:45

Everton come into this one on the back of 2 defeats and with only 3 victories in their first 10 games so Roberto Martínez will be desperate to get his team back into winnings ways. It won’t be easy today though as the Black Cats arrive with their tails up!

Scraping through into the quarter finals of the Capital Cup on Penalties mid-week will have done the Toffees much more good than going out of the competition against Norwich, but it will be interesting to see how much difference that extra game makes today though whilst Sunderland had their feet up.

Sunderland may still be on a high after winning their 6th Tyne-Wear derby in a row in controversial circumstances last week. They are going to need a lot more results like that though this season to turn around their dreadful start which had left them without a victory on the board until last Sunday.

It will be interesting to see today if it was the adrenaline rush of the derby last week or the influence of Big Sam which kicked started their season as they approach this fixture which they have walked away with the spoils from in the last two EPL campaigns.

This must win game for both teams to get their seasons back on track, so it should have the potential to produce something exciting today which will raise either team by three places in the table if the secure all three points.


GB at 2015-11-01 14:14:51

Welcome to this lunchtime’s RefCam coverage today of the premier League game between Everton and Sunderland.

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