Everton v Sunderland


GT at 2015-05-09 14:43:54

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GT at 2015-05-09 14:41:46

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GT at 2015-05-09 14:41:04

Goodison Park is quite possibly the worst place to miss a big call though, and the supporters will let Probes know exactly what they think of that missed penalty call.

They really should be asking how their highly-paid ‘stars’ had all of the possession but cannot score.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:38:17

As the curtain comes down on a priceless victory for the visitors, Everton will be wondering how the managed so much of the play but failed to find the net.

As for our referees, it was all going rather well until the missed penalty for Everton just before Sunderland’s second goal.

And that is the really difficult thing about refereeing.

You can having the best game ever, but as soon as you miss a major decision all of that great work goes out of the window as soon as you fail to spot a bog call.

It’s unfortunate for Lee as he will be the butt of the criticism, yet he could not have seen the foul by Defoe on Coleman. Andy Garratt (who was having an excellent game up until then) was best placed to call the penalty but he either missed it, or didn’t judge it correctly.

There is a question mark over Defoe’s goal as it struck his hand before going into the net. However, he was clearly trying to get his hand out of the way and that goal should stand. Anywhere else on the field of play and that one isn’t even a talking point.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:37:19

What a result for the visitors as they record their first away win of the season, and climb out of the relegation zone.

All of the pressure now reverts back on to the other sides at the wrong end of the table.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:35:54

Full Time

GT at 2015-05-09 14:32:07

4 added minutes go on as we reach the end of the normal 90

GT at 2015-05-09 14:30:21

Yet again, more massive screams for a penalty from the Everton crowd as they are wiling Probes to give a decision against Defoe before the Sunderland man went on to score at the other end.

There was contact on Coleman and a penalty should have been given but there was no way Probes could have seen that.

If it was to be given then Andy Garratt was in the best position to judge it.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:30:01

Just a minute after joining the action Garbutt sees yellow for a poor challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-09 14:28:36

Why wasn’t Defoe cautioned for going to the crowd after that goal though Probes?

GT at 2015-05-09 14:28:07

Lennon leaves the action for Everton

GT at 2015-05-09 14:27:05

Defoe secures all three points for the Black Cats

GT at 2015-05-09 14:26:44


GT at 2015-05-09 14:26:00

Fletcher joins the action for Sunderland..

GT at 2015-05-09 14:22:25

Again Andy does well.

The crowd appeal ridiculously for a corner but it was nowhere near crossing the line.

Well done Andy Garratt. Stay strong.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:20:33

Excellent work by Andy Garratt who stands up to the home crowds derision and correctly awards offside against Lukaku

GT at 2015-05-09 14:17:11

Yet another Everton chance goes begging.

It’s McCarthy again who wastes the latest opportunity to level the scores

GT at 2015-05-09 14:16:22

Probes is well placed to correctly judge a strong but well timed challenge by Everton.

Good work, Lee

GT at 2015-05-09 14:15:40

Also Luke Garbutt takes over from Baines for The Toffees

GT at 2015-05-09 14:15:07

Sunderland make a change now as Adam Johnson joins the action for the departing Graham

GT at 2015-05-09 14:14:55

Coleman sees yellow for a poor challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-09 14:09:48

Probes shows a good turn of speed as Everton break quickly.

The Wiltshire man had no problem staying up with play despite his lengthy lay-off this season

GT at 2015-05-09 14:07:36

Another excellent advantage played.

And another correct caution administered to Defoe after play breaks down Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-09 14:06:46

Good refereeing, Lee

GT at 2015-05-09 14:06:30

And indeed he does and Jordi Gómez (SUN 14) sees yellow Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-09 14:05:19

Good advantage played by Probes…

He will go back to caution that offence

GT at 2015-05-09 14:03:53

Everton make the first change as Kevin Mirallas replaces Gareth Barry

GT at 2015-05-09 14:02:38

McCarthy is scythed down by Cattermole.

That had to be a cautionable offence but again Probes leaves his cards in his pocket.

I hope this approach doesn’t come back to bite him.

GT at 2015-05-09 14:00:33

More low key refereeing from Probes as he awards a foul against Lennon for a late challenge, but doesn’t bother speaking with the Everton man

GT at 2015-05-09 13:59:06

Now the tempo will rise, and so will the frustrations of a very partisan Everton crowd who will appeal for anything and everything going…whether or not it is valid.

I always found the Toffees supporters a tough crowd to please. They were very unwilling to acknowledge good officiating and always seemed to feel as if the whole world was against them.

You need to be a strong character to survive in that kind of environment.

Let’s hope Lee, Andy and Ron have that strength.

GT at 2015-05-09 13:55:58

Danny Graham (SUN 19) is very lucky to deflect Gomez’s effort into the Everton goal…

….but they all count!

Game on.

GT at 2015-05-09 13:54:50


GT at 2015-05-09 13:52:35

Ganfield awards offside against Danny Graham, but Probes correctly plays on as the Sunderland forward never looked like picking up the pass.

You must learn to hold the flag better and longer than that, Ron.

GT at 2015-05-09 13:50:34

Everton apply all the early pressure again.

This is a risky game the visitors are playing…especially as they haven’t kept a clean sheet all season away from home

GT at 2015-05-09 13:46:47

Sunderland get the second half under way.

Will they continue to sit back and go for a point?

GT at 2015-05-09 13:33:27

It’s been a ggod half overall for Probes and his team.

The only question marks came around the 30 to 40 minutes period when he began missing fouls.

Was it complacency or was it case of little having happened before then, and he actually only looked good during the quiet times?

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GT at 2015-05-09 13:31:23

Half Time


GT at 2015-05-09 13:30:21

That’s the end of the 45 minutes….1 additional minute to go

GT at 2015-05-09 13:27:34

…and Lee does exactly that as Wes Brown is correctly cautioned for a poor challenge in the build up to that Everton chance Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-09 13:26:40

Excellent advantage played…


please go back and caution the Sunderland man

GT at 2015-05-09 13:25:50

Gareth Barry vents his anger towards Probes – not for the foul he committed which Lee punished – but for the one just before against his Everton colleague which Lee missed

GT at 2015-05-09 13:24:48

Offside correctly awarded by Ganfield as Baines is tardy in getting back into position to receive a pass

GT at 2015-05-09 13:23:43

Oh Lee, you have got to re-focus and get back on track.

That push by Danny Graham (SUN 19) could not have been clearer or easier to see. but it goes unpunished

GT at 2015-05-09 13:21:30

Two fouls by Sunderland players both go unpunished by Lee.

Danny Graham put his body into John Stones, and Lee should have easily picked that one up as the Sunderland man was watching his marker and not the ball as he went into the challenge.

Come on Lee, don’t let your standards fall

GT at 2015-05-09 13:19:07

A third of the game has passed and our referees have done well.

From a game perspective, it could use a goal to liven it up now.

GT at 2015-05-09 13:14:04

Ron Ganfield joins in with his team mates after 28 minutes, correctly signalling the ball out of play for a throw in

GT at 2015-05-09 13:13:12

Jagielka commits a small foul on Danny Graham.

Well spotted by Probes, who correctly awards a free kick

GT at 2015-05-09 13:11:05

25 minutes in, and Probes has missed his first one…a small foul on the Sunderland man but it was a foul nonetheless

GT at 2015-05-09 13:06:47

Huge calls from the Everton faithful, but they were more in desperation rather than belief.

That was never a penalty as the ball struck Sebastián Coates (SUN 22) on the arm.

Well done again Probes

GT at 2015-05-09 13:05:08

Gomez is fortunate to escape without a rebuke as Probes correctly awards a free kick for his foul on Lennon.

However, it was late and perhaps Probes could have used the time to put down a marker

GT at 2015-05-09 13:03:32

Correct offside given by Andy Garratt as Danny Graham (SUN 19) mistimes his run

GT at 2015-05-09 13:01:15

Excellent refereeing as Lee is not fooled Patrick van Aanholt (SUN 3) throwing himself to the ground.

It was a fair shoulder-to-shoulder challenge.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:59:28

What a lovely game to referee this is.

Everton are totally dominant, but Sunderland are playing their part by not resorting to kicking them.

Probes is wisely allowing them to get on with playing open football.

Good awareness, Lee.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:56:57

Probes isn’t fooled into a caution as Barkley throws himself to the ground.

A questionable free kick, but easy to understand why Lee gave it.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:54:29

Defoe clips the ankles of Baines and Probes correctly awards a free kick to the hosts

GT at 2015-05-09 12:53:44

Osman fires a chance wide as Everton look to add to The Black Cats’ relegation fears.

The Toffees have not lost at home in 2015, and will wish to keep that run going with all three points.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:50:45

Nice start for Probes with little or nothing in the way of foul play or dissent coming his way.

Just the kind of game all officials wish for

GT at 2015-05-09 12:47:31

It’s a lively start for our referee as Sunderland waste a good chance.

Let them play, Lee, it looks like they want to…

GT at 2015-05-09 12:45:19

Everton take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-05-09 12:40:40

It’s almost time for kick-off at Goodison Park.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:23:19

As for our referees today, it is great to see Lee Probert back in action after a long absence through injury.

42-year-old Wiltshire-based Probert (or ‘Probes’ as he is known) is a popular and lively character amongst Select group colleagues who made his first top flight appearance in 2007.

He will be assisted today by Ron Ganfield and Andy Garratt, with Craig Pawson competing the quartet as fourth official.

Probes made a Wembley appearance in 2010 as he took charge of the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage Borough. The same year as he became a FIFA listed referee.

A year later he was back at the national stadium to be fourth official at the FA Cup final (Man City v Stoke City), which he followed up in 2014 as referee for the same final between Arsenal and Hull City.

Experience should not be a problem for his two assistants today as Ron Ganfield and Andy Garratt are two of the elder statesmen on the list.

Ganfield has plenty of ‘history’ with Everton not least since his incredible display in their 6-3 loss against Chelsea this season, described by one former Premier League referee as “the worst assistant refereeing performance I have ever seen”.

Indeed, Ganfield has spent a long time out of the top flight this season and must have genuine concerns over his place for 2015/16 and beyond. Maybe it is time to bow out with some dignity still intact, Ron?

Andy Garratt is a former colleague of mine and a lad I have known for a very, very long time. A Bank manager by trade and obvious lover of statistics, I am sure Andy would like to achieve as many top flight games as possible before hanging up his flag, and I wish him well in his quest to rise up the table of appointments.

Let us all wish the boys a great game today in which football hopefully emerges the winner, rather than any negativity surrounding more officiating errors.

GT at 2015-05-09 12:11:17

Hi everyone and welcome to the first of this weekend’s FIVE live Refcam commentary games.

This one sees 11th placed Everton host Sunderland who currently occupy 18th spot in the table.

Whilst The Toffees sit comfortably mid-table and with seemingly little to play for, boss Roberto Martinez will settle for nothing less than 100% commitment from the Merseysiders. In a disappointing season which has petered out in recent weeks to leave Everton with nothing to chase in terms of honours they boys in blue will want to see out the season in style and send their supporters home for the summer looking forward to better times ahead.

Sunderland on the other hand have everything to chase today. Sitting one point adrift of safety they are in real danger of being relegated from the top table of English football.

The Black Cats did manage a win last time out thanks to two penalties, which probably sums up their problems this season…scoring goals from open play. With joint top scorers Jordi Gomez and Connor Wickham both having only found the net on six occasions it is easy to see why the Mackems have a (-22) goal difference from their 34 league outings. Indeed, their top ‘league-only’ scorer is Wickham with 5…the lowest of any side in the top flight.

Will history repeat itself again today though, as YATR followers may remember the Wearsiders also winning 2-1 at this time last season,after which they went a remarkable run of four back-to-back wins, meaning they escaped relegation when everyone had earmarked them as certainties for the drop?

These two will meet again in the reverse fixture in just 11 days’ time, so both will be keen to put down a marker for their opponents by taking all three points today.

Settle back and enjoy our YATR commentary. This promises to be a tense affair.

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