FINAL SCORE: 1 – 3
TS at 2015-05-04 21:59:07
All referees at every level should read this excellent piece by Keith. Thanks for your company and don’t forget tomorrow night! Don’t forget to log onto You Are The Ref tomorrow night for Juventus -v- Real Madrid to be refereed by West Yorkshire PL referee Martin Atkinson and an all England crew. Our own Glenn Turner will be in the ‘blogging chair’ with expert comments. Great appointment for Martin and a just reward for a great season – in fact a great FEW seasons as the country’s top referee. Euro Finals in 2016 could be his reward for his consistency of performance in the shadow of Howard Webb for many years. Good luck tomorrow Martin.
Here is Keith’s piece on ‘Presence’ for your delight. Good night from me and thanks for your company tonight – Keith Hackett mentioned that wonderful word – ‘Presence’ in his: you-are-the-ref.com – blog this week. Here is what he said…
“Presence is often mentioned but never defined as an attribute of a referee’s performance.
In defining presence, I would say that it is the projection of a referee’s positive personality using non-verbal communication.
To enhance their presence referees need to be:
– Decisive in their decision-making
– Able to demonstrate a sense of ease (emotional control)
Presence is not a fixed definable quality but rather a process of continuous growth and change that takes place before the eyes of the players.
The challenge is to continually project the right image by being vitally aware of the signals you are sending to others.
The quality of presence is enhanced by the signals the referee sends but diminishes if any of the elements are not successfully transmitted (i.e. – there are different levels of presence. The better the referee is at transmitting these signals, the more rewards he gets in easier match control)
Presence – confidence
– Body Posture
– Eye contact
– Nervous mannerisms; avoid these because they can transmit anxiety
– Control of voice; vary the tone and avoid sounding over aggressive or timid
Be very careful because confidence can border on arrogance.
Presence – decisiveness
– Speed of decision-making
– Sharpness of signals
– Correctness of action
– Ability/willingness to admit mistake
– Early advantage and strong call
– Control of emotions; slow to anger
– Appropriate visual response to incidents
– When to smile
– When to turn on the mongrel face
– Willingness to talk when appropriate
– Controlled urgency
Presence – empathy
– Physical activity; that extra effort
– “The show must go on”
– Facial alertness
So referees and assessors, when judging and advising referees please remember to make reference to this aspect of their performance in order to develop these skill sets into their performance.
Wonderful work Keith and great information for referees at all levels. Yorkshire bitter time now! Goodnight from us all.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:53:24
Arsenal deserve their win and despite a spirited display by Hull they lacked quality in the final third. That same area is where Lee needs to apply his presence by using more dynamic sprinting and workrate in the mid-field to impose his presence in a more positive way. Keith Hackett provided an excellent piece on our website about ‘presence’ and as I know that the PL referee’s read these blogs, I Make no apologies for repeating that here. Lee has seen the game to a safe conclusion, the odd error of teamwork was evident but no one will be pointing any fingers at him for his control of the game.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:47:52
Wilshere made a powerful run but ran the ball out of play in a good position. This time Arsenal get a corner their 5th to Hull having none! We approach the final minute as Monreal gives away a free kick but Hull waste the chance. The 90 minutes is up as 4 added minutes displayed.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:43:29
Last five minutes and it is important for the officials to see the game to a safe conclusion. Arsenal have chances and want a handling offence but Sanchez misses the shot. Walcott on for Giroud. No penalty for me – good decision Lee Mason.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:38:38
As we approach the last 10 minutes, more subs will be used. Hull attackers were snuffed out and as Arsenal,attack,here comes Quinn off and Jelavic on for Hull.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:35:05
Delivering accurate decisions by the referee to the expectation and perception of the players is an important skill which if successfully carried out negates dissent following the award. A close proximity to the incident is vital to effectively sell the decision. Interesting that both contentious decisions should have been awarded correctly had teamwork been effective with first the 4th official,and then the AR not providing accurate judgement. Hull are looking more dangerous and searching for a second goal.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:30:21
Lee Mason has been able to go back to his original low key approach as the players are getting on with the game in the spirit of law. Just as he relaxed a head injury was undetected – it was certainly a foul which was missed before Dawson fouled Wilshere to give Arsenal a free kick in a dangerous position. A cut underneath Meyler’s eye looks nasty and may need stiches. It was a simple free kick to give and surprising that Lee or his assistant did not make the award – it was right in front of him!
TS at 2015-05-04 21:25:15
Arsenal sub on 67 minutes as Wilshere on for goal scorer Ramsey.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:23:06
Arsenal showboating! Sub for Hull – Roberson on for Aluko on 65 minutes. Substitutions for injured players do not normally sound alarm bells for the referee to raise their game, unlike tactical changes which can cause a temporary threat to control. The player entering the field of play, in Law, must not enter until his team mate has left and a good ploy for officials is to slow down the change over when the tempo has increased.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:20:57
Corner to Arsenal just after the hour. Hull clear the danger and the next goal is vital! Sanchez on what trick but a good save by Harper in theHull goal.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:18:51
Quinn hurt as the Cocqueline gets some retribution for what he perceived as an earlier foul. His foul on the half way line where he used his studs on Quinn’s ankle was worthy of a sanction. The 4th Official probably had the best view but didn’t react positively to help the referee!
TS at 2015-05-04 21:14:40
Delivering accurate decisions by the referee to the expectation and perception of the players is an important skill which if successfully carried out negates dissent following the award. A close proximity to the incident is vital to effectively sell the decision. Lee has generally done this but he needs to inject some additional dynamatism into his game in the final third to ensure he moves from a good position to a better position. That is something that tonight’s 4th official has perfected. Hull score by Quinn with a firm header. Good offside judgement to allow the goal.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:10:15
When I payed and we were in a similar losing position, our manager always said that it was important we did not lose the second half. This leads to higher player commitment levels to impress the Manager!
TS at 2015-05-04 21:07:23
Good decision to award ‘no foul’ after the Hull player lost the ball and ran into the defender. Ironic cheers on the next free kick to Hull before a flag for a foul gives Arsenal a freekick. Already the tempo is higher as Hull try to get back into the game.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:04:07
What changes will the managers have made to their tactical formations? Adjustments to the referee’s positioning might be necessary as he watches to see what changes have been made by the managers. Remember that the tactical formations of the teams (4-4-2, 4-3-3 or 5-3-2-1) have different positional requirements for the referee to get the best viewing angles without being in the way of play.
TS at 2015-05-04 21:03:05
The whistle blows for the start of the final 45 minutes of this crucial game. Keith Hackett recently extolled the virtues of ‘ten minute refereeing’ and that is something that I worked on with Lee and I am sure he will have been working on that during this season as he breaks the game down into manageable chunks of officiating. This has worked during the first half with all his decisions having full credibility and delivered from close proximity. Sub for Hull, Livermore off and Meyler,on
TS at 2015-05-04 20:50:30
Half time whistle blows with Arsenal totally in command. Hull have a major problem and their tactics in the second half will need assessing in the early stages. The officials have missed little and the lack f player dissent indicates their trust in their judgement. We hope this will continue. We will return for more comments after the traditional cup of Yorkshire tea.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:47:16
Great save by Harper in the Hull goal to deny Arsenal a 3rdbgoal before Sanchez scores after a delightful ball through. Game over? Two minutes added time.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:44:33
Don’t forget to log onto You Are The Ref tomorrow night for Juventus -v- Real Madrid to be refereed by West Yorkshire PL referee Martin Atkinson and an all England crew. Our own Glenn Turner will be in the ‘blogging chair’ with expert comments. Great appointment for Martin and a just reward for a great season – in fact a great FEW seasons as the country’s top referee. Euro Finals in 2016 could be his reward for his consistency of performance in the shadow of Howard Webb for many years. Good luck tomorrow Martin. Good advantage played there by Lee Mason but the shot for Arsenal is saved. Last minute of the half.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:41:30
Another good chance goes begging for Hull as they step up their game. Five minutes to half time.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:39:52
Another Hull freekick with Lee perfectly positioned and another opportunity wasted as they shot wide as the offside flag was correctly raised.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:38:22
Corner to Arsenal cleared and Hull had a great chance on the break. Wasted opportunity!
TS at 2015-05-04 20:35:44
Managing the tempo of the game needs concentration of the highest order. Less advantage and more free kicks are tools to be used until the tempo returns to a more acceptable level of control. Another midfield freekick to Hull but Arsenal retain possession.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:34:27
Free kick to Hull. In last ten minutes the game has changed and with 15 minutes to half time Lee has increased his workrate and showing more dynamic movement. Arsenal score again with another deflected shot – good movement by Lee to get a better viewing angle.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:31:03
Game on now and Hull need to change their tactics. N’Doye cautioned for a trip from behind. Lee Mason responding to the chance of tempo.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:29:21
Good to see the referee get in quickly as Livermore trips the forward – arsenal score from the free kick and Livermore lucky to escape a sanction
TS at 2015-05-04 20:26:18
Great chance for Hull – header missed! Foul for Arsenal on the break and Jake Livermore cautioned for his reckless tackle the prediction on the blog was right! Injury to Ramsey holds up play. Huddlestone’s studs caught Ramsey – no caution!
TS at 2015-05-04 20:21:03
20 minutes gone and still the low key approach is working for the officials. The next five minutes will be interesting as both teams have tried to work out their opponents. Extra vigilance may be needed!
TS at 2015-05-04 20:18:58
Great spot by Lee for a foul by Mertesacker gives Hull a free kick but Arsenal clear. A foul on a defender ends their breakaway.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:16:33
A lazy ‘goal kick’ signal by AR Halliday there! A bit of a worry if he is not up for this game and fully focussed!
TS at 2015-05-04 20:14:03
Good save to deny Arsenal – When the balance of control is uneven, player dissent increases and frustration levels can give the referee management problems. It’s important to consider the foul count and caution count and try and maintain an effective balance.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:12:30
Ten minutes gone and Lee Mason has adopted a low key approach so far with just 2 free kicks and good awareness on the injury.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:10:42
The Arsenal keeper is of course Ospina! Another free kick on half way. This time for Arsenal to balance the foul count as a deflection puts a shot on target for Arsenal.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:08:41
First free kick to Hull near the half way line with Lee in a good position. Ossian in goal for Arsenal flattens his own man and Lee rightly stops play. Good awareness! Drop ball restart and the game is on again.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:05:53
Five minutes gone and Arsenal have had all the possession. Hull csitting back, like an away team, hoping to catch them on the break. A tactic that the referee has also probably observed.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:04:13
First offside flag correctly raised – helped by the rugby markings! Well done AR McDonough.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:02:53
Arsenal field only one English player in the starting line up – Ramsey – and their first shot goes behind the goal.
TS at 2015-05-04 20:00:29
The whistle blows and we are under way for what should be an interesting game as both teams have shown great quality throughout the season to date. Arsenal kick off.
TS at 2015-05-04 19:58:26
Both Assistant Referees Halliday and McDonough I am sure will be working hard to support the referee with a high standard of teamwork. and correct offside judgement is a vital part of that. The first offside decision sets the standard for the game. Offside judgement has been proven suspect in the Premier League this season with too many Assistant Referees getting their decisions wrong. Incorrect judgement happens but the over-riding feature is that there does not seem to be an effective mentor working with the Select Group of Assistant Referees to help them solve their problems. Let’s hope that all offside decisions are correct today and do not cost either team points in the League
TS at 2015-05-04 19:54:58
Don’t forget to log onto You Are The Ref tomorrow night for Juventus -v- Real Madrid to be refereed by West Yorkshire PL referee Martin Atkinson and an all England crew. Our own Glenn Turner will be in the ‘blogging chair’ with expert comments. Great appointment for Martin and a just reward for a great season – in fact a great FEW seasons as one of the country’s top referee. Euro Finals in 2016 could be his reward for his consistency of performance as he has been in the shadow of Howard Webb for many years. Good luck tomorrow Martin.
TS at 2015-05-04 19:50:05
Another current topical issue was at Blackpool on Saturday with the abandonment of the game against Huddersfield Town early in the second half, because of crowd issues. It was a travesty for football in this country. Keith makes some very valid suggestions in his blog – take a look at his suggestions! I’d like to add my observations! What was security and the policing of the ground doing to allow this to happen? Is the solution to just give Huddersfield the 3 points? Could the Football League give Blackpool a 10 point deduction at the start of next season or even relegate them 2 divisions and also deduct points? I think a clear message needs sending out to ‘fans’ that our ‘beautiful game’ cannot be tarnished by an idiot minority. What are your views?
TS at 2015-05-04 19:46:19
Simulation was present on two of the other penalty appeals in that game – in the case of Fabergas, there was enough contact for a penalty to be awarded but his theatrical fall to the ground was seen by Michael Oliver as an attempt to simulate – worth of a caution. I’d like to add a new word to this equation of simulation and that is EMBELLISHMENT – when a player ‘embellishes’ the contact it is worthy of a caution!! What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com
TS at 2015-05-04 19:44:48
Last weekend saw Michael Oliver referee Arsenal’s game against Chelsea and come out of the game with accolades from both teams in his arbitration of the 0-0 draw. There were some great talking points for pundits with four penalty appeals forming the basis of most discussions. In my Ref-Cam on that day I thought Michael got two of the four penalty decisions right whilst Keith blogged ‘Two out of four big calls wrong – but Michael Oliver is still a tip for the top with right coaching’. Keith and I disagreed by email on the penalty decision involving Oscar and Ospina – when, as a fully paid up member of the ‘goalkeeper union’ (I played over 1000 games in that position up to semi-pro level), I refuted Keith’s observation that the ‘keeper wiped out’ the Chelsea forward! They both challenged for the ball, Oscar’s high foot (level with the keeper’s chest) was possibly worthy of a foul being called, and after Ospina made a genuine attempt to catch – or stop – the ball, the two players collided. Michael didn’t think it was a foul and the ball was headed behind for a corner! Good decision for me. Keith and I had a good debate of the incident from our different view points. I would add that as the Law is at present, no goal-keeper will deliberately ‘wipe-out’ an attacker with the risk of a penalty kick AND a sending off! What are your views?
TS at 2015-05-04 19:41:41
Tonight’s referee Lee Mason from Bolton in Lancashire is well known to me having graduated with honours from the ‘Simmo Soccer School’ when I operated as his coach from him getting onto the Football League. He always phoned each Friday for a ‘Weekend Pep-Talk’ before his games and began to develop his focus on the game ahead a good 24 hours before. I operated a system for my group of referees called ‘6.06’ which was when they called me ‘hands-free’ as I drove back from my game and they from theirs. This verbal de-brief discussion ‘put to bed’ any issues they had following the assessor de-brief and their own self-appraisal of the game. It was a great system, appreciated by all the referees and something that I do not believe happens on the PL with their being no assessor at the games. A retrograde move in my opinion and one that should be addressed by the PGMOL for next season. Here are some interesting statistics on the latest Premier League figures for referee cautions….
Yellow Cards: 64
Red Cards: 5
Y.C. Average: 2.9
PL TOTAL FOR THE SEASON TO APRIL 30th 2015
Yellow Cards: 1266
Red Cards: 64
Y.C. Average: 3.59
The Fourth Official tonight is Mark Clattenburg who Keith Hackett at ‘You Are The Ref’ believes is the best referee on the PL this season and you will see that his caution statistics are about on the average whilst those of Lee Mason are refreshingly well below average. Statistics do have a part to play but every game is different and requires a different skill set to maintain effective control and consistently see the game to a safe conclusion: Here are Mark’s comparable statistics…..
Yellow Cards: 86
Red Cards: 2
Y.C. Average: 3.58
TS at 2015-05-04 19:38:05
Monday May 4th 2015 – KICK OFF 20.00 GMT
HULL CITY –v- ARSENAL
REFEREE: LEE MASON
AR 1: A HALLIDAY
AR 2: M McDONOUGH
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MARK CLATTENBURG
This is another Premier League game that has vital significance for both teams in the run-up to the end of the season. Hull City sit in 16th place in the league table, two places above the dreaded drop zone, equal on points with Leicester City following the ‘Foxes’ 3-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Hull have one point less than Newcastle who are in ‘free-fall’ under manager John Carver and could be relegated along with their great North-East rivals, Sunderland. A Hull City win tonight would ease the Humberside worries whilst Arsenal will wish to consolidate their position near the top of the league in a bid for Champions League status next season. Chelsea are Champions but a win tonight for Arsenal would consolidate 3rd place behind Manchester City with a game in hand. Arsenal currently have a better ‘goal-difference’. Fascinating stuff!