Leicester City v Liverpool


GT at 2014-12-02 22:46:51

That’s all for tonight’s game.

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GT at 2014-12-02 22:44:44

As for our refereeing team.

Overall, they can be fairly pleased with their work this evening.

Andy Halliday was the outstanding performer with consistently good offside decisions, some of which were very, very tight calls.

Simon Bennett had a decent game with few errors, mainly around goal kick/corner kick calls.

Mark Clattenburg did an efficient job as 4th official and correctly moved Wes Morgan from the technical area after he had been sent off.

As for our referee…Lee Mason tried his best to keep it low key, but occasionally that meant he missed fouls, particularly on Raheem Sterling who was aghast at some of the calls which did not go his way. The big two calls were Wes Morgan being sent off and Casper Schmeichel not being punished for a foul on Gerrard. He got the first one right, but the second one wrong.

It”s those big decisions which define a referee’s performance, and I’m sure Lee will be disappointed when he reviews that foul committed by the Leicester ‘keeper.

GT at 2014-12-02 22:38:42

And that’s the end of the game as the Anfield men record back-to-back victories for only the second time this season

Full Time

GT at 2014-12-02 22:36:58

A final change for Liverpool as Lovren comes on for Sterling with 2 minutes to go

GT at 2014-12-02 22:36:00

Advantage played by Mason there, when Liverpool would probably have preferred the free lick and a break in play

GT at 2014-12-02 22:34:27

Definitely no penalty there as the Leicester man folds up like a deck chair

GT at 2014-12-02 22:33:13

The 90 minutes are up, and the 4th official signals 6 extra minutes to be added on…

GT at 2014-12-02 22:31:19

Skrtel blocks an absolute hammer of a strike with his head, and the referee correctly stops play to allow him to receive treatment

GT at 2014-12-02 22:29:30

Lee misses another obvious foul on Sterling.

This time it’s Albrighton who gets away with one.

Come on Lee, tighten up…

GT at 2014-12-02 22:26:36

Gerrard, Sterling and Henderson combine to put the visitors 1-3 ahead.

Henderson gets his 3rd goal of this season

GT at 2014-12-02 22:25:49


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GT at 2014-12-02 22:23:55

We are into the final 10 minutes now and the game is wide open for both sides

GT at 2014-12-02 22:22:53

Albrighton replaces Konchesky as Leicester look to attack more in search of the equaliser

GT at 2014-12-02 22:22:15

Mignolet held on to that ball for at least 20 seconds before releasing it into open play.

Why are referees not punishing that these days?

GT at 2014-12-02 22:20:38

With 15 minutes to go, this quiet affair has suddenly become quite feisty.

That’s what happens when players begin to mistrust refereeing decisions, and bot sides are starting to question referee Mason’s calls right now

GT at 2014-12-02 22:19:19

On the Liverpool penalty appeal….the question Lee must ask is why would Gerrard go down in that position when he would have been round the Leicester keeper with an open goal to roll the ball into

GT at 2014-12-02 22:18:15

Yellow Card for Schlupp of Leicester

GT at 2014-12-02 22:17:48

Gerrard cannot believe he has not been awarded a penalty as Schmeichel brings him to the ground.

I agree with the Liverpool captain.

That was a penalty and should have been a red card for the Leicester keeper

GT at 2014-12-02 22:14:04

Very good advantage played by Lee as a high boot against Sterling is waved on

GT at 2014-12-02 22:13:03

Lallana is replaced by Joe Allen as Liverpool make a second change

GT at 2014-12-02 22:11:49

Mark Clattenburg correctly spots the sent-off Morgan on the bench and tells him he has to leave the technical area.

Well done, Mark

GT at 2014-12-02 22:10:51

Total confusion caused entirely by the Leicester management team as they had clearly told the 4th official they wished to make a substitution, but then change their minds as the change was about to take place

GT at 2014-12-02 22:08:30

That’s two cards in quick succession as the game moves up a notch.

Go up with it referee…

GT at 2014-12-02 22:07:54

Yellow Card for Gerrard who denies a promising attack for Leicester with a foul challenge

GT at 2014-12-02 22:07:12

Well done referee.

No doubt whatsoever that was a red card offence for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

No hesitation from Mason.

GT at 2014-12-02 22:06:09

Big decision.

Correct decision.

Lee Mason sends off Leicester captain Morgan for pulling back Lambert who would have been clear through on goal Red Card

GT at 2014-12-02 22:03:57

Nobody wants to see that.

Vardy takes a clear dive and benefits as Mason awards him a free kick when there was no contact whatsoever from Leiva

GT at 2014-12-02 22:02:59

Lallana goes down much too easily and Lee Mason is not fooled

GT at 2014-12-02 22:00:55

Good spot by Mason for a small foul on Sterling

GT at 2014-12-02 21:59:25

Lee is well placed to judge no foul as Leicester go looking for any kind of advantage they can gain

GT at 2014-12-02 21:57:11

The Liverpool skipper silences his critics with a cool finish into the bottom corner to out his side in front.

That is goal number 177 for the Reds’ legend

GT at 2014-12-02 21:56:17



GT at 2014-12-02 21:55:24

Another excellent offside call by Andy Halliday who looks right on top of his game tonight.

Not sure what happened with the communication system there though, as Lee Mason took an age to acknowledge Andy’s flag

GT at 2014-12-02 21:53:36

To add polish to his decision he might wish to take the chance to speak to the Leicester forwards ‘on the quiet’ as it is they who have been guilty of twice backing in yet asking for a foul in their favour

GT at 2014-12-02 21:52:14

Well done again Lee, another forward backing into a defender, and our referee does not fall into the trap of awarding a free kick to the attacking side

GT at 2014-12-02 21:50:18

More good work from Andy Halliday as he correctly decides Sterling is onside

GT at 2014-12-02 21:47:51

Moreno comes on for Maquillo for The Reds, as Leicester get the second half underway

GT at 2014-12-02 21:38:48

There should be little out there tonight to concern Lee and his team, other than complacency.

The players want to play not foul and dive around.

We’ve seen a couple of missed foul challenges and poor corner/goal kick decisions so our referees just need to retain focus and concentration, and see out the game nicely

GT at 2014-12-02 21:32:30

And it’s honours even as we reach the end of the first half.

A good, open game with unfussy officiating

Half Time

GT at 2014-12-02 21:31:34

A simple offside decision for Bennett brings us close to half time

GT at 2014-12-02 21:28:49

Good assistance too from Bennett as he leads Lee into a correct throw-in decision to Leicester as he was better placed to view it

GT at 2014-12-02 21:27:46

As we have a short break in play for treatment to Lallana, we should really give lots of credit to Andy Halliday who correctly judged that the ball had not gone out of play leading up to Leicester’s goal

GT at 2014-12-02 21:25:05

The crowd is unhappy at Sterling as he goes down in the penalty area but Mason correctly sees it as simply a case of him falling over after a very fast and lengthy break.

He should have seen a yellow for the deliberate handball though

GT at 2014-12-02 21:23:00

Poor challenge by Lallana who is correctly cautioned for it Yellow Card

GT at 2014-12-02 21:20:13

Excellent advantage played by Lee for Leicester

GT at 2014-12-02 21:17:55

Bennett spots a deflection and correctly awards a free kick to the visitors

GT at 2014-12-02 21:17:17

How was that not given as a foul though, Lee?

Ricky Lambert was being pulled all over the place by the Leicester defender.

Nothing given.

GT at 2014-12-02 21:14:30

Nice to see a referee not being conned into giving a foul by a forward who was backing into a defender yet appealing for a pull on him.

Well done, Lee.

GT at 2014-12-02 21:13:07

Bennett correctly signals Lambert offside as Liverpool look to strike again

GT at 2014-12-02 21:11:42



Lallana smashes in an equaliser for Liverpool

GT at 2014-12-02 21:10:57

Well done Lee Mason.

He tried his very best to keep Sterling moving there as the Liverpool man was fouled again, but the forward eventually went over so a foul was awarded

GT at 2014-12-02 21:08:57

Jones really should have seen yellow there for a cynical foul on Sterling

GT at 2014-12-02 21:08:21

The game goes up in tempo.

The crowd too.

Now Lee needs to raise his game to match.

GT at 2014-12-02 21:07:30

A series of defensive panics from Liverpool result in the ball hitting the post then going into the net off the back of the hapless Mignolet.

Goal to Leicester…

GT at 2014-12-02 21:06:16


GT at 2014-12-02 21:05:30

Incredible miss by Cambiaso as Mignolet gives him the ball with at least half the goal open, but the Leicester man fires wide!!

GT at 2014-12-02 21:03:38

Well done Andy Halliday on the line.

Kept up well with play and spotted the ball out of play.

GT at 2014-12-02 21:02:01

Clear foul by Leiva.

Well spotted and given by Mason.

GT at 2014-12-02 21:01:32

Simon Bennett makes a good call for non-offside on Sterling but then undoes that good work by missing another corner for Liverpool

GT at 2014-12-02 20:59:19

Unfortunately, he let a little too much go there, as he missed a foul on Sterling

GT at 2014-12-02 20:58:46

Lee is keeping out of the players way, not  needing to charge around.

He looks calm and composed yet is reacting if the ball suddenly breaks

GT at 2014-12-02 20:56:39

These are the games where a referee can really shine.

10 minutes in, only one foul.

The ref can ‘let the rope out’ as we say, meaning we give the game every opportunity to open up, we can let the small infringements go and look to play as much advantage as possible as the players are not forcing us into stamping down hard on the game in an effort to discourage foul play

GT at 2014-12-02 20:53:11

Mase missed a corner kick there – Skrtel’s attempted header came of a Leicester defender.

Unfortunately Mason gave a goal kick incorrectly

GT at 2014-12-02 20:51:58

First foul of the game after over 6 minutes.

GT at 2014-12-02 20:51:03

Good call from the assistant – offside. Well spotted.

He’ll be pleased to get that first one under his belt.

GT at 2014-12-02 20:47:41

It’s a nice opening few minutes to the game for our referee.

Both sides look like they have come to play football.

No fouls so far…

GT at 2014-12-02 20:45:11

Liverpool take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2014-12-02 20:40:18

It’s almost time for kick-off at The King Power Stadium on another special night of Premier League football.

GT at 2014-12-02 20:28:25

As for our refereeing team tonight…

Lee Mason leads a team which includes Andy Halliday and Simon Bennett on the lines, and England number one referee Mark Clattenburg as his fourth official.

Mason was, of course, the referee involved in controversy with Brendan Rodgers at Christmas time last year when he missed a penalty for The Reds and his assistant chalked off a perfectly good goal for ‘offside’ against Manchester City. The normally mild-mannered Reds’ boss vented his frustrations at their performances, and was fined £8,000 by The FA for doing so.

Mason and his assistants will be hoping for a much less troubled game this evening.

I can clearly recall Lee being an Assistant Referee on the Premier for the two years 2000 to 2002 before he moved on the be a Football League referee. In 2006 he joined the Premier League list of referees, where in 165 games he has issued 27 red and 523 yellow cards.

Something of a ‘joker in the pack’ I remember Lee (or Mase as he is known within the Select Group) as a colleague who always enjoys a laugh and a joke and is a talented impressionist. He entertained us many times with his parodies of other known figures from the football and refereeing worlds.

I wish you and the lads the very best of luck for this one, Mase, and hope the ball runs very kindly for you.

GT at 2014-12-02 20:21:32

Hi everyone and welcome to another live Refcam commentary on tonight’s Premier League fixture Leicester City v Liverpool.

This is a huge game for both sides who are chasing all three points for different reasons.

The Foxes currently sit at the foot of the league with only 10 points from a possible 39, and only two points from all games since they famously smashed Manchester United for five back in September. Leicester have recorded no other home wins this season – their other four home games have all been drawn.

There were, though, signs of a recovery at the weekend when they lost a cracker of a game 3-2 to QPR, and scored for the first time in over 8 hours.

Whilst manager Nigel Pearson faces no reported new injury concerns, he is still without the services of the experienced Matthew Upson in defence and midfielder Dean Hammond.

Liverpool lifted some of the pressure on their manager Brendan Rodgers on Saturday after beating Stoke City 1-0 at Anfield with a late header from Glen Johnson, which ended a three match losing run.

Whilst the clean sheet will have pleased Rodgers it’s the lack of firepower that is a concern for The Reds supremo, which is not helped again tonight as Mario Balotelli is once again missing through injury, whilst their uncompromising defender Mamadou Sakho also sits this one out following a thigh strain.

Add to that Liverpool’s away form which is not great this season, they have lost four already, as many as they lost in all of last season.

So something has to give tonight. Will The Foxes of Leicester prove too cunning for The Reds, or can the Anfield men rebuild a faltering season?

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