Leicester City v Newcastle United


GT at 2015-05-02 14:45:54

Thank you for joining us for this one and for your votes for the best referee and assistant referee of the season. You can still do so by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Whilst that is he end of our opening game today, stay with us here on YATR for more live commentary on Refcam as we have Manchester United v WBA in a short while. Then tomorrow sees us covering champions-elect Chelsea taking on Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur entertaining Manchester City. Sunday is rounded off with MLS action as Sporting KC host Chicago, and the action just keeps coming on Monday with Hull City v Arsenal.

Regular features are always there for you to enjoy including ‘The Ref Show’, a great feature called ‘Cards on the Table’ and other talking points with the knowledgeable Alan Biggs. There is always, of course, the superb ‘Hackett’s Blog’ in which the former top flight referee and head of refereeing at The PGMOL pulls no punches on the latest talking points and continues to offer ways of improving refereeing performances.

You will also find lots of information on The Youdan Trophy which You Are The Ref is proud to be hosting in July.

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GT at 2015-05-02 14:42:57

As for our referees today;

Mike Dean continued his excellent season by making this one look very easy. But do not be fooled into believing it was. Deano used every bit of his experience to handle this one in such an unflustered manner. He has another excellent day at the officer and did everything correctly which came his way and under his viewing. Two red cards were the perfect illustration of how our referee maintained his standards from start to finish.

Stuart Burt had his second Refcam game in succession and for the second time had a very good game. All of his decisions were correct, and what is more, all of his decisions were credible.

Now for Simon Long…

Unfortunately, he was a very weak link in an otherwise strong team.

He had little to do in the first half but still failed to support his referee early into the game when called upon. Then came his second half display.

Just when I hoped he was about to make a good decision, Long failed to carry out a mandatory duty in informing his referee that a foul the hapless assistant signalled had to be followed by a (second) caution (Dummett of NUFC).

It gives me little pleasure to say I told you so, but I told you so…in the pre-match write up I warned YATR Refcam followers this lad is not up to the mark, and Long proved that prediction and observation to be correct. He needs to line more for the team and less for himself. Until he grasps that, he will always be a weak assistant referee.

GT at 2015-05-02 14:39:19

That is eight defeats on the bounce for Newcastle, whilst Leicester pull further clear in the race to avoid the drop.

Just a couple of months ago there were 17 points between these two sides.

After this result, there is just ONE

GT at 2015-05-02 14:37:55

And that’s our lot for this game.

A walk in the park for Leicester who outplayed, outfought and out battled a poor Newcastle side.

3-0 could easily have been 5 or 6.

GT at 2015-05-02 14:37:22

Full Time

GT at 2015-05-02 14:37:08

How did Vardy fail to score there?!!?

Easy header from a yard out…

GT at 2015-05-02 14:36:13

Deano shows that, even in added time and with the game being over as a contest, he will not let his standards drop.

That ridiculous late challenge by the Newcastle man warranted a second caution…and that’s what Deano gave it.

Excellent and strong refereeing

GT at 2015-05-02 14:34:43

Yellow CardRed Card Janmaat of NUFC

GT at 2015-05-02 14:26:54

Dummett is a very, very lucky boy there.

He intentionally pulled back his opponent on the blind-side of Deano.

Simon Long correctly signalled for the free kick but then, inexplicably, failed to inform his referee of the mandatory caution which should have followed.

weak lining from a poor, poor assistant referee.

He has badly let down his referee and lining colleague there

GT at 2015-05-02 14:22:18

That is our final substitution of today, making six all in, as double goal scorer Ulloa is replaced by Kramaric for Leicester.

GT at 2015-05-02 14:18:26

Newcastle also take the opportunity to freshen up matters as Armstrong replaces Perez

GT at 2015-05-02 14:17:38

Second change for Leicester as Cambiasso makes way for Hammond

GT at 2015-05-02 14:16:50

Ayoze goes to ground and Deano awards a free kick to the Newcastle man.

If there was a foul, it was a very small one…but nothing came of the free kick as it went directly into Schmeichel’s arms

GT at 2015-05-02 14:14:26

Yellow Card

for Dummett as he brings down Jamie Vardy right in front of Simon Long.

The assistant did raise his flag this time though, and Deano issued the caution.

GT at 2015-05-02 14:12:20

Unwavering commitment and application from Deano so far.

He didn’t shirk the decision for the red card, just as he has not shirked or missed anything else today.

Top refereeing

GT at 2015-05-02 14:11:39

Leicester change Wasilewski for De Laet

GT at 2015-05-02 14:10:04

3-0 down away from home.

On an awful run of seven straight defeats before today.

And now Williamson stupidly commits a second yellow card foul and rightly sees red.

John Carver must be livid.

GT at 2015-05-02 14:08:06

Newcastle take off Riviere and replace him with Anita

GT at 2015-05-02 14:07:40

What was he thinking of?

A dreadful challenge on Jamie Vardy puts the Leicester man into the tv cameras.

That could have been a really nasty injury for Vardy, who was thankfully saved by the padding around the cameras

GT at 2015-05-02 14:05:57

Williamson of NUFC

GT at 2015-05-02 14:05:43

Yellow CardRed Card


GT at 2015-05-02 14:05:31

An hour has gone, and it looks like so has the game for Newcastle.

Our referee can only lose this one now…Deano has the game in his pocket and only a loss of concentration or application can take this away from him now.

I am certain that will not happen though as the Wirral man has far too much experience to fall into those traps

GT at 2015-05-02 14:03:13

Deano doing more good work off the ball as he allows play to carry on but speaks with the Leicester player who had committed a small foul as he passes by.

Excellent man-management

GT at 2015-05-02 14:01:46

Newcastle make their first change.

Ryan Taylor makes way for Siem de Jong

GT at 2015-05-02 14:00:24

Leicester are all over Newcastle, whose defence is dreadful today.

This could end up any scoreline today

GT at 2015-05-02 13:58:58

More advantage played by Deano the a caution follows for Williamson (NU 6).

Yellow Card

Top refereeing

GT at 2015-05-02 13:57:04

That should have been 4 as Marc Albrighton (LC 11) smashes a shot wide when he really should have done better

GT at 2015-05-02 13:54:54

Great credit goes to Deano for that penalty call as it wasn’t the ‘biggest’ foul by Riviere, but is was a foul nonetheless as he pushed Wasilewski in the back

GT at 2015-05-02 13:52:31

GOAL! Ulloa from the penalty mark


GT at 2015-05-02 13:52:08

And another excellent call as Emmanuel Riviere (NU 29) fouls his opponent

GT at 2015-05-02 13:51:19


GT at 2015-05-02 13:50:59

Not this time as Newcastle head the ball clear then it is put out for a corner to the hosts

GT at 2015-05-02 13:50:18

A few seconds into this half and Leicester have a set piece free kick.

Could it happen again?

GT at 2015-05-02 13:49:17

Leicester get the second half under way, and Newcastle really have to attack from the start now.

Since Alan Pardew left the club they have managed just two wins. And, on this showing, that dreadful fact isn’t likely to end some time soon.

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GT at 2015-05-02 13:34:23

That’s the end of the first 45 minutes.

And what a game it has been.

In game terms Leicester have been in control for most of that half.

Newcastle look lifeless at times, and particularly worrying for John Carver will be how they look like conceding a goal every time Leicester attack – particularly from set pieces.

As for our referees; Deano and Stuart Burt have had excellent games.

Completely on top of every decision which came their way.

Simon Long continues to offer little to impress. He has had very, very little to do as he was running with the NUFC forward line. But when he was called upon for assistance – e.g. the advantage call early in the half given by Deano – he was nowhere to be seen in terms of backing up his referee. He is likely to be busier the second half so let’s hope he steps up his game and joins in.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:33:42

Half Time

GT at 2015-05-02 13:32:06

Two added minutes to go…

GT at 2015-05-02 13:31:05

Superb spot for a handball in the NUFC penalty area by James (LC).What was even morse impressive was the lack of a follow-up caution which would have meant a red card for the already-cautioned James.

Yes, it was handball, but no it did not deserve a yellow card.

Very, very good refereeing.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:23:51

Many people may not think those type of decisions warrant discussion or praise.

But by getting the small calls correct a referee builds trust amongst the players.

They start to believe in him as they see him getting most (if not everything) right.

That helps as the game unfolds as he may need to call upon that trust if he calls a contentious one

GT at 2015-05-02 13:21:46

Deano is again superbly placed to correctly judge a corner kick for Newcastle as a shot takes a deflection off a Leicester defender

GT at 2015-05-02 13:18:49

Excellent movement and positioning by Deano as Newcastle break quickly.

He is right up with them as a strong, but fair, challenge comes in from a Leicester defender.

If he had been poorly positioned he may have guessed a foul and caution.

Excellent refereeing again

GT at 2015-05-02 13:16:09

More advantage played by Deano as Newcastle attack.

James (LC) is correctly cautioned for the foul once play has broken down.Yellow Card

Well done, Mike.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:14:59

Good caution by Deano despite the Newcastle man’s protest.

He was late into the tackle, and it warranted a caution

GT at 2015-05-02 13:14:10

Yellow Card Jonás Gutiérrez (NU 18)

GT at 2015-05-02 13:11:03

Referee and assistant (Burt) in agreement there, and no foul given in favour of Leicester as Jamie Vardy ran into his opponent rather than being intentionally blocked off

GT at 2015-05-02 13:09:27

Offside by Stuart Burt – another good call.

Keep this level of performance Stuart, you are outshining your lining colleague today by a country mile.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:06:55

Yellow Card for Janmaat (Newcastle).

And that is Deano doing EXACTLY  what he set up moments earlier, as Janmaat was the player involved in that earlier altercation for which he was publicly warned.

Deano set him up. Janmaat failed to accept the warning, so our referee took the caution.

Very, very good refereeing. No complaints from anyone as they all saw how Deano had earlier warned the Newcastle player.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:04:39

Stuart Burt, take a bow.

Another good non-offside decision for the second goal.

Good lining.

GT at 2015-05-02 13:04:05

Another set piece goal.

This time it’s Morgan poking in the goal

GT at 2015-05-02 13:03:02


GT at 2015-05-02 13:02:47

More good lining from Stuart Burt as he correctly keeps his flag down despite Jamie Vardy clearly being ahead of the 2nd rearmost defender when the ball was played to him.

The thing is…he was just in his own half.

YATR followers will remember not all assistants have been so good at that this season

GT at 2015-05-02 13:00:10

Look at Deano’s awareness…a good example to look out for is when he crosses the half way line…

He doesn’t just follow the ball. He looks around and takes mental picture of all around him.

He is making himself aware of what may develop, where he may need to move and how play may develop.

Again…excellent refereeing, Deano.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:57:02

Good refereeing by Deano as he publicly rebukes a couple of players who have been taking their battle a little too far.

hat that does is let everyone know he has seen it, lety everyone know he is dealing with, let the players know he will not put up with it and also if either of them cross the line again they can have no complaints…he has in essence ‘set them up’.

Very good refereeing.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:53:11

Stuart Burt picks up where he left off last week by awarding a very tight, but also correct offside.

Well done, Stuart.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:52:05

Very good advantage played by Deano as Newcastle attack.

I would have liked Simon Long to raise a flag as well though- it’s not just about throw ins and corners, Simon.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:48:36

What a start for The Foxes.

37 seconds played and Ulloa powers in a header from a corner.

Game on!!

GT at 2015-05-02 12:47:32

GOAL! Unbelievable!!

GT at 2015-05-02 12:46:30

Newcastle United take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-05-02 12:37:40

It’s almost time for kick-off at the King Power Stadium.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:29:45

We have a bonus for YATR followers today as we quickly approach the end of the season.

Let’s take a poll amongst YATR followers on the following…who, in your opinion is:

  1. The best referee on the Select Group (Premier League list)
  2. The best assistant referee on the Select Group

I’ll start it of by casting my votes first:

  1. Best referee – the toughest one to call as, for me, this is a two-horse race. Today’s referee Mike Dean has had another superb season, continuing to make consistently good decisions in big games. However, just pipping him to the post is Mark Clattenburg. ‘Clatts’ has been outstanding yet again this season. His decision making is as good, as accurate and as consistent as Deano’s but he gets my vote due to him having performed at that level DESPITE the shenanigans around his appointments. He is ‘picked up’ and ‘picked off’ resulting in lost games or games at a lower level when others get away scot-free. Some people have an opinion that everything is being done to ‘push’ Martin Atkinson as England’s representative at EURO 2016, when Clatts is clearly a better referee. I wouldn’t know whether there is truth in that or not, but what I do know is this…something similar happened in EURO 2004 when Mike Riley was sent as England’s referee despite him not being in the same ball park as Graham Poll. And look what a disastrous tournament Riley had. I know, because I was sent to that same tournament as one of England’s assistant referees and witnessed his calamities first hand. If there is any truth in the rumours then I hope The FA looks back to 2004 and learns a very quick lesson. A quality appointment is always better than political one.
  2. This category is an easy one to call. Once again, the peerless Darren Cann has shown all around him how it should be done. A top performer on and off the field, Canny is also no stranger to the dark-side of football politics. If you need any evidence, just ask yourself why the world’s number one performer has been forced to run the line on the junior side since returning from duty at the World Cup Final itself in 2010. Despite all of that nonsense, the one thing those who practice the dark arts cannot affect is the man’s quality. They should again look back and realise…you don’t know what you’re missing until it is gone.

So there we have my votes.

Over to you loyal YATR followers for yours now.

Remember, you can send in your choices (just for fun) by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

GT at 2015-05-02 12:22:16

As for our referees today, the excellent Mike Dean leads a team which has Simon Long and Stuart Burt on his lines with Andre Marriner taking charge of the technical area as 4th official.

‘Deano‘ has been one of the few saviours of the PGMOL management team in what has been a pretty disastrous season for their referees and assistants. Yet whenever they have turned to Deano in order to settle things down he has delivered.

The Wirral official joined the Premier League ranks at the turn of the millenium and has since taken control of 362 top flight matches, issuing 1331 cautions and 70 red cards.

Our former FIFA-ranked official can count amongst his memorable matches the 2004 Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United, a Championship play-off final two years later along with The FA Cup Final of 2008 in which Portsmouth defeated Cardiff City. His latest cup final was the League Cup encounter in 2011, Birmingham City v Arsenal. He was actually due to referee the 2006 FA Cup Final but was removed at the 11th hour as it was felt he resided too closely to one of the finalists, Liverpool FC.

Today 46 year old Deano returns to the club where he made his top flight debut back on 9th September 2000 when he took charge of Leicester City v Southampton.

Alongside him today is Stuart Burt who, last time out on YATR (Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur) had an excellent game. In my Refcam commentary on that game I hoped Stuart was going to push on and become one of the better assistants in a weak group, and he certainly staked a claim in last week’s outing.

On the opposite line is Simon Long, an assistant who inspires me with little confidence with his lining performances and less favour in his demeanour off the field of play.

Nonetheless, I wish all three officials the very best of luck today in this very important clash.

Andre Marriner will be keeping order on the benches before hotfooting it down to London to referee Spurs v Man City tomorrow, another game you can follow on YATR Refcam.

GT at 2015-05-02 12:12:45

Hi everyone and welcome to the first of SIX live Refcam commentary games for this Bank Holiday weekend.

Leicester City take on Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium in a game which will go a long way in determining who stays up or takes the drop at the end of the season.

Relegation is a real possibility for both sides, and who would have thought that just a few weeks ago?

Whilst Leicester have climbed out of the drop zone since taking 12 points from the last 15 available Newcastle have been on an awful run of results losing three of their last seven, seeing them fall from the relative safety of 10 points to just 5 points clear of the fall. Indeed you have to go back to the end of February to find The Toon securing their last league point.

Despite seeing his side rise out of the relegation cluster do not believe that the pressure is easing on The Foxes manager, Nigel Pearson. Clearly from his ‘ostrich head in the sand’ rant this week the boss’ nerves are jangling as strongly as ever.

John Carver has the look of a man who knows his days in charge are numbered at the club he dearly loves. The Magpies’ supremo has Newcastle United running through his veins but this is a results-based business and he will know their form has been well short of that expected by the club and its demanding supporters (7 straight defeats).

Sit back and enjoy our YATR commentary and remember, if you want to add your own comments or ask any questions during the game you can contact us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com