Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion



GB at 2016-11-06 19:43:01

# leiwba Here are the main talking points in respect to the officials in this game:

  • A rare game this season with virtually no incidents to discuss and certainly nothing really controversial to chew over.
  • The officials did what they needed to do in this game and did not have any negative influences on the correct final result.

You “earn” these games sometimes, so Craig Pawson will certainly bank that one as a “nice run out” which resulted in him not having to nail up the letter box in the morning when the papers are delivered!

If you really want to take the drains up, there was possibly a shout for a penalty in the 78th minute for Leicester City, quickly followed by a shout for a free kick just outside of the penalty area for WBA. But seen in real time, neither of these incidents can realistically be held against the referee for not giving anything for each of them. More to the point, you really have to dig deep to find anything of significant missed by any of the officials in this game.

There was actually only 9 foul challenges penalised and the game did not need to be stopped any more apart from a few deliberate hand balls. Consistency and concentration was the name of the game from the early stages as the first half hardly needed a referee at all. And to be fair to all the officials, they stuck to their respective tasks solidly and will not be talked about at all after that one.

My reservations about the referee’s position in the centre of the field of play in the first half was not so prevalent in the second half as the ball was moved around a lot more sharply so he did not get caught up with the players.

A special mention is required for Stephen Child for an excellent NOT OFFSIDE decision in the build up to the Leicester City goal.

All-in-all, the officials can all sleep well tonight after that one.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-11-06 19:25:37

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2016-11-06 19:23:53

Full Time

Leicester City 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion

GB at 2016-11-06 19:22:52

Good estimation of the required added time by Craig Pawson as he has been very alert to the WBA time wasting tactics in this half


GB at 2016-11-06 19:19:09

minimum of 5 added minutes to be played


GB at 2016-11-06 19:18:24

Yellow Cardfor Chris Brunt (WBA 11) for delaying restart for kicking the ball away. Showing the card from such a distance is not recommended for officials below the Football League!


GB at 2016-11-06 19:16:02

1st Yellow Card of the game goes to Craig Gardner (WBA 8). This is the mandatory response to a holding offence which breaks up a promising movement.


GB at 2016-11-06 19:14:26

WBA seemed to have a shout for a free kick on the edge of the box then, but Referee Craig Pawson well placed to sell his decision of no foul. That said, replays show it was not that clear cut.


GB at 2016-11-06 19:09:28

#leiwba And then along comes an innocuous clip on the shin of a Leicester City player which warrants appeals for a penalty. I don’t think there was enough in that one to warrent a penalty for me. The referee needs to be certain, and he could not be certain with so may boots in there. Fair play to the players for not making too much of it.


GB at 2016-11-06 19:06:50

When the game is going well for you, those sliding tackles from a distance take the ball sweet as a nut! Sometimes you earn your luck, and to be fair to Craig Pawson, he has done nothing to deserve this one to got pear shaped so far.


GB at 2016-11-06 19:01:09

GOAL! Matt Phillips (WBA 10)

Leicester City 1 – 2 WBA


GB at 2016-11-06 18:59:01

#leiwba The “grappling” seems to have been replaced by “jostling” before the corner is taken now – and I think we have Mike Dean to thank for that this season!


GB at 2016-11-06 18:55:27

This is where the lack of stoppages helps the referee to keep the game flowing as the players eventually start challenging with a bit more urgency. Allowing a bit of “fair” physical contact becomes consistency, rather than lack of awareness.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:50:47

The officials will actually be feeling a lot more comfortable as the temperature of this game rises as it gives them the importunity to shine – all they have to do is use the opportunity wisely and not get the big calls wrong when they come along.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:48:49

Good spot by Craig Pawson at that free kick as he is looking straight at the grappling that time and blew his whistle early.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:47:29

This referee continues to demonstrate how to get from one end to the other with ease using his strong long legged running style. What I want to see now is the stamina to match in the closing stages.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:44:21

# leiwba GOAL!  Islam Slimani (LC 19)

GAME ON (at last!) Excellent NOT OFFSIDE decision by Stephen Child on the far side.

Leicester City 1 – 1 WBA


GB at 2016-11-06 18:41:34

GOAL!  James Morrison (WBA 7)

Well that might liven things up now. Goals change games in a lot of ways, so expect the Leicester players to wake up now.

Leicester City 0 – 0 WBA


GB at 2016-11-06 18:39:52

Replays at least showed that the holding is back at corners after all – well the game definitely needs something to liven it up


GB at 2016-11-06 18:37:09

It is indicative of how much lack of passion is on show as there is hardly any holding and pushing in the penalty areas at corners in this game.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:35:25

Very good head moment demonstrated by Harry Lenard then at that last throw in. I remember criticising him last season for looking across the field of play into no-mans-land every time he signalled for a throw-in. So it is good to see him keeping his eyes into the active area now.


gb at 2016-11-06 18:32:43

Second half is underway


GB at 2016-11-06 18:26:42

#leiwba Well there was not much in that half for the officials to become involved in – just 5 foul challenges and 3 hand ball offences! With games like this the official’s concentration, body language and fitness and movement are the things which need to be spot on, to earn any plaudits (or a decent mark).

Positioning wise, in the centre of the field of play, Craig Pawson has actually managed to stay outside of the Centre Circle where “there be crocodiles”, by only going inside to get to where he wants to be, but he has then been stopping just outside and getting in the way a few times. With very little else going on, he needs to think about getting wider to keeping out of the way when the ball is pinging about in that area.

All the officials need to be careful not to get lulled into a false sense of security as the game drifts along without much passion or strong commitment from either team, as one poor challenge or a wrong decision could soon change things. So concentration is the name of the game in the second half as you would expect both managers to have wound up their respective squads to create a bit more enthusiasm into the game in the second half. So the officials need to hit the ground running again when play restarts.

GB at 2016-11-06 18:18:24

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GB at 2016-11-06 18:17:45

Half Time

Leicester City 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion


GB at 2016-11-06 18:16:47

just 1 added minute to be played


GB at 2016-11-06 18:14:20

First offside of the game given by Harry Lennard and it could be argued that only the player’s arm was ahead of the second rearmost defender – which does not count, so the attacker was actually “level”, which is not offside.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:12:12

The referee seems to be looking for things to give now with that advantage signal when no foul had been committed. You can only manage what is put in front of you, so there is no need to feel obliged to get involved if there is no need.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:08:37

That was a very tight call for a goal-kick or corner. You have to always go “defence” when it is impossible to see who got the last touch.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:06:20

#leiwba The Referee needs to be careful not to get lulled into a false sense of security as the game drifts along with much passion or strong commitment from either team, as one poor challenge or a wrong decision could soon change things.


GB at 2016-11-06 18:03:12

That’s the 3rd deliberate hand ball offence – no problem with that one. Not very often we get a game with more hand balls than foul challenges!


GB at 2016-11-06 17:59:33

One of this referee’s strongest characteristics has always been his powerful sprinting action helped by his long legs! And once again we saw him using that to good effect as play switched from one end top the other.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:55:04

# leiwba 22 minutes and the first foul is awarded. The game has clearly not really come to life yet, but the referee needs to ensure his body language continues to look positive. If he starts to look uninterested as the game is such a non-event so far, then that is when mistakes start to creep in.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:52:41

Once again I find myself commenting on the referee’s positioning in the centre of the field of play. He is too static when the ball is dropping in the “9 on 5” situations and needs to get wider. He may even see those nudges from behind which he is missing from a bit wider as well!


GB at 2016-11-06 17:50:31

Craig Pawson could be seen racing out to his left then to get the best angle on a possible challenge by the goalkeeper in the Leicester City penalty area


GB at 2016-11-06 17:48:08

And that makes it 2 stoppages and 2 hand balls now!


GB at 2016-11-06 17:46:20

# liewba 15 minutes gone and the only free kick awarded so far has been for a hand ball offence. No need for the officials to raise their profile in this one yet.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:43:40

That was a nasty knock in the face for Christian Fuchs (LC 28). The WBA player had his eyes on the ball the whole time though so there was no malice in that one for me.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:42:03

There was another quick move out of the way by the referee, so his early reading of the game is may be not as sharp as it could be.

GB at 2016-11-06 17:40:40

Thanks to Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D for his response to my question via a Tweet:

got to get the basics right. Rolling ball, placement of FK, throw-in locations etc.

The words “must be stationary” were only inserted into Law 17 in this year’s law updates!


GB at 2016-11-06 17:38:00

Craig Pawson found himself right where the players wanted to play the ball then. This can happen occasionally, but if it happens more than once in a game, then the referee’s positioning is called into question.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:35:26

The WBA players have a point as the Leicester City defender was creeping forward to within 9.15 metres at that corner. It is 9.15 metres from the arc  – not the corner flag

GB at 2016-11-06 17:33:19

AR1: Stephen Child (SC) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:32:27

#liewba In yesterday’s RefCam game from Stamford Bridge, we saw the importance of the referee hitting the ground running, when that horrible tackle on Costa went unpunished in the 6th minute. Craig Pawson would do well not to repeat that weakness in alertness today and follow the example set by Mark Clattenburg at the Emirates this lunch time as he started well and wasted no time in asserting his authority, before maintained his concentration right to the end.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:31:47

Leicester get the game underway

GB at 2016-11-06 17:25:05

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

GB at 2016-11-06 17:22:04

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GB at 2016-11-06 17:19:16

#leiwba The officiating roles are reversed in this game from the Sunderland v Arsenal encounter last weekend, as Craig Pawson takes centre stage with Martin Atkinson finally taking a weekend out of the limelight with 4th Official duties for this one. Both of these officials were on duty in the Europa League on Thursday as well, so I expect Martin is even more pleased to be able to take the back seat for a change.

Today we have a referee who seems to be blowing hot-and-cold so far this season. There is no doubt that Craig Pawson has shown signs of significant potential since arriving in the top-flight in 2013 and subsequently obtaining his FIFA Badge at the start of 2015, but he still seems to have a habit of hitting the self-destruct button occasionally when the big decision comes along. That said, there has been a noticeable improvement in his mobility and positioning this season, but what he needs to demonstrate now is a consistent run of performances, without any major talking points about his decision making.  On paper, today’s game should provide him with the ideal opportunity to stand out for all the right reasons!


GB at 2016-11-06 17:18:28

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Craig Pawson (CP)

AR1:  Stephen Child (SC)

AR2:  Harry Lennard (HL)

4th Official: Martin Atkinson (MA)

Craig Pawson

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-11-06 17:16:49

Leicester City


21     Ron-Robert Zieler (LC 21)

4       Daniel Drinkwater (LC 4)

5       Wes Morgan (LC 5)

6       Robert Huth (LC 5)

7       Ahmed Musa (LC 7)

10     Andy King (LC 10)

17     Danny Simpson (LC 17)

19     Islam Slimani (LC 19)

20     Shinji Okazaki (LC 20)

26     Riyad Mahrez (LC 26)

28     Christian Fuchs (LC 28)


9       Jamie Vardy (LC 9)

11     Marc Albrighton (LC 11)

12     B Hamer (LC 12)

13     Daniel Amartey (LC 13)

15     Jeffrey Schlupp (LC 15)

22     Demarai Gray (LC 22)

23     Leonardo Ulloa (LC 23)


West Bromwich Albion


1       Ben Foster (WBA 1)

2       Allan Nyom (WBA 2)

5       Claudio Yacob (WBA 5)

6       Jonny Evans (WBA 6)

7       James Morrison (WBA 7)

9       Jose Salomon Rondon (WBA 9)

10     Matt Phillips (WBA 10)

11     Chris Brunt (WBA 11)

23     Gareth McAuley (WBA 23)

24     Darren Fletcher (WBA 24)

25     Craig Dawson (WBA 25)


4       Hal Robson-Kanu (WBA 4)

8       Craig Gardner (WBA 8)

13     Boaz Myhill (WBA 13)

20     Brendan Gallway (WBA 20)

45     Jonathan Leko (WBA 45)

47     Sam Field (WBA 47)

49     Kane Wilson (WBA 49)


GB at 2016-11-06 17:14:36

Leicester City have so far failed to repeat the dizzy heights they achieved consistently last season, so they will definitely be keen to start a charge with the visit of a team who have started this campaign worse than them, albeit only slightly! A tremendous effort on Wednesday by the Foxes to virtually assure themselves a place in the Knock Out stages of the UCL will certainly have done their confidence no harm at all in the warm up for this game.

West Bromwich Albion turn up at the Home of the Champions today without a win in the League since 17th September, with only 3 draws and 2 loses since then. However, they have not lost on Leicester’s cabbage patch since 1994, with 4 wins and 2 draws under their belt, so that could buoy-them-up this afternoon.


GB at 2016-11-06 17:12:55

Welcome to this afternoon’s RefCam coverage of the Premier League game between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.

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