Liverpool v Everton


RH at 2014-09-27 14:49:04

Well this game has provided us with some great talking points, my half time comments on the timing of big decisions remains arguably the biggest headline from the game, should Gareth Barry have been on the field at the end of the match? Both Martin Atkinson and Stephen Child will I’m sure reflect on that opening ten minutes. However the Technical performance on show from the Match Officials was strong today, Martin Atkinson’s player management was good , I thought that he handled Balotelli extremely well, a less experienced Referee could have got in hot water. For the best part his positioning and movement was sound, however he should have changed his positioning when Coutinho had obviously been given a brief to anchor play in midfield rather that testing Hibbert on the left, Massimo Busacca, FIFA Refereeing Chief is right when he says that Referees should be more tactically aware. Having said that the Referee did adapt his patrol path to cover the end to end nature of play for the first hour and Liverpool’s desire to put pressure on Hibbert. The  cautions were all spot on and Barry apart no one escaped the Referees  attention. So there you have it, so much to talk about including player management, tactical awareness and positioning. But ultimately its the big decisions that people remember and on that score the Match Officials have matters to reflect on

RH at 2014-09-27 14:37:32

Full time! what a cracking game!

RH at 2014-09-27 14:36:54

Yellow Card

Yellow card to Moreno following a Reckless challenge on Lukaku

RH at 2014-09-27 14:36:06

Well just as with big Refereeing decisions, goals too can occur at any time of the game!

RH at 2014-09-27 14:35:16

Everton equalise through Jagielka 1-1 !

RH at 2014-09-27 14:33:59

three minutes added time

RH at 2014-09-27 14:33:45

Well a foul throw awarded against an England international, how many times do you see that!

RH at 2014-09-27 14:31:29

Balotelli is replaced by Ricky Lambert, with obvious implications for the Referee’s match control, I’m sure Martin Atkinson will not be disappointed!

RH at 2014-09-27 14:28:48

Martin Atkinson getting caught up in play with Coutinho, he’ll need to adjust his patrol path to avoid a repeat given Coutinho mid field role

RH at 2014-09-27 14:27:07

Baines makes a late Borderline challenge on Stirling, I feel a similar challenge repeated would earn him a caution

RH at 2014-09-27 14:24:16

The game will always be about players first and foremost, Ballotelli requires focus from a player management perspective, the likes of Coutinho will dictate position and movement of the Referee, and the attitude of the Everton players in not getting involved too often is without doubt having an effect on how the Referee is managing this game

RH at 2014-09-27 14:18:56

Well it appears that since his introduction Coutinho has anchored play in a central mid field role, so play is becoming more concentrated in the central channel, with obvious positional consideration s for the Referee

RH at 2014-09-27 14:14:28

Taking a look at the YATR Website, Massimo Busacca, FIFA Refereeing Chief, has revealed how a better understanding of the game dominated his strategy for a 2014 World Cup. Busacca talked “We often say that the referee should have a nose for football, he must ‘smell’ the game, have that ‘feeling’ that lets him know how to act at all time.

So is Martin Atkinson passing the ‘smell’ test today?  What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

RH at 2014-09-27 14:12:36

Yellow CardA yellow card has been issued to Steven Gerrard following the his scoring of the goal

RH at 2014-09-27 14:10:50

Certainly a lot of events in this opening phase of the second half have centred around Balotelli , the Referee will need to manage this player closely for the remainder of the game

RH at 2014-09-27 14:08:34

Gerrard scores for Liverpool following a free kick which awarded following minimal contact by Baines on Balotelli 1-0

RH at 2014-09-27 14:05:17

Baines showing greater strength against Lallana in the penalty area with no penalty appeal implications

RH at 2014-09-27 14:04:09

Will the introduction of Coutinho change the pattern of Liverpool play, with positional considerations for the Referee?

RH at 2014-09-27 14:02:18

Martin Atkinson is astutely moving out wide in the final third of the field of play as Liverpool are attacking down the left hand side to test Hibbert who is making his first appearance at right back this season, good reading of the tactics by the Referee

RH at 2014-09-27 13:58:13

You get the impression in this game that it won’t take much to ‘light the blue touch paper’ Concentration is the key

RH at 2014-09-27 13:56:52

Martin Atkinson bringing play back following minimal contact on Lukaku

RH at 2014-09-27 13:54:29

Balotelli again in the thick of the action as Hibbert catches him on the follow through, no offence there as Hibbert had little other option, but it has raised emotions!

RH at 2014-09-27 13:51:58

Inters tingly another ‘early doors’ penalty appeal as Balotelli goes to ground, this time however a replay fully supports Martin Atkinson’s decision

RH at 2014-09-27 13:48:34

Martin Atkinson signals the start of the second half

RH at 2014-09-27 13:46:28

Martin Atkinson signals the start of the second half

RH at 2014-09-27 13:42:44

Whatever level of the game we’re officiating at there has to be a realisation that the biggest decisions of the game can arise at any point in the game. So the obvious talking points from the Match Officials perspective will be the two penalty appeals in the first ten minutes. Having got off to a great start with the Gareth Barry caution for a Reckless tackle, did Stephen Child have ‘his eye in’ for the holding offence on Lukaku inside the penalty area, or was he still tuning in. Likewise given his position it is difficult to understand why Martin Atkinson did not award a penalty against Gareth Barry for a handball offence committed by a player with his arm above his head, not a natural position. There are further implications here given that a caution issued here would have seen him sent off.

Its  unfortunate that we have to concentrate on these decisions  as from a Technical perspective the Match Officials have been sound. However from a player management, match control view, there is little baggage going into the second half, its all to play for!

RH at 2014-09-27 13:32:25

Martin Atkinson brings the first half to a close

RH at 2014-09-27 13:30:30

two minutes added time to be played

RH at 2014-09-27 13:27:49

Important that the Referee maintains his control in these closing minutes of the first half, better not to raise emotions and leave everything on an even keel for the second half

RH at 2014-09-27 13:23:32

The pattern of play in this first half has seen the action spread well between all three active officials, this will have benefitted their concentration and sharpness so far

RH at 2014-09-27 13:19:49

So far the attitude of the players so far  towards each other has been, typified by that off the ball falling to ground of Moreno and Lukaku, both getting up and getting on with it

RH at 2014-09-27 13:17:26

These August and September games in some respects set the bar for the season ahead, the Referee here is working hard to judge an acceptable level of physical contact between the players, an important  balance between match control and allowing the game to express itself for footballing reasons  , will this change however if the tempo rises? Will the Referee apply a ‘stepped’ approach to apply any further disciplinary sanctions?


RH at 2014-09-27 13:12:00

Good work by Stephen Child the Assistant, instead of signalling a throw, he delayed his flag to view any ‘afters’ between Lovren and Naismith, great awareness!

RH at 2014-09-27 13:09:26

Stephen Child and Martin Atkinson working well together to pick up that careless challenge on Sterling

RH at 2014-09-27 13:07:44

The ‘end to end’ nature of this encounter has given Martin Atkinson no other option that adopt a narrow patrol path in this opening first twenty mintues

RH at 2014-09-27 13:06:08

Stephen child makes a good offside call against Mirallas, both Assistants making good opening offside judgement in this match

RH at 2014-09-27 13:04:25

Balotelli showing his frustration there after a mid field free kick decision went against him

RH at 2014-09-27 13:02:45

Well it has come as no surprise that the opening quarter of an hour has been played at a frenetic pace!

RH at 2014-09-27 13:00:12

Fortunately nothing came from that last Liverpool corner as replays suggest that it may have been a goal kick

RH at 2014-09-27 12:57:17

Will the decision not to award a penalty against Gareth Barry and the subsequent second yellow card he would have received, have lasting consequences in this match?

RH at 2014-09-27 12:55:32

So we’re less than ten minutes in with two credible penalty claims at either end!

RH at 2014-09-27 12:54:48

Gareth Barry raises his arm above his head to handle the ball, it looked a clear penalty

RH at 2014-09-27 12:52:36

Stephen Child the Assistant Referee with a tight call early on, was Lukaku held as he entered the Liverpool penalty area? Certainly Martin Atkinson could not have seen the contact

RH at 2014-09-27 12:49:32

Martin Atkinson was so right to issue a caution for that Gareth Barry challenge, the bar has been set, the players now know what to expect! which is so important in any game let alone the Liverpool derby!

RH at 2014-09-27 12:47:33

Yellow CardGareth Barry with a reckless tackle on Lallana that rightly earns a caution, first use of the vanishing spray too!

RH at 2014-09-27 12:45:18

Our match Referee Martin Atkinson gets us underway!


RH at 2014-09-27 12:40:08

Welcome to our coverage of this derby game at Anfield, this of course being no ordinary match with the visit of Everton,  who else!