Liverpool v Newcastle United

Liverpool v Newcastle United

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 2 - 0



at 2015-04-13 22:09:42

Not a good night for the Referee, two major decisions both called wrongly by Lee Mason, one the missed first half penalty decision following  Lovrens lunge at Perez and the Other Sissoko’s serious challenge that surely endangered the safety of his opponent, it looked a straight red rather than a being reckless and there by earning the offender a second yellow card. Fortunately the game was effectively over at that point. However with the game finely balanced at 1-0 to Liverpool the same could not be said of the penalty call. For the most part the game was played in a good spirit until Sissoko lost self discipline. this was not a difficult game to control. Unfortunately the penalty decision seemed to weigh heavy on the Referees mind  in the second half,  his movement lacked conviction and he became too narrow in his patrol path, stopping still and looking over his shoulder as he got in the way or ahead of play. His movement in the final third of the field of play also lacked the dynamism of some of the other Referees who are operating at this level. Both Assistants did well and did not let the Referee down, however it must have been a difficult night for Craig Pawson who had to contain a vocal John Carver. Most of the time i like to concentrate on the positive aspects of Refereeing, sadly  tonight too many things did not go well for the Referee


at 2015-04-13 21:56:27

Summary to follow


at 2015-04-13 21:56:16

Full Time


at 2015-04-13 21:55:18

Sissoko rightly sent off for that challenge, but should it have been a straightRed Card red


RH at 2015-04-13 21:40:12

Johnson and Sissoko getting to know each other too well near the touchline, neither can have any complaint with a Yellow Cardeach!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:38:12

Interesting to see the Twitter comments comparing Lee Mason with Mark Clattenburg, they seem to reflect my view


RH at 2015-04-13 21:35:12

Control has certainly not been a problem in this game, the players continue to show a respect for each other and understandably we’ll probably end with a low card count!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:32:19

GOAL!Well that doesn’t happen very often a Joe Allen goal 2-0


RH at 2015-04-13 21:29:35

When you look at Refereeing at this level and focus on performances from the Likes of Clattenburg and Dean, you have to admire their movement and reading of the game, there ability to create impact as they arrive on the scene to nail a decision. They don;t get caught up in play, the action is in front of them and their movement in the final third is dynamic as they seek hat all important viewing angel to make the big calls. Sadly much of these attributes  are lacking here.


RH at 2015-04-13 21:23:48

I get the impression that the first half penalty call could still be on the Referees mind, his positioning in this half has been suspect particularly in midfield where he has gone very narrow, i did mention in my half time notes that he needs to park that decision and move on!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:21:21

Come on Lee get out of the way in midfield!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:20:12

Well the game is certainly end to end at the moment, you still can’t rule out a Newcastle goal!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:18:22

Ah he’s got wide there! in that last Newcastle attack, that was better!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:16:59

Lee Mason has gone central in his patrol path here where as in the first half he was getting width, that why he’s got in the way of the ball a couple of times, he needs to gain width and anticipate play better


RH at 2015-04-13 21:14:32

For the second time in this half Lee Mason gets in the way of the ball in midfield


RH at 2015-04-13 21:13:45

Assistant Eddie Smart continues to impress with his mobility on that far touchline, moving sideways at pace along his patrol path


RH at 2015-04-13 21:10:47

Lovren stamping on Can’s foot there as both players went for the same ball


RH at 2015-04-13 21:09:23

Corner to Newcastle!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:08:30

Good call there to penalise Sterling for falling on Colback on the goal line


RH at 2015-04-13 21:07:30

There’s more Premier League action coming way next weekend when we feature both Manchester clubs when United visit Chelsea next Saturday 18th April and on Sunday 19th City host West Ham. Then later that afternoon we’re back with Newcastle as they entertain Tottenham Hotspur. Then why not join us Sunday evening with our Major Soccer League (MLS) coverage of the Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution game!


RH at 2015-04-13 21:06:59

The second half begins!


at 2015-04-13 21:05:17

Well we keep saying it on’ You Are The Ref ‘ Its all about getting the Major Decisions right! and clearly that’s not happened tonight, with a clear cut  penalty not given. Lee Mason was well placed to make a straight forward call, but his recognition of Offence was poor and Newcastle can rightly feel aggrieved. The man with the hardest job was there was Craig Pawson who had to explain matters to John Carver. Although Lee Mason was judging his involvement level up to that point well, this is not a difficult match to Referee and any good work he did will be forgotten. Both Assistants look sharp and the players are showing a healthy respect for each other.Lee Mason has to put that decision behind him and move on, but it can’t have done his confidence any good, tough up Lee and raise your game in the second half!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:51:53

Half Time


RH at 2015-04-13 20:50:21

Up to that point Lee Mason was reading player contact reasonably well, but as he comes off at half time he’ll feel that all his good work was undone in that one moment!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:48:30

TV replays confirming that there was no other decision to be made other than awarding Newcastle a penalty for that careless tackle by Lovren on Perez


RH at 2015-04-13 20:47:05

Perez and Lovren clash again in the penalty area but this time its handball against Perez


RH at 2015-04-13 20:45:17

John Carver very unhappy at the denial of what seemed a clear cut penalty


RH at 2015-04-13 20:44:29

No penalty given when Lovren surely commits a careless challenge with a wild swing, Referee well sighted!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:43:00

Lucas rightly penalised for that challenge but then Henderson gets in on the act with words


RH at 2015-04-13 20:41:54

Lucas looked marginally offside from the resultant free kick, good flag by Eddie Smart


RH at 2015-04-13 20:40:55

Anita rightly pulled up that careless challenge


RH at 2015-04-13 20:40:29

Good Refereeing there in playing on that offside flag against Sissoko


RH at 2015-04-13 20:38:15

Liverpool keeping a high defensive line as they press forward with the balance of possession, playing a 4-3-3 formation play is concentrated in the Newcastle half, so what does that mean? It means that Assistant Eddie Smart will potentially have fewer offside calls as Liverpool seek to cross from wide


RH at 2015-04-13 20:35:41

Good to note in that last Liverpool attack the good footwork of Assistant Eddie Smart, his sideways movement was responsive to play as he ‘crabbed ‘ along the touchline to keep in position for any possible offside calls


RH at 2015-04-13 20:32:43

Coutinho blocked there in that last Liverpool attack, although the Referee was close his awareness let him down


RH at 2015-04-13 20:30:37

Free kick Liverpool, first ceremonial set piece, its time for the spray!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:29:57

Lee Mason continues to maintain a sound threshold on player contact, he’s certainly not ‘over Refereeing’ the game


RH at 2015-04-13 20:28:33

With Newcastle struggling to keep Liverpool at bay, there must be more goals in this game!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:26:19

Lee Mason putting in a lung bursting explosive sprint as Liverpool counter attacked through Sterling


RH at 2015-04-13 20:24:39

Sissoko kicking the ball into the crowd, nothing malicious in it and the Referee wisely choosing to take no further action


RH at 2015-04-13 20:22:19

Lee Mason adopting a wide position during that last Liverpool attack even jumping the ball at one stage!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:20:45

Darren England spot on with that delayed offside flag as Perez came actively into play


RH at 2015-04-13 20:19:28

During that Liverpool attack the Referee arrived quickly in the final third but needs to read play so as to time his run in


RH at 2015-04-13 20:17:45

Lee Mason concentrating play between himself and Assistant Darren England during that last Newcastle attacking throw in


RH at 2015-04-13 20:16:05

Up to the scoring of that goal, With the match tempo low the Referee was wisely allowing a higher contact threshold to take place, will that goal change things?


RH at 2015-04-13 20:15:04

GOAL!Sterling open his account 1-0 Liverpool!


RH at 2015-04-13 20:13:13

Lee Mason is choosing to hold back in midfield and follow up behind


RH at 2015-04-13 20:09:48

Steady start to the game with the Referee being able to concentrate his position in midfield


RH at 2015-04-13 20:07:20

As always it’s Important that Lee Mason  ‘gets his eye in early’ here, good match preparation is so important, we’ve seen many decision making errors early in games with poor recognition of offences


RH at 2015-04-13 20:06:23

Tonight’s Match Referee Lee Mason has Refereed 21 Premier League games to date having shown 61 yellow cards and 4 red


RH at 2015-04-13 20:05:33

Our match Referee Lee Mason gets us underway!


RH at 2015-04-13 19:55:17

Our Match Referee tonight is Lee Mason, his Assistant Referees are Darren England and Eddie Smart, The Fourth Official is Craig Pawson


RH at 2015-04-13 19:50:47

Welcome to our coverage of this fixture which has produced memorable games in the past, with 130 goals scored to date , this is the third highest scoring fixture in Premier League history! The action comes from Anfield and Newcastle United are in Town!