SM at 2014-09-06 14:18:26

Analysis: A very entertaining game  which the home team will feel they should not have lost. They were the better team throughout the first half and overall created more goal-scoring opportunities but if you don’t score when you are on top then you often get punished and that is exactly what happened. The only real talking point is the penalty claim by Plymouth for handball by Luton No5 midway through the second half. Was the Referee’s view obstructed by players and if so was he in the best position? Could Assistant Ford have helped? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail us at However, the Referee worked well with his colleagues, applied advantage sensibly and this contributed the the flow of the game which was played at quite a fast pace. The Officials will feel pleased with their overall contribution to this League Two encountered. Well done lads.



SM at 2014-09-06 14:10:19

Referee blows whistle to bring the game to a close. Final score

Luton 0 Plymouth 1

SM at 2014-09-06 14:09:43

Challenge in penalty area but clearly no foul despite home fans protestations.

SM at 2014-09-06 14:07:26

Minor holding on Lafayette but Referee allows play to continue

SM at 2014-09-06 14:04:52

5 minutes additional time indicated by 4th Official.

SM at 2014-09-06 14:03:49

Lawless falls inside penalty area. Referee correctly allows play to continue

SM at 2014-09-06 14:02:15

Foul by Stevenson on McHugh. F//K Plymouth

SM at 2014-09-06 13:59:51

Referee not fooled when Reid falls over opponents outstretched leg

SM at 2014-09-06 13:55:55

Foul by McHugh on Lawless. F/Kick given

SM at 2014-09-06 13:54:31

C/kick Luton. Poor kick

SM at 2014-09-06 13:53:04

Substitution Luton 28 for 8

SM at 2014-09-06 13:51:48

C/kick Luton

SM at 2014-09-06 13:51:31

A good advantage following a foul on Plymouth 7 but play sensibly brought back when advantage did not accrue

SM at 2014-09-06 13:50:11

C/kick Plymouth. Appeal for handball by Luton 5 but Referee’s view obstructed

Should it have been a penalty kick?

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SM at 2014-09-06 13:47:26

c/kick for Luton. Ball cleared but pressure still on with another good advantage applied by Referee.


L7 for L11

l18 for 13.

SM at 2014-09-06 13:43:57

Bray is replaced by Smalley

SM at 2014-09-06 13:42:26

Blizzard scores for Plymouth. 1-0

SM at 2014-09-06 13:41:21

Minor foul by Cullen  on Nelson. Free-kick Plymouth

SM at 2014-09-06 13:40:05

Bray  injured without any apparent contact. Referee shows empathy in taking time to allow a good check on the player and stretcher to remove him. Stretcher not required, Bray continues while 4th Official monitors possible substitution.

SM at 2014-09-06 13:37:14

Another goal-scoring opportunity goes begging for Plymouth

SM at 2014-09-06 13:36:29

c/kick for Plymouth.  No pushing or holding evident. Good news.

SM at 2014-09-06 13:34:46

Plymouth 17 commits reckless challenge on Lacey. Free-kick Luton and caution for Bray who has only just entered the frayYellow Card

SM at 2014-09-06 13:32:58

Plymouth substitution 17 for 8

SM at 2014-09-06 13:30:35

Corner-kick for Plymouth. Not too much pushing/holding.

SM at 2014-09-06 13:29:30

Shot on goal deflected for another Luton corner-kick

SM at 2014-09-06 13:28:35

Corner-kick for Luton cleared for another one

SM at 2014-09-06 13:27:48

Free-kick to Luton following minor offence in midfield

SM at 2014-09-06 13:20:58

Good offside detection by Nick Kinseley and positive flag indication

SM at 2014-09-06 13:19:56

Second half under way

SM at 2014-09-06 13:19:32

First Half Analysis: A fast paced game with the home team creating the better goal-scoring opportunities.  However, both goalkeepers have been forced to make good saves to prevent conceding a goal. The very early justifiable caution allowed the Referee to assert authority and set the level of control and consistency was evident with two further cautions. That said the Referee was keen to allow flow to the game and this was illustrated with some good examples of advantage. Positioning was generally good but on two occasions the Referee found himself too near play and in one instance almost setting up a goal for the home team when the ball bounced off him. Overall officials have been good. More of the same second half.

SM at 2014-09-06 13:14:12

Corner-kick for Luton.

Referee blows whistle to bring first half to a close with the score 0-0

SM at 2014-09-06 13:03:47

Corner-kick for Luton.

Referee blows whistle to bring first half to a close with the score 0-0

SM at 2014-09-06 13:01:50

2 additional minutes signalled by 4th Official

SM at 2014-09-06 13:00:54

Oh dear. Referee gets hit by the ball which almost leads to a Luton goal. Good save by goalkeeper for a corner-kick. Some minor pushing/holding evident.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:58:41

Good Referee/Assistant (Declan Ford) eye contact to ensure correct throw award given

SM at 2014-09-06 12:57:15

Referee not fooled by players appealing for minor nudges in the back. Sensible reading of situations.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:55:48

Watch out Mick. Almost in the way and having to take quick avoiding action. Too near play?

SM at 2014-09-06 12:54:05

Good effort by Reid for Plymouth but well saved

SM at 2014-09-06 12:47:31

Positive throw direction signal by Nick Kinseley

SM at 2014-09-06 12:46:34

Good Plymouth effort on goal but well saved by g/k

SM at 2014-09-06 12:45:44

Luton beginning to get on top and playing with a good tempo

SM at 2014-09-06 12:44:49

Very good play by Luton but excellent fingertip save by goalkeeper to divert ball for a corner-kick

SM at 2014-09-06 12:42:54

Referee needs heightened awareness following the incident involving Drury and Blizzard.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:40:47

Late challenge on Drury but Referee allows another good advantage. When play stops Referee issues a caution for Blizzard. Again excellent refereeing.Yellow Card

SM at 2014-09-06 12:38:35

Minor foul by Griffiths but Referee applies good advantage with a clear positive arm signal extended and maintained sensibly.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:36:49

Plymouth now settled into game which is much more even. Keep concentration high lads.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:32:51

Chance for Plymouth but poor finish by Plymouth 7 Chances coming for both teams but so far no goals.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:31:46

Good detection of offside offence by Luton 15. Positive flag signal by Declan Ford

SM at 2014-09-06 12:30:05

Fast paced game but Referee’s fitness level is ensuring he’s always appropriately positioned.

SM at 2014-09-06 12:28:57

Good attack by Luton but final shot over the bar

SM at 2014-09-06 12:28:01

Referee working hard to remain reasonably near to play. Keep concentration high

SM at 2014-09-06 12:23:53

Strong tackle on Alessandra by Connolly. Good advantage then Referee issues caution when play stops. Excellent Refereeing Yellow Card

SM at 2014-09-06 12:21:57

Luton continue to press and force a good save from the goalkeeper

SM at 2014-09-06 12:20:07

Luton pressurizing Plymouth and gained a corner kick. Plymouth counter-attack dealt with by superb sprint by Referee

SM at 2014-09-06 12:18:49

Good free-kick and excellent save by Plymouth G/K

SM at 2014-09-06 12:17:57

Handball by Nelson. Free-kick and caution for P5Yellow Card

SM at 2014-09-06 12:15:57

Mick Russell blows the whistle and gets the game underway

SM at 2014-09-06 12:11:27

The teams are in the tunnel

sm at 2014-09-06 12:01:35

Referee: Mick Russell

Assistant Referees: Declan Ford and Nick Kinseley

4th Official: Carl Berry

We wish the Officiating team all the best

sm at 2014-09-06 11:59:46

Today we are covering the Luton Town v Plymouth Argyle Sky Bet League two game from Kenilworth Road. Last season Luton were promoted back to the Football League as Conference Premier champions but have only gained one point from their opening two home games despite starting the campaign with a 1-0 win at Carlisle. Although Plymouth are eight places higher up the table, they are only two points better off and have lost both of their two away league games this season. Both teams will be looking to change these statistics so we should be in for an interesting match.