Manchester City v Bristol City


RH at 2018-01-09 22:56:01

The Refereeing talking points in this game are;

  • An impressive Refereeing performance from Anthony Taylor as he copes well with changes in the pattern of play and match tempo
  • The only KMI of the game a first half penalty is awarded correctly
  • A late Man City goal is scored where a tight offside decision is correctly called by Marc Perry

This really was an absorbing game with the result in doubt right up until Aguero’s additional time winning goal. Anthony Taylor Refereed well and got the all important first half penalty decision correct to penalise Stones for a careless challenge on Reid. Anthony also read play well and changed his movement and patrol path as Bristol City dug in during the second half and got men behind the ball. The most important phase of the match came in the early stages in the second half as Bristol City were battling to stay in the tie, three visitor cautions and a rise in match tempo were taken in their stride as Anthony and his team saw the game out without any controversy. Both Assistants looked solid but a particular word of praise is due to Marc Perry, he took some stick last week but tonight he did well and had a tight call to make as Aguero netted late for Man City in additional time, as the ball was crossed there was a tight offside call involving the Argentinian, but Marc correctly kept his flag down, well done!

RH at 2018-01-09 22:38:13

Summary to follow Full Time



RH at 2018-01-09 22:37:01

GOAL!Aguero delivers West Country heartache as its advantage Manchester City!



RH at 2018-01-09 22:34:35

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:32:43

TV pictures showing that the ball hits Gundogans chest in the penalty area, no penalty!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:31:30

This game has been absorbing because of the visitors tenacity and the fact that the result has been in doubt right up the end!

RH at 2018-01-09 22:30:01

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RH at 2018-01-09 22:29:08

The shape of this game has completely changed so too has the patrol path of the Referee! A learning point for a Referee at any level is that you be prepared to vary your movement according to the changing formations used by the competing teams!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:26:09

Sterling given the benefit of the doubt as he attacks a bouncing ball with a high foot!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:24:56

More attacking M City width as Walker is brought on, Marc Perry will need to be switched on for this!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:23:14

Good safe Refereeing as a free kick is given to the visitors  as Bristol City attempt to clear their lines


RH at 2018-01-09 22:21:50

I expect during this final fifteen minutes that we may see another spike in match tempo as we near the final whistle


RH at 2018-01-09 22:19:28

Well lets be honest, unless you’re a Man City fan, you would not be too disappointed if the visitors can keep this score, what a night to look forward to on 23rd January if they can!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:17:09

Anthony Taylor making sure not to get caught up in the attacking channels and putting the brakes on more as play gets concentrated around the Bristol City penalty area


RH at 2018-01-09 22:13:26

Not so much room for the Referee to operate now as Bristol City get more men behind the ball, the Referee will need to rethink some of his movement so as not to get caught up in the action!

RH at 2018-01-09 22:10:41

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RH at 2018-01-09 22:09:05

This is an important phase of the game as the visitors look to hang in as M City raise their game, three cautions and a rise in Match Tempo prove the point, but credit to the Referee who has coped well!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:06:40

Just an observation on that previous M City  just outside the penalty area, if you looked at the pitch markings, the 9.15 metres was very generous!


RH at 2018-01-09 22:04:56

Yellow CardBryan with a Reckless challenge on De Bruyne earns B City their third caution



RH at 2018-01-09 22:03:52

Yellow CardProblems in the defensive wall earns Smith a caution



RH at 2018-01-09 22:01:46

Yellow CardFlint with a clumsy body check on De Bruyne earns a caution and gives away a free kick in a dangerous position!



RH at 2018-01-09 21:59:49

GOAL!De Bruyne exploits a counter attack to level for the home side!



RH at 2018-01-09 21:58:12

Reid makes his feelings known as Toure tries to gain some yards at the taking of a free kick but the Referee moves in calmly to defuse the situation and not make matters worse


RH at 2018-01-09 21:56:15

M City counter attack at speed through Sterling but Anthony Taylor looked comfortable as he tracked play!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:54:21

Bernardo Silva feels aggrieved with that challenge on him from Baker, but the Referee allows the home striker a protest word which wasn’t made aggressively


RH at 2018-01-09 21:51:38

Stones with an obvious push at that M City corner, resulting in the first free kick of this half

RH at 2018-01-09 21:49:23

The second half has started!

RH at 2018-01-09 21:41:55

Well this game is certainly set up for an interesting second half! But its not the Match Officials who will be the talking point at half time, more so that shock lead from the visitors and the lack of Man City fire power in the final third. But the only Key Match Incident of the game at this point has been correctly called and that will give Anthony Taylor much confidence. The Match Officials have done well so far, the only observation I make is that the visitors Captain Wright was fortunate not to receive a yellow card for two robust challenges on Sane, the first of which wasn’t detected. The Referee has on occasion maintained a high threshold of contact before penalising, that may have something to do with the Leroy Fer red card being over turned, but other than that Anthony is moving around well and very much looking the part, we often say it, but there really is everything to play for in the second half!

RH at 2018-01-09 21:33:28

Half Time


RH at 2018-01-09 21:31:48

A minimum of two minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2018-01-09 21:30:13

GOAL!Reid converts 1-0 Bristol City!



RH at 2018-01-09 21:29:20

Stones with a clumsy challenge on Reid wins the visitors a penalty!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:28:18

Reid lucky to get the verdict there as I couldn’t really see what else Mangala could have done?

RH at 2018-01-09 21:25:34

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RH at 2018-01-09 21:24:36

Will this be frustrating night for the home team?  they will certainly need to get their shooting boots on as they are firing high and wide at the moment, expect the visitors to dig hard until half time, the Referee needs to be ready for this


RH at 2018-01-09 21:21:48

Lee Betts well placed to confirm that Magnusson couldn’t keep that ball in play, M City corner!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:19:20

Wright then follows up with a check on Sane, words of warning from the Referee but if Wrights 13th minute challenge on Sane had been seen that might have been a caution!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:17:37

A TV replay clearly showing that B City Captain Wright held Stones at that last corner, if the Referee see’s that it will be a penalty!

RH at 2018-01-09 21:14:22

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RH at 2018-01-09 21:12:14

As far as movement goes, the way this game is being played at the moment is idea for a fit Referee as both teams are on the front foot and playing passes out to wide men, Anthony shouldn’t be having problems getting in the way unless the pattern of play changes


RH at 2018-01-09 21:08:36

Bristol City keep up the pressure with a corner, so the Assistant operating the M City defence is more in the game that some would have thought!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:05:35

Zinchenko grounds Brownhill with a careless challenge, good free kick award


RH at 2018-01-09 21:04:17

Sterling goes to ground and the Referee is unimpressed, I agree!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:02:56

Fair play to Bristol City, they are having a go as its a game of counter attack at the moment, so Anthony Taylor is getting some sprinting in!


RH at 2018-01-09 21:01:01

Well we’ve just had one as Wright armed off Sane but the Referee didn’t penalise it!


RH at 2018-01-09 20:59:41

A Silva handball results in the first free kick of the game on 12 minutes, still no careless challenges


RH at 2018-01-09 20:58:00

As both teams are using wide men, its pleasing to see Anthony Taylor squeezing play with his active Assistant on occasions


RH at 2018-01-09 20:55:46

Flint held up Sterling near the B City penalty area, it was good to see the Referee move in close to monitor the challenge


RH at 2018-01-09 20:53:27

Marc Perry with the first offside flag which appeared straight forward against B City’s Paterson


RH at 2018-01-09 20:51:22

As we thought City attacking with width left and right and winning early corners!


RH at 2018-01-09 20:49:58

Bristol City captain Wright controls the ball with his chest, the Referee was well placed to view that contact in the penalty area

RH at 2018-01-09 20:46:44

If you are watching the game on TV, Marc Perry is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Lee Betts is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2018-01-09 20:46:17

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

RH at 2018-01-09 20:42:44

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2018-01-09 20:38:26

Tonight’s Referee Anthony Taylor has been given a vote of confidence by being promoted to the UEFA Elite Panel for 2018. Anthony is emerging as a leading contender in English Refereeing and was highly praised by my Refcam colleague Dean Mohareb for his handling of the Premier League fixture last Wednesday between Arsenal and Chelsea, although I was intrigued to hear that Anthony got too close to play on occasions, when I have watched Anthony previously, proximity to the action and the reading of play have been strengths in his game. I suspect the cause of this problem may have been Anthony’s lack of match preparation in terms of team systems and formations, Arsenal played a 3-4-2-1 formation in that game and Chelsea their trusted 3-5-1-1 with Arsenal renowned for their ability and excellence in passing their way through midfield this would have resulted in a congested midfield area which requires a Referee to change their normal patrol path from games where teams use width. Tonight’s game could be very different with Manchester City favoring a 4-3-3 formation which always promotes width and wide men coming in which should suit Anthony, the key thing here will be that the Referee and his active Assistant will need to track those runs from wide in the final third. Bristol City like to play a 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 formation, again width will be a feature but more so the role of the player in the number 10 and his ability in playing in the lone striker, but this system should ensure that the midfield shouldn’t get too congested, if they go 4-4-2 then final passes through the channels on the counter attack will be in evidence, either way is should easier for the Referee to operate his patrol path tonight.  If Anthony gets too close to play in this game then we have a negative trend in his game that needs to be eradicated. Anthony’s most recent appointment was to Referee last Saturdays Wolves verses Swansea FA Cup tie where his performance drew a mixed reaction, he did very well to red card the home sides Reuben Vinagre for his dangerous challenge but then mystified everyone by sending off the visitors Leroy Fer for what appeared to be a nailed on yellow card offence . Tonight’s Assistants are Lee Betts who will be looking to deliver on his potential to emerge as a front runner English FIFA Assistant and Marc Perry who will be looking to have learned from the disappointment of his performance at Swansea seven days ago and be stronger for it.


RH at 2018-01-09 20:32:23

Today’s Match Referee is Anthony Taylor, His Assistant Referees are Lee Betts and Marc Perry. The Fourth Official is Lee Mason

RH at 2018-01-09 20:25:55

No VAR tonight, it’s just those good old fashioned four pairs of eyes that will be controlling this game! Bristol City take on Pep’s half of Manchester having conquered Jose’s boys at Ashton gate on that memorable pre-Christmas cracker of an evening in the quarter final! Lee Johnson’s side arrive at the Etihad on a cloud of confidence that currently has no fears of taking Premier League scalps! Talking of which Manchester City present just about the toughest challenge any club could expect these days! But the Championship visitors will aim to keep this tie close and get the Premier League high flyers back down to the West Country in the hope of another memorable night of Carabao Cup success on 23rd January!