Manchester City v Leicester City

Manchester City v Leicester City

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 3



RH at 2016-02-06 16:02:08

There were Refereeing talking points from this game, which was more one sided than any of us could ever have expected. The Referee delivered some good qualities in his overall management of the game, he looked calm and assured and his involvement level and recognition of offences was sound, he will have gained much satisfaction from his input today. But what today did show was an area of his game that he needs to work on. I said at the start of my blog that the Referee would need to seek out good viewing angles in and around the penalty area, to be fair on his own diagonal side of the penalty are and along the front of the box he did get into good positions. But he showed an inconsistency on the Assistants side, early in the game I praised his tracking Zabaleta’s run into the penalty area on the right side, however on the crucial Fuchs/Zabaleta penalty incident he was placed far too centrally looking through players with a poor view of the incident. He needs to build his earlier positioning into his game at all times, this will make him the master of his own destiny and not having to rely on other factors. However I still back him in not awarding a penalty, even though he was not ideally placed. The two players straddled the penalty area line at this incident with the actual foul contact taking place outside the penalty area by the closest of margins. any Referee and Assistant would have judged it the same. The other talking points were the corner/goal kick for the Leicester’s third goal, it should have been a goal kick. Huth also had two hand’s on Demichelelis’s shoulder, a foul? probably more a case of the Man City player not jumping for the ball and allowing himself to become a launch pad. The other talking point is Aguero being just offside before he scored Man City’s goal. Other than that both Assistants did well with Jake Collin showing some great offside judgement in the first half. So something for Anthony Taylor to work on but lets place my comments in context, this was a big game performance , he managed the occasion well, looked the part and his involvement today will not be the post match managers or media focus of attention, as Referees we would all have settled for that before the game!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:37:54

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2016-02-06 15:37:08

Plenty of empty seats around the stadium as the clock runs down!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:34:00

A minimum of 4 minutes added time


RH at 2016-02-06 15:33:30

Another talking point, was that Man City goal offside? TV replays suggesting that Aguero was just offside


RH at 2016-02-06 15:30:52

GOAL!Aguero pulls one back for Man City 3-1


RH at 2016-02-06 15:28:34

We’ve got more action for you from this weekend’s Premier League programme, coming up later at 5.30 we follow the South Coast game where Southampton face West Ham at St Mary’s, will Stefan Bilic be sporting that matching suit and beanie hat again? Tomorrow at 1.30pm we’re covering another South Coast game as midweek winners Bournemouth face an Arsenal team who drew a blank on Tuesday. Then at 4.00 pm it’s a game with plenty of ‘previous’ when Chelsea face midweek winners Manchester United where points are really needed by both teams!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:27:23

Although there hasn’t been the intensity that we might have expected in this game, Anthony Taylor’s involvement level and recogntion of offences has been good!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:24:50

I don’t think any of us ever expected to see such an encounter such as this, including the Referee!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:23:35

Leicester playing possession football and Man City forced to watch!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:20:29

Fernando brings down Okazaki and then complains about the free kick award, what is there to whinge about?


RH at 2016-02-06 15:19:01

As Kolarov crossed from the left side of Leicester’s penalty area, Anthony Taylor was close at hand looking down the side of the penalty area, that’s where he needs to be!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:16:49

Yellow CardAnother City yellow card as Fernando delays the restart of play at that Leicester free kick

 


RH at 2016-02-06 15:15:28

Huth in on Aguero the crowd howl for a free kick but the Referee is spot on in waving play on, it was a good challenge!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:14:33

Yellow CardZabaleta earns City’s first yellow card of the game for that challenge on Okazaki that broke up a promising Leicester attack


RH at 2016-02-06 15:12:22

Man City now needing to be more direct in their attacking play, this has made life easier for the Referee who is now able to track play better by following in behind in the channels


RH at 2016-02-06 15:08:51

Join Mark Halsey on Refcam at 5.30 today when he’ll be covering the Southampton v West Ham game at St Mary’s!


RH at 2016-02-06 15:08:18

To be fair to the Referee Demichelis didn’t complain much about the third goal, maybe it was a case of him not jumping for the ball?


RH at 2016-02-06 15:07:04

I’m not sure that third goal should have stood, Huth using both his arms to lever himself above Demichelis , not only that but the corner that lead to the goal should have in fact been a goal kick as TV replays showed that the final contact of the ball came off Okazaki


RH at 2016-02-06 15:03:17

GOAL!Unbelivable! Huth makes it 3-0 Leicester!

 


RH at 2016-02-06 15:02:30

Zabaleta late on Albrighton, careless but not worth a caution


RH at 2016-02-06 15:01:05

Again as Sterling attacks the penalty area Anthony Taylor moves in close, he just needs to make sure that the penalty area is covered just as effectively on the Assistant Referees side of the penalty area


RH at 2016-02-06 14:59:38

The Referee was close on at hand there as Frenandinho was challenged in the Leicester penalty are, that’s better!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:57:54

Looking at half time TV replays of the Fuchs/Zabaleta penalty incident, I was disappointed that Anthony Taylor left himself with a poor viewing angle on the actual contact, Assistant Jake Collin was in a difficult position given that he was looking straight on the to the side of the penalty area, not a good place to judge, Anthony Taylor had shown earlier that he was able to track Zabaleta as he attacked the penalty area right side, so why not that time? well he got way with it because the actual contact on Zabaleta took place outside the penalty area by the closest of margins, and to be fair any Referee would have done the same


RH at 2016-02-06 14:52:04

GOAL!Mahrez makes it 2-0

 


RH at 2016-02-06 14:51:25

Yellow CardSimpson picks up a yellow card for that challenge, and not the first half challenge that I mentioned that was Morgan


RH at 2016-02-06 14:48:26

The second half is underway!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:46:21

A solid first half from Anthony Taylor and his team, two key match incidents both called correctly in my view, credit due in particular on the Fuchs/Zabalelta incident, it was on the side of the penalty are which made it harder but both Referee and Assistant  judging that the incident occurred just outside the penalty area by the closest of margins given that the actual contact occurred outside the penalty area . The other incident being Allbrighton’s challenge on Fernandinho, not such as close a call but it was a risky challenge, but if given would have set the benchmark for awarding penalties too low especially on a fast wet surface such as the one we have today. Other than that Anthony Taylor has judged his involvement level well, he’ll need to dynamic in and around the penalty area as he could have been better placed for the first penalty incident, he also  needs to hang back a little as Man City build up slow in midfield as they play the ball to feet. Both Assistants look sharp, I didn’t get change to praise Jake Collin for a great advantage offside call on Aguero just before the first penalty incident. So its all to play for in the second half!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:33:27

Half Time


RH at 2016-02-06 14:31:12

A minimum of 3 minutes added time


RH at 2016-02-06 14:30:31

Simpson late on Delph, good advantage played even though the crowd were baying for a free kick!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:28:07

Allbrighton really putting his fate in Anthony Taylors hand with that challenge on Fernandinho, not worth a penalty but risky all the same!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:26:08

The Referee just needs to hold back a little on occasion as Man City build up slowly in midfield, he gets in the way sometimes and has to back peddle a little


RH at 2016-02-06 14:22:50

Good spot as Mahrez nudges Kolorov


RH at 2016-02-06 14:22:04

Yellow CardSimpson coming in late from behind on Aguero, looks a safe first yellow card of the game!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:19:46

Amazing energy levels being shown by Leicester in this half, can they sustain it for the remainder of the game?


RH at 2016-02-06 14:18:21

We’ve got more action for you from this weekend’s Premier League programme, coming up later at 5.30 we follow the South Coast game where Southampton face West Ham at St Mary’s, will Stefan Bilic be sporting that matching suit and beanie hat again? Tomorrow at 1.30pm we’re covering another South Coast game as midweek winners Bournemouth face an Arsenal team who drew a blank on Tuesday. Then at 4.00 pm it’s a game with plenty of ‘previous’ when Chelsea face midweek winners Manchester United where points are really needed by both teams!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:17:47

When tight calls are made on the side of the penalty area on the Assistants side its always a harder call because although the Referee will squeeze play and move towards his active Assistant he will never go as wide as on his own diagonal so as not to be out of position for the next phase of play, so he will not be so well placed as was the case there, but to his credit he still got it right!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:14:35

Either way that free kick/penalty incident was the closest of calls, you have to empathise with Anthony Taylor and Jake Collin in that situation, but it would seem they’ve got it right, massive call well done guys!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:11:42

Its the closest of calls as Fuchs brings down Zabeleta on the edge of the penalty area, TV replays showing the decision to be fractionally outside, looks like the officials got it right, but we’ve only seen the one camera angle, I expect to see more of that incident!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:06:43

The Referee is now speaking to Simpson following that earlier late challenge on Aguero


RH at 2016-02-06 14:04:39

Good advantage as Simpson brought down a city player but the game hasn’t stopped since!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:03:07

Toure bring down Simpson with a careless challenge


RH at 2016-02-06 14:01:38

Join Mark Halsey on Refcam at 5.30 today when he’ll be covering the Southampton v West Ham game at St Mary’s!


RH at 2016-02-06 14:00:27

The Referee is moving across the field of play in the final third during sustained periods of Man City attacking play to gain good player/defender viewing, good Refereeing


RH at 2016-02-06 13:58:19

But its the other Assistant Jake Collin with a good offside flag against Aguero


RH at 2016-02-06 13:57:29

As I said earlier Leicester playing balls into the final third and through the channels, Assistant Simon Long will need to be on the ball in this first half


RH at 2016-02-06 13:55:30

Anthony Taylor moved in close to view the final challenge on Zabaleta as Leicester conceded that corner


RH at 2016-02-06 13:53:18

Assistants Jake Collin and Simon Long will need to be completely focused today as I expect balls into the final third and through the channels to produce close offside calls!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:52:32

TV relays showing that it was an innocent case of a defender treading on his foot


RH at 2016-02-06 13:51:41

Free kick to City but Aguero is still feeling the effects of an earlier challenge!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:50:13

Good advantage played by the referee as Kante broke from his own penalty area!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:49:24

With top class strikers Aguero and Vardy in action today I expect Referee Anthony Taylor to get into good viewing positions in and around the penalty for those al important attacker/defender contact incidents which this game could hinge on!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:48:25

GOAL!Amazing! Huth scores for Leicester!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:47:31

Assistant Simon long offering good support as Kolorov fells Mahrez


RH at 2016-02-06 13:46:10

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Long is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Jake Collin is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2016-02-06 13:45:21

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!


RH at 2016-02-06 13:42:21

Today’s Match Referee is Anthony Taylor. His Assistant Referees are Jake Collin and Simon Long, The Fourth Official is Jon Moss


RH at 2016-02-06 13:38:55

Its first verses second today. It’s the game of the weekend! Leicester are on fire and Pellegrini will be eager to show everyone that his Manchester City team are hungry for honours in four competitions !