S.M at 2017-03-19 19:32:42

A tough game for Michael Oliver to control, particularly after the preceding weeks schedule that I referred to prior to the start of the game. Physically he dealt with the frenetic pace of the game quite well, never being too far away from incidents when having to make a judgement. His first half performance, while maintaining control, could have been enhanced had he issued a yellow card for Can for pulling back his opponent in the 12th minute, and the two incidents which could have resulted in penalty kicks to Manchester City which he did not detect. His performance during the second period was much better with offences being detected and penalised, and only one further caution being necessary. There was never any threat to control and his reading of the game coupled with a high workrate to maintain as close a proximity as possible despite the unrelenting pace of the game ensured that overall his performance was one where he overcame any signs of either physical or mental fatigue. Hopefully the powers that be will allow him some decent recovery time before appointing him to another high profile game.

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:22:49

Full Time

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:19:11

4 minutes of added time

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:18:00

Mane foul on Silva. Correct Yellow Cardfor Mane

Liverpool substitution Lucas Leiva for Firmino

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:13:31

Foul on Lallana. Free-kick Liverpool.


S.M at 2017-03-19 19:12:31

Man City substitute Nolito for Sane

Silly foul by Clyne on Silva. Free-kick correctly awarded for City.


S.M at 2017-03-19 19:10:43

Good judgement that Mignolet did not foul Sterling, hence no penalty kick.

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:06:05

Foul on Silva. Free-kick Man City.

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:01:20

Liverpool substitute Origi for Coutinho

S.M at 2017-03-19 19:00:18

Careless challenge by Clichy on Firmino. Free-kick Liverpool.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:57:36

GOAL! Aguero equalises for Man City 1-1

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:54:12

Foul by Stones. Free-kick Liverpool

Man City substitute Sagna for YaYa Toure

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:48:26

Careless foul by Fernandinho on Coutinho. Free-kick Liverpool.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:39:36

Cllichy fouls Firmino in the penalty area. Penalty kick to Liverpool and caution for Clichy Yellow Card

GOAL! 1-0 to Liverpool as Milner scores from the penalty mark.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:35:35

Foul by Silva. Free-kick Liverpool.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:33:41

Second half under way.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:30:16

The first 45 minutes have been played at a frenetic pace with both teams having good chances to score. The Referee’s fitness has been tested and he has managed to achieve positions which have given him good views of challenges. He has had the  courage to apply advantage on a number of occasions to ensure the game has been allowed to flow as much as possible, but the three cautions have ensured that control has been retained.  Despite his hectic schedule this week his fitness looks pretty good but then fatigue can affect decision making as well as physical movement. Hopefully the Referee can get through the next 45 minutes without too many problems. There were two incidents which, had the Referee detected them, would have  resulted in penalty kicks to Manchester City. The man-handling of Aguero and the challenge by Milner on Sterling are the two in question. Was these due to  fatigue in decision making or just plain errors by the Referee. The holding of Aguero should have been seen but the slight contact by Milner’s boot on Sterling’s boot was much more difficult to spot and in my opinion excusable. Great if you can detect slight contact but then the viewing angle can make a difference.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:18:20

Half Time

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:17:45

Foul by Wijnaldum on Fernandinho.  Correctly penalised.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:14:48

Good detection by Assistant that City goalkeeper took ball over goal line for a corner kick.

Another good advantage following a foul on Aguero. When play stops Referee correctly cautions Matip Yellow Card

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:07:54

Foul by De Bruyne on Clyne. Free-kick Liverpool. Note use of spray to indicate 10 yards for defenders.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:05:46

Careless foul by Sterling. Referee very well positioned to make a judgement.

S.M at 2017-03-19 18:01:48

Referee well positioned at edge of penalty area to view Liverpool attack and get an unobstructed view of defenders challenges.

Good awareness to stop play when Liverpool player accidentally injured in goal area.

Careless foul by Sane hence free-kick to Liverpool. Referee reasonably placed to easily detect pushing offence.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:56:45

Mane catches Otamend”s leg as he bears down on goal. Referee again working hard to get close but correct decision not to award a penalty kick to Liverpool.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:53:34

20 minutes gone and Referee having to deal with a quick City attack. Works hard to try to get up with play. We’ll see how this pans out as the game unfolds.

Correct free-kick to Liverpool following a foul on Coutino.

Yaya Toure challenge on Emre Can. Sensible yellow card for Toure Yellow Card

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:49:04

Matip taking a chance with arms on Aguero in penalty area.. Sterling offside once again.

Yellow CardFirmino  following a reckless challenge. Sensible referereeing to assert authority.

Firminio and Aguero tangle again. Referee must keep a close eye on this particularly as Firmino has already been cautioned.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:43:55

Free-kick to Manchester City following foul by Emre Can.. Could well have been a yellow card for the offender. Another good advantage for a City attack leading to a shot on goal and a corner kick.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:40:30

Another offside against Sterling. Prompt signal by Assistant.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:39:28

Another good advantage applied for Manchester City in attacking situation which led to pressure on the Liverpool goal and two corner kicks. De Bruyne offside .

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:37:15

A good advantage played with a prompt arm signal.

Foul by Fernandinho on Milner. Correct award of free-kick to Liverpool.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:35:04

Good positioning by the Referee to view challenge on Lallana in penalty area and correctly no offence committed. Free kick Liverpool following a careless foul on Mane.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:33:01

First offside decision with Sterling caught.


S.M at 2017-03-19 17:31:08

Liverpool kick-off.

S.M at 2017-03-19 17:22:29

Welcome to this afternoons Ref Cam which features Manchester City v Liverpool from the Etihad Stadium. These teams are rivals for a top four finish with Manchester City being currently in third place and Liverpool in fourth.

The Officials for the game are Michael Oliver (Referee) who will be assisted by S.Burt and S.Child with Craig Pawson acting as 4th Official.

It will be interesting to see how Michael Oliver’s fitness stands up to this test, given that this will be his 4th game in seven days. This includes the Chelsea v Manchester United cup tie, a long trip to Turkey for the Besiktas v Olypmiakos European game not to mention a 4th Official appointment as well. It seems crazy appointing by the powers that be as fatigue could well play a part in his performance today. Let’s hope not… but we will see.

Stay with us for this intriguing match.