Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 6 - 0


AM at 2015-05-10 15:28:34
Full time Summary – Mike Dean has masterfully controlled this game with low key words of advice to players, off the ball calming discussions with players and raised his profile on the hour mark with the yellow card for Barton and then the award of a penalty kick to MC. This was effortless refereeing made to look easy, but, delivered by a referee at the top of his game. As for both Assistants – Simon Long showed a much improved 2nd half performance in respect of offside judgements (key area) John Brooks – I was disappointed with his AR performance today – I have raised a number of areas in my Blog about where JB needs to improve to retain his position at this level. He needs coaching advice and again I repeat what I have already discussed.     Whilst working as an Assistant Referee on the FA Premier League a trail was introduced by the then Head of Referees Keith Hackett who trailed the use of series of lights along the opposite touchline which was an innovation being promoted by Kenny Sansom ex Arsenal and Crystal Palace Player. Paul Rejer who played such an impressive part in the raising of standards at the highest level of Assistant Referees in this Country was also part of the trial and as Assistants we trialed this innovation at Keele University. When you were exactly in line with the light (which illuminated when you were in line) on the opposite touchline then you knew that you were in the correct position to make an offside judgment. It was amazing how a slight difference in position then you were always incorrect in your judgment. We used this for training sessions and this innovation was not taken forward due to the logistics of implementing it on the opposite touchline at Premier League Grounds. This maybe an area that Keith Hackett may discuss further with you later in the week.       Please stay with us and Rob Harris in the chair for Chelsea v Liverpool coming up:   In the MLS when we cover Toronto FC v Houston tonight at 10.00pm   On Monday night we cover Arsenal v Swansea with an 8pm ko   A list of all the games coming up on YATR is always available at: http://you-are-the-ref.com/ref-cam/ Have a good week and many thanks for your company this afternoon. Take care.   Regards   Andy Martin   

AM at 2015-05-10 15:20:41
Full Time6-0 and QPR now find themselves in the Championship next season Full time summary to follow:  

AM at 2015-05-10 15:19:36
Don’t forget The Ref Show every week with Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey in discussion with No.1 Interviewer Alan Biggs, a must for all the good and bad decisions of the weekend. 2 minutes added time Caulker goes off with a hamstring injury, now back on

AM at 2015-05-10 15:16:35
Read former top flight referee Hacketts BLOG Hacketts latest BLOG recommends the following: Importantance of the presence of the referee Lessons to learnt from the Michael Duff of Burnley appeal    

AM at 2015-05-10 15:15:17
GOAL! 6-0 SIX of the very best that you will see this season. QPR are now down and out

AM at 2015-05-10 15:14:12
Hacketts Blog has correctly raised the issue of non assessors at games and this has clearly had an affect of referee / assistant referee and 4th officials performances this season. As they are now evaluated through a DVD system and not appraised by a referee assessor present at the game in the stand.   QPR 13 OFF 11 ON

AM at 2015-05-10 15:10:01
Casual movement to Corner Flag by JB this is where referee assessors at games are being missed or even coaches. This would be advice offered to JB to sharpen up and show a more positive body language.   MC sub 7 off 15 on

AM at 2015-05-10 15:07:38
Good pace from Deano who runs directly behind Toure as he enters the penalty area. I just would have liked to have seen Deano just move to his left to create an angle rather than a position directly behind him. This would create a wider viewing angle for him to make his kmi judgement.

AM at 2015-05-10 15:05:16
JB – QPR Offside far side   QPR SUB 10 off 19 on

AM at 2015-05-10 15:03:57
With QPR 5-0 down it is important for Deano to keep his focus and ensure that QPR play within the spirit of the game, this I am sure Deano will be ensuring, and how? well by plenty of talking and encouragement to the QPR Players ensuring that they retain their discipline and composure. MC sub 25 off 42 on

AM at 2015-05-10 15:00:40
Handball by Demichelis spotted this time by Deano! he certainly likes a handball does Demichelis is he in line to play in goal?

AM at 2015-05-10 14:58:50
Milner scores to make it 5-0 GOAL!5-0 no offside and this is the correct call by SL and is confirmed by replays

AM at 2015-05-10 14:57:05
Well in terms of MDs match control all was quiet for the first 60 minutes or so we than have a yellow card for Barton and a key match incident of a correct call for a penalty kick to MC – MD has made this look easy but 2 important decisions to be made and MD has raised his profile to make these correct judgements.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:54:15
SL – MC offside correct call from him better position in line with 2nd rearmost defender

AM at 2015-05-10 14:53:29
GOAL!Aguero hat trick for him and it is 4-0

AM at 2015-05-10 14:52:34
Penalty to MC decision correct MDs position was spot on…..

AM at 2015-05-10 14:51:55
MC sub 18 off and 14 on will that be Lampards last game before he goes to the MLS League? follow our coverage tonight at 10.00pm on the MLS League

AM at 2015-05-10 14:50:22
Barton Yellow Cardreckless this is what I mentioned about not getting caught up in things and raising your profile when required – it only takes a challenge to change the tempo

AM at 2015-05-10 14:48:34
JB has had to duck to avoid being hit by the ball his position is very close and static with no movement along the touchline. Again, keep on your toes and be mobile, it gives a much better impression and helps to keep your focus in decision making.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:45:14
Whilst MD has full control of this game it only needs a sudden reckless challenge to change matters, so you always have to be on full alert at all times..

AM at 2015-05-10 14:42:37
Free kick to QPR foul on Austin again MD well placed to judged to award. Spray out again – from free kick flag up for offside by JB which MD has acknowledged and allowed play to continue as the ball was cleared by MC

AM at 2015-05-10 14:39:58
QPR conceding GOALS at similar times in both halves and are now looking doomed for the Championship QPR SUB 25 OFF 23 ON

AM at 2015-05-10 14:38:40
GOAL! Aguero 3 – 0  

AM at 2015-05-10 14:38:03
Again we talk about ARs positioning but yet again John Brooks is struggling behind play. His fitness is showing in this game as his movement is not dynamic enough

AM at 2015-05-10 14:35:13
A quiet word from Deano with Leroy Fer just checking that he is ok from the earlier challenge good effective refereeing as he is showing empathy for players

AM at 2015-05-10 14:33:54
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AM at 2015-05-10 14:33:08
2nd half underway

AM at 2015-05-10 14:27:27
Half time summary; Mike Dean has made this game look easy and he has it by the palm of his hand. Total player respect, minor dissent and even when he misses a deliberate handball even the players and spectators accept his raised hand in honesty well I missed it! Question here was why did no one support him in assisting him? As for both ARs – John Brooks has not flagged Aguero offside when he was offside and this was down to judgement and position (not clearly in line with 2nd rearmost defender and also later in the game his static crouched position on an offside judgement then saw him struggling to keep up with the pace of these players. You have to judge and be on your toes ready for the nest phase of play. Simon Long – has supported the referee with 2 free kicks but again we have seen an incorrect offside judgement when not flagging a QPR player who was offside again this has to be down to concentration, positioning and judgement all 3 key ingredients for an Assistant Referee. And as I have mentioned consider the following:     Whilst working as an Assistant Referee on the FA Premier League a trail was introduced by the then Head of Referees Keith Hackett who trailed the use of series of lights along the opposite touchline which was an innovation being promoted by Kenny Sansom ex Arsenal and Crystal Palace Player. Paul Rejer who played such an impressive part in the raising of standards at the highest level of Assistant Referees in this Country was also part of the trial and as Assistants we trialed this innovation at Keele University. When you were exactly in line with the light (which illuminated when you were in line) on the opposite touchline then you knew that you were in the correct position to make an offside judgment. It was amazing how a slight difference in position then you were always incorrect in your judgment. We used this for training sessions and this innovation was not taken forward due to the logistics of implementing it on the opposite touchline at Premier League Grounds. This maybe an area that Keith Hackett may discuss further with you later in the week.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:17:01
Half Time2-0 Half time summary to follow:  

AM at 2015-05-10 14:16:34
again MD strong with 9.15m defensive wall. SL than flags Austin offside – correct

AM at 2015-05-10 14:15:32
1 minute added time. Free kick to QPR

AM at 2015-05-10 14:15:00
SL – QPR Austin offside correct. Good advantage and signal from MD for Silva ball goes wide. Have a look at MDs arm / hand signals to improve your referee performance. They are positive and correct

AM at 2015-05-10 14:13:27
Clear offside missed by SL and I cannot understand why he did not flag this one as the ball goes on to hit the MC bar and away fortunate for SL that a goal was not scored. It is all about concentration, reading of play and being in the correct position in line with the 2nd rear most defender TO JUDGE

AM at 2015-05-10 14:11:21
Demichelis 26 handball missed by MD and everyone else. MD puts up his hand to acknowledge but why no other assistance from anyone else? think about positioning in these situations and be brave to help your referee.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:09:48
Aguero onside correct call by JB, but because of his static crouched position JB is the some way behind play as Aguero breaks away. An upright in field with a much quicker sprint movement away would assist here.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:05:22
Do you think that more goals have been scored from set piece free kicks such as we have seen today, because referees are now getting defensive walls back the correct distance and with the aid of the vanishing spray?   What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com    

AM at 2015-05-10 14:03:13
GOAL!11 Kolarov  

AM at 2015-05-10 14:02:42
Free kick to MC. MD has some words of advice for RD. Did you notice with the spray how MD goes behind the defensive wall to spray along and then get the defensive wall back behind the line. Effective use and keep an eye out for this next time it is in use.

AM at 2015-05-10 14:00:15
Foul by Milner on Green – MD correct to award free kick from a good close viewing position

AM at 2015-05-10 13:59:15
MD is keeping a close and watchful eye on this game, low key but exactly what is required at this point in the game when he can let more go as players are responding well to his management

AM at 2015-05-10 13:57:09
Going back to Offside and the incorrect non flag by JB just minutes earlier, I would like to discuss with you the following: Whilst working as an Assistant Referee on the FA Premier League a trail was introduced by the then Head of Referees Keith Hackett who trailed the use of series of lights along the opposite touchline which was an innovation being promoted by Kenny Sansom ex Arsenal and Crystal Palace Player. Paul Rejer who played such an impressive part in the raising of standards at the highest level of Assistant Referees in this Country was also part of the trial and as Assistants we trialled this innovation at Keele University. When you were exactly in line with the light and 2nd rearmost defender (which illuminated when you were in line) on the opposite touchline. Then you knew that you were in the correct position to make an offside judgment. It was amazing how a slight difference in position then you were always incorrect in your judgment. We used this for training sessions and this innovation was not taken forward due to the logistics of implementing it on the opposite touchline at Premier League Grounds. This maybe an area that Keith Hackett may discuss further with you later in the week.        

AM at 2015-05-10 13:52:00
Austin has the ball in the MC goal net only to be ruled out for offside and this is correct as confirmed by replays

AM at 2015-05-10 13:51:02
Good free signal by SL for a free kick to QPR close to his position followed by a further signal for a free kick to MC following a foul by a QPR player when he had a better view than the referee – good assistance

AM at 2015-05-10 13:48:28
Aguero should have just been flagged offside by JB as he was just offside – we cannot see JBs position but he could not have been in line with the 2nd rearmost defender for this judgement. I will come back to this in a few minutes

AM at 2015-05-10 13:46:14
In the early 15 minutes MD is keeping a low profile and just letting the players get on with the game. Just what is required.

AM at 2015-05-10 13:43:48
MD showing good communication skills with a quick low wave of his left hand no free kick

AM at 2015-05-10 13:42:37
A potential mix up between Green and Dunne saw MD adopt a quick movement back towards the QPR goal with Aguero closing down

AM at 2015-05-10 13:40:13
Throw in to MC which would have been signalled by JB as the ball had just fully left the field of play

AM at 2015-05-10 13:38:07
QPR will have to open up and attack as they have to win today to have any chance of remaining in the Premier League

AM at 2015-05-10 13:36:20
Assistant Referees Simon Long (SL) is on the far touchline and John Brooks (JB) is on the nearside technical area touchline.

AM at 2015-05-10 13:35:00
GOAL!16 Aguero  

AM at 2015-05-10 13:34:23
Good acceleration by MD on a quick MC breakaway, good sprinting seen from MD accidental handball from Dunne not deliberate and MD correct not to award a penalty

AM at 2015-05-10 13:31:40
Good early strong throw in signal by MD. Good communication skills seen here.

AM at 2015-05-10 13:30:38
Mike Dean blows his whistle to signal ko

AM at 2015-05-10 13:30:01
What are your thoughts on Assistant Referee performances so far this season? let us know.. What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com        

AM at 2015-05-10 13:27:11
With Assistant Referee performances currently high in the spotlight for the key errors in respect of offside. We will certainly be looking at contrasting Refereeing / Assisting Refereeing performances with our match officials today. Referee Mike Dean is having an outstanding season along with Mark Clattenburg both clearly our top 2 referees in my opinion. What are your thoughts? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com     By stark contrast we will be looking at today 2 Assistant Referees who are struggling at the top level of our game. This has been blogged by our own REF CAM experts who have all officiated at the highest level of our game and today we have to ask why? This web site YATR. com is not an official Refereeing / Assistant bashing site for no reason but we tell it honestly as it is and YATR is  a fast developing web site unique in its own brand of Referee / Assistant Referee education. We will look closely at both John Brooks and Simon Longs performances today and offer throughout the BLOG educational advice and guidance as and when is necessary.    

AM at 2015-05-10 13:19:19
Mike Dean: Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers Assistants: J. Brooks and S. Long Fourth official: M. Jones Similarly to Clattenburg, Mike Dean finds himself back at the Etihad Stadium after just a fortnight. On this occasion QPR are the visitors, in a repeat of the conclusion of the 2011/12 season. There isn’t quite as much at stake for the hosts this time but with Arsenal breathing down their necks, City do need a win to consolidate second place. QPR on the other hand need the three points to stay in the division. Hoops’ manager Chris Ramsey isn’t the biggest fan of the officials at this precise moment. He criticised ref Mike Jones for disallowing a Richard Dunne goal which would’ve won his side the game against West Ham, and given them hope in their survival boost. However, with respect to Jones, Mike Dean is operating at a higher level than his colleague this season and it’ll be a surprise if fingers are pointed in his direction at the conclusion of this one. Mike Dean – all you need to know Matches in 2014/15: 28 (11 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 11 Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4 Last reffed Man City: 25 April 2015 Last reffed QPR: 31 Jan 2015 Honours: 2008 FA Cup final

AM at 2015-05-10 13:14:16

Todays line ups are as follows:

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 20 Mangala
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 11 Kolarov
  • 06 Fernando
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 07 Milner
  • 18 Lampard
  • 21 Silva
  • 16 Agüero

Substitutes

  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Kompany
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 13 Caballero
  • 14 Bony
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 42 Y Touré

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 04 Caulker
  • 22 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips
  • 08 Barton
  • 20 Henry
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 10 Fer
  • 09 Austin
  • 25 Zamora

Substitutes

  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 12 McCarthy
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 38 Furlong
  • 39 Grego-Cox
  • 41 Comley
Ref: Mike Dean

AM at 2015-05-10 13:12:23

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in five league meetings since QPR won 3-1 away in the second tier 15 years ago (W3, D2).
  • QPR’s only top-flight away win in this fixture came 20 years ago this week.
Manchester City
  • City have earned three successive league wins for the first time in 2015.
  • They have won their last five home matches in the Premier League, scoring 15 goals and keeping four clean sheets.
  • Manuel Pellegrini’s side went into the weekend as the division’s leading scorers with 71 goals. They have scored four or more goals in a league-high five games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored five times in his last four league appearances. He needs two goals to eclipse his highest tally of 23 in a Premier League season, which is a club record he shares with Carlos Tevez.
Queens Park Rangers
  • Rangers have earned nine points in 2015; no side has fared worse in the Premier League.
  • They still have the worst away record in the division, earning only seven points from 17 matches.
  • The Hoops have won one of their last 10 league matches, losing seven.
  • QPR have scored in each of their last 10 away games but have kept just one clean sheet on the road this season.
  • Chris Ramsey’s side have conceded a league-high 61 goals prior to the weekend fixtures, having let in two goals or more in 23 of their 35 matches.
     

AM at 2015-05-10 13:11:46
Well, a very good afternoon to you all for this live REF CAM game which is to be played at the:
  •  Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City FC
 

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City pair Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure (BUT DONT PLAY) are fit after respective groin and hamstring injuries. Samir Nasri has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. QPR boss Chris Ramsey says he is down to the “bare bones”, with Steven Caulker, Clint Hill, Bobby Zamora and Mauricio Isla all injury doubts. Nedum Onuoha is suspended, Rio Ferdinand remains on compassionate leave, and Eduardo Vargas and Alejandro Faurlin are still sidelined.

MATCH PREVIEW

This fixture will always evoke memories of three years ago and the most dramatic end to a Premier League season. Manchester City were crowned champions and QPR still stayed up – neither scenario has looked likely for the last couple of months in this campaign. Indeed, their respective challenges have ended with a whimper. City were expected to make the defence of their title a much stronger one. They now need a positive end to the campaign before a huge summer ahead. Some of the squad could be playing for their immediate futures. The lack of consistency has really cost them; the fact that they go into the match on the back of three straight league wins for the first time this year really encapsulates their season. Once again they haven’t had any problem scoring goals but their resolute defensive foundation for large parts has disappeared. It will be an area top of the priority list for repair. City do at least look like they won’t have to negotiate a Champions League qualifying round next season. That’s a competition, whoever the manager is, that will once again carry the weight of expectation.