Manchester City v West Ham United


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AH at 2016-08-28 18:02:15

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Thanks for your company today – join us for our next coverage from the Premier League, no lesser game than the Manchester Derby from Old Trafford at 12.30 a week in Saturday, after the International break, with expert analysis by Rob Harris.

Before that – don’t forget to join Alan Biggs and tune in to the REF SHOW tomorrow with former FIFA Assistant Referee Glenn Turner and ex England International and Sheffield Wednesday player David Hirst

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AH at 2016-08-28 18:00:15

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I pose just one question, did the lack of mobility on the part of the referee, as referenced earlier in this blog, contribute to him not having the best view of the Aguero incident – would he have detected the offence had he been better placed?

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AH at 2016-08-28 17:58:54

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He will be disappointed when he sees the footage of Aguero’s challenge, leading with the elbow against Reid, committing an act of violent conduct, which meant that the West Ham defender was forced to leave the field of play with his injury.  My hope is that the authorities take a retrospective view of the incident and view the footage with a view to appropriate disciplinary action.

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AH at 2016-08-28 17:57:36

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In summary, that was a competent and effective overall performance by the match referee, if never showing the sparkle and flair of some of his colleagues, Andre Marriner can be pleased with his afternoon’s work, with one major exception.



AH at 2016-08-28 17:50:30

GOAL! Silva rattles the frame of the goal, before Sterling seals the deal to finish aplomb …..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:48:47

4 minutes to play – time to keep focused gentlemen …..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:38:58

Thank you to Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D for your tweet – he quotes “such a difference in consistency shown by Marriner compared to Taylor in early game. More important for control than mvmt IMO” – good call Simon


AH at 2016-08-28 17:36:21

Aguero looks to have got away with a violent challenge against Reid.  I can understand why that was not seen by the match officials did not see the challenge owing to the angles involved, perhaps the FA may review the footage ……


AH at 2016-08-28 17:31:54

More commendable refereeing from Andre Marriner who applies the advantage clause, allowing the Home Team to develop a promising attack as Nolito was fouled in the centre circle


AH at 2016-08-28 17:28:12

I am loving the passion of the 2 managers, respectful, but they kick every ball, head every header and make every tackle ……..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:24:11

25 minutes to go, this is a key phase of the game as both teams search for the next goal – let’s hope that the refereeing team can retain their match control in the same confident manner.  They have contributed to the game by the accuracy of their decision making.


AH at 2016-08-28 17:19:29

Lanzini enters the field of play for the Away team, I am surprised that West Ham did not replace Masuaka who is walking the 2 yellow card tightrope


AH at 2016-08-28 17:17:40

GOAL! Out of the blue, Antonio rises at the far post to head home, game on …..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:15:36

Thank you to Agghefgee @54bobb for his tweet, he does not agree with me with regard to the referee’s performance, but football is a game of opinions.  Would you care to comment further ……..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:13:08

Yellow CardMark Noble say something out of turn and is cautioned for his troubles – frustration abound for the West Ham Skipper


AH at 2016-08-28 17:11:14

Surely the final chance for Masuaka and Andre Marriner has done well to make that very clear to all and sundry.  One more penal offence and he will be on his way …..


AH at 2016-08-28 17:09:37

Yellow Card Fletcher’s challenge on Caballero allows the referee to continue his consistent approach to cautioning – no complaints from the observer


AH at 2016-08-28 17:07:40

Now that was interesting. I agree with Scott Ledger’s offside decision, even though the ball was played by the West Ham defender, I still consider that that was one phase of play and he was correct to indicate that Nolito was offside.


AH at 2016-08-28 17:03:19

Here we go for the second half …..

AH at 2016-08-28 16:54:09

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How do you think Andre Marriner and his team are doing so far, let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref

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AH at 2016-08-28 16:50:09

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A word or praise as well for the experienced Assistant Referees, Simon Beck and Scott Ledger, who have been both supportive and solid so far this afternoon.

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AH at 2016-08-28 16:48:54

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Andre Marriner looks, and is, very calm and composed in his decision making.  He is using his experience well to ensure consistency in both player management and decision making.  His lack of mobility has, so far, not caused him any issues and he will be hoping for more of the same in the second half.

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AH at 2016-08-28 16:47:41

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So far, so good, with the 2 cautions issued ensuring that the referee has retained full match control



AH at 2016-08-28 16:45:31

Just 2 minutes additional time for the injury to John Stones ….


AH at 2016-08-28 16:42:35

It would not surprise me to see Manchester City pressurising West Ham’s Masuaka, who is on a yellow card, and continues to be struggling to cope with the pace of the Home Team attackers.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:38:44

City continue to play the ball from the back, West Ham are forced to press to try to win the ball – tactics which the refereeing team need to be aware of as this will ‘stretch’ the play and make the likelihood of attacking plays becoming more prevalent.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:34:45

One of the referee’s main attributes this afternoon has been his ability to communicate with the players. He’s not talking at them he’s talking to them and they appear to be accepting his decisions and getting on with the game. This is an object lesson for any up-and-coming referees on how to manage the players.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:28:42

I agree with the referee, again. Antonio’s challenge was nothing more than careless and no cards were needed.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:22:32

First class refereeing from Andre Marriner – Masuaku receives a stern warning, having offended and already having received a yellow card.  The player now knows exactly where he stands


AH at 2016-08-28 16:19:25

GOAL!Ferdandinho smashes home a rocket header from close range and City are very much in charge.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:16:59

He is setting an example to Anthony Taylor in our earlier RefCam game who was, unfortunately, inconsistent with regard to his caution decision making.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:15:04

Yellow CardGood consistency by Andre Marriner as Masuaku commits a similar challenge to Ferdandinho’s in the 5th minute, and also receives a justified caution.


AH at 2016-08-28 16:13:05

He will have had to have passed the pre-season fitness tests, but passing the test and being match sharp fitness wise are two different things …..


AH at 2016-08-28 16:11:28

My fears concerning the Referee’s mobility are, unfortunately, seen to be true.  His movement over the first 5 meters is not the best and he was not up with play as West Ham played a long ball forward to Fletcher


AH at 2016-08-28 16:08:22

GOAL! Sterling converts to finish a fine team move to put the Home Team ahead


AH at 2016-08-28 16:06:44

Yellow CardFerdandinho – reckless – gave Andre Marriner no choice but to issue the caution which was issued in a calm manner


AH at 2016-08-28 16:02:20

Will grappling continue to be a focus in this game ………..


AH at 2016-08-28 16:00:08

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Pre Match

AH at 2016-08-28 15:57:46

Would you have dropped the England Goalkeeper from the starting line-up, does that make Manchester City “Hart-less” …… sorry

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:56:15

It will be interesting to review Andre Marriner’s fitness, positioning and movement this afternoon.  He has had some issues in recent seasons and does not have the mobility of, for example, Anthony Taylor who we just saw on our earlier RefCam game.

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:54:05

Andre Marriner is in charge this afternoon, supported by experienced Assistant Referees Simon Beck and Scott Ledger.  I have a degree of sympathy for Fourth Official Mike Jones who, in spite of having a much improved 15/16 season, yet again finds himself with no game yesterday at the 4th officials duties today.

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:49:34

Some great articles on our news page for you to review pre-match, or even at half-time. The ‘grappling’ debate continues, with some thought provoking debate from our Director Keith Hackett on how this should be handled and what advice should be given to the match officials and the clubs. Visit us at to view this article.

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:46:21

A two goal win for the Home Team this afternoon will see them go top of the Premier League this evening, a 1-0 win will mean they are exactly level with Chelsea.  They will be clear favorites to take all 3 points

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:42:34

Thanks to my colleagues here at You Are The Ref for their knowledgeable coverage from the Hawthorns, their insight into Anthony Taylor’s performance was spot on – with the grappling debate once again to the fore as Stuart Burt failed to indicate a shirt pulling offence and therefore denying West Brom a clear penalty in tight game.

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AH at 2016-08-28 15:38:30

Welcome to the Etihad Stadium for our coverage of Manchester City v West Ham United, KO 4pm.