Manchester United -v- Queens Park Rangers


TS at 2014-09-14 17:55:06

In summary – the game has been fully controlled but there was a need for a more dynamic display from Phil if he is to be in contention for any major referee honours later in the season. Teamwork,has been satisfactorily displayed and there have been no controversial incidents. It is ‘job done’ and if aphid was under the weather he will be pleased to walk from the game with no one blaming him for the result. Thanks for your involvement today and join us again after looking at our schedule of games on the website. Man U are up to 9th whilst QPR are in 16th position after the weekend games. The Yorkshire bitter is poured and it’s time to close – adios until we meet again!

TS at 2014-09-14 17:48:58

It’s almost over as we enter added time. The need now is for Phil to see the game to a safe conclusion without any controversial incidents. Time allowed of 3 minutes which whilst not accurate it is sensible with the scoreline as tins now.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:46:19

Just a few minutes to go and we hope a ‘big’ decision is not required with the referee distant from play. Free kick to Man U taken short by Rooney which results in his weak shot on goal being saved.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:43:09

Double shot with the final one blocked in the goal area as the referee was stationary some 30 yards (meters) from the incident. Come on Phil, inject some pace and anticipation into your game!

TS at 2014-09-14 17:40:30

Offside decision was very tight and it was the first one of the game. He looked level but AR1 gave the decision. Was he wrong in your opinion too? Let us know Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

TS at 2014-09-14 17:38:17

Fitness and work rate are so important in ensuring that the referee maintains control and is able to ‘sell’ his decisions from credible positions, particularly in and around the penalty area. Early season games on lush surfaces and in quite warm conditions can represent a fitness problem for referees in the later stages of the game. Fatigue at around 80 minutes can cause of a loss of concentration to referees and players alike and it is something Phil will be aware of as he works hard to maintain his focus.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:36:20

Whilst Phil Dowd has always been in total control of this game he has not displayed the dynamism of our top FIFA referees and that was a good example as he jogged across the centre circle whilst a shot came in by QPR from the edge of the Man U penalty area. He should have been much closer!

TS at 2014-09-14 17:32:13

Injury and substitution as Phil takes a breather during the delay. Man U could go into the top half of the table if this shoreline remains the same or improves. Is it the start of their push up the table?

TS at 2014-09-14 17:29:19

70 minutes gone and the Chevrolet is flying faster than Air Asia in terms of the sponsors.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:27:25

Sorry – Falcao is the correct spelling! And it is a good excuse to go to Columbia again and brush up on my Spanish and Portuguese !

TS at 2014-09-14 17:25:31

Falcau and Valencia on for Mata  and Rafael.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:23:41

Midway through the half and Phil adored is strolling through this game as most of the action is in one half of the field of play. Double substitution coming for the home team which might inject some pace into the game.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:21:05

Corner to Manchester United taken by the new hero, Di Maria. Played short and possession retained before Rooney fires well wide.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:19:03

Corner award to QPR headed behind. Should it have been a goal kick in the first place?

TS at 2014-09-14 17:17:25

QPR make another tactical substitution after the goal. Substitutions for injured players do not normally sound alarm bells for the referee to raise their game, unlike tactical changes which can cause a temporary threat to control. The player entering the field of play, in Law, must not enter until his team mate has left and a good ploy for officials is to slow down the change over when the tempo has increased.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:16:04

Andre Marriner telling the warming up substitutes to go to the other half as Juan Mata scored the 4th for the Reds.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:13:00

QPR are chasing shadows and have not been able to get a foothold on the game as we complete the first 10 minutes of the half. The officials are letting the game breath and only getting involved when required. Good judgement from them all.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:10:22

It seems like LVG has achieved the shape that he wants and their passing is quick and generally accurate which is why they are dominating the game. Rooney almost got a 2nd before Green dived on the ball.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:06:37

Holding by Rooney detected afterbQPR had their best chance saved by De Gea

TS at 2014-09-14 17:05:22

First foul after 1 minute given to QPR as they retains session before another good advantage played by Phil Dowd after wonderful, heavenly skill, by Angel Di Maria.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:02:41

The whistle blows and we’re off for the final 45 minutes. Substitute for QPR.

TS at 2014-09-14 17:01:08

We are all ready to go for the start of the second half and the officials will have tried to judge what was said in each dressing room during the half time interval. QPR have to try and get back into the game or at worst, win the second half. Harry will have waxed lyrical in the dressing room whilst LVG will want the tempo to remain the same and to add to the goal tally. Should be interesting!

TS at 2014-09-14 16:51:22

The Yorkshire tea is served and I will be back for the start of the second half.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:49:45

Half time and the shoreline tells the story of the game. The officials have had a very unobtrusive first half with no controversial decisions to make. During half time let us have your views on this! I had a great debate in the gym this morning with two Burnley fans – who were awarded a penalty yesterday but the offending player was not given a caution because, they felt, he’d earlier already been shown the yellow card! The debate continued on the aspect of yellow cards for simulation being perceived by fans as a ‘Soft option’ by referees when the correct decision should be the award of a penalty kick and the possible dismissal of the defender for the denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO). Let us have your views and examples of decisions where this soft option has been taken –
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TS at 2014-09-14 16:46:57

Added time at the end of the first half and it needs extra vigilance to see the half to a safe conclusion. Just 2 minutes of Time Allowed as it is revealed that Phil Dowd is not feeling too well with a cold! Or is it man’s flu? The likes of which females do not understand!

TS at 2014-09-14 16:44:46

Rooney scores to give it game set and match to the home team

TS at 2014-09-14 16:42:23

Last five minutes of the half and it is all about seeing the first 45 minutes to a safe conclusion for the officials. Neither assistant has made an offside decision with the flag and referee Dowd has delivered all his decisions to expectation.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:39:27

It’s important that the first cautionable, reckless challenge is punished with the appropriate sanction as players see any less action as a weakness of the referee. Correct decision making from simple awards to the major ‘big five’ is a vital skill for a referee. Breaking down decision making into three clear categories helps to simplify the thought process. The caution was perfectly timed and correctly delivered by referee Dowd.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:37:36

Two up and it looks easy for Man U.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:36:42

Foul by Evans gives a free kick to,QPR  which gives the ball to Man U and they score after a bit of a scramble Herrera put the ball in.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:33:23

Van Persie is the first in the book and rightly so.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:32:34

Yellow Card

TS at 2014-09-14 16:30:25

Man U lead with that ‘Angel Delight’ as we approach the 30 minute mark.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:29:12

Penalty shout dismissed as the home attacker runs into the defender. No big appeal and the referee was unimpressed.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:26:40

Game on! Goals change games and the officials will need to step up their energy levels and ensure that in their desire to get on level terms, QPR don’t overstep the mark.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:24:54

Goal Man United – free kick,from distance by Di Maria goes directly into the net.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:23:04

20 minutes gone and the last 5 minutes has seen play get tighter and the referee has needed to raise his profile. Good judgement of his involvement in the game.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:21:22

Another free kick to QPR which comes to nothing – goal kick Man United.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:20:21

Free kick to QPR correctly awarded from a close proximity. Fitness and work rate are so important in ensuring that the referee maintains control and is able to ‘sell’ his decisions from credible positions, particularly in and around the penalty area.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:18:07

Hand ball in the midfield area gives us a free kick to Man U which was played short as they try to play a passing game.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:15:59

No foul challenge has been penalised in the first 15 minutes of the game which will have been a big comfort to the officials as the players try and create within the spirit of the game.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:13:34

Neither assistant has been actively involved so far but they will both be displaying high concentration levels to remain focused on the game. The first offside decision for each assistant is important to establish early credibility of their judgement for everybody on the field of play.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:11:33

Referee Dowd tied his boot lace as that throw in was taken. It sometimes happens but often is a reflection on lax pre-match perpetration.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:09:46

With all the play in the QPR half, Phil is conserving energy which could be vital in the later stages.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:08:24

First shot of the game for the home team sails over the bar on 8 minutes.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:06:49

Phil Dowd is happy to be low profile as the Reds knock the ball around to earn a second corner which comes to nothing.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:05:22

First corner of the game to the home team easily cleared as QPR try together some time on  the ball. Goal kick.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:02:39

Advantage played on first heavy challenge on Rooney which was worthy of a word off the ball.

TS at 2014-09-14 16:00:13

Phil Dowd blows the whistle and we’re under way. Just 2 English players in the home team! It is no wonder England is no longer a big international force!! Wonderful presentation by Sir Bobby to Rio before kick off.

TS at 2014-09-14 15:54:40

The players are in the tunnel as Assistants Kirkup and Ledger carry out the final equipment checks before the players enter the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

TS at 2014-09-14 15:51:34

Referee Phil Dowd officiated at the Dallas Cup when I took officials to Texas on behalf of The Football League several years ago and when he returned to the U.K. was promoted to the Premier League the following season. He’s slimmed down considerable over the past 12 months and normally displays excellent body language and facial expressions to aid his control of the game. Something to watch for today. Today’s 4th Official, Andre Marriner was another referee I had to opportunity to work with in Dallas when he and Martin Atkinson officiated at the Dallas Cup. Both gained their FIFA badges a few years later after their promotion to the Select Group list shortly after their Dallas experience. I’m sure that many referees who are also ‘soccer’ fans in America will be taking in this blog to add to Ed Bellion and Alan Sandler who both made contact during Phil’s last Premier League game featured on You Are The Ref. That game was Spurs -v- Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.

TS at 2014-09-14 15:44:33

Manchester United -v- Queens Park Rangers.
Referee : PHIL DOWD
Assistant 1: P. Kirkup.
Assistant 2: S. Ledger.
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner.

Sunday 14th September 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to this eagerly awaited contest between, in colloquial terms, Man U and QPR. The field of play looks in great condition and that should ensure a fluid game of football between two teams who certainly can play, but have so far this season, not fulfilled their full potential. Rio Ferdinand returns to his old club for what will undoubtedly be a warm reception following his move to QPR after 12 years at Old Trafford. New manager Louis Van Gaal has spent £156 million during the summer and for the first time, all six of his new signings are in contention for inclusion today as the manager seeks his first win of the season. QPR won’t mind being the underdogs today with all the pressure being on Man U as the home team. It should be interesting as both teams will be looking for a win to take them up the table from positions 16 and 15 respectively. Please let us have your thoughts on throughout the game.