Manchester United v Southampton

Manchester United v Southampton

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 1



AM at 2015-01-11 19:13:32

Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this afternoon at You-Are-The- Ref.com – Please join us again on Saturday 17th January 2015 for the Newcastle v Southampton fixture which has a kick off time of 5.30pm and this is then followed on Sunday 18th January 2015 by West Ham v Hull City kick off time of 1.30pm and then followed by Manchester City v Arsenal which has kick off time of 4.00pm.

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AM at 2015-01-11 19:11:52

My overall summary is that there is no doubt that Phil Dowd has managed the event well and that again he has showed his experience and man management of players to be his absolute key strength. However, for these big games the PGMOL will have to look at the opportunities for the younger and up and coming referees to have an opportunity in these games. Phil Dowd will not go on reffing at this level forever and others need to be given the big match experience and opportunity for Referee FC. This game has however been controlled in an effective manner. There was the grappling incident mentioned at half time (KMI) and also occasions missed free kicks in the 1st / 2nd half. In addition to my half time summary regarding yellow cards my main area for development would be for Phil Dowd to continue to work on his sprinting / acceleration and achieving the best viewing angles regarding missed free kicks and the grappling that we have discussed.

FIFA AR. Mike Mullarkey produced an excellent display of flag work and offside judgement. He showed yet again why he is up there at the top.

Dave Bryan produced a low key display, just the Mata offside 2nd half which he did not flag when Mata from an offside position fired the ball over the bar. It would have been interesting to see if the flag had gone up if a goal had been scored? In my opinion the flag should go up whatever in these situations at least players / spectators will know the correct outcome.

4th Official Michael Oliver gave a low key and effective performance and must have wished he had the whistle.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:54:19

Full Time5 minutes of added time played and not a second more as Phil Dowd blows his whistle to signal full time. What an away result for the Saints 0-1 and they go 3rd in The Premier League! Summary to follow…

 


AM at 2015-01-11 18:51:50

As we enter the final moments and a corner kick is correctly given to Saints. Dowd monitoring the time factor.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:48:58

5 mins of added time shown by 4th Oliver


AM at 2015-01-11 18:48:15

Tadic is injured following a blocking from Jones, no free kick given and De Gea should not try and grab hold of Tadic and get him up.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:46:17

Forster Saints gk holding onto the ball for sometime and is an area for Phil to be proactive with….0_1


AM at 2015-01-11 18:45:06

Martin Tyler has just made a comment on SKYthat the position of throw ins is not that important to Assistant`s any more? should it be? what if a key decision comes from it?

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AM at 2015-01-11 18:42:25

A summary of Mark Halsey`s presentation in Dublin yesterday is now available to view. Why not take a look at the end of this game?


AM at 2015-01-11 18:40:56

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Use of video technology. With referees and assistant referees having in the main good games they are struggling with the key match incidents to get them correct. Why should the FA Premier League title, Champions League and Relegation places be decided on key match incident errors? let us use the video technology that is available to assist, help and come to the correct conclusion of these KMI decisions.

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AM at 2015-01-11 18:39:56

As we enter the final 8 minutes and added time, all officials will need to up their focus and concentration so as to ensure a safe conclusion


AM at 2015-01-11 18:37:51

Mata puts the ball over the bar, but replays show that Mata was just offside. Would the flag have gone up if Man Utd had scored?

Saints sub 8 off 28 on


AM at 2015-01-11 18:35:59

Offside Davis good judgement and retention of flag from Mullarkey


AM at 2015-01-11 18:34:47

Play is flowing end to end and this is an area where Phil Dowd is having to work extremely hard to keep in touch with play.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:33:18

Yellow Card16 Carrick correct, breaks up a promising Saints attack

 


AM at 2015-01-11 18:32:40

Quick free kick allowed to be taken by Man Utd.

Pelle Yellow Cardreckless but refer back to my first half and half time summary as we have not been totally consistent here.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:31:16

Free kick to Saints Dowd is working hard in his management of players off the ball. Probably his strength, keep an eye on this area of his management.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:29:36

Man Utd Sub 7 off 31 on. See the change in tempo now with Fellaini on things could quickly change.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:28:17

GOAL!Tadic scores a wonder goal and in expressing his emotion gets a Yellow Cardfor taking off his shirt, such was his joy at scoring at Old Trafford to make it 0-1

 


AM at 2015-01-11 18:26:35

Bryan on the far touchline is showing a good in field view as the ball is crossed in


AM at 2015-01-11 18:23:27

Good signal handball by Tadic – Mike Mullarkey signals from a very close view. These are never easy the closer they are to you. But good focus and concentration seen here.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:21:21

Dowd id being precise on the position of the throw in for Clyne 2 good management particularly in front of the TAs.

Man Utd sub 3 off 42 on


AM at 2015-01-11 18:19:38

Saints sub 22 off 11 on


AM at 2015-01-11 18:18:46

Man Utd sub 20 off 21 on


AM at 2015-01-11 18:17:35

Elia clips Smalling a free kick would have been correct here


AM at 2015-01-11 18:15:43

20 Van Persie Yellow Cardreckless


AM at 2015-01-11 18:14:47

Phil has given a goal kick from a fair distance away (just over the half way line) following a quick break in play by Man Utd


AM at 2015-01-11 18:12:52

Both Assistants are tuning in well to the referees requirements. Low key so far and this is effective


AM at 2015-01-11 18:11:48

Dowd is having to work extremely hard as he commences his movement to retain an optimum position within the 20 metre acceptable distance.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:10:02

For me there has to be more flexibility of the referees position at corner kicks to assist in detecting grappling. Not always is the prescribed position the best. What are your views.

 

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AM at 2015-01-11 18:06:51

Dowd is now talking to Smalling prior to this corner kick in an attempt to cut out the grappling


AM at 2015-01-11 18:05:11

Again replays have shown that Smalling is again grappling with Pelle. Dowd needs to be proactive in this area.


AM at 2015-01-11 18:03:40

Early corner to Saints, Down is monitoring player movement in the penalty area


AM at 2015-01-11 18:02:10

Whistle is blown to signal the start of the 2nd half


AM at 2015-01-11 17:55:37

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AM at 2015-01-11 17:54:59

First Half Summary

Positive points Phil Dowd has game in his control and good management of players seen. TV replays have shown that Saints should have had a penalty kick following grappling by Smalling on Pelle. Phil did not have the best view/position. Also there have been 2 reckless challenges by Smalling and Rooney which have not even been given as free kicks? Phil  will need to work on his acceleration particularly on the quick breaks to achieve the best view / angle.

Both Assistants have remained low key and just the one correct offside given by Mullarkey.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:47:56

Half Time

0-0


AM at 2015-01-11 17:47:31

Offside correctly indicated by Mullarkey against Man Utd


AM at 2015-01-11 17:46:35

As we look to the close of this half 4th official Oliver shows 1 minute added time


AM at 2015-01-11 17:42:51

As we move closer to half time Dowd and team will be looking to bring matters to a safe half conclusion


AM at 2015-01-11 17:41:46

Toby Alderweireld of Saints left the field injured early in this game to be replaced by Gardos.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:39:05

No handball awarded following Van Persie handle. Dowd not in a position to make judgement.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:37:41

Yellow Card17 Bertrand Saints reckless challenge - (still on the field of play). Did not leave field of play earlier.

 


AM at 2015-01-11 17:35:27

Quick free kick allowed to be taken to Man Utd, good refereeing


AM at 2015-01-11 17:34:04

Phil Dowd is running a fairly narrow diagonal and this is affecting his judgement in some situations, he is not achieving the best angle at times


AM at 2015-01-11 17:32:31

Textbook throw in signal from Mullarkey, just watch his technique and follow!


AM at 2015-01-11 17:31:24

Going back to the last key incident.

Referees need video review help. With the higher than normal current key match incident errors in games it is my view that this current crop of elite officials are clearly struggling with the key match incidents in their games as highlighted on REF CAM and also through the weekly Ref Show. The elite official’s life is complicated by a sport that is quickening in tempo, gamesmanship and scrutiny. It is a painful reality for Mike Riley but all that extra fitness training, that psychological strengthening and additional analysis that is being undertaken has quite frankly not improved refereeing. Some would prefer things to remain as they are, enjoying controversy, but there will always be talk and it seems far preferable for justice to be done at the time rather than retrospectively. As the game moves into 2015 – will we see the inevitable, overdue and embracing of video technology?

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AM at 2015-01-11 17:30:15

12 Smalling on 19 Pelle replays have just shown that Smalling has got hold of Pelle`s shirt and if seen by Dowd then a penalty kick would have been the correct outcome to Saints


AM at 2015-01-11 17:28:14

Dave Bryan awards a corner kick to Saints and he is having to work hard to keep up with play from a quick break.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:27:22

8 Rooney reckless on Davis 8 from behind no free kick awarded by Dowd? this again was a yellow card offence and not judged correctly by Dowd. His position was not the best.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:24:53

Saints Sub 17 Bertrand off and Gardos 5 on. No free kick to Saints when Smalling 12 has committed a reckless challenge on Elia 22 and a yellow card for Smalling would have been the correct outcome here.

 


AM at 2015-01-11 17:21:56

Things are getting messy and untidy as we prepare for the restart of play if Man Utd had scored then Dowd would have had problems.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:20:01

17 Bertrand injured in clearing the ball. Man Utd sportingly put the ball out of play for a stoppage to treat Bertrand.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:16:59

Good movement to the goal line from Mullarkey to indicate a gk to Saints


AM at 2015-01-11 17:15:55

Throw in to Man Utd which should have been awarded to Saints. A slight delay in awarding this would have assisted in the correct outcome here.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:14:20

Corner to Saints which is cleared by Man Utd. Phil Dowd is taking up the standard position for corner kicks from this side.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:11:50

Free kick to Saints good flag from Bryan


AM at 2015-01-11 17:10:53

Free Kick to Man Utd. Dowd quickly in though he has taken his eye off the ball by having his back to the free kick and the Saints player is just standing a couple of metres from the ball, prior to the kick being taken.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:08:41

Mike Mullarkey displaying a text book stance at the corner kick to Man Utd. Flag in correct hand (left) and he is looking calm and relaxed.


AM at 2015-01-11 17:07:16

2 advantages played and signalled by Dowd. free kick then awarded to Man Utd. Spray out early to assist in the management of this free kick


AM at 2015-01-11 17:04:52

Assistant Referees – Dave Bryan is on the far touchline and Mike Mullarkey is on the nearside technical area touchline


AM at 2015-01-11 17:03:18

Early free kick to Saints interesting to see if we have any grappling today?


AM at 2015-01-11 17:00:50

Referee Phil Dowd blows his whistle to signal kick off


AM at 2015-01-11 16:57:53

Wake up to Hackett’s BLOG as a must to start off your day. Be up to date with all the latest talking points to make your day. Latest BLOGS include:

Stats and looking beyond them – Time for a review – Card Count Up – and other questions to be answered – Where is the accountability?

Also tune in to Cards on the Table with the Right Hon David Blunkett MP and YATR`s very own Right Hon Trevor Simpson and the REF SHOW listen to England`s No. 1 interviewer Alan Biggs and Guests as he discusses the BAD and we must not forget the GOOD as well following all the weekend’s games. News from around the world – Gerard’s a gem. Mark Halsey pays tribute.

Log into REF CAM keep up to date with opinionated, honest and accurate reflected thoughts of our expert team who have all officiated, worked and tasted life at the highest level on the FA Premier League.

Use of video technology. With referees and assistant referees having in the main good games they are struggling with the key match incidents to get them correct. Why should the FA Premier League title, Champions League and Relegation places be decided on key match incident errors? let us use the video technology that is available to assist, help and come to the correct conclusion of these KMI decisions.

What are your thoughts on video review? let us know.

Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

 


AM at 2015-01-11 16:55:46

So we have 3rd (Manchester United) v 4th (Southampton) in the FA Premier League. Ronald Koeman has done a magnificent job at Southampton as their Manager and must be hoping that his team`s recent good run of form continues at Old Trafford today. Phil Dowd Referee will be looking today to build on last weekend`s performance when he refereed Spurs v Chelsea.


AM at 2015-01-11 16:52:00

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches against Southampton, winning six and drawing two.
  • United have won 16 and drawn three games since Saints’ last league victory at Old Trafford in January 1988, when Colin Clarke scored the game’s two goals.

Manchester United

  • United are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches (W7, D3), but have drawn three of their last four games.
  • Their only home defeat came on the opening day of the season against Swansea. They have since earned 25 points from a possible 27, winning their last five.
  • No side have scored more than once against the Red Devils in their last 12 league games, with Van Gaal’s side keeping four clean sheets during this period.
  • Only Southampton (24) have scored more home goals than both Manchester United and Chelsea (22).

Southampton

  • Saints have followed a six-match winless run (D1, L5) in all competitions with a five-game unbeaten streak (W3, D2).
  • Southampton are yet to beat a team currently in the top five of the league table (D1, L3).
  • Ronald Koeman’s side have kept nine clean sheets in 20 games – a joint-league high along with Chelsea.
  • They have conceded 15 goals this season, four fewer than any other club.
  • James Ward-Prowse has provided three goal assists in his last three league appearances.

AM at 2015-01-11 16:48:32

A very warm welcome to the 2nd of today`s LIVE REF CAM games which is to be played at Old Trafford between Manchester United v Southampton.

Today’s referee is the experienced referee Phil Dowd the 43 year old who became a FA Premier referee at the start of season 2004/05 and who has so far refereed 14 matches showing 64 yellow (4.6 cards per game) and 4 red cards to date. He has also awarded 2 penalties to date. He is assisted by FIFA Assistant Mike Mullarkey and Dave Bryan. 4th Official is Michael Oliver. We wish all match officials the best of luck today.

Phil Dowd started refereeing at the age of 21 and has enjoyed a lengthy career at the top level of English football since being promoted to the Premier League list in 2001.

He was first appointed as a Football League official in 1997 and quickly progressed. Four years later, he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and took charge of his first Premier League match when Fulham met Everton in December of that year.

Arguably his two biggest honours on the national stage came in major cup finals. Dowd officiated the 2010 League Cup showdown between Manchester United and Aston Villa, then two years later he was in charge as Chelsea defeated Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup Final. The match came in his 11th consecutive season as a referee in the top flight of English football.