Man United v West Brom



S.M. at 2018-04-15 18:01:34

Summary:   Well well what an afternoon at Old Trafford. The League title handed to Manchester Unites’s neighbours with this defeat by West Brom. Paul Tierney’s first visit to Old Trafford was a good performance. Generally he controlled the game while maintaining a “low profile”. The only blot on his day was his failure to award the home team a penalty kick in the first half following Dawson’s foul on Herrera. Poor positioning with his view being blocked by defenders caused the problem. Also I feel he was quite lenient in allowing some players (West Broms Nyom in particular) to become persistent offenders before eventually taking disciplinary action. Early intervention in those situations with a strong rebuke can often have the desired effect and reduce the number of offences. Had Paul taken stronger action earlier then this performance would have been very good but overall he can be satisfied with his afternoons work. Thanks for being with me in this match where West Brom acquitted themselves very well.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:51:16

Full Time


S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:50:41

Foul by Lingard on Yacob

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:49:49

West Brom substitution… Yacob for Brunt.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:47:08

Four minutes additional time.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:41:19

Foul by McClean on Valencia correctly penalised with a free kick. West Brom substitution.. Sturridge for Rondon.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:34:53

High concentration now required by the Referee as the home team will throw everything at the visitors to try to rescue the game.  West Brom substitution Krychowiak for Phillips.  Another foul by Nyom this time on Young finally leads to a Yellow Cardfor Nyom.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:31:44

Manchester Utd substitution.  Rashford for Young.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:29:36

GOAL! by Rodriguez for West Brom following a corner kick.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:26:48

Foul by Rondon on Lindeloef correctly penalised. The Referee still working hard to obtain good close positions when viewing challenges.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:23:36

Great save by Foster to prevent Manchester Utd from taking the lead as the home team build pressure on the visiting goal.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:21:39

Ball played against Livermore’s hand from close proximity and so the Referee was correct in not awarding a freekick against the West Brom player.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:19:25

Manchester rain has arrived. No surprise there but the Referee must be aware of the changing condition where players can be slipping as they turn or challenge.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:17:32

Another foul by Nyom on Sanchez. Time for stronger action by the Referee I think.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:15:04

Nyom foul on Snachez. The Referee needs to raise his profile a little to be seen to assert authority and let players know what is unacceptable. A strong word there would have been in order. Manchester Utd substitute…Martial for Pogba.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:11:37

A good advantage applied by the Referee following a minor foul on Pogba. This allows the game to breath. Foul by McClean penalised correctly.  Foul by Pogba on McClean given from close proximity by the Referee.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:06:10

Foul by Rondon on Sanchez. Free kick awarded. The home increasing the tempo and the Referee needs to be aware of this and stay focused.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:03:44

Corner kick for the home team easily repelled by the defence.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 17:01:47

Manchester Utd substitute. Lingard for Herrera.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:52:53

Half Time

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:51:42

The first 45 minutes have given us an entertaining game with West Brom giving a good account of themselves. The Officials have added value to the performance and so it is disappointing that Paul Tierney’s one poor choice of positioning led him to miss the foul committed by Dawson on Herrera and hence not award a penalty kick. He needs to put this behind him and concentrate on the next 45 minutes as all other offences (including Pogba’s handball) have been detected and dealt with correctly.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:46:34

one additional minute to be played as Man Utd have a corner kick. Good detection of Sanchez moving back to get possession from an offside position by Richard West.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:43:19

First corner of the game is for West Brom.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:39:11

Foul by Pogba on Nyom spotted by Referee.  Good flag for offside offence by Andy Garratt.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:37:18

A good advantage allowed for the home team but they messed it up which doesn’t help from a Referee’s perspective.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:34:33

Free kick given for foul on McClean but Brunt was in possession and the Referee could have applied advantage

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:29:03

Great view obtained by the Referee for the challenge on Sanchez. Pogba handles the ball into goal and rightly gets a Yellow Card

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:25:13

The home team are gradually getting on top and the Referee needs to ensure he doesn’t become overawed by the occasion on his first visit to Old Trafford.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:21:14

Sanchez fouled by Nyom. free-kick yo Man Utd.

Herrera goes to ground under a challenge from Dawson inside the penalty area but Paul Tierney  waves away the appeal for a penalty. Referee not in the best position this time as his view was blocked by West Brom defenders. Having benefit of a replay it is clear Herrera was caught by the West Brom defender and hence a penalty should have been awarded.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:15:22

West Brom showing good ambition and attacking when they can with swift counter-attacks. The Referee dealing with these breaks well and looking comfortable in his movement about the pitch.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:11:32

A good tackle by McClean on Lindeloef with the Referee making up ground to be in a great position to view the challenge.m Good, prompt signal by Richard West to indicate a Manchester Utd off side offence.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:06:26

Paul Tierney well positioned to see Rodriguez slipped and was not fouled by Lindeleof on the edge of the penalty area.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:04:36

Good to see Paul Tierney getting appointments at this level. Immediate free kick following minor foul by Pogba. Referee in close proximity to view the challenge.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 16:00:24

West Brom get the game underway.

S.M. at 2018-04-15 15:59:45

The teams are out and surprisingly enough it appears to not be raining in Manchester.    Kick off is imminent

S.M. at 2018-04-15 15:34:45

Welcome to the second of todays RefCam games which features Manchester United v West Brom at Old Trafford. The home team will want to win to prolong their city neighbours wait to win the league title while the visitors need all three points to keep their league status alive albeit for another game at least.   Todays Officials are: Referee: Paul Tierney who will be assisted by Richard West and Andy Garratt with Mike Dean acting as 4th Officials. Join me in around 25 minutes to see which way this one will go.