Newcastle United v Liverpool


GT at 2014-11-01 15:44:22

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GT at 2014-11-01 15:42:25

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GT at 2014-11-01 15:41:13

As for our referees.

Cann was, as predicted, faultless.

Garratt was incorrect just the once on an offside against Coutinho.

Unfortunately Andre is going to be remembered for the two red cards which weren’t given. Sissoko’s was a stand-out sending off, and Janmaat could easily have seen the Magpies down to 10 men.

At that point it coukld have been a very different game and scoreline.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:38:31

Perez’s goal was the difference in scores between the two sides, but that didn’t tell the whole story.

Newcastle were the better side and looked more lively with the desire to win.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:37:21

Newcastle deservedly take the spoils in this encounter between these two famous sides, moving them up to 9th in the table, level on points with Man United.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:37:00

And that’s our lot for today’s game at St James’ Park as Andre brings this encounter to an end.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:34:45

Another good call by Canny – goal kick to Liverpool

GT at 2014-11-01 15:34:08

3 minutes of added time to go…

GT at 2014-11-01 15:33:41

Cann was spot on again there, as two players tussled in the corner, and he gave a goal kick

GT at 2014-11-01 15:32:50

Darren Cann sees a silly foul by Lovren who is rightly cautioned for it Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 15:31:38

Just see this one out now fellas.

No surprises and no risky decisions.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:27:42

With less than 10  minutes to go I’d like to see Andre get a little closer to active play and ‘boss’ the closing moments.

A low-key approach is admirable but sometimes you need to get in there and let the players know you’re around

GT at 2014-11-01 15:25:06

Another good advantage played and Newcastle drive into the Liverpool penalty area

GT at 2014-11-01 15:24:23

Correct decision not to penalise Balotelli as the Newcastle keeper drives the ball against him, perhaps looking to wind-up the forward

GT at 2014-11-01 15:23:13

Colback is the latest to see yellow as he needlessly brings down Gerrard Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 15:20:36

….a point proven as Newcastle miss a sitter of a chance to go 2-0 up

GT at 2014-11-01 15:20:06

Andre needs to raise his game now and move with the flow of the game as this one has burst into life

GT at 2014-11-01 15:18:54

Offside given against Balotelli – correct call.

GT at 2014-11-01 15:17:59

Newcastle capitalise on poor defending by Moreno, and Aarons smashes it past Mignolet

GT at 2014-11-01 15:17:04


GT at 2014-11-01 15:16:06

Henderson correctly sees yellow for a spoiling foul Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 15:15:38

Andre is maintaining his low-key approach to the game, but must guard against complacency.

For me he has missed one clear red card – five minutes into the half as Sissoko should have gone, and another borderline one for Janmaat

GT at 2014-11-01 15:13:59

20 minutes to go and the signs are looking up for the opening goal, as Liverpool smash another one wide of the post

GT at 2014-11-01 15:10:09

Another change with Allen off for Borini (Liverpool)

GT at 2014-11-01 15:09:23

Credit to Balotelli for not over-reacting to that foul by Janmaat who could have had no complaints if he had seen red for that challenge.

Sometimes things are not always clear-cut in football for referees and that was one of those fouls which sits between a yellow and a red for me. Luckily for the home side Andre went down the scale of punishment

GT at 2014-11-01 15:06:24

A very, very poor challenge by Janmaat who smashed into Balotelli.

Caution given Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 15:05:03

An hour has gone, and a very good spot for a throw-in to Liverpool given when all around believed it should have been Newcastle’s ball

GT at 2014-11-01 15:03:33

It’s a much livelier half this one, with plenty to challenge our referees

GT at 2014-11-01 15:02:33

That one followed a poor decision a minute ago, when Coutinho was punished for offside when he was certainly level with the second rearmost defender

GT at 2014-11-01 15:01:41

A flurry of action by Liverpool all coming from a non-offside by Andy Garratt

GT at 2014-11-01 15:00:20

Dummett complains bitterly about a foul given against him, but that was a good decision by Andre

GT at 2014-11-01 14:59:13

Time to re-focus lads, and get back in the game…

GT at 2014-11-01 14:58:49

It’s just getting a little scrappy for Andre at the moment as he and Andy Garratt miss a clear throw-in to Newcastle

GT at 2014-11-01 14:57:42

Things are livening up now as Colback is given a stern warning for pushing over Sterling then giving ‘lip’ to Marriner

GT at 2014-11-01 14:56:03

A real shame that Andre missed the first big decision of the game there.

Sissoko is indeed very fortunate to have gotten away with only a caution for that red card challenge

GT at 2014-11-01 14:53:34

Sissoko finds his way into Andre’s book as he fouls Joe Allen, but that could easily have been a straight red as he put his studs into his opponent with a nasty-looking high challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 14:51:57

Definitely no foul or deliberate pass to the keeper…just good, old-fashioned scrambling in the penalty area

GT at 2014-11-01 14:49:40

Superb spot by Darren Cann as he leads Andre into a foul for Liverpool, with Balotelli being held back

GT at 2014-11-01 14:48:52

The second half is upon us, and the Magpies get us underway with Perez on for Cisse for them.

Let’s hope for more goalmouth action from both sides, and another solid 45 minutes from our match officials.

This fixture hasn’t ended 0-0 for the past 40 years, so at least the omens are good!

GT at 2014-11-01 14:35:30

Whilst this has not yet turned into the most exciting of encounters, it is just what English refereeing needed.

A quiet game without controversy.

Same again from Andre and his team second half, and they should all be satisfied at their afternoon’s work

GT at 2014-11-01 14:33:42

Half time has arrived and it’s stalemate at St James’ Park

GT at 2014-11-01 14:32:10

Having already warned Taylor for trying to block off Mignolet’s line of vision, Andre has had enough and cautions him for unsporting behaviour.

Well done Andre, Taylor had no need to be in those positions Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 14:30:35

Excellent advantage played by Andre.

Plays goes on then Skrtel commits a cynical foul and is correctly cautioned Yellow Card

GT at 2014-11-01 14:29:36

Another excellent offside call from Darren Cann.

Very tight, but 100% correct

GT at 2014-11-01 14:27:16

Advantage played by Andre as Newcastle move forward.

Good refereeing

GT at 2014-11-01 14:26:13

5 minutes of normal time to go…

GT at 2014-11-01 14:25:25

Excellent non-offside decision by Cann as Liverpool press forward

GT at 2014-11-01 14:24:14

Ameobi trips himself up in the area and is lucky to come away with a corner

GT at 2014-11-01 14:23:21

First serious threat on goal as Mignolet flaps at one and is rescued by Johnson who clears off the line

GT at 2014-11-01 14:19:20

Looked like a foul throw there by Sterling, but nothing given.

He dropped the ball rather than threw it from behind his head.

GT at 2014-11-01 14:18:04

Offside call from Darren Cann as Balotelli stands off

GT at 2014-11-01 14:15:36

Marriner looked for the advantage to Liverpool there, nothing came so he stopped the game and awarded a free kick to the Reds.

Good refereeing

GT at 2014-11-01 14:14:33

Good spot by Andre as Johnson is skinned by his opponent and only stops him by pushing him over

GT at 2014-11-01 14:12:31

…and indeed that is the end of Obertan’s involvement as he is replaced by Aarons

GT at 2014-11-01 14:10:12

Obertan pulls up with no challenge near him.

Looks like a nasty thigh muscle injury, and could be the end of his game today

GT at 2014-11-01 14:08:51

Steven Taylor appeals in vain for a penalty.

Correct call as it was he who attempted to block-off the Liverpool defender

GT at 2014-11-01 14:06:39

These type of games are often the more difficult ones to officiate.

The teams are so well disciplined, very few fouls are being committed.

Little else is happening, but at any time there could be that one big decision which challenges you.

Concentration is the key to success in these…

GT at 2014-11-01 14:00:31

The game has slowed right down since that penalty appeal.

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What about Andre’s appointment to this big game?

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GT at 2014-11-01 13:56:44

The Toon Army were baying for a penalty there, but the calm Marriner waived away the appeals.

Good call.

GT at 2014-11-01 13:55:52

No penalty.

Great positioning from Andre.

Excellent decision.

GT at 2014-11-01 13:53:44

Unflustered start by Andre.

Plenty of easy movement, even walking, around the midfield area.

Allowing the players to get on with it and they are responding well.

GT at 2014-11-01 13:51:02

True to previous form, there is an open feel to this game.

Both sides already having chances

GT at 2014-11-01 13:49:35

Good start for Andre, recognising no foul by Skrtel

GT at 2014-11-01 13:46:55

Strange positioning from Andre to begin the game with his back to his Assistant

GT at 2014-11-01 13:46:12

Liverpool take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2014-11-01 13:39:20

It’s almost time for kick-off at St James’ Park on another special day of Premier League football.

GT at 2014-11-01 13:30:12

…our refereeing team will be hoping for more of that hospitality today.

Andre Marriner leads a team which includes, in my opinion, the world’s number one assistant referee Darren Cann.

The experienced Andy Garratt is the other assistant, and the team is completed by 4th official Lee Mason.

Born on New Years’ Day in 1971, Andre joined the Select Group of referees in 2005. In his 185 top flight games since then he has issued 594 yellow cards and 41 red. In 2009 he was invited to join the FIFA List of referees, where he remains to date.

His major appointments include the 2013 FA Cup Final between Man City and Wigan Athletic, a game in which he issued a red card to City’s Pablo Zabaleta for two cautionable offences

A popular referee amongst his colleagues, Andre will be grateful for being able to hand over some of the responsibility for today’s game management to the brilliant Cann and veteran Garratt.

Having two trusted assistants makes the life of a referee so much easier as (s)he is able to relax a little when the ball moves into their quartile of the field of play, safe in the knowledge they are very likely to make the correct call.

In turn that makes positioning and movement much easier as the referee doesn’t necessarily need to visit all four corners as often as (s)he may with less experienced assistants, meaning (s)he can save energies for those ling-busting, breakaway sprints.

For those of you with ambitions to make it as a top assistant referee, pay particular attention to Darren Cann today. This guy is an absolute top-performer, and The FA should treat him as such. They are very lucky and privileged to have him at their disposal. In my opinion Darren is without peers…simply the best.

GT at 2014-11-01 13:23:39

Welcome to today’s live YATR Refcam coverage of the Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Liverpool.

Newcastle are sitting only two points above the relegation zone in 14th place after an indifferent start to their campaign. Liverpool have fared a little better, in 7th position, but finding the back of the net is becoming a problem for them, although the signs are getting better after their misfiring new acquisition Mario Balotelli found the net in the midweek Capital One Cup victory over Swansea City.

Three wins in a row including last weekend’s away win at Spurs and their midweek Capital One Cup victory over Man City have eased some of the pressure on Magpies boss Alan Pardew. Yet he remains out of favour with a number of the fanatical Toon Army.

Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers continues to enjoy the support of the majority of Reds fans but he will want to see his team turn match domination into league wins, starting today.

This fixture usually throws up an exciting and open game, with goals to enjoy, and let’s hope for a repeat of that today.

St James’ Park was a ground where I always loved running the line. The home supporters are a knowledgeable bunch who were as willing to offer praise for good decisions as they were criticism for poor ones. And that’s as much as we can ask for as match officials…give us a chance and don’t be so blinkered you are not able to see that, as unpopular as a decision against your team may be, it is nonetheless the correct decision.

I always found the Magpies faithful a fair crowd who create a tremendous atmosphere at every home game…