Newcastle United v Manchester City


RH at 2017-12-27 23:16:14

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Newcastle tactics of getting men behind the ball and defending in depth despite playing at home, affect the tempo of this match and wrong foot the Referee in the early stage of the first half
  • Murphy should have seen Red for his challenge on Gundogan
  • Great decision to caution Gayle  for simulation in the penalty area

This game will be remembered for Rafael Benitez’z decision to defend at home and get men behind the ball to restrict the Manchester City all out attacking potency. Therefore we witnessed a match where the away team enjoyed long periods of possession with an inability to add to their 1-0 lead. This seemed to subdue the tempo and not until the last fifteen did the sell out crowd have anything to shout about. As I commented at half time this contributed to the Referee and his active Assistant not being alert when Newcastle’s Murphy endangered the safety of City’s Gundogan and should have seen red for his challenge.  The other contributing factor is Andre’s tendency to leave too much responsibility to his active Assistant and stay central when play is wide on the right. Manchester City play 4-3-3 this means that the wide attacking players will always seek to cut in from the right and left and they need to be tracked, although on Andre’s diagonal this happened, sadly when play was nearer the active Assistant this wasn’t the case. Murphy got away with it because all the responsibility was with Scott Ledger and that wasn’t right. However to the Referees credit he did really well to caution Gayle for simulation in the penalty area as he pretended he was fouled, a great call! Its also right to say that this match was always within the Referee’s control, its just that there are coaching points for Andre from tonight’s game. In all other respects Scott Ledger and Richard West were solid and did well.




RH at 2017-12-27 22:35:31

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-12-27 22:35:03

The home crowd don’t like it but Yedlin did push Sane!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:33:16

Despite Andre being in close attendance, Shelvey can’t hit the target!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:32:08

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-12-27 22:31:20

Gayle goes close aS Newcastle try and salvage something from this game!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:28:29

Andre still stays central when play is nearer to his active Assistant, I think this leaves too much to his colleague and as the first half proved is too risky!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:24:01

Well its still 1-0 and the tempo is rising as the home team start to believe they can get something from this game!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:23:01

Good offside call from Scott Ledger as Yedlin is penalised


RH at 2017-12-27 22:21:17

Sterling’s unhappy with something, if it was handball in the penalty area, I can’t see that as the defender was so close when the City player played the ball


RH at 2017-12-27 22:18:27

Yellow CardGreat call by the Referee and Gayle is rightly cautioned for exaggerating the challenge, no penalty for sure, great Refereeing!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:13:35

As long as the score remains at 1-0 this game will need watching, so concentration and focus are all important as we enter the final twenty minutes of normal time!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:11:22

Aarons grounds Danilo right under the nose of Scott Ledger who correctly flags the careless challenge


RH at 2017-12-27 22:10:00

Credit to Andre Marriner for advantages played as both teams counter attack!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:09:10

A silly Sterling challenge on Murphy earns the hosts a rare chance of a threat on goal!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:08:11

Richard West rightly flags Aguero offside as he nets the rebound after De Bruynes shot hit the post!


RH at 2017-12-27 22:05:59

Jesus rightly flagged offside by Richard West, who is looking the part on that far side touch line!

RH at 2017-12-27 22:04:29

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RH at 2017-12-27 22:02:03

Diame pulled up for a challenge on Gundogan, nothing more than careless


RH at 2017-12-27 22:00:59

Manchester City’s 4-3-3 line up is very much Pep Guardiola’s trade mark attacking formation, expect Aguero to offer the central threat with Sterling and Silva playing wide, this will mean runs by both wide men into the penalty area so it’s important that Referee Andre Marriner and his two Assistants to get great viewing angles on those attacker/defender challenges which means tracking play and getting tight!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:59:24

Joselu penalised for handball this time, fair enough! we all like consistency!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:57:22

Gundogan crosses from wide right and Andre is again too central, he isn’t squeezing play enough, he hasn’t grasped the lesson from the first half!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:54:04

Danilo handles in midfield and is rightly penalised


RH at 2017-12-27 21:52:17

The opening minutes of the second half showing a similar pattern to the first half as City dominate possession playing ‘uphill’ at St James Park, the Match Officials need to stay alert here!

RH at 2017-12-27 21:47:38

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RH at 2017-12-27 21:46:52

The second half is on!

RH at 2017-12-27 21:42:16

The laws of the game say ‘Using excessing force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and endangers the safety of an opponent must be sent off’ The 16th minute challenge by Murphy on Gundogan could well be argued to have met that criteria. So why did it not even attract a caution? in a word complacency, this match had a low tempo opening as Newcastle defended deep in numbers and City were dominating possession and passing their way around the hosts half. Therefore Andre Marriner and active Assistant Scott Ledger were not mentally alert to recognise the intensity of this challenge, Andre should have been squeezing play more effectively and obtained a better view of the incident. The other fortunate player to escape a sanction is Fernandinho who deliberately grounded an opponent to deny Newcastle a counter attack. The game is by no means out of control but these incidents have tarnished the Match Officials first half performance. Lets hope that Andre and his team are more switched on for the second half


RH at 2017-12-27 21:31:30

Half Time



RH at 2017-12-27 21:30:44

A minimum of one minute additional time to be played!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:29:07

Kevin De Bruyne doesn’t agree with Scott Ledgers goal kick flag, looked good to me!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:27:33

Looking back at that goal line clearance by Otamendi, Joselu’s barge on the City defender surprisingly didn’t attract a free kick


RH at 2017-12-27 21:25:28

Fernandinho goes in late on Yedlin to stifle a Newcastle counter attack, definitely a cautionable challenge that attracts only warning words from the Referee, its looking a bit untidy at the moment


RH at 2017-12-27 21:22:07

Shelvey grounds Silva in midfield as the match now shifts up a gear! free kick City!

RH at 2017-12-27 21:20:58

Newcastle’s best effort on goal has lifted the home crowd as play is now concentrated in the City half!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:17:43

So we have a new phase to this game now and the Referee and his Assistants have to be alert to a change in tempo!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:16:40

GOAL!sterling breaks the deadlock!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:13:49

Yedlin gets a shove in the back from Aguero and the City striker is rightly penalised


RH at 2017-12-27 21:12:18

Sometimes things happen too early in games other times Referees get lulled into a false sense of security by a low tempo opening to a game, but either way Andre was not mentally alert when that challenge came in from Murphy and a crucial error has been made, Assistant Scott Ledger doesn’t come well out of that incident either!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:08:59

Just seeing a TV replay of that Murphy challenge, he couldn’t have complained if that was a sending off, the least I was expecting was a yellow, I think Andre was lulled into a sense of complacency by the opening tempo of play and  not squeezing play and moving in closer to his Assiatant!


RH at 2017-12-27 21:03:26

Scott Ledger with a strong flag as Murphy delivers a nasty challenge on Gundogan that was meant to inflict pain, that was a spiteful challenge!


RH at 2017-12-27 20:58:12

Murphy concedes the first free kick of the game with a careless challenge on Walker


RH at 2017-12-27 20:57:13

As long as the score remains at 0-0 Andre Marriner will not be tested physically while Newcastle defend so deeply in numbers, should the visitors score then clearly we can expect something different!

RH at 2017-12-27 20:52:33

Will Newcastle go with three at the back with wide men bolstering the midfield? This may be an attempt to stifle their opponents so expect some close attention on City’s creative players in midfield as the visitors play their passing game, Andre Marriner will need to read play well to avoid getting in the way as City pass their way forward

RH at 2017-12-27 20:45:38

If you are watching the game on TV, Richard West is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Scott Ledger is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-12-27 20:45:20

Our match Referee Andre Marriner gets us underway!

RH at 2017-12-27 20:43:36

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-12-27 20:37:32

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

Newcastle United v Manchester City

S Ledger & R West
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

This is the 176th time these clubs meet, and it was in Division Two they first met by the Tyne. Newcastle beat Ardwick 2-1 in January, 1894 with goals from Willie Graham and Bill Thompson. Last time was April, 2016, when goals from Vurnon Anita and Sergio Aguero left the score 1-1. Referee Kevin Friend booked Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko and Anita that day.

Ray Ranson, Kevin Keegan, who managed both but only played for Newcastle, Craig Bellamy, George Heslop, Stuart Pearce, who played for both but only managed City, Antoine Sibierski, Joey Barton, Shay Given, Wyn Davies, Steve Howey, Tony Towers and Peter Beardsley all represent connections down the years.

In the dug-outs it might look like a symbolic Catalan versus Madrileno at the end of a tumultuous year for the future of Spain. Guardiola and Benitez, however, are hardly out on a limb in their respective forts, when they have Perez, Jesus Gamez, Joselu, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, David Silva and Brahim Diaz as well as at least a 5-a-side team each of staffers from home with whom to discuss how many Barca players will face Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B of the World Cup Finals come June.

Andre Marriner has refereed one home and one away Newcastle defeat so far, but no City game until today. His last time in charge of Pep’s men was the 2-2 draw at the Emirates in May.

RH at 2017-12-27 20:31:50

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RH at 2017-12-27 20:26:07

Today’s Match Referee is Andre Marriner, His Assistant Referees are Scott Ledger and Richard West. The Fourth Official is Neil Swarbrick

RH at 2017-12-27 20:20:48

Newcastle United are the next obstacle to Manchester City’s complete Premier League dominance as the Toon seek to halt the seemingly unstoppable march of Pep’s City! Both teams are fresh from Saturday victories over West Ham and Bournemouth respectively. But there is much more to this game than the progress of today’s visitors, the Magpies have much to occupy their minds as they strive to move clear of the relegation zone and they really do need to take something from this game, that’s not going to be easy!