Newcastle United v Manchester City


RC at 2014-08-17 17:55:24

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RC at 2014-08-17 17:54:37

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RC at 2014-08-17 17:54:20

A solid and commendable all round performance by the Match Officials ….. A well-controlled game with no controversy

Full time RC at 2014-08-17 17:53:15

Match summary – an object lesson in using cautions at the right time, all 6 were well timed and justified.  Quality contributions as well from the Assistants, interestingly no offside decisions, and the penal offences they gave were meaningful and matched the tolerance level of the referee.

90+3RC at 2014-08-17 17:50:12

Game, set and match – quality counts ….

RC at 2014-08-17 17:46:23

Once again – great decision making in terms of the 5th caution  for City – I think that might be a formal ‘warning’ / fine from the FA

RC at 2014-08-17 17:44:36

Good ‘match sense’ by the referee – allowing the game to flow in the final stages …..

RC at 2014-08-17 17:39:29

10 minutes left, the game is still open, the match officials need to retain their quality standards for the final stages of the game ..

RC at 2014-08-17 17:36:10

Once again, very consistent in terms of cautions, no complaints by Newcastle #22 for his cynical challenge ….

RC at 2014-08-17 17:34:34

To spray or not to spray – that is the question ???????

RC at 2014-08-17 17:33:55

More consistent refereeing, another City caution, that’s 4 now, no arguments about any of them ……

75RC at 2014-08-17 17:32:27

Newcastle have to come out and gamble for a goal, will this change the patterns of play….

RC at 2014-08-17 17:31:40

Strange – why no spray Mr. Atkinson ????

72RC at 2014-08-17 17:31:12

Spray time – it’s working really well – the players appear to respect the system ……….

RC at 2014-08-17 17:27:03

Great penal offence indication by Steve Child on the far side, his concentration levels are commendable


RC at 2014-08-17 17:25:42

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67RC at 2014-08-17 17:25:11

A quarter of the game to go, always the hardest quarter when both teams are still in the game, keep focused Gents, it’s going well …….

64RC at 2014-08-17 17:23:00

3 cautions now for City, would their management by considering replacing Kalarov to ensure they keep 11 players in the pitch, will Newcastle play on this and continue to push forward… all things to be aware of for the refereeing team …….

60RC at 2014-08-17 17:17:40

Great positioning again by the referee – no penal offence by Fernando, look how close he was to the challenge ….

57RC at 2014-08-17 17:16:02

Fabulous consistency – caution for City #11, the ‘same’ challenge as the caution 5 minutes earlier …..

53RC at 2014-08-17 17:12:40

A second quality caution by Martin Atkinson, well timed in the context of overall match control ….

53RC at 2014-08-17 17:11:21

Steve Child, the far side Assistant, will need to keep focused as Newcastle press early in the 2nd half ….

51RC at 2014-08-17 17:10:00

Do you sense that City will soak up the pressure and score on the break ?

48RC at 2014-08-17 17:07:06

A good start by the referee, correct recognition of 2 early penal offences in the second half …..

RC at 2014-08-17 17:03:09

As Match Officials we cannot and should not try to guess patterns of play, we never know what is going to happen and be aware of all likely outcomes ….

RC at 2014-08-17 17:00:52

So, Newcastle have to come out and play to earn the equaliser, will this leave room for the Champions to exploit ….

RC at 2014-08-17 16:56:02

So, what’s the conversation between the Match Officials on their dressing room, I would imagine fairly relaxed, just to keep focused …..

RC at 2014-08-17 16:51:36

Interesting first half statistic, no offsides, a sign of the times perhaps ….

RC at 2014-08-17 16:49:03

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Half TimeRC at 2014-08-17 16:48:00

A quality first half from the match officials, an ideal level of involvement from all 4, one justified caution by the referee, minimal but invaluable support from the Assistants …. Our advice here at You Are The Ref – change nothing ….

42RC at 2014-08-17 16:44:09

Great positioning to detect the penal offence by City ….

40RC at 2014-08-17 16:41:50

City will play “keep-ball” until half-time to frustrate them …..

RC at 2014-08-17 16:40:56

Will the Home Team fans get frustrated ……

RC at 2014-08-17 16:40:02

7 minutes to half-time … now’s the time to focus and make sure the “trigger point” of the goal does not affect the match control

RC at 2014-08-17 16:39:12

Wow – one piece of quality out of nothing ….

35RC at 2014-08-17 16:38:07

Class refereeing in the opinion of this observer – he has “nothing to do” for 30 minutes and then produces a quality caution to assist in his match control ………

RC at 2014-08-17 16:35:19

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32RC at 2014-08-17 16:34:52

Did you agree with that caution of Silva – let us know …..

31RC at 2014-08-17 16:30:25

A1 positioning again Mr Atkinson …..

28RC at 2014-08-17 16:29:10

No major test for either keeper as yet, Alan Shearer and Francis Lee would be going nuts at the lack of goal-mouth penetration …..

25RC at 2014-08-17 16:26:42

It’s quiet guys – focus, focus, focus ……… it could go “bang” at any time ……..

22RC at 2014-08-17 16:22:59

Half-way through the 1st half and the game of chess continues, to coin a phrase “it could do with a goal”, but from the referee’s point of view, it’s all good ……

21RC at 2014-08-17 16:20:52

Solid and save advantage applied by the referee, no risk to his control …..

RC at 2014-08-17 16:16:57

Did you notice Martin Atkinson’s position as the play developed, wide of the action with both AR’s in view – excellent ….

15RC at 2014-08-17 16:15:29

Here at Ref Cam we think he changes nothing, just referee what is in front of you ……

14RC at 2014-08-17 16:14:18

City are starting to dominate , how does this change the referees game plan, if at all ?

11RC at 2014-08-17 16:11:20

Nothing to concern the match officials so far – keep focused guys ….. look put for that ‘trigger point’ which ignites the flames ….

9RC at 2014-08-17 16:09:33

Fascinating for the football purist, is this football or is this chess ………

6RC at 2014-08-17 16:07:30

Interesting, no penal offences at all so far, unusual for the Premier League …..

4RC at 2014-08-17 16:05:09

One of the key features of Martin Atkinson’s game is his relaxed running style.  He never seems to be pushing hard, but he is invariably well placed – that because he reads the game so well

RC at 2014-08-17 16:02:46

Ref and AR is perfect harmony with that penal offence indication, good start guys ….

RC at 2014-08-17 16:00:13

Respectful and beautiful, well done to Newcastle and City

RC at 2014-08-17 15:58:25

RIP Liam Sweeny and John Alder – TRUE football fans …..

RC at 2014-08-17 15:56:41

Wow – look at the Man City subs – they would walk into any other 1st team in Europe


RC at 2014-08-17 15:55:30

The opening games have shown how close this league is going to be this season ….

RC at 2014-08-17 15:54:48

Welcome to St. James’s Park – one of THE most passionate places to officiate, makes you buzz like you would not believe …….

RC at 2014-08-17 15:47:59

It is interesting to know how the match officials prepare mentally for the task ahead of a Premier League game, as opposed to a FIFA appointment.  It’s a direct comparison between the technical nature of FIFA verses the blood and thunder of the FA Premier League ….

RC at 2014-08-17 15:45:14

Our referee today is the very experienced Martin Atkinson, backed up by FIFA Assistant Referees Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child.  4th official is Neil Swarbrick.

RC at 2014-08-17 15:39:38

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