Newcastle United v Manchester United


RH at 2015-03-04 22:52:27

Anthony Taylor did some good things in this game, he judged his involvement level well and timed his cautions correctly, after an indifferent start with his positioning he settled down  and tracked play well moving with pace at the end of the game. What he needs to do more is to allow play to develop in front of him and move in behind it. At times early in the game he ran straight at the ball in the final third and then needed to select reverse gear to get out of the way. With teams playing 4-5-1 and crowded midfield formations he’ll need to correct this. At half time i covered the early penalty incident, the Referee was let down by his Assistant who had a clear view of the Smalling challenge from a credible distance, he should have stepped up to the plate. As FIFA Assistant Peter Kirkup has the experience to know that he should have intervened there. I don’t think its fair to blame the Match Officials for the spitting incident, it would have been difficult to pick up in real time and it took BT Sport a while to find the incriminating pictures. The second half talking point will be the Offside Decision against Wayne Rooney that would have seen him in on goal, but the Interpretation section from the laws of the game does include the attackers body in its definition when describing a player being nearer tom the goal line, so i’ll give that to Peter Kirkup. Overall though for all the positive things that Anthony Taylor did they’ll be over shadowed by that first half penalty that was not given.

RH at 2015-03-04 22:36:08

Full Time

RH at 2015-03-04 22:34:00

Well its hard on Newcastle, i guess we haven’t heard the last of that first half Newcastle penalty incident!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:32:33

four minutes added time!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:31:50

GOAL!Ashley Young scores a ‘smash and grab’ goal for Man United! but what about that Rooney persistence in the build up!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:30:11

Rojo is substituted!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:29:46

Rojo a bit late and high with that challenge, thing is that a player already on a yellow card is risking it a bit with a challenge like that, but i’m with the Referee there as it didn’t  merit a second caution

RH at 2015-03-04 22:27:18

Not surprising to see that captain Rooney to discuss the yellow card with the Referee!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:26:22

Yellow CardStraight forward following a reckless challenge by Antonio Valencia on Garbriel Obertan

RH at 2015-03-04 22:24:08

The shape of the game has changed in this half, Man United are having more possession and they are now getting width through Ashley Young particularly down the left, this has made matters more straight forward for the Referee where his positioning has looked far better!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:21:16

Stephen Child spot on with an offside

RH at 2015-03-04 22:19:41

Interesting game though, its given us some great talking points!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:18:58

We’re certainly not hitting the heights on the tempo front at the moment? Hopefully a goal would give us an exciting finish!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:16:20

Looking at the interpretaions section section from the Laws of the game on offside,  it says that an attacker

nearer to his opponents’ goal line” means that any part of a player’s head, body or feet is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent. The arms are not included in this definition

So was Wayne Rooney offside earlier in the second half? the wording here suggests that he was if his body was further forward


RH at 2015-03-04 22:11:02

Herrera complained that he was fouled during that last Newcastle attack, i felt that the challenge was ok, he just got caught napping on the ball!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:09:33

Yellow Cardoh dear Jonas Gutierrez picking up a caution for a reckless challenge, it was right!


RH at 2015-03-04 22:08:05

We’re back in FA Cup Action at the weekend with three cracking games! Join us on ‘You are the Ref’s’ Refcam for the re-match of Aston Villa v West Brom, isn’t that set up nicely after last night’s dramatic game! Refcam returns to Anfield after a seven day break this time for the visit of Blackburn Rovers, in this season of FA Cup upsets could there be another one here? Then on Monday there is always something special about a Manchester United Arsenal encounter! Join us on Monday night for that one!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:07:12

Jonas Gutierrez getting the biggest cheer of the night as he returns to the field of play following his serious  illness, wonderful moment! good luck to him!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:05:46

Rooney flagged offside for the third time this half, again it was tight!

RH at 2015-03-04 22:03:39

The twitter feed is now covering the spitting incident, the general feeling being that the two players spat but the Match Officials couldn’t have seen it

RH at 2015-03-04 22:02:10

Yellow CardFirst one of the night as Rojo recklessly blocks Garbriel Obertan

RH at 2015-03-04 21:59:43

A close call as Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by Peter Kirkup, he was little more than level but did his leaning stance as he took off seal it for the Assistant?

RH at 2015-03-04 21:57:54

Well the game is more open at the moment which suits this Referee as he looks more comfortable sprinting after play as it moves from end to end!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:56:05

Good advantage played by the Referee in the build up to that last Mn United attack which nearly saw the deadlock broken!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:54:42

Rivere following through on Johnny Evans, it was careless and a free kick was enough

RH at 2015-03-04 21:52:13

Anthony Taylor raising his profile at that second Newcastle corner, letting some of the players know that he’s got his eye on them!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:50:52

A couple of Newcastle corners lift the home faithful!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:49:49

Blind trips Ameobi an easy spot for the Referee

RH at 2015-03-04 21:48:33

A steady tempo again at the start of the second half

RH at 2015-03-04 21:46:49

The second half starts!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:46:10

Well an interesting first half from a game that has not been played at a particularly fast pace or high tempo, but has produced some interesting talking points, the highest tempo part of the game was the opening and here we had two of our three taking points, the first being the penalty incident as Newcastle attacked, Smalling tripped Riviere in the penalty area, although Anthony Taylor was not far away TV replays suggest that his view of the challenge may have restricted by covering defenders, but Assistant Referee Peter Kirkup had a clear view and should have supported his Referee, disappointing, it was a definite penalty! Also in this period the Referee was getting sucked into play during sustained Man United attacks, he got too close to play on a couple of occasions, to be fair he got better as the half progressed. The other incident regarding alleged spitting between Evans and Cisse, closer study of the incident does suggest that both players spat, the main debating point being Evans involvement and whether he intended to spit at his opponent, Cisse for his part does appear to spit at Evans. No could have expected the Match Officials to have seen the incident, it looks like the FA will need to get involved. So plenty to talk about which has made up for the disappointing play where BT Sport report only one shot on target!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:31:38

Half Time

RH at 2015-03-04 21:31:05

The spitting incident is ngaining momentum, TV replay are now indicating that both players spat at each other, which of course means that both are guilty of  a ending off offence in Law 12 for;

  • spitting at an opponent or any other person

RH at 2015-03-04 21:27:46

Interesting listening to the pundits talking about the team formation tonight, Newcastle playing a 4-4-2 which the Referee has tracked well, Man United on the other hand are playing one up front in Rooney with a congested midfield which has required more thought for the Referee in choosing his patrol options

RH at 2015-03-04 21:26:33

Johnny Evans and Cisse clashing in midfield, they tangled and Cisse took offence, from a distance it appeared not too serious, but closer shot of the incident suggest that Evans may have spat at Cisse, nasty!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:20:51

Anthony Taylor allowing a quick free kick to United in midfield, underlines the fact that at the moment the tempo is settled and both teams just want to get on with it

RH at 2015-03-04 21:18:03

We’re back in FA Cup Action at the weekend with three cracking games! Join us on ‘You are the Ref’s’ Refcam for the re-match of Aston Villa v West Brom, isn’t that set up nicely after last night’s dramatic game! Refcam returns to Anfield after a seven day break this time for the visit of Blackburn Rovers, in this season of FA Cup upsets could there be another one here? Then on Monday there is always something special about a Manchester United Arsenal encounter! Join us on Monday night for that one!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:16:52

Anthony Taylor definitely looking more comfortable with his movement around the field of play at the moment

RH at 2015-03-04 21:15:23

The twitter feed is suggesting that Newcastle were denied a nailed on penalty earlier!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:12:45

Rooney going close for United with a great ‘no flag’ in the build up from Stephen Child from a tight offside call

RH at 2015-03-04 21:11:52

Looking at replays of the Newcastle penalty incident, there is a suggestion that the Referee may have been unsighted, not so Assistant Referee Peter Kirkup, he had a clear view of the challenge!

RH at 2015-03-04 21:08:38

Both teams steadier in their build up at the moment as the tempo lowers, the Referee finding it easier to track play

RH at 2015-03-04 21:06:16

Ashley Young taking a blow to the face from Sissoko, no malice there

RH at 2015-03-04 21:05:06

Easy midfield free kick following a careless challenge by Ander Herrera

RH at 2015-03-04 21:03:34

Good to see that Anthony Taylor is not getting sucked into play during that last Man United attack, choosing instead to keep play at a good distance

RH at 2015-03-04 21:01:51

Ashley Young penalised for a holding offence on Abeid

RH at 2015-03-04 20:59:28

51,000 people make a lot of noise in this ground! The Referee needs to keep fully focused get his ‘eye in’ and think about his positioning

RH at 2015-03-04 20:57:51

Well we did say that errors have been made early in games didn’t we?

RH at 2015-03-04 20:56:42

Riviere has been tripped in the penalty area by Smalling, looked like a penalty to me!

RH at 2015-03-04 20:54:58

The Referee needs to be careful here, he got too close play near the D in that last Man United attack and saw the ball drop over his head!

RH at 2015-03-04 20:53:12

Late challenge by Abeid picked up well there

RH at 2015-03-04 20:51:09

Good movement by the Referee on this Newcastle attack to follow play deep towards the corner

RH at 2015-03-04 20:49:45

Anthony Taylor just back tracking in mid field to avoid Blind as he moved forward in the left hand channel

RH at 2015-03-04 20:48:12

Important that the Anthony Taylor ‘gets his eye in early’ here, good match preparation is so important, we’ve seen many decision making errors early in games with poor recognition of offences

RH at 2015-03-04 20:47:04

Stephen Child making the first call of the game with an offside flag against Di Maria

RH at 2015-03-04 20:45:47

Only two more Referees (Martin Atkinson and Jon Moss) have Refereed more Premier League games this season than Anthony Taylor, with 20 games under his belt, to date he has shown 80 yellow cards and 4 reds

RH at 2015-03-04 20:45:14

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

RH at 2015-03-04 20:41:47

Our Match Referee tonight is Anthony Taylor, his Assistant Referees are Stephen Child and Peter Kirkup, The Fourth Official is Craig Pawson

RH at 2015-03-04 20:34:44

Welcome to our coverage of this fixture which has produced memorable games in the past, the action comes from Tyneside and Manchester United are in Town!