Newcastle United v Sunderland


Full Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 16:28:00

Full Time

Thanks for tuning in for our first game of the day, why not stay with us here on RefCam for the Manchester derby, kick off at 4pm UK Time, with expert analysis from former FIFA referee Mark Halsey.

Full Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 16:26:23

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We must also give a commendable mention to Steve Child and Mike Mullarkey for Assistant Refereeing performance which were ‘faultless’

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RCT at 2016-03-20 16:24:43

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Honours even – from a neutral point of view a fair result – full credit to Martin Atkinson for his contribution in bringing the game to a safe and successful conclusion.


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:20:03

Good safety first refereeing from Martin Atkinson as players from both teams show concern for the injured Mitrovic.


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:18:36

Yellow CardMannone is correctly cautioned for time wasting – no need for the referee to run towards the player and consume even more time …..



RCT at 2016-03-20 16:13:13

All of a sudden – the Home Fans are buzzing and it’s essential that the team of match officials remain focused.


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:11:55

Yellow CardAnd the Newcastle striker receives a justified caution for his celebration


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:11:06

GOAL! – Mitrovic equalises to spread joy around 95% of St James Park


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:09:22

Quality Assistant Refereeing and brave goalkeeping in equal measures …..


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:05:20

Another good call from Steve Child to award the corner kick to Newcastle


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:03:20

Cisse enters the fray for the Magpies …..


RCT at 2016-03-20 16:02:19

15 to go – keep going Gents …..


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:56:51

Kaboul and Mitrovic involved in some nonsense in the penalty area, all quickly calmed down by the referee with assured authority.


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:55:09

Optimum positioning again by the referee to award the corner-kick


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:50:30

Ha – a wise move from the Newcastle management for the reasons just mentioned …. Colback departs to be replaced by de Jong


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:47:34

It would not surprise me if Sunderland now start to pressure Colback as (a) he is not a natural left-back and (b) he has already been cautioned.


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:45:58

Great save by Elliot – turning point ?


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:43:40

Good focus from Steve Child with an accurate offside decision as Defoe’s offends


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:40:12

Yellow Card Optimum positioning (or perhaps even too close ?) by the referee to correctly caution Shelvey, the 3rd Newcastle player to receive a yellow card.


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:37:05

One feature of the first half was the referee’s reading of the game – not blessed with natural pace or athletic ability, Martin moves well and always seems to be well placed.


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:32:18

This is a key 45 minutes, to say the least ….

Half Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 15:27:01

Half Time

Following on from this game, why not stay with us here on RefCam for the Manchester derby, kick off at 4pm UK Time, with expert analysis from former FIFA referee Mark Halsey.

Half Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 15:22:40

Half Time

The major objective for the refereeing team at kick-off time is to see the game safely home without controversy.  So far, objective achieved, but I stress the words ‘so far’ as there is a long way to go in this fixture, and Newcastle are sure to come out all guns blazing for the first 10-15 minutes.

Half Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 15:19:16

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It was important that he asserted his authority with the 2 yellow cards, both totally justified and essential in retaining match control.


Half Time

RCT at 2016-03-20 15:18:02

Half Time

Half-time and an object lesson in calm refereeing so far from Martin Atkinson…..


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:16:43

Time for the refereeing to keep focused in the 1 additional minute to see the game safely through to half-time


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:15:09

GOAL! Wow – Black Cat joy as Defoe scores from a corner routine ….



RCT at 2016-03-20 15:12:46

Both teams have fired shots wide in the last 5 minutes – sums up the quality of the finishing so far ….


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:08:55

Little surprise that we approach half-time with only 2 shots on target and no goals so far.


RCT at 2016-03-20 15:07:17

Yellow CardTop refereeing – a caution for Janmaat following an application of advantage



RCT at 2016-03-20 15:02:14

30 gone, so far … ( am not tempting fate ….)


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:59:23

Just 2 shots on target so far ….. the keepers are having a quiet day ….. also spare a though for the Assistants’ who need to keep their focus


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:54:00

I get the feeling that we are in for a key incident soon, i’ts bubbling under …..


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:49:34

Yellow CardNo choice for the referee in terms of application of law and the chance to assert his authority, Colbeck’s challenge earns himself a justified yellow card.



RCT at 2016-03-20 14:47:13

That was good pro-active referring, separating fractions characters before misconduct is prevelanet


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:44:48

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RCT at 2016-03-20 14:41:22

That’s the first 10 minutes successfully negotiated ……


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:39:06

We can feel the tension in the game, time for calm heads from all 4 members of the refereeing team.


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:36:30

Martin Atkinson appears to be very calm so far in his decision making, no histrionic, just keeping a low profile and moving well into the penalty area as Newcastle developed a swift attack


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:33:49

We can probably assume that this game will take a while to settle down, patterns of play won’t be established for a long time – if at all …


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:30:52

Hold onto your hats – this is going to be fun …..

RCT at 2016-03-20 14:26:34

The PGMO have undoubtedly made the right call in appointing the experience of Martin Atkinson to control this game – neither Mark Clattenburg nor Michael Oliver could have taken the game owing to their North East connections – Martin is the obvious choice for the game being hailed as the “100 million pound match” – i.e. that is the price of being relegated from the Premiership this season.


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:24:13

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RCT at 2016-03-20 14:22:39

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RCT at 2016-03-20 14:19:06

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RCT at 2016-03-20 14:15:52

There is a strong chance that if one of the teams loses here today, that relegation could well be on the cards, although would the black cats settle for a point away from home, especially following Norwich’s result from yesterday.


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:13:31

It is sure to be an ‘interesting’ afternoon for Newcastle’s Jack Colback, playing out of position at left-back against his old team ….


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:09:59

Refereeing controversy was prevalent in the reverse fixture when Bobby Madley dismissed Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini as the Black Cats won out 3-0 winners


RCT at 2016-03-20 14:07:01

Welcome one and all to the St James’ Park for this key Premiership fixture between Newcastle United and Sunderland.  Surely in the history of Tyne-Wear derbies there has been no more important fixture, and if ever both teams needed all 3 points, this is it.