Newcastle Vs Manchester United


DM at 2018-02-11 17:11:05


Craig Pawson had a good first 30 minutes but his decision not to award Newcastle a penalty in the 39th minute was an incorrect one.  His positioning leads to him making mistakes.  He is too central and distant from play and this leads to him not always having a good view on challenges.  He was inconsistent with his cautions and he made two clear errors in this regards.  In terms of the positives, he has improved his body language and he was decisive early on showing that he has potential.  Craig correctly cautioned MU12 for simulation and this was a totally correct decision.  Overall, not a very good day at the office for the officials but a stronger second half performance.


DM at 2018-02-11 17:08:07

Full Time



DM at 2018-02-11 17:06:54


14 ON, 17 OFF


DM at 2018-02-11 17:04:11

A minimum of 4 minute’s added time to be played

DM at 2018-02-11 17:03:50

The referee was seeking assistance from one of his colleagues on that last free kick.  No help should have been needed, it was clear a caution as you will see. The referee’s positioning was once again too distant and central.


DM at 2018-02-11 17:02:20

MU25 commits a reckless challenge on an opponent which was worthy of a yellow card.  The referee awards a free kick but for some reason takes no further action.  This was a clear caution.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:59:51

Theatrical fall to the ground by NU21 convinces the referee to award a free kick.  The challenge from MU4 looked a fair one to me.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:57:02


30 ON, 15 OFF


DM at 2018-02-11 16:53:01

MU 8 fortunate to get a free kick from the referee in that incident as it appeared he was on his way to ground before any contact occurred.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:52:21


21 ON, 9 OFF


DM at 2018-02-11 16:49:55


39 ON, 31 OFF


DM at 2018-02-11 16:46:33

MU16 correctly penalised for dangerous play.  The referee needs to penalise the clear offences to tempo manage this game in to the closing stages and ensure that nobody loses their discipline.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:43:19

An eventful last 20 minutes in store for the match officials as Manchester United try and get themselves back in to the game.  Focus and concentration needed all round to ensure no mistakes.

DM at 2018-02-11 16:40:59

The Newcastle goal came from the free-kick that the referee correctly awarded for simulation against MU12.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:39:46


16 ON, 14 OFF

8 ON, 6 OFF


DM at 2018-02-11 16:38:35



DM at 2018-02-11 16:38:11

Correct decision by Craig Pawson to caution Chris Smalling for simulation.  An unnecessary and unsporting act by the Manchester United player.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:37:24

Yellow CardMU12 cautioned for simulation


DM at 2018-02-11 16:34:34

NU11 fouls an opponent once again, he must now be close to persistently infringing the laws of the game.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:30:44

The referee has wisely stopped play as the NU goalkeeper has a head injury and is lying on the ground.  The MU player was moving towards the touchline so it was a good place to stop the game.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:29:27

Craig Pawson is getting some dissent from the players because he is so far away from play and still very central.  The free kick he has awarded against MU12 close to the touchline was correct but he was at least 20 metres away with NU8 in front of him.  One of his colleagues has helped him there.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:27:45


Manchester United have a goal disallowed correctly as Referee Pawson spots at least one of the two fouls in the build up to the goal.  One learning point for officials is that the foul from MU12 was so blatant that an immediate whistle would have ceased any debate.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:25:58

NU11 frustrated as the referee awards a free kick against him but the referee is correct as he did trip MU18


DM at 2018-02-11 16:25:14

Referee Pawson awards Newcastle a free kick which they take quickly.  This was a good call as MU14 did foul NU8.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:23:10

AR West looks to have got that one right as part of NU11’s leg was in an offside position and therefore the correct decision was made.  This was a very good call and despite my reservations and observations in the first half, the Assistant was absolutely bang in line on this occasion.


DM at 2018-02-11 16:20:23

Craig once again has to jump over the ball as he is in front of play and too central. He needs to step back and move at an angle.

DM at 2018-02-11 16:18:33

Craig Pawson gets the second half underway

DM at 2018-02-11 16:17:59

Don’t forget to tune in to the ref show tomorrow when @AlanBiggs1 is joined by @refereehalsey and @carltonpalmer to discuss the weekend’s action

DM at 2018-02-11 16:10:15

Half Time Summary #NEWMUN

Craig Pawson started the game well, he looked confident and his body language was positive.  He wasn’t always well positioned, being too central and not anticipating play and this came back to bite in the 39th minute when he missed a clear penalty for Newcastle United.  The Newcastle number 9 was clearly tripped by MU12 in the penalty area but the referee waved play on.  Although MU25 ran across the players when the incident happened, the referee remained static and central and this was the reason for the error.  He needs to move at an angle so he has a good view of incidents and not remain in the middle of the field.  I also felt that Craig missed a clear yellow card when NU22 pushed MU14 in the back which was an act of unsporting behaviour.

Neither Assistant has had a good half.  AR West looks pedestrian in his movement and cannot keep up with play.  This has led to a clear offside judgement error in the 20th minute when he incorrectly flagged MU9 offside.  AR Betts has not shown that he has a feeling for the game.  He flagged for a goal-kick when the attacking player let the ball run over the goal line after it clearly touched MU4.

Craig and his team need to put that first half behind them and come out focused and sharp so that they do not make any more errors in what has been a fairly routine game to officiate so far.

DM at 2018-02-11 16:04:10

Half Time


DM at 2018-02-11 16:01:07

Minimum of 1 minute added time to be played


DM at 2018-02-11 16:00:05

I mentioned earlier on that the referee was having some positional issues, getting in the way of play and having to take evasive action.  Going back to the penalty claim, the referee again was too central and if he had anticipated play and moved to get an angle he would have had a better view.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:58:44

NU22 pushes MU14 and prevents him from running towards the ball.  This constituted unsporting behaviour and a caution should have been issued.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:57:21


MU12 cut across NU9 and clearly tripped the Newcastle player in the penalty area.  A penalty kick should have been awarded but the referee waved play on. MU25 did run across the players as they challenged for the ball but that does not take away the fact that he has judged the incident incorrectly.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:53:45

AR Betts has got that horribly wrong as MU4 clearly touched the ball before it crossed the goal line and a corner-kick should have been awarded.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:50:00

A very good first 30 minutes from Craig Pawson, he is looking confident and in control, a referee clearly in form. A couple of positional issues but nothing major so far.  Richard West is hardly moving and looks injured.  If so, he needs to come off as otherwise he is increasingly likely to make a major error.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:44:49

Good advantage played by the referee as MU18 is fouled.  It is a fine balance between ‘overselling’ a hand signal for advantage but if anything I thought the referee didn’t signal long enough.  This is important as everyone needs to know the referee’s intention.  Good decision though.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:40:57

I am watching AR West quite closely and he is moving in a very pedestrian manner, I suspect he may be injured.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:37:46

Poor offside judgement by AR West as MU9 was onside when the ball was played.  An official at this level should not be getting such straightforward judgements such as that wrong.  If you look at West’s position, he was not up with play and in line with the second rearmost defender which helps explain the error.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:33:20

Good level of fitness displayed by Craig Pawson as Manchester United broke from defence to attack.  The referee showed an excellent burst of speed to get himself in a good position as the away team entered the final third.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:30:12

Craig looks very confident and decisive early on in this match.  Again he kept a trailing eye there as NU10 caught his opponent late after the ball had been played.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:28:38

One thing to point out early on is that although Craig is getting in to some good positions, he has on a couple of occasions been caught up in play or too close.  He had to take some evasive action there to get out of the way of the ball.  He needs to hang back slightly and anticipate play rather than be ahead of it all of the time.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:27:05

Confident award of a throw-in by Craig Pawson following both sets of players appealing.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:24:58

Good position and management by Craig Pawson to award a free kick to Newcastle for a foul against N8.

DM at 2018-02-11 15:22:04

Handball is one of the few laws which contains the word intentional or deliberate.  As we saw last week, that itself causes a lot of debate.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:20:44

First free kick of the game for a handball against MU12.  The ball was struck from close distance and the defender was moving his arm back towards his body.  I can see why the referee has given the free-kick but a harsh one in my opinion.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:19:08

Play restarts correctly with a dropped ball and MU11 returns to the field of play


DM at 2018-02-11 15:18:22

MU11 is holding his face so the referee sensibly stops play at the first opportunity to do so.  N10 caught MU11 with a trailing arm in the face and the referee was well positioned to see it.  Although it was accidental, it was careless and a free-kick should have been awarded.

DM at 2018-02-11 15:15:56

Craig Pawson gets the match underway

DM at 2018-02-11 15:14:50

Typo in my previous post – should have read that Purists and the PGMOL were arguing that Kane was Onside.


DM at 2018-02-11 15:12:17

Match officials for this game are:

Referee – Craig Pawson

Assistants – Lee Betts and Richard West

Fourth Official – Paul Tierney

DM at 2018-02-11 15:10:56

Interesting that the decisions last week in the Liverpool v Tottenham game caused a lot of difference of opinion.  Purists and the PGMOL were arguing that Kane was offside, whilst anyone who has played the game or had to interpret the offside Law at the top level said offside.  What is clear is that the Law has to be revisited so that offside is described in simpler terms and no ambiguity is in place.  To put an end to my thoughts on the matter, my interpretation of the Law is that Kane should have been given offside and following Jon Moss’s comments regarding the TV, then a full investigation should take place.

DM at 2018-02-11 15:07:47

Welcome to this afternoon’s ref cam in the EPL as Newcastle United take on Manchester United.  After last week’s eventful game at Anfield, I am hoping for a much quitter afternoon on the keyboard.