Norwich City v Everton


GT at 2015-12-12 15:49:42

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GT at 2015-12-12 15:47:06

Martin Atkinson had the proverbial game of two halves.

Nothing happened in the opening 45 minutes to challenge or test him and he was able to walk through it.

His problems, and refereeing credentials, came through in the second half, and began as early as the 46th minute when he showed complacency in the build up to the Norwich goal. He missed a mandatory caution on the Everton defender after he pulled back Jerome.

Things went from bad to worse therein as he missed or ignored cautions all over the place.

Quite how Arouna Koné got away without the most obvious caution after raking his oppoenet’s Achilles heel will remain a mystery forever.

After entering the action, Mirallas shoukd have been cautioned too for a late challenge…poor Nathan Redmond must wonder what opponents must do to earn a caution for fouls on him as he was kicked from pillar to post.

Unfortunately, Atkinson lived up to the reputation he holds amongst some, that he is fine whilst a game is going along nice and gently, but when it steps up in pace and intensity he cannot go with it and misses too many incidents.

In short, he is not a big game referee, and has done his chances of that EURO 2016 place no favours at all after that second half display

You need to have a look at yourself after that second half display Martin, because you looked all show and no substance, leaving us disappointed in you.

GT at 2015-12-12 15:39:02

As for the two playing sides…

Everton paid the price for missing a hatful of chances in the first half, and Norwich were a different side in the second half. They could and should have won this one.

As for the officials…

GT at 2015-12-12 15:36:47

…and that is the end of the action for this one.

Now for the summing up…

Full Time

92 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 15:35:35

Too little too late by Atkinson as he cautions Russell Martin for a late challenge

Yellow Card

GT at 2015-12-12 15:33:41

That is the 90 minutes up, we have an extra three to go…

GT at 2015-12-12 15:33:02

The game has almost reached the end of its 90 minutes, and Atko will just want to get off.

He should know he has simply not turned up in this second half, and has harmed his hopes of selection for EURO 2016 by a half littered with weakness, poor decision making and ignoring cautions.

GT at 2015-12-12 15:29:44

Redmond is floored yet again after having played a pass.

A nailed on yellow card for Mirallas but Atkinson looks determined not to show one today.

May be he thinks that shows great man-management skills.

In fact it shows he cannot recognise what is and isn’t a caution.

Poor, poor refereeing.

83 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 15:27:37

Jonny Howson replaces the goal scorer Hoolahan as Norwich go in search of the winner

GT at 2015-12-12 15:26:15

Atkinson warns the players about pushing and holding before a corner kick is taken, but then does nothing as the ball is sent across despite players throwing each other around.

Weak refereeing.

All show and no substance.

78 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 15:21:48

Oh dear Atko…it is all going horribly pear-shaped now as the referee misses YET ANOTHER foul.

Arouna Koné raked his studs down the Achilles of Hoolahan, and that was a nailed-on caution.

Awful refereeing which supports the theory held by some that this referee cannot operate effectively in challenging circumstances.

GT at 2015-12-12 15:19:22

With 15 minutes to go, Everton bring on Darren Gibson for Ross Barkley

GT at 2015-12-12 15:18:42

Russell Martin repeats his offence from when Norwich played Arsenal recently, by needlessly pushing Mirallas into the advertising boards.

Atkinson fails to see it and missed the opportunity to take action again.

GT at 2015-12-12 15:14:04

Good work by Steve Child who DOES  leave his eye in an a challenge and correctly awards a throw in to Norwich, which leads to a simple chance for a goal.

Unfortunately, Jerome puts the ball over the bar

69 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 15:12:34

Everton realise they need to make a change and take off Gerard Deulofeu for Kevin Mirallas

67 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 15:11:18

…and there was another prime example as Nathan Redmond was floored by a late challenge after having played a pass…but Atkinson completely missed it, having failed to leave his eye in on the challenge

GT at 2015-12-12 15:09:05

There has always been a question mark hanging over Martin Atkinson…can he handle games when they get feisty?

He looks very comfortable in games which run along easily but doesn’t have the mettle to handle those which step up.

Now…this one is by no means a difficult or challenging game, but there has been a marked deterioration in his performance and movement since Norwich came out for this second half with a more determined manner.

GT at 2015-12-12 15:04:02

An hour has passed…this is anyone’s game now

GT at 2015-12-12 15:02:09

Is this the same Norwich City we saw in the first half?

They are unrecognisable as they are tearing forward and causing Everton real problems now.

Unfortunately, our officials are going the other way…two of them are not performing anywhere near as well as they were…Atkinson and Mullarkey

GT at 2015-12-12 14:59:48

…and now he holds up play to speak with the two players involved in that over-elaborate advantage.

All too ‘showmanship’ for me…

GT at 2015-12-12 14:58:39

Atko plays a good advantage but over plays the hand signal…calm down Martin…are you after an Oscar?

GT at 2015-12-12 14:57:16

More strange lining technique from Mike Mullarkey who throws his head back to watch a ball sail over his head and into the stand behind him.

Basic referee training teaches you not to ball watch as the ball never committed a foul…jeep your eyes on the players Mullarkey.

I do hope this team of officials is not becoming complacent after that very easy opening 45 minutes.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:55:05

Deulofeu goes down as if shot by an AK47, but it’s play acting by the Everton winger who was caught very lightly by his marker.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:52:20

There was an ideal opportunity for Atko to shine in the build up to that goal, he could have played a great advantage for Norwich, then gone back to caution the Everton defender for a blatant pull on Cameron Jerome.

Instead he missed the advantage and the mandatory caution.

Poor refereeing.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:50:55

Just over one minute of the second half played, and Wes Hoolahan scored the equaliser for the Canaries.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:49:49


GT at 2015-12-12 14:48:27

It’s time to find out, as Everton get the second half going…

Norwich have made one change replacing Andre Wisdom with Ryan Bennett

GT at 2015-12-12 14:44:14

As the inevitable question is asked, “Can Norwich play that badly again in the second half?”…Atko will be hoping so as it’s making his day very easy indeed!

GT at 2015-12-12 14:33:27

That’s the end of the first half.

As easy a 45 minutes as Atko will enjoy with nothing out there to challenge him.

Norwich, on the other hand, have plenty to think about as they were run ragged by Everton.

Half Time

GT at 2015-12-12 14:31:55

Stones is back in action too…much to the relief of the travelling scousers!

GT at 2015-12-12 14:31:20

the first 45 minutes are over…2 added minutes to go

GT at 2015-12-12 14:30:42

John Stones is an trouble as he fell awkwardly after falling over following an attempted header. He injured himself in the pre-match warm-up and looks like he has done more damage to himself now

42 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 14:27:57

Good spot by Atko as Lukaku is floored by a challenge from Russell Martin

GT at 2015-12-12 14:26:27

Spectacular play by Everton sees Lukaku miss another golden chance to extend their lead, followed by Leighton Baines smashing his effort against the post.

The visitors should be five goals up by now…will they live to regret all of these misses?

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GT at 2015-12-12 14:22:33

Offside awarded by Steve Child…good decision as the Everton man was at least two yards off!

GT at 2015-12-12 14:21:07

On the back of that midweek game and today’s wet surface, Atko will be pleased he has been able to spend so much of this game at walking pace only.

Everton are simply keeping possession, whilst Norwich are not pressing them. meaning the game is very easy to referee.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:17:16

How did Lukaku miss that?!?

No more than 4 yards out, with the goal open in front of him, but somehow he spoons it over the crossbar!

GT at 2015-12-12 14:14:57

With half an hour of the game gone there has been nothing to challenge Atko in this one so far.

His aim should be to merely contain the game now, and see it out to a safe conclusion.

There is no need to go looking for a big decision.

Just allow the players to continue playing as they are, stay out of the way and see it home…

GT at 2015-12-12 14:08:55

Poor teamwork between Atkinson and his assistant, Mike Mullarkey, as the referee gives a free kick to Norwich from distance, but there is no supporting flag from Mullarkey.

Poor officiating gents…

19 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 14:05:23

Arouna Koné is the latest Everton player to waste a golden chance as yet another Norwich error sees him through one-on-one with the ‘keeper

GT at 2015-12-12 14:03:33

Norwich look determined to give this one away as another mistake, this time by Redmond, plays Everton in on goal but the chance is wasted.

GT at 2015-12-12 14:02:32

…it’s that man Lukaku again, as Everton punish Norwich for a poor attempted clearance by Martin Olsson.

15 for the season now for the Everton hit man.

15 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 14:01:00

GOAL! Lukaku

GT at 2015-12-12 13:55:37

Atko was out in European action in midweek, so it will be interesting to see if his legs hold out in this one today.

Pundits often refer to players suffering in league games following midweek games abroad but rarely consider the referees.

They too have to travel the same distances and often run much farther than the players do in games.

GT at 2015-12-12 13:51:44

It’s been a lively opening five minutes, and Atko appears happy to stay out of the way and let the players get on with it…just as he did last week at Stoke City.

2 minutes

GT at 2015-12-12 13:49:34

Atko is well up with play to judge no penalty as Everton make an early break.

Good decision, it was an excellent challenge

GT at 2015-12-12 13:46:22

…and immediately kick the ball out of play for an Everton throw-in!!

GT at 2015-12-12 13:45:45

Norwich City take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-12-12 13:40:15

It’s almost time for kick-off at Carrow Road…

GT at 2015-12-12 13:27:07

As for our referees today…

Martin Atkinson is the subject of our opening Refcam coverage for the second successive week.

After a good showing last Saturday (Stoke City v Manchester City) everyone at YATR hopes Atko can repeat, or improve upon, that performance as he looks to narrow the gap between himself and England’s number one referee, Mark Clattenburg. Especially as the announcement for which referee will get that lucrative place at EURO 2016 will shortly be announced.

Running the lines for Martin today is his regular pairing of Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child.

Michael Oliver makes up the quartet in his role as fourth official.

With so much at stake for both sides, this one could get feisty, so stay with us…

GT at 2015-12-12 13:10:00

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary.

It’s Norwich City v Everton which opens up our action-packed weekend of top Premier League coverage.

With only one victory in their last ten league attempts and only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation zone, Norwich’s plight is looking a little precarious.

However, they showed in their recent draw with title-hopefuls Arsenal they are prepared for the fight ahead, and will not give up on Premier League survival.

The Canaries need to stem the flow of goals being conceded if they are to achieve that aim. They currently have the 4th worst goals-against record in the top flight (27).

In contrast, today’s opponents Everton are in a rich vein of form.

The Toffees have not been defeated since 24th October and have more than a casting glance on a European qualifying place, come the end of season shakedown.

With a record of almost two goals per game, and Romelu Lukaku scoring for fun (50 goals in 100 games), the visitors will fancy taking the spoils back to Merseyside today.

However, with only one win in twenty six years when visiting Carrow Road, this will be no walk-in-the-park.

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