Norwich City v Liverpool


GT at 2016-01-23 15:55:13

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GT at 2016-01-23 15:52:42

After such a superbly exciting game it is a shame that I have to report a really poor display of refereeing by Lee Mason, but he had a day he will wish to forget.

After a decent opening twenty minutes the remainder of his first half was dreadful.

He missed obvious yellow cards for Naismith and Bassong.

He then followed that up by missing two penalties – one for each side.

And then…he compounded all of that by missing a foul by Naismith just before the Norwich man scored the home side’s second goal.

His second half was a little better, but to be fair he was helped by the glut of goals going in which displaced focus away from his poor refereeing.

Unfortunately, Mase could not stay away from controversy though as on 77 minutes Alberto Moreno committed the most cynical of fouls. Every single person watching knows that it should have resulted in a caution…that is everyone except referee Mason who seemed intent all game on not getting a single card out of his pocket.

In the end though, even Lee could not ignore the caution for Adam Lallana who removed his shirt after scoring Liverpool’s winning goal (94 minutes).

Nobody wants to see a flurry of cautions for players, but there are times when a referee risks losing match control by showing too much leniency. There are, of course, other occasions when a caution is mandatory. Lee Mason fell foul on both of these points today.

Lee…you have to go through the DVD of this game and ask yourself how you got so many things wrong…and so many of those errors were key match incidents.

Nonetheless, let’s try to end on a positive note.

His two assistants carried out their duties well.

Both assistants had good offside calls, and it is good to be able to praise John Brooks at last….that is the first time I have seen him perform well on the line.

To finish…a breath taking game of football coupled with a poor display of refereeing.

GT at 2016-01-23 15:43:21

Norwich have now lost 10 of their last 12 meetings with Liverpool.

The Canaries were looking to avoid a fourth consecutive League defeat, but Liverpool were in no mood to leave without all three points.

After scoring just 1 goal in their last 4 away games, Liverpool smashed in FIVE today.

Both teams managed a total of 12 shots on target between them…..yet 9 of those ended up in the back of the net!

A quite incredible game of football which had everything.

Now for the referees…

GT at 2016-01-23 15:39:48

Where do we begin with this incredible story?

What a game of football that was.

Let’s begin by trying to sum up the two teams…

GT at 2016-01-23 15:38:23

Full Time

GT at 2016-01-23 15:37:53

Can we take any more drama.

What a game…

94 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:37:25


GT at 2016-01-23 15:35:27

What a fantastic game these two sides have put on for us.

Is there time for a winner?

92 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:34:51




GT at 2016-01-23 15:34:29

Another correct call by John Brooks as Benteke mistimes a run

90 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:32:46

5 added minutes to go on…

GT at 2016-01-23 15:32:02

89 minutes gone and Caulker comes on for Moreno

GT at 2016-01-23 15:31:41

Lee correctly sends back the Norwich defender who was stealing far too many metres at a throw-in.

But he then undid that good work by allowing the player to run straight back up the line to the place he was sent back from before throwing the ball.

Unbelievable, referee.

Weak refereeing.

GT at 2016-01-23 15:27:21

Five minutes of the regular ninety to go…

Is there another twist in the tail of this astonishing game?

81 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:23:54

Cameron Jerome takes over from Naismith

77 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:20:08

Moreno gets away with the most cynical of fouls.

Everyone…me included…is dumbfounded by Mase’s decision not to caution Moreno for that foul.

Unbelievable refereeing.

GT at 2016-01-23 15:18:21

Oh my word….what a game!

A dreadful attempted back pass by Russell Martin – he never looked up – and Milner pounced on it to put The Reds one up.

This match has had everything…

74 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:16:48

GOAL! Milner!!

GT at 2016-01-23 15:13:56

With twenty minutes to go, it is good to see Mase performing better in this half.

Good recovery, referee.

69 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:11:57

It’s Norwich’s turn to reap the changes.

Matt Jarvis and Martin Olsson replace Hoolahan and Redmond

65 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:08:26

Correct offside call by John Brooks.

Adam Lallana had strayed off as he tried to score a fourth for Liverpool

GT at 2016-01-23 15:06:23


What a game we have brought for you…and there are still 27 minutes to go!

63 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:05:45

Just as I thought…

…more to come!!

GOAL! Firminho


GT at 2016-01-23 15:02:57

Two-thirds of the game has gone…you get the feeling there is more to come in this final 30 minutes though!

58 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 15:01:24

First change of personnel as Adam Lallana takes over from Jordan Ibe for Liverpool

GT at 2016-01-23 15:00:06

What a game this is becoming.

Less than an hour gone.

We’ve already had 5 goals….two penalties not given by the referee, fouls going unpunished…

What else has this one got for us?

55 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:57:54

GOAL! Jordan Henderson

GT at 2016-01-23 14:57:29

This time Mase does call one correctly.

What was Moreno thinking of?

His first challenge could have been given as a penalty…but the second one was.

Stupid defending!

53 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:55:36

GOAL! penalty by Hoolihan

52 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:55:03


To Norwich

GT at 2016-01-23 14:52:45

Firminho executes his own form of ‘justice’ by putting in a sneaky, late challenge on Bassong.

He feels if the referee isn’t going to deal with matters, then he’ll do it himself

GT at 2016-01-23 14:51:17

Foul by Bassong on Firminho, but the arm on the Liverpool man’s head was unintentional

GT at 2016-01-23 14:47:22

It’s time for the second half.

Let’s hope referee Mason has had a word with himself during the break.

Liverpool get us under way…

GT at 2016-01-23 14:35:06

After a good opening 20 minutes, it all began to unravel for referee Mason.

He has called incorrectly one key match incident after another.

Both sides should have had penalties…but nothing was given.

Bassong, at least, should have had a caution by now.

Then, due to poor positioning, Lee failed to see a push by Naismaith. The Norwich man then broke upfield and scored Norwich’s second goal.

The only positive thing I can say is…at least Lee cannot be that bad in the second half…

…or can he?

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GT at 2016-01-23 14:32:32

Half Time

GT at 2016-01-23 14:31:00

That’s the end of the first 45 minutes.

Two added minutes to go on.

GT at 2016-01-23 14:28:27

A sweet strike by Naismith on his debut….


The goal came seconds after the Norwich man had got away with a foul.

Liverpool should have had a free kick in an attacking area, but instead found themselves defending a Norwich breakaway.

Yes, poor defending by the visitors, but also more poor refereeing from Lee Mason

40 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:26:18

GOAL! by the debutant Naismith

40 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:25:30

Half time cannot come quickly enough for Mase as yet another push goes unnoticed.

This time it’s Naismith who gets away with one.

The errors are stacking up…

37 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:23:05

Oh dear, Lee.

I’m afraid it’s going from bad to worse for you.

Milner pushes Naismith over inside the penalty area, but the referee gives nothing.

Another key match incident which Mase has called incorrectly.

This is not good, Lee.

35 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:20:43

Good advantage played by Mase a Howson breaks forward at pace for Norwich

GT at 2016-01-23 14:17:47

Lucas puts in a challenge on Mbokani which looked a foul but nothing more.

However, the big Norwich striker is rolling around holding his shoulder.

Glad to see Mase did not fall for the dramatics, and awarded nothing more than a free kick

GT at 2016-01-23 14:16:08

Bear in mind that Norwich equaliser came within 3 minutes of Liverpool not being awarded a penalty kick, and you can see just how important it is that match officials get the big decisions right.

Liverpool could have been two up, but are now level.

28 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:14:43

GOAL! Mbokani with a fantastic piece of skill as he back heeled a strike into the goal

GT at 2016-01-23 14:13:27

I’m afraid Mase is sometimes guilty of this…

…he gets a little too comfortable in games and loses focus.

25 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:12:30

Oh Mase…

Don’t be too relaxed on punishing players today.

Bassong should definitely have seen a caution for pulling back Firminho.

It was deliberate and stopped a promising Liverpool attack.

I’m afraid his error is compounded even more as the offence took place INSIDE the Norwich penalty area, and therefore The Reds should have had a penalty kick.

GT at 2016-01-23 14:09:23

What a difference a goal makes.

From being under pressure for most of the game, the Liverpool goal has completely changed things as they are dominating affairs now

GT at 2016-01-23 14:07:10

Milner wastes a superb chance to put the visitors two up…but again credit to Andy Halliday who is right on top of his game today

18 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 14:04:57

Excellent goal from Liverpool.

A superb passing move results in them taking an early lead.

More good work from Andy Halliday too, who correctly judged Firminho onside.

GT at 2016-01-23 14:03:24

GOAL! Firminho

GT at 2016-01-23 14:02:29

Good work by Andy Halliday, who led his referee into a correct call for a goal kick to Norwich despite strong appeals for a corner by Firminho

GT at 2016-01-23 13:59:53

Sensible refereeing by Mase there…

There was a question being asked by Liverpool about a possible deliberate pass back to the goalkeeper by Norwich, but in the build up to that happening Firminho was offside.

Lee had a good look at the situation and instead of stopping the game he allowed the Norwich keeper to play on.

Well done again, referee.

That’s what we all like to see…a referee with a feeling for the game.

GT at 2016-01-23 13:57:01

Some strong challenges going in from both sides…particularly in midfield.

Mase looks to have set his tolerance levels fairly high, as he isn’t being fussy, and is allowing the players to get on with it.

GT at 2016-01-23 13:53:35

A good ‘old fashioned’ shoulder-to-shoulder challenge there.

Pleasing to see the match officials correctly applying the Laws of the Game…that sort of challenge is allowed.

Well done.

6 minutes

GT at 2016-01-23 13:51:40

Late challenge by the new signing Naismith on Lucas.

Fortunate not to have seen an early caution for that one.

Had that foul come later in the game I’m sure Mase would have shown the card.

You’re a lucky man Naismith…

GT at 2016-01-23 13:49:39

Not the neatest start from both sides but Mase has begun well.

Good spot for a tight throw-in call there for Norwich.

GT at 2016-01-23 13:47:52

Emre Can steps across Mbokani and Mase correctly calls a free kick to the home side

at 2016-01-23 13:45:18

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

at 2016-01-23 13:36:56

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

at 2016-01-23 13:22:15

As for our referees today…

Lee Mason is the man-in-the-middle.

Lee, or ‘Mase’ as he is known to colleagues, is one of the PGMOLs longer-serving referees.

It is ten years, almost to the day, since Mase took charge of his first Premier League fixture (4th February 2006; Middlesbrough v Aston Villa) during which time he has taken control of 193 games, issuing 32 red cards and 604 cautions.

A truly likeable character, and something of a joker-in-the-pack, Mase is not just a capable referee but a superb mimic of senior figures within the game!

The often used criticism for referees that ‘They don’t understand the game’ shouldn’t be an issue today as a little-known fact is that Mase’s brother, Andy, is a former professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers.

Running the lines today are the dependable Andy Halliday and John Brooks.

The latter should be well-and-truly in Norwich’s ‘good books’ as he saved them from a heavier defeat at Watford last month after he failed to spot the most simple of ‘not offside’ decisions, instead choosing to disallow a perfectly good goal for The Hornets’ Ighalo.

Kevin Friend makes up the quartet in his role as fourth official.

Our very best wishes go to Mase and his team today from everyone at YATR…we hope the ball runs kindly for you…

at 2016-01-23 13:14:22

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of today’s live Refcam commentary games.

We bring to you a fixture which should be packed with entertaining, attractive football and, hopefully, goals; Norwich City v Liverpool.

Both of these sides like to get the ball down and play the beautiful game.

Indeed, this game has produced fifteen goals in the last three clashes.

Either club will fancy their chances of taking the spoils today, Norwich are very good at home – eleven points from a possible fifteen in their most recent games at Carrow Road prove so.

Whilst Liverpool seem to play with an added freedom when not at Anfield.

The omens are certainly with The Reds though as they have not lost to Norwich in the two sides’ last thirteen contests…winning eleven of those and drawing the other two.

It’s 16th v 9th in the table, with nine points dividing the clubs, but what do you think?

How will this one go?

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