Norwich City v Sunderland


GT at 2016-04-16 14:46:19

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GT at 2016-04-16 14:40:57

As for our referees today…

Andre Marriner was simply outstanding today.

We often talk about the pressure that players face in these relegation battles, but that pressure is no less for the referee.

Andre was face with a difficult game to handle, especially after he (correctly) awarded a penalty to Sunderland on 41 minutes.

From that moment on he was booed and ridiculed by the home supporters, whilst Norwich players (particularly Mbokani) attempted to deceive him into awarding them a penalty in return.

But there was no fooling Andre today.

He stood firm in the face of everything thrown at him and got all of the big decisions right.

He was well assisted by two excellent colleagues on the line in Steve Child and Scott Ledger.

I have asked the question many times before, and shall continue to ask it until The FA has the decency to accept their error….Scott Ledger is head and shoulders above many of those assistants who are on the FIFA List, so why has he never been awarded the place he deserves?

One can only guess it is personal?

In short…a game full of tension and frustration yet the refereeing team came through it with flying colours.

Well done Andre and your team.

People will pick over individual calls you made, but they should look at the bigger picture.

And that is very clear….you were very good today.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:39:07

What a game we promised you, and what a game it was.

Who saw that result coming?

After winning just three of their last 27 away games, and only one clean sheet in eleven, Sunderland turn up at Norwich and take them down by three goals to nil.

That means there is just one point between the two sides now, and Sunderland have a game in hand.

With Sunderland’s neighbours yet to play this weekend the scrap for Premier League survival could not be closer.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:37:17

Full Time

GT at 2016-04-16 14:34:46

Right on the stroke of 90 minutes Sunderland pick holes in the Norwich defence and Watmore dances through to score his side’s third of the day

GT at 2016-04-16 14:33:43

GOAL! Duncan Watmore

GT at 2016-04-16 14:33:19

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes in this pressure cooker of a game.

4 added minutes to go.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:32:58

As Wisdom stays down after a fair block-tackle, Defoe goes through on goal but cannot score Sunderland’s third goal following the close attentions of his marker

88 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:30:41

Mbokani does get a foul this time…and that’s because he was fouled!

Well done again Andre

85 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:28:29

Kirchhoff makes way for O’Shea.

No more substitutes for either side.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:27:47

Good concentration by Steve Child as he calls offside against Defoe

84 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:27:13

A Norwich player YET AGAIN falls dramatically in the penalty area, and yet again Andre is not fooled.

No penalty for the slightest of touches by Cattermole on Bassong.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:22:38

Can Norwich get a goal back in these closing 10 minutes and set up a grandstand finish?

73 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:16:04

Norwich make another change as Jerome takes over from Naismith

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20 minutes to go in  a game which could define the season for both of these sides

GT at 2016-04-16 14:11:59

Foul on Cattermole.

Good spot, Andre

68 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:11:20

Wisdom and van Aanholt behave like a couple of kids arguing over a bag of sweets.

The coolest man in the stadium steps in and calms down the pair of them…great work Andre.

66 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:10:01

Seb Larsson joins the action for Sunderland

65 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:09:19

Another very good offside call from Steve Child on Defoe.

64 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:07:55

Mbokani goes down yet again, and claims a penalty yet again.

And guess what…yet again Mbokani is looking for a foul which does not exist.

More excellent refereeing under extreme pressure by Andre…NO PENALTY!

GT at 2016-04-16 14:05:30

Hoolahan joins the action from the Norwich substitutes bench

60 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:04:53

More stupid chants from the Norwich faithful who claim Andre is ‘not fit to referee’

In fact he called that correctly yet again…Mbokani went looking for a penalty under a fair challenge by Kaboul.

Those chants are more in desperation than belief.

58 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 14:03:10

Olsson (Norwich) and Cattermole (Sunderland) are both cautioned following fouls.

Not in the same incident though.

Cattermole got his for a late and high challenge, whilst Andre also correctly cautioned Olsson for an earlier foul for which he had played advantage.

Excellent refereeing.

GT at 2016-04-16 14:01:09

Some may believe believe Bassong was fouled in the build-up to that second goal.

Not for me.

Bassong and Kirchhoff both planted their feet simultaneously and Kirchhoff came out stronger.

If that is to be given as a foul, we are heading towards a game of no tackling.

53 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:58:14

Bassong drops his head in shame…and so he should.

After being brought into the side today he is out-muscled by Kirchhoff in a fair challenge.

The Sunderland man then played a square pass into the penalty area where Defoe arrived to score a crucial second goal for the visitors.

Don’t overlook the referee’s part in that goal…he correctly said ‘no foul’.

Then, Steve Child, also correctly called it…not offside.

More excellent work from a refereeing team without fault today.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:55:18




50 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:54:32

Good offside call by Scott Ledger.

very tight, but correct.

Top lining.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:51:26

As expected, Norwich are trying to claim a penalty for anything and everything.

Andre rightly turns down Mbokani’s latest appeal.

Good decision again referee.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:49:11

A couple of changes made at half-time, one for each side.

Redmond is on for Brady for the home side, whilst Khazri has made way for Watmore for the visitors.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:47:36

Here we go for the second half.

How will this crucial relegation battle end?

What do you think of the referee’s performance so far?

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GT at 2016-04-16 13:38:24

That is the end of the first 45 minutes, and what a first half it was.

Both teams have come to try and win, and no quarter is being asked or given.

Andre has been nothing short of superb.

He had called everything correctly in that first half right up to the 41st minute when he put the icing on his cake with a magnificent penalty call.

Wisdom definitely fouled Borini, and Andre correctly awarded the penalty kick to Sunderland.

Home fans boos and chants of, “You’re not fit to referee” are frankly embarrassing, and I hope each and every one of them is ashamed of their idiocy. The referee’s mailbox should be full on Monday morning…with letters of apology from the Norwich boo-boys.

Great job referee…keep it going.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:33:32

Half Time


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Foul by Kirchhoff on Mbokani is met by a stadium full of ironic cheers.

When the home supporters see the penalty call by the referee, they will be embarrassed.

It was a superb call by the referee.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:30:26

That’s the end of the first 45 minutes.

2 added minutes to go on.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:28:13

What a huge goal in the end-of-season shake up that could be.

I don’t want to remind you that I told you so…but…

I told you so! (see my pre-match build-up)

These two sides have conceded the most penalties all season.

That is the 16th for the season.

41 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:26:09

GOAL! Borini from the spot.


GT at 2016-04-16 13:25:28


Huge decision by Andre as Borini goes down.

CORRECT call referee…Wisdom definitely fouled Borini

37 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:22:45

Penalty claim by Norwich but nothing wrong with Cattermole’s challenge.

He was just too strong for this opponent.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:20:15

Every challenge is being keenly contested today, meaning Andre has to be right on the spot to judge them all.

So far it’s a faultless performance from the midlands man.

Good work referee.

32 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:18:34

Caution for Khazri as he catches Gary O’Nell with a late challenge, treading on the Norwich man’s foot.

Correct decision, referee.

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-04-16 13:16:50

Mbokani is getting a little frustrated at the close attentions of his marker.

That is one for our referees to keep and eye on

30 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:15:03

Half an hour has passed, and the game is opening up.

Both sides have had a chance to see how the other is set up and they are now finding spaces behind the defenders.

Andre and his team continue to perform without error…well done lads.

Keep it going.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:12:52

Cattermole and Naismith ‘exchange pleasantaries’ as they wait for the corner to come in.

Good awareness from Andre sees him delay the taking of the corner and speak with both players to let them know he is watching them

GT at 2016-04-16 13:11:14

What a save by Mannone…how did he adjust his body to stop that one?

GT at 2016-04-16 13:09:04

A quarter of the game has passed and it has been non-stop action so far.

This is living up to its billing as game of the day.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:06:16

Mbokani needs to re-think his strategy today, as Andre is not being taken in by his attempts to gain free kicks by backing into his marker and making a back for him.

Good refereeing and good recognition.

GT at 2016-04-16 13:04:22

Andre is right on his game today as he correctly turns down strong home claims for a free kick following a challenge on Naismith.

No free kick for me…Naismith was looking for it

17 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:02:21

Excellent spot by Andre despite a crowded penalty area.

Corner to Norwich.

15 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 13:00:57

Kirchhoff is fortunate to escape without a caution as he brought down Naismith, who was on a promising attack

14 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 12:59:43

Good advantage played by Andre as Sunderland attack…

GT at 2016-04-16 12:58:31

It’s going to be an afternoon of hard running for Andre as Sunderland, particularly, are looking to hit long balls over the top for Defoe to chase.

That means a lot of box-to-box work for our referee…can he maintain that level of running?

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GT at 2016-04-16 12:54:15

It all came from one of those challenges we see every week, and which go off without incident.

As two players chased the ball out of play in front of the dugouts the Sunderland player was ‘out-strengthed’ by his opponent and ended up in the advertising board.

That happens regularly and no-one reacts,.

Howver, such is the emotion and tension out there today the Sunderland technical area took huge offence against it, and their actions lit the blue touch paper.

Soon the technical area was full of people pushing and shoving.

Sensible refereeing meant it all got calmed down and people were reminded of their responsibilities.

3 minutes

GT at 2016-04-16 12:50:22

Here we go…Neil Swarbrick needs the assistance of Andre and Scott Ledger as tempers threaten to boil over after just three minutes in the technical area.

GT at 2016-04-16 12:48:29

Steve Child joins in the action very early with a tight, but correct, offside decision against Norwich

GT at 2016-04-16 12:47:41

Good decision in the opening moments by Andre.

Mbokani was making a back for the Sunderland defender, no free kick.

Good call referee.

GT at 2016-04-16 12:45:11

Sunderland take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-04-16 12:41:07

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

Sit back and enjoy…this should be a cracker

GT at 2016-04-16 12:25:20

As for our officials today…

Midlands-based whistler Andre Marriner is handed the golden ticket this weekend as he leads his team out at Carrow Road.

The impressive Marriner, a thoroughly likeable and popular member of the Select Group, is not one to shirk the big decisions and is an ideal choice for this crucial game.

Now in his 11th year as a Premier League/Select Group referee Andre is approaching 750 games.

A feat of achievement in anyone’s judgment

Currently ‘top of the table’ for average cautions per game amongst regular referees in the top group with 3.7 yellow cards on each outing, he will need all of his authority to keep the players in check today.

There is so much at stake today, and much is made of the pressure the players are under, but what about Andre?

YATR aficionados will understand the magnitude of the task ahead for our referee and his assistants in this must win/must not lose encounter.

Big decisions will come their way, penalty claims will be made, goals claimed, red cards called for…and our officials will wish to make every single call correctly.

Neither Andre nor his colleagues wish to be the subject of headlines claiming they are responsible for one team being relegated.

That kind of talk is, of course, utter nonsense as a season lasts for 38 league games but the pressure to perform is intensified for these clashes.

Andre is in good company though, as he has the ‘Holy Grail’ of assistant referees with him in Steve Child and Scott Ledger, whose continued exclusion from the FIFA List is a question The FA should be made to answer.

Neil Swarbrick warms up for his Monday night game at Stoke with a stint in the technical area as fourth official, where he could be as busy as anyone today!

Everyone at YATR wishes you the very best of luck, boys…may the ball run very kindly for you.

This should be a fascinating clash.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

GT at 2016-04-16 12:18:22

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

This is, arguably, the game of the day as two struggling sides battle it out for Premier League survival.

Norwich City host Sunderland in a game which will go a long way in deciding who falls into the Championship and who keeps taking the rich-pickings from Premier League existence next season.

The pressure on both sets of players is enormous, and they will be desperate to avoid the kind of mistakes which have seen them fall into in these precarious positions.

Norwich City currently lie 17th in the table whilst Sunderland are in the relegation zone in 18th position.

Four points separate the two sides, and a home win will see The Canaries pull clear, so they must avoid defeat.

A draw is of little use to The Black Cats, who need all three points today in order to keep the pressure on their opponents.]

We all love a good ‘stat’ don’t we? And here is an interesting one…

…the chances of a penalty kick are as good as they get today, as Norwich have conceded the most this season in the Premier League (eight), whilst Sunderland are next with seven.

So, there we have it, the game is set up perfectly.

This has all the makings of a Play-Off Final, but, how will it go?

What do you think?

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