QPR v Stoke City


GT at 2014-09-20 14:38:03

It’s all over at Loftus Road, and it ended all square at 2-2.

A reasonable game by our referee, Martin Atkinson, with some positive refereeing decisions made.

However, if he has ambition to really reach the top he needs to be stronger and braver with holding offences in the penalty area. Shawcross (Stoke City) got away with far too many of those today.

Remember Howard Webb awarding a penalty to Austria in EURO 2008 against the hosts Poland, which effectively ended Poland’s progress in the competition?

That was for holding in the penalty area.

And that’s how a top referee performs…without fear or favour.

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GT at 2014-09-20 14:36:00

More expected of Mullarkey there as he offers no help to Atkinson, despite being better placed to spot a foul to Crouch

GT at 2014-09-20 14:35:18

It’s all QPR pressure now as we enter the 4th and final minute of added time

GT at 2014-09-20 14:34:32

Not this time…a tame effort goes through to the keeper

GT at 2014-09-20 14:34:15

Definite foul to QPR…could they punish Stoke again?

GT at 2014-09-20 14:31:27

Kranjcar makes it 2-2 with a couple of minutes to go.

Game on…

GT at 2014-09-20 14:30:58


…and QPR make them pay for that foul with a goal direct from the free-kick

GT at 2014-09-20 14:30:13

Another caution follows as the game heats up in these final few minutes.

This time to Stoke’s Sidwell for a poor challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 14:27:56

Sensible stoppage by Atkinson as two players collide and heads are banged

GT at 2014-09-20 14:27:05

Another card follows…this time to QPRs Fer for his silliness after the initial foul Yellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 14:26:01

…and he is!!  Yellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 14:25:46

Poor challenge by Shawcross.

He really should be cautioned for that

GT at 2014-09-20 14:23:35

Caution for Diuoff following a foul on Fer Yellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 14:20:44

Unfortunately, more holding by Shawcross goes unpunished as the corner comes in

GT at 2014-09-20 14:20:06

Deflection spotted by Atkinson, and a corner correctly awarded to QPR

GT at 2014-09-20 14:19:07

Definitely not a penalty as the Stoke man throws himself to the floor

GT at 2014-09-20 14:16:16

Definite foul to Stoke, and Mullarkey leads his referee into the decision coupled with a caution for Traore Yellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 14:13:45

Like-for-like changes there, and Martin needn’t change much in his game movement and positioning following those substitutions

GT at 2014-09-20 14:12:46

Stoke bring on Sidwell for Adam as they look to hold on to this lead. Meanwhile Vargas is replaced by Zamora for QPR

GT at 2014-09-20 14:08:24

Foul awarded to the Stoke keeper there. Good spot by Atkinson as the QPR forward has his arms raised

GT at 2014-09-20 14:07:18

Definitely NOT  a handball by Bardsley there

GT at 2014-09-20 14:06:42

Martin is a little ‘static’ at the moment.

He may be over-thinking his decisions at the moment, and needs to get back to moving instinctively

GT at 2014-09-20 14:05:07

Good offside spot from Mullarkey.

A tight one,  but one we should expect to get right

GT at 2014-09-20 14:04:32

Two-thirds of the game has gone.

Three goals.

Three holding offences missed.

Some good advantage played.

This is a good game for learning…

GT at 2014-09-20 14:03:09

Roger East (4th official) also has a part to play in the team.

He should be talking Martin through the next couple of phases of play, helping him along and giving him reminders of good work done. That will help Martin to get his head back in the game

GT at 2014-09-20 14:01:42

It’s at this time when the Assistants need to step up and be brave enough to help get Martin’s mind back to where it should be with a few,well chosen words over the earpieces

GT at 2014-09-20 14:00:29

Time to give yourself a ‘jolt’ Martin and re-focus.

Hopefully that advantage will help

GT at 2014-09-20 13:59:39

Martin is having a poor start to the second half, as he misses a clear deflection, and gives a goal kick to Stoke.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:58:55

AGAIN…Shawcross is holding at the corner.

Atkinson perfectly placed to see it.

Nothing given.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:57:58

Stoke miss a clear chance to go two goals clear, as the ball flies past the post

GT at 2014-09-20 13:56:32

Again Shawcross mugs his opponent in the penalty area as the corner comes in.

Nothing given by Atkinson.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:53:53


Crouch makes amends for his earlier own-goal and meets a beauty of a cross with his left foot.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:53:00

Well done, Martin.

No foul as Adam goes to ground far too easily

GT at 2014-09-20 13:52:18

The ball takes the slightest touch off a Stoke defender.

Not spotted by our officials who miss it and the re-start is Stoke’s.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:49:44

Good movement from Mullarkey, keeping up with the break to see the ball was out for a goal lick

GT at 2014-09-20 13:47:56

Early foul for QPR. Good decision, Martin.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:47:20

Time for the second half…

Stoke get us underway.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:38:45

That is the first time this season Stoke have scored in the first half, and only the second goal QPR have managed in all competitions.

Let’s hope more goalscoring records fall in the second half.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:34:28

Half-time is upon us, and it’s stalemate at Loftus Road.

1-1 is the score, and our referee has enjoyed a relatively quiet half.

There was a missed holding offence by Shawcross, and a poor decision towards the end for a handball offence. However, some good advantage has been played, and Martin gave the players every chance as he took 10 minutes to award the first free-kick.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:32:02

Handball and the first caution for Pieters (Stoke) as he needlessly throws a hand at the ballYellow Card

GT at 2014-09-20 13:31:12

But he spoils the good work by awarding a handball offence despite the ball being blasted at a Stoke player who was centimetres away with his arms by his side.

Would Martin have awarded a penalty if that had been in the area?

GT at 2014-09-20 13:29:57

We all love a good advantage…and Martin’s half-time cup of tea will taste much sweeter for that one!

GT at 2014-09-20 13:28:41

Excellent advantage played as QPR press on

GT at 2014-09-20 13:28:10


The keeper goes walkabouts as Caulker heads down and Crouch scores an own-goal

GT at 2014-09-20 13:26:15

Both players have feet up there…well done Martin for not favouring either one

GT at 2014-09-20 13:25:08

Not a convincing attempt to win a foul that never was by the QPR forward.

Well done Martin for not being drawn into that one!

GT at 2014-09-20 13:21:59

Good spot for the foul. Well done Mr Mullarkey

GT at 2014-09-20 13:19:59

QPR make the first change of the game as Barton is replaced by Phillips.

None of the officials will be sorry to see the fiery QPR skipper leave, as he can cause problems.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:18:19

Great effort by Kranjcar, who is unlucky to see a shot fizz past the post

GT at 2014-09-20 13:17:34

30 minutes in, and it’s a reasonable start to the game for our officials.

A quiet day at the office so far for the two assistants. Some good refereeing by Martin, but when is someone going to be brave enough to award a penalty for holding offences in the penalty area?

GT at 2014-09-20 13:13:59

Returning to the Shawcross incident…

Atkinson was perfectly positioned, and really should have seen the holding in the penalty area

GT at 2014-09-20 13:12:59

Two players tussle for the ball, and the two officials agree on a foul to Stoke.

Good teamwork.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:11:06

Good decision by Mullarkey…not offside

GT at 2014-09-20 13:09:10

Good spot for the foul. QPR’s free kick…

GT at 2014-09-20 13:06:22

Shawcross clearly holding in the penalty area as we wait for the corner to come in…but nothing given by the referee

GT at 2014-09-20 13:03:21

Nothing given by Atkinson though, and play continues.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:02:58

Looked a foul there as the Stoke defender came through the back

GT at 2014-09-20 13:01:43

Good spot again not to award a foul, and instead give a corner. No foul.

GT at 2014-09-20 13:00:48

Stoke step up the foul count, as another one goes in on Joey Barton.

The referee needs to be on top of the situation as they are ‘team-fouling’ Barton. They will be aware of his fiery temper, and how they can wind him up.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:59:10

Barton up to his usual antics there as he offered a hand to his opponent’s head after a foul challenge.

One to keep an eye on, Martin…

GT at 2014-09-20 12:58:06

Well done the referee for not giving a foul to Ferdinand (QPR) on the goal.

He made little or no effort to get off the ground, and it was a good, clean goal.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:56:54


Stoke City score as Crouch outjumps the defender.


GT at 2014-09-20 12:55:32

Our referee will certainly be aware of the clean start to the match.

He will enjoy not awarding fouls…

GT at 2014-09-20 12:52:14

Good to see that we are seven minutes into the game and still not a foul committed or given.

Let’s hope this continues and we see some good, open football with sympathetic refereeing.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:49:14

Three more ‘no foul’ decisions quickly follow.

The players will like that. They don’t care for fussy referees.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:48:12

Good decision by our ref NOT to award a foul as the QPR man  clearly threw himself to the ground

GT at 2014-09-20 12:46:54

The first chance of the game falls to QPR, but Begovic saves easily.

Nice opening for our officials.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:45:13

…and we’re off, with QPR taking the kick-off.

GT at 2014-09-20 12:40:35

It almost kick-off time at Loftus Road.

Here’s hoping this turns out to be a real belter of a game…

GT at 2014-09-20 12:30:19

As for our refereeing team today…

Martin Atkinson is the man in middle. Clearly a favourite of his boss, Atkinson has taken charge of several ‘live’ televised matches this season. He is also regularly teamed up with today’s two assistants, Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child, which makes one wonder if the PGMOL is doing all it can to raise his profile for bigger and better appointments abroad.

His fourth official today is Roger East who could be as busy as his three colleagues as my experience of (particularly) the Stoke City bench is that they are not shy at coming forward to let you know what they think of decisions which go against them!

The whole team is going to need to perform right at the top of their game. This can be a tough game to control, and with the goals hard to come by both sides will be scrapping for any advantage they can gain.

We all love a ‘stat’, so here are a few on Martin. He joined the list of top flight referees in 2005. Today is his 237th game at that level during which time he has produced 780 yellow and 44 red cards.

He has had his fair share of controversy, including upsetting both of today’s managers. Harry Redknapp’s turn came when Atkinson mistakenly awarded a goal to Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final despite the ball clearly not crossing the goal-line.

Mark Hughes has also been critical of Atkinson in the past. After sending off two of his Stoke players (and Hughes himself) in the first half of a game on Boxing Day last year at Newcastle United, Hughes said, “We’re dumbstruck by the performance of the referee”.

Martin will hope for a much quieter and controversy-free afternoon today.

Good luck to the team…may the ball run kindly for you gents.


GT at 2014-09-20 12:14:41

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary on the Premier League game QPR v Stoke City.

Harry Redknapp’s QPR side are still settling into life in the top flight. After already suffering heavy losses at both Tottenham Hotspur and Man United the Hoops will be looking to build upon their reasonable start at home where they have beaten Sunderland (1-0) and were a little unlucky not to take something from the opening game against Hull City. Their finishing must be a concern to Harry though, as that goal against the Black Cats is their only successful effort so far this season.

So probably the last person they want turning up today is a former manager with a point to prove. Mark Hughes was, of course, in charge of Rangers for 11 months back in 2012. After initial success in keeping them up, his second season in charge did not begin well, and he was eventually sacked as QPR languished at the foot of the league without a win in 12 games. Hughes has always felt he would have turned them into a good side but was not given time. His success with his current club, Stoke City, earlier this season at Manchester City shows he is not a man to annoy when it comes to taking new clubs to previous stomping grounds.

Let’s hope the sides both open up today, and we see some entertaining and attacking football. The possibilities are there as QPR are prone to conceding a few, with their current goals record standing at minus 8 for the season. Stoke will need to be sharper up front to capitalise though, as they have only found the net twice so far this season.