Southampton v Arsenal

Southampton v Arsenal

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 4 - 0



AM at 2015-12-26 23:07:30

 

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AM at 2015-12-26 23:06:43

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Full time summary

AM at 2015-12-26 23:06:07

Southampton 4 Arsenal 0

We have tonight seen 4 goals and the key match decisions which would have required video review would have been the Saints 1st goal (potential offside in the build up which led directly to the Saints 1st goal) although replays do tend to appear to show Davis is fractionally offside in the build up to this goal. Although a very tight offside decision and my thoughts are that MM has kept his flag down due to the tightness of this offside decision?

54th minute – Saints 2nd goal –  there is a foul by Long on Koscienly in the build up (not given) with Long then going on to score the 2nd goal. Video review would have directly supported the award of this free kick to A. Also JM has got himself into a narrow viewing position and is unsighted by an A. player. It would have been difficult for SC to detect as he would be moving at pace with the 2nd rearmost defender along the touchline. The 4th Official would not have been able to assist due to his distance / proximity and viewing position.

67th minute – Saints 3rd goal – S. awarded a ck which upon viewing video replay should have resulted in an Arsenal gk – how the Match Officials could be sure that it was a ck was a surprise as only a camera behind the A. goal could have been sure who last touched the ball. In which case if you are unsure then you have to be safe and award a gk.

Could retrospective video review have used in this scenario? also for the other key decisions? one for discussion I am sure for you are the ref team of experts and will I am sure be a matter for debate next week.

 

 

You Are The Ref Video Aid Campaign Football is moving ever closer to the use of video referees, as proposed and championed by You Are The Ref experts.

The latest major steps will see the idea discussed by the law making body – the International Football Association Board – at its next meeting in March.

In England, the Football Association supports the introduction of an extra official in the stand to judge the accuracy of big decisions and help referees accordingly.

Now the FA is canvassing clubs on such an innovation. A questionnaire has been sent around the Premier League and, interestingly, the Football League as well.

Views are also being sought from the players’ union, the PFA, and the League Managers Association.

YATR’s Keith Hackett said: “We have pushed for video referees, and clearly suggested how they could be used, almost since the inception of our website 18 months ago.

“It is gratifying to see action being taken. But, more importantly, this is good for football. I’m convinced that accurate decisions, where doubt occurs, can be arrived at within seconds – with no damaging disruption to the momentum of the game.”

Daily Mail: Premier League may expand video technology to get more correct calls… as FA prepare to volunteer English clubs to be guinea pigs for new rules

BBC Sport: Video technology in football to be discussed at IFAB meeting

Patrick Barclay’s column: Video review a ‘no-brainer’

Tim Vickery’s column: Could video referees end controversy in Brazil?

 

 The referee Jon Moss has overall managed the game and the players. I raised concerns regarding the ongoing fued between Long and Koscienly which I never feel that he got to grips with and Long had the last word with his foul on Koscienly which directly led to the S. 3rd goal which Long scored.

There were a number of challenges which went unpunished as we have discussed in my bolg and there was also the narrow position / angle that JM adopted throughout this game.

As for both Assistants then MM has given good support he chose to keep his flag down on the potential Davis offside in the build up to the Saints first goal and due to the tightness of this decision then you have to understand why he did not flag.

SC. correctly raised his flag 50th minute to disallow Van Dijk`s goal – we are not sure who awarded the S. ck in the 67th minute but if it was SC then he could not have been sure and he should have awarded a A. gk as this incorrect decision led directly to S. 3rd goal.

Plenty to talk about tonight and I am sure will be discussed on the ref show this week and also will be the subject of news and views on the one and only educational referee web site which gives you all the latest news, views and comment to provide you with highest quality of education.

 

 


FULL TIME

AM at 2015-12-26 22:39:02

Shane Long shakes Jon Moss with a smile on his face.

Long picked up a yellow card – had a real challenge throughout with Koscienly and 2 goals scored!


Full time

AM at 2015-12-26 22:36:50

Full Time

4-0

 


90+3

AM at 2015-12-26 22:36:29

A further S. attack sees a ck to S. correctly awarded.


91+1

AM at 2015-12-26 22:35:26

GOAL!

Long again to make it 4-0 – good non offside flag from SC. – Key Match Decision


90

AM at 2015-12-26 22:32:56

Further S. attack as Graham Scott 4th official shows 4 minutes minimum of added time


88

AM at 2015-12-26 22:31:52

Saints hit the post in a Long breakaway – SC working hard along the touchline to remain with play


84

AM at 2015-12-26 22:30:52

If we go back to the S. 3rd goal and the award of a ck to S. which then directly led to the goal. My question to you would be how could the match officials be sure that the ball had last come off a A. player going out for a ck? If you look at video replays then only a camera behind the goal line could make the correct judgement a gk to A.. So the officials rather than guess and award a ck make a safety first judgement and award a goal kick.

 

 

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82

AM at 2015-12-26 22:25:19

JM getting caught up in play as he dances around players – a movement wider would assist JM here – fairly central position again adopted


Saints sub

AM at 2015-12-26 22:23:56

Mane off in a sub on comes 20 Juanmi from Spain


Saints offside

AM at 2015-12-26 22:22:43


Saints sub coming up

AM at 2015-12-26 22:22:27


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AM at 2015-12-26 22:21:42

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76

AM at 2015-12-26 22:20:26

Foul by Wanyama as A. look to get back in the game – JM showing an inspired sprint as A. attack down the left flank

A. sub 14 off 45 on


73

AM at 2015-12-26 22:17:31

A. sub 20 off 21 on


72

AM at 2015-12-26 22:17:07

Wanyama careless challenge and he is spoken to by JM.


71

AM at 2015-12-26 22:16:07

S. 3rd goal – Again video review would have determined that a gk should have been awarded to A.

You Are The Ref Video Aid Campaign Football is moving ever closer to the use of video referees, as proposed and championed by You Are The Ref experts.

 


69

AM at 2015-12-26 22:13:42

From the S. 3rd goal A. will I am sure argue as to the award of the ck.

S. sub 16 off 11 on


67

AM at 2015-12-26 22:11:26

CK to S. is given despite the A. protests.

GOAL!3-0 Fonte scores from the resultant ck


65

AM at 2015-12-26 22:09:42

Classie is injured and the ball is put out of play for him to receive attention.

S. sub 4 off 14 on – Romeu will bring an added spark and robust touch to the midfield area of S.


63

AM at 2015-12-26 22:06:44

SC. correct offside against S.


62

AM at 2015-12-26 22:06:00

Walcott late on Martina – fk awarded correct as the challenge was careless

A. sub 28 off and 15 on


Saints 2nd goal

AM at 2015-12-26 22:04:28

Would video review have helped to rule out the Saints 2nd goal in this situation? Look at JM`s position he is caught very narrow and with a player blocking his view.

 

 

 

You Are The Ref Video Aid Campaign Football is moving ever closer to the use of video referees, as proposed and championed by You Are The Ref experts.

The latest major steps will see the idea discussed by the law making body – the International Football Association Board – at its next meeting in March.

In England, the Football Association supports the introduction of an extra official in the stand to judge the accuracy of big decisions and help referees accordingly.

Now the FA is canvassing clubs on such an innovation. A questionnaire has been sent around the Premier League and, interestingly, the Football League as well.

Views are also being sought from the players’ union, the PFA, and the League Managers Association.

YATR’s Keith Hackett said: “We have pushed for video referees, and clearly suggested how they could be used, almost since the inception of our website 18 months ago.

“It is gratifying to see action being taken. But, more importantly, this is good for football. I’m convinced that accurate decisions, where doubt occurs, can be arrived at within seconds – with no damaging disruption to the momentum of the game.”

Daily Mail: Premier League may expand video technology to get more correct calls… as FA prepare to volunteer English clubs to be guinea pigs for new rules

BBC Sport: Video technology in football to be discussed at IFAB meeting

Patrick Barclay’s column: Video review a ‘no-brainer’

Tim Vickery’s column: Could video referees end controversy in Brazil?

 

 


58

AM at 2015-12-26 22:01:33

A shove by Long on Koscielny does go unpunished this occurred in front of SC


54

AM at 2015-12-26 21:59:15

GOAL!

2-0 Long was a super finish although it looked like Long committed a foul off the ball in that build up – we will look at replays what are your thoughts?

Could and should any of the Match Officials seen this? what are your thoughts?

 

 

 

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53

AM at 2015-12-26 21:56:45

Ward Prowse goes down in a challenge and a goal kick is the correct outcome


50

AM at 2015-12-26 21:54:55

Key Match Decision – From the free kick Van Dijk heads the ball into the A. goal and he is correctly ruled offside and therefore the goal is correctly disallowed, good decision from SC


48

AM at 2015-12-26 21:53:05

Koscienly then barges into Mane and the referee awards a S. fk


47

AM at 2015-12-26 21:50:28

Good non offside flag from SC as Long was not active in that last S. attack and therefor not offside


46

AM at 2015-12-26 21:49:28

SC early in the action in that last S attack and then signals a A. throw in


Saints kick off 2nd half

AM at 2015-12-26 21:47:37


What are your thoughts to date?

AM at 2015-12-26 21:45:52

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Half time summary

AM at 2015-12-26 21:43:54

Half time summary –

Jon Moss has so far picked up the majority of free kicks although we have discussed Koscielny and Long on going fued which ahs now seen Long shown the yellow card. This continued from the missed free kick early in the game when Koscienlny fouled Long and no free kick awarded. This will be area for us to view in the 2nd half and see what develops. Also Ozil and Classie have had an off the ball clash and again the referee and his team need to be aware of these flashpoints.

I have mentioned the fairly narrow diagonal that JM is operating and this is an area that he will need to work hard at in the 2nd half. The result from this has been some hesitation in throw in in awards and a change of mind.

As for both Assistants then MM has had a number of offside judgements to make including the key match decision for the S. goal in the build up and he has kept his flag down in the build up as the S. player is level when the ball is played to him.

SC has kept a low key and supportive role to date such has been S. dominance to date – play has tended to be all at the other end. I am sure he will be more involved this half.


AM at 2015-12-26 21:32:18

Half Time

1-0

 


45

AM at 2015-12-26 21:31:50

1 minute added time minimum


44

AM at 2015-12-26 21:31:25

JM is remaining fairly static as play moves from end to end – although he then awards a S. fk from a fairly close position.


42

AM at 2015-12-26 21:29:12

Long on a breakaway puts the ball over the bar – again good judgement from MM not offside and better positioning seen here in his judgement.


41

AM at 2015-12-26 21:27:36

Important as we approach half time for all Match Officials to remain fully focussed


38

AM at 2015-12-26 21:24:36

JM will now be looking to work with players from both sides that we have discussed to date – with clashes happening it is important for JM to look to use his man management skills to get these players on his side. Use stoppages in play to aid your communication and make use of this valuable time


36

AM at 2015-12-26 21:22:22

Long fouls Koscielny and so it continues between these 2 players


33

AM at 2015-12-26 21:20:36

Foul by Long on Mertesacker – Long then puts the ball in the A. goal and is then shown the

Yellow Cardcard – for dissent by action


31

AM at 2015-12-26 21:19:17

A further incorrect throw in then sees Ozil and Classie in a clash off the ball which continues – JM is now calming things down speaking to both players


29

AM at 2015-12-26 21:16:43

A change of mind on a throw in by JM he signals one way and then signals the other – with a split second or two longer – JM could have given himself time to make the correct judgement


25

AM at 2015-12-26 21:14:14

A further foul by Koscielny on Long goes unpunished – JM needs to tighten this area and get closer to play as these 2 players are clearly having an early dual


22

AM at 2015-12-26 21:11:10

JM misses a clear foul by Koscielny on Long – JM tells Long to get up. This is not a practice to be encouraged. What if the player cannot? replays show this was a clear foul and should have been awarded to S.


21

AM at 2015-12-26 21:08:49

We have just viewed a replay of the S. goal and in the build up to this goal. MM`s judgement of not offside looks to be correct.


18

AM at 2015-12-26 21:06:38

GOAL!

A wonder strike from MARTINA – what a fantastic goal and one you will not see better this season!

A close offside judgement in the build up to the goal with the S. player looking level when the ball was played to him – good judgement from MM


17

AM at 2015-12-26 21:02:50

Early 17 minutes and Jon Moss will be happy with his contribution to date. Although both sets of players are showing a good attitude towards each other.


Weather Conditions

AM at 2015-12-26 21:01:13

Very windy conditions tonight will make all match officials judgements to be made with greater focus and added concentration


11

AM at 2015-12-26 20:58:47

No free kick in front of the Technical Areas is correct – S. No 12 puts in a good clean challenge for the ball


6

AM at 2015-12-26 20:55:10

S. offside is correct from MM although on replay his position is out of line with the 2nd rearmost A. defender (he was some 2 metres


forward of the 2nd last defender) – key in these situations is to be in line with the 2nd rearmost defender


4

AM at 2015-12-26 20:52:30

FK to Arsenal correct following a careless challenge followed up by an offside flag against S. which JM allows to continue with play as the ball travels through to the A. gk


3

AM at 2015-12-26 20:50:45

Good early in field movement seen from MM along the touchline with his flag held correctly in his left hand – nearest to JM


1

AM at 2015-12-26 20:47:23

JM early insistent on correct position Saints throw in followed by MM`s 1st offside against Saints


We are underway

AM at 2015-12-26 20:45:45


Arsenal to kick off

AM at 2015-12-26 20:45:24


Teams are ready for kick off

AM at 2015-12-26 20:45:07


3 Minutes to kick off

AM at 2015-12-26 20:43:03

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Match Officials

AM at 2015-12-26 20:36:53

The Match Officials selected by the PGMOL Management Team for this evening`s game are as follows:

 

Referee: Jonathan Moss

AR1. Mike Mullarkey (MM)    –  Technical Area Touchline

AR2. Stephen Child (SC)

4th Official. Graham Scott (GS)

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Pre Match Build Up

AM at 2015-12-26 20:32:16

Southampton play at St Mary’s Stadium on the South Coast of England. It is one of the most popular venues for both officials and opponents to visit as it was one of the first “new builds” completed over 14 years ago. The facilities and hospitality on the South Coast have become legendary since Southampton moved from compact ground of The Dell in 2001.

 

Despite only having drawn one game out of their 5 previous games and suffered four defeats Southampton still find themselves in 12th position. Whilst high flying Arsenal are lying in 2nd place and currently in very good form following last Monday night`s 2-1 win over Manchester City. A win for Arsenal tonight and they go top of The Premier League so very much all to play for!


Pre Match Build Up

AM at 2015-12-26 20:28:22

Good evening and welcome to our Boxing Day Cracker RefCam coverage of the Premier League game between Southampton and Arsenal.

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