Southampton v Everton


Full Time

AH at 2016-11-27 19:40:43

Full Time

Thanks for joining us this afternoon, enjoy what remains of your weekend, and join us next weekend for our RefCam coverage, which features both Manchester teams.  Bye for now, and keep your tweets coming to us here @youaretheref

AH at 2016-11-27 19:36:54

Full Time

Well done to Craig Pawson for what was a solid and sound refereeing performance, no fuss, no bother, just a game well controlled with no controversy.  The key features were:

  • Recognition of penal offences – the stats tell me there were 26 offences committed, but I cannot recall 1 of the 26 which was questionable.
  • The performance was a text-book demonstration of how to control the game without the use of yellow cards.  Yes, the players helped the referee by not committing any reckless offences, but there are some referees on the elite list who would have reached for their cards anyway because they believe they need to, but nothing could be further from the truth.  It’s all about how the referee manages the players, and how respectful the players are towards the referee.
  • There is some debate here at You Are The Ref HQ with regard to the referee’s positioning and movement – i.e. does the referee use his obvious fitness to it’s full extent.  His performance today showed how reading the game can be a great asset, but would his 95% work-rate level, if increased to 100% by moving deep and wise on some occasions, prove beneficial?

The bottom line is that the referee had a commendable afternoon, and he is cementing his place as one of  the top referees on the Premier League.



AH at 2016-11-27 19:22:19

Full Time

The Saint’s take all 3 points – match summary to follow in a few minutes ………



AH at 2016-11-27 19:17:57

3 minutes of additional time to be played ……


AH at 2016-11-27 19:16:20

More accurate interpretation as Duelofeu tumbles, but no offence called. much to the chagrin of Everton’s #7


AH at 2016-11-27 19:12:29

3 to go, and justified applause for the Saint’s Josh Sims for an excellent debut as he is replaced


AH at 2016-11-27 19:05:43

That offence by Hojberg sums up Craig Pawsons’ performance this afternoon (so far), with the referee being ideally placed to judge the Hojberg had offended, and the Southampton player could have no reason to complain about the decision owing to the referee’s proximity to play.


AH at 2016-11-27 19:00:28

Sims’ challenge on Baines is probably the closest the referee has come to issuing a caution, but once again the referee shows good judgement in giving the Saint’s youngster the benefit of doubt on this occasion.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:55:58

The foul count ratio continues ( 20 now in 65 minutes), however I stand by my early comment that there has been no reason to issue a yellow card, the match is firmly under the referee’s control ….. (I hope that is not the commentator’s curse …..)


AH at 2016-11-27 18:50:13

30 to go, keep focused Gents, rest assured the team will be using the comms system to keep each other in tune with the game and to encourage each other to continue with their high standards.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:46:18

Harry Lannard signals a penal offence and Craig Pawson allows play to continue, a correct application of the advantage clause, but should the Assistant have been indicating in this case ?


AH at 2016-11-27 18:42:48

Gueye offends and Craig Pawson is, once again, well placed to make the judgement – no fuss, no drams, no misjudgement


AH at 2016-11-27 18:39:05

An interesting tweet from ste @reddevilste69, where you comment that the referees are ‘victimising Mourinho’ – sorry, I take you to task on that – referees make mistakes, but they are honest and I can be 100% confident that ‘victimisation’ does simply not happen.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:33:01

Here we go for what ALWAYS is the more testing of the 2 halves of a game ….

AH at 2016-11-27 18:30:26

Half Time

#SOUEVE Some match stats for your interest at half-time – 13 penal offences, no cautions.  In my humble opinion, no cards warranted so far owing to the low ‘temperature’ of the game and the mild severity of the offences.  Do you agree, let us know @youaretheref.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:26:32

Half Time

Whilst waiting for the game to restart, why not visit our website to view our tribute to Pablo Lunati

Half Time

AH at 2016-11-27 18:23:37

Half Time

Meanwhile, across at Old Trafford, Pogba has a caution to his name for simulation, and Jose is in the stand for a disagreement with a water bottle …….

Half Time

AH at 2016-11-27 18:20:44

Half Time

3 words to sum up the refereeing so far, solid, solid and solid.  His interventions, as required, have been spot on, no need to issue cards just for thus sake of doing so …..


AH at 2016-11-27 18:17:29

Faultless positioning again as Bolasie offends, 10 metres from the incident, square-on, standing still – text book stuff.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:15:08

42 gone and Craig has his first quiet word of the afternoon when isolating Ashley Williams. The big defender did not seem interested and just appeared to want to get on with game, was Craig right or wrong to intervene? Let us know @youaretheref


AH at 2016-11-27 18:10:44

That is especially applicable to the Assistants, their interventions have been minimal but yet valuable.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:08:43

Getting towards half-time, keep the focus Gents , let’s see the game safely through to the interval.


AH at 2016-11-27 18:01:24

Anyway, back to the referee’s positioning as the ball moves into the attacking 3rd on the referee’s diagonal.  Some Premier Leagues will move left with wide ‘S’ and cut inside, others, Craig included, will run a relatively straight penalty area to penalty area diagonal.  Which camp are you in?  Let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref


AH at 2016-11-27 17:57:13

I still can’t get used to seeing Ashley Williams in an Everton shirt, as opposed to the white of Swansea – for those of you of a certain vintage, it’s like seeing Dennis Law in the Sky Blue of Manchester City ….


AH at 2016-11-27 17:52:58

If there is such a thing as a ‘routine’ game in the Premier League, this is it – a quarter of the way through and nothing to report so far, apart form a solid start by Craig Pawson and his team …..


AH at 2016-11-27 17:50:11

Craig does not have the dynamics of Mark Clattenberg in terms of his physicality, however, he is invariably well placed when it comes to key decisions, his stamina levels are high and he clearly reads the game well. This is something I will be keeping a close eye on this afternoon.  If you agree, let me know, if you don’t agree, let me know @youaretheref


AH at 2016-11-27 17:45:04

Coleman commits a challenge which would have not looked out of context in a Rugby League game, a clear push on Bertrand, a penal offence easily recognised by the match referee.


AH at 2016-11-27 17:42:33

This doesn’t become a physical test (and Craig is a fit enough referee anyway), it’s more of a mental test of focus and concentration, especially if the pattern continues, as I envisage it will do for the majority of the game


AH at 2016-11-27 17:39:17

8 minutes gone and we are already seeing a pattern to the game of the Home Team sitting back and looking to catch Everton on the break – something for the refereeing team to be wary of


AH at 2016-11-27 17:35:03

West Ham have also scored in the first minutes at Old Trafford, this could be a fun afternoon !!!!


AH at 2016-11-27 17:33:16

GOAL! Charlie Austin opens the scoring in the first minute – that’s opened the game up already, with a good non offside call by Simon Long





AH at 2016-11-27 17:30:42

Good luck to referee Craig Pawson for this afternoon’s game, Craig is having a solid, if unspectacular season so far, keeping out of the limelight (which is no bad thing), and we hope the ball runs kindly for him this afternoon,

AH at 2016-11-27 17:27:27

For those of you who have been refereeing out in the cold and wet of a typical English Sunday morning, we hope you enjoyed your game, get yourself a warm cup of something or other, sit down, relax and enjoy the game with us.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-27 17:25:47

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Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-27 17:24:01

Thanks also to @andyj2859 and others for your tweets @youaretheref.  As the game progresses, let us know your thoughts on referee Craig Pawson and his team


AH at 2016-11-27 17:18:50

Whilst waiting for the game to start, why not visit our website to view our tribute to Pablo Lunati



AH at 2016-11-27 17:15:39

Keep your tweets coming in to us @youaretheref  Dale Edwards @daleedwards88 was of the opinion the the Arsenal v Bournemouth game was ‘a little ruined by the ref – do you agree with Dale ?


AH at 2016-11-27 17:11:05

Welcome to our second RefCam game of the weekend as Southampton welcome Everton to the South Coast