Southampton v Everton


GT at 2015-08-15 14:41:01

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GT at 2015-08-15 14:39:46

And that’s our lot from St Mary’s today as Everton deservedly leave with all three points, having comprehensively defeated Southampton 3-0.

The first time they have won at Southampton since 2002, when a certain 16-year-old called Wayne Rooney was in their side.

However, the real winners and certainly the best team on the field of play today was that of the referees.

Michael Oliver led superbly from the front and referee with real empathy, understanding and class.

From his very early no-penalty call through to the 90th minute he was faultless all day.

Lee Betts and Stuart Burt were quickly tuned into Michael’s style of refereeing and ran their lines in total harmony with their referee’s style.

All in, a fantastic display from the officials.

How good is it to see performances of that level and not be reflecting upon poor refereeing.

Here’s to a weekend free of all controversy.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:38:37

Full Time

GT at 2015-08-15 14:38:28

As the end of the game is almost upon us, Olly rounds off a fantastic performance with yet another correct free kick decision. This time to Everton.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:36:29

Almost 92 minutes into the game and Stuart Burt lets us know that he is there with the game’s one and only offside decision!

GT at 2015-08-15 14:34:26

4 minutes of added time to go on now…

GT at 2015-08-15 14:33:26

Another change for Everton as man-of-the-match Lukaku leaves for Deulofeu, whilst Browning also enters the fray for Galloway

GT at 2015-08-15 14:29:16

Just five minutes of normal time to go, and this one has not disappointed.

We at YATR felt this would be a good game and it has lived up to the billing.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:28:08

GOAL! and that should be game over as Ross Barkely fires one into the corner of the net to put Everton out of sight

GT at 2015-08-15 14:25:56

A really fine decision by Michael to award a throw-in to Southampton after the slightest of touches from Naismith.

Only his hard work and excellent positioning allowed him to make that correct call.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:24:22

Ward-Prowse takes over from the recently cautioned Steven Davis for Southampton.

Whilst Kone leaves the action for Steven Naismith for The Toffees.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:22:57

As we move into the final 15 minutes, Michael has upped his game another level to meet the frustrations of this Southampton side.

Tackles are getting harder as the home side becomes frustrated.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:21:23

The cautions keep coming as Southampton receive their fourth of the game. Steven Davis is the worthy recipient this time Yellow Card

GT at 2015-08-15 14:18:55

Yellow Card for McCarthy as he brings down Pelle who was making promising headway

GT at 2015-08-15 14:15:48

It’s another change for Southampton as Jay Rodriguez takes over from Shane Long

GT at 2015-08-15 14:14:51

Fonte and Lukaku both receive a stern word from our referee as they behave like a couple of children.

Well done Michael…the only man in that situation who kept his cool and didn’t behave like a naughty schoolboy.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:12:14

More excellent positioning by Olly as he is right on the spot to correctly award a free kick against Pelle for holding his opponent

GT at 2015-08-15 14:09:39

Has anyone noticed…

Over an hour played and not a single offside given by either assistant.

That doesn’t mean they haven’t judged plenty, just that they have correctly applied the wait-and-see technique before raising a flag.

Good work Stuart and Lee…I can think of colleagues of yours who should take a copy of this game and study it carefully.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:06:57

Gareth Barry is skating upon thin ice, having committed more than his fair share of fouls in the first half, the 34 year old Everton midfielder puts in a strong aerial challenge on Cedric Soares who requires on-field treatment. After having his head bandaged, the Southampton man makes his way to the touchline.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:03:58

Good to see a referee upholding all Laws of the Game, as Michael allows Galloway to re-join play but only from the halfway line.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:02:44

And away we go again as Galloway leaves the field of play after having received treatment.

GT at 2015-08-15 14:01:55

This time it is Southampton’s turn to show their sportsmanship as they kick the ball out of play to allow the injured Galloway to receive treatment

GT at 2015-08-15 13:59:12

Michael is working really hard to stay out of the way of the players and their passing.

Far too many times we see lazy and unfit referees expecting players to play around them, but not this official.

He accepts that it is the players’ game and is prepared to move often and at pace to allow them the space to play in.

Good work.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:55:59

Lee Betts does well in leading his referee into a correct decision for a corner to Southanpton

GT at 2015-08-15 13:53:48

The Southampton debutant, Romeu, takes just 3 minutes to get himself into the referee’s notebook with a rash challenge.

Definitely a caution, and not a red card offence though. Well done Michael.

Yellow Card

GT at 2015-08-15 13:49:11

The second half gets up and running, with Southampton taking the kick off.

Romeu has replaced Tadic for the hosts.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:36:54

An excellent opening half from Michael Oliver and his assistants.

His early work in the game has paid dividends.

The players trust him and his confidence is shining through.

Some outstanding positional work has helped him get every major decision correct.

Another 45 minutes of the same please…

GT at 2015-08-15 13:34:03

Half Time

GT at 2015-08-15 13:33:54

Yellow Card for Ross Barkely as he needlessly dives into a tackle

GT at 2015-08-15 13:32:52

Galloway is fortunate not to receive, at least, a stern talking to as he shows no intent other than to charge into his opponent Tadic.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:31:03

3 added minutes to go on

GT at 2015-08-15 13:30:41

In the final minute of regular time of this first half, Lukaku makes up lots of ground to get into position to receive a pass from Barkley, which he coolly slots into the Southampton goal

GT at 2015-08-15 13:29:34

GOAL! Lukaku again…

GT at 2015-08-15 13:28:58

Two advantages to Southampton in quick succession as Michael again displays his understanding of the game.

Top refereeing.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:27:55

With less than 5 minutes to go, this is the type of game a referee does not want to end.

All of the refereeing team’s decisions are correct, everything has been accepted by the players.

I am sure Michael would like the next 45 minutes just to carry on without the 15 minutes break!

GT at 2015-08-15 13:25:03

Followed by a correct decision not to punish John Stones for a strong but fair challenge in the Everton penalty area

GT at 2015-08-15 13:24:22

More good advantage played by Olly as Barkley is fouled but continued his attack.

38 minutes

GT at 2015-08-15 13:23:22

Coleman is tripped by Pelle and Michael correctly cautions the Southampton man Yellow Card

GT at 2015-08-15 13:20:42

More top refereeing from Olly as he played an advantage for Southampton, but a second foul came in soon afterwards. There was no advantage this time so he showed his flexibility and gave the free lick that time.

Also, there is a danger in playing too much advantage as players sometimes feel they are not getting the protection they deserve and begin to take the law into their own hands.

Michael has the balance just right today.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:18:07

Well done Stuart Burt who, again, got into a good position to judge the ball had not gone out of play for a goal kick.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:16:41

Away we go again…

GT at 2015-08-15 13:15:22

Targett is in some discomfort after he attempted to take the ball from Kone.

Everton sportingly kick the ball out of play, and our referee waves on the medical staff.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:13:24

Another fine example of teamwork as Michael and Lee Betts simultaneously award a free lick to Southampton.

Good work.

GT at 2015-08-15 13:07:37

After sustained Southampton pressure, Everton break away and Kone sets up Lukaku for a powerful headed goal


GT at 2015-08-15 13:06:48

GOAL! Lukaku of Everton

GT at 2015-08-15 13:05:23

This game has settled down nicely with both sides playing football and not kicking lumps out of each other.

YATR followers will know that Michael should take a great deal of credit for that, as each and every time a decision has come his way he has been in position and made the right call.

Therefore, the players trust him and are happy to get on with playing football rather than getting frustrated at poor refereeing.

Well done again, Michael.

GT at 2015-08-15 12:58:04

Olly’s positioning and movement are exemplary.

Look how hard he works to get into the correct positions which allow him to make correct decisions.

Contrast that with the laboured refereeing we see from some of his Select Group colleagues.

As the saying goes…the harder you work, the luckier you get!

GT at 2015-08-15 12:55:28

More excellent refereeing from Michael.

Gareth Barry committed another foul, our referee looked and waited for an advantage, nothing came so he awarded a foul.

This is a referee who is plying his trade with confidence.


GT at 2015-08-15 12:53:09

And what an excellent decision it was from Olly.

Just 6 minutes into the game, Olly had to quickly decide if the foul was inside the penalty area or not.

He correctly saw it as a free kick as the foul did, indeed, take place outside of that area.

A caution rightly followed.

GT at 2015-08-15 12:51:24

Yellow Card Targett Southampton


GT at 2015-08-15 12:50:56

Look at the early teamwork between Olly and his assistants.

A good example there of why there should be no surprises and no differences of opinion as Olly guides Stuart Burt into a throw-in decision. Olly gave a discreet signal low down to let Stuart know which way he believes the throw-in should be going. Stuart picked up on that signal and a correct throw-in to the hosts followed.

Excellent team work


GT at 2015-08-15 12:48:05

Stuart Burt shows he is switched on right from the beginning with an excellent non-offside decision.

Good work.

43 seconds

GT at 2015-08-15 12:46:35

First foul of the game as Gareth Barry lets his opponent know he is here!

GT at 2015-08-15 12:45:16

Everton take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-08-15 12:41:19

It’s almost time for kick-off at St Mary’s Stadium.

Sit back and enjoy this one with us at YATR…

GT at 2015-08-15 12:26:00

As for our referees today

One of the PGMOL’s few truly talented referees takes control of this one today.

Michael Oliver will be looking to continue his rise to stardom and build upon past seasons’ successes.

A top flight referee since 2010, Michael ‘Olly’ Oliver took charge of his first Premier League game at Birmingham City as they hosted Blackburn Rovers almost exactly five years ago when he became the League’s youngest ever referee aged just 25 years and 182 days.

Just two years later Olly was rewarded for his efforts with inclusion on the FIFA List of International Referees, where he has remained ever since.

I have enjoyed the pleasure of running the line for Olly and he is one of the few referees currently on the Select Group list who inspires confidence for his assistants as he makes credible, understandable and most importantly, predictable, decisions.

A talented performer on the field, great things are expected of today’s referee.

Making up the team are two assistants who should relish the opportunity of lining to a referee who doesn’t throw surprises your way. Stuart Burt and Lee Betts are the ‘lucky linos’ who can concentrate on the job-at-hand and not worry about trying to cover for an inept refereeing display.

It’s very much an up-and-coming team today as the young and relatively inexperienced Craig Pawson makes up the team as fourth official, and should take every opportunity to learn from today’s referee.

The omens are good. We have a solid refereeing team and hopefully we shall all be talking about the quality of the football on display today rather than another weekend of refereeing errors.

Good luck to Olly and his team. Everybody at YATR wishes you well for this one…

12.45 (GMT)

GT at 2015-08-15 12:10:10

Hi everyone, and welcome to todays’ live Refcam commentary.

This clash takes place on the south coast as Southampton entertain Everton in the first of today’s Premier League encounters.

Both of these sides drew their opening Premier League games of this season; the hosts earning a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United, whilst Everton were almost embarrassed at home but managed to scrape an identical result at home to Watford.

The Saints will be looking for their first win of 2015/16 in their opening home game, and must fancy their chances.

Having signed Oriol Romeu from Chelsea in midweek they will hope he brings the kind of service Graziano Pellè, Shane Long and Juanmi thrive upon; the first two having found the net last week at St James’ Park.

Everton are hanging on to one of their stars, John Stones, despite keen interest from Chelsea. The Toffees’ manager, Roberto Martinez, insisted on Thursday that Stones “…is not for sale and that is the end of it”. But football is a strange business, and the uncertainty over the centre half must be having an unsettling effect upon the squad.

Everton were far from their best last week when they scraped a very late equaliser at home to newly promoted Watford, and will be hoping for a much improved performance today, and with talents such as Arouna Kone and Ross Barkley at their disposal who would bet against them pulling off a win?

This one should have plenty of action and goals in it so sit back and enjoy the live Refcam coverage, and if you feel like joining in please the feel free to do so by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email using