Southampton v Newcastle



S.M at 2017-10-15 18:06:11

Summary:  Well it has to be said that the Referee completely spoiled all the good work he’d achieved throughout the first half. You can’t afford not to give a yellow card simply because it would be a second and so require the player to be dismissed. Then to compound this and highlight the inconsistency when a yellow card is correctly shown for a similar offence later in the game. Perhaps the ease of which control was achieved during the first half influenced the Referees thinking in the second but that should not be allowed to happen. Each individual offence has to be judged and dealt with accordingly. You do yourself no favours by not taking the correct action. Such a shame for Kevin is normally a reliable and consistent Official. Not today however. The second half performance will be one for Kevin to reflect on and move on.

S.M at 2017-10-15 17:53:49

Full Time


at 2017-10-15 17:53:18

Both players receive attention but play restarts with a drop ball (correctly).

at 2017-10-15 17:48:29

Referee sensibly stops play immediately when two Newcastle players clash heads.  Four minutes added time indicated by the 4th Official.

at 2017-10-15 17:45:18

Substitutes: Austin for Long for Southampton and Murphy for Atsu for Newcastle.  Hayden fouls Van Dijk. Southampton pressing for a winner.

at 2017-10-15 17:38:27

Hayden commits late tackle on Lemina and correctly gets Yellow Card.

However, this shows inconsistency by the Referee when Yedlin did not get a yellow card for his offence earlier.

at 2017-10-15 17:35:06

Gabbiadini commits foul and then stupidly kicks the ball away. Yellow Cardfor Gabbiadini completely justified.

at 2017-10-15 17:33:01

Lejeune commits silly challenge on Long and Referee correctly awards Southampton a penalty kick.  GOAL!  Gabbiadini equalises for Southampton.

at 2017-10-15 17:26:59

Subtitutes. Merino for Perez for Newcastle and Davis for Romeu for Southampton. Foul by Cedric correctly penalised.  Substitute Gayle for Joselu for Newcastle. Foul By Boufal on Ritchie.

S.M at 2017-10-15 17:17:34

Foul by Yedlin on Redmond. Referee has word with the Newcastle captain but fails to give Yedlin what would be a second yellow card and hence a sending off. Oh dear Kevin. Big mistake.. You MUST get the “big decisions” correct.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 17:09:01

GOAL!  An immediate response as Perez regains the lead for Newcastle.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 17:07:09

Almost a great start to the second half for Newcastle as the ball hits the top of the crossbar.     GOAL!  Gabbiadini scores for Southampton.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:56:24

An enjoyable and entertaining first 45 minutes. Offences have generally been of a very minor nature and of the type which can be and have been easily recognised. However, the Referee has been able to adopt quite a “low profile” while maintaining control at a high level. While he has made sensible use of the “quiet word” rebuke a couple of times, he quickly took decisive action when Perez seemed to show dissent at the award of a free- kick against his team mate Lascelles. This was a clear indication that the Referee would not allow any threat to his control to manifest itself. Overall the Referees approach has suited the type of game that we have seen so far. Shame that the Assistant failed to indicate an offence committed “under his nose” but nevertheless a good standard of officiating seen in keeping with the type of game being played. More of the same in the second half. Join me to see if this can be achieved.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:46:41

Half Time

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:45:48

Gabbiadini clearly fouls Yedlin and correctly penalised. One minute additional time indicated by the 4th Official.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:41:05

Foul by Perez on Yashida recognised by the Referee. free-kick awarde and a word of rebuke for the offender. Lascelles pulling Long and correctly penalised.  A good 9.14m marked by the Referee. Yellow Cardfor Yedlin for what appeared to be dissent.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:32:45

Foul by Perez correctly penalised. Offences have been of a minor nature and easy to detect and award free-kicks. Even so the Referee has so far been able to remain quite anonymous while being well in control.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:28:53

Foul on Lemina correctly penalised by the Referee as no advantage accrued.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:26:32

Good response from the home team brings a corner kick and almost an immediate equaliser.   Foul by Perez but the Assistant should have given a flag signal as the offence was right “under his nose”. Fortunately the Referee was aware of what had happened and awarded a free-kick to Southampton.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:20:36

GOAL! Goal for Newcastle scored by Hayden

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:17:10

Quick attacking by the home team but the Referee is dealing with the pattern of the game very well and appears comfortable when moving into appropriate positions to achieve good views of play.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:10:27

First corner of the game for Newcastle. First effort at goal but just wide. First foul by Romeu on Shelvey. Quiet word for the offender by the Referee. We’ll see if it has the desired effect.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:06:17

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S.M. at 2017-10-15 16:05:13

The home team get the game underway.  A nice steady start for the Referee. 4 minutes gone, no offences but the Referee is making sure he is always reasonably close to play.

S.M. at 2017-10-15 15:59:47

The teams are on the pitch and we are ready to go. Let’s hope we see a good game well officiated .

S.M. at 2017-10-15 15:38:02

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoons match which features Southampton against Newcastle Utd.  A win for the home team would lift them above their visitors in the league table while a victory for the visitors would propel them into the top six. Todays officials are: Referee – Kevin Friend who will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidikis and Matt Wilks. Roger East is the 4th Official.  Join us for the kick-off in around twenty minutes.