Southampton v West Bromwich Albion


RH at 2017-10-21 19:43:09

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Four penalty appeals turned down
  • The game is decided by a wonder goal
  • A match played in awful conditions which affected decision making

I blogged at half time with regard to the three first half penalty appeals which the Referee can feel pleased with, add to that Tadic’s 71st minute attempt to win a penalty by throwing himself to ground following minimal contact from Albion keeper Foster which Graham Scott rightly decided was to go the same way as the first half incidents, which he must take much credit for whether the poor weather conditions played a part or not.  The only other debateable incident will be Lemina’s challenge on Rondon in the Saints half just before Boufal gained possession to go on that impressive run to score a wonder goal. West Brom manager Tony Pulis isn’t happy that a free kick was not given, but the absence of any other player reaction supports the Referees decision making again especially as Rondon had lost possession. Graham Scott had a really good game and should feel pleased with his nights work in this match

Graham looked calm and composed throughout and judged his involvement level well. Just the points I mentioned at half time regarding alertness when play suddenly changes pace or direction and to avoid playing midfield only possession advantages. In all other respects though Graham Scott and Assistants Richard West and Mark Scholes did well in this game

RH at 2017-10-21 19:22:28

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-10-21 19:21:53

The Referee plays a great advantage this time as Boufal puts Charlie Austin on goal


RH at 2017-10-21 19:19:51

A minimum of four minutes additional time


RH at 2017-10-21 19:19:15

TV pictures showing a robust challenge by Lemina just before Boufal took possession to score, Tony Pulis is not happy, looks like he has a point!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:16:38

Craig Dawson is helped off with an injury, Albion are down to ten men having made all of their substitutions


RH at 2017-10-21 19:14:45

Well substitutions certainly change games don’t they!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:13:34

GOAL!What an amazing goal, Boufal runs his way to success!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:10:52

Graham Scott has looked calm and composed throughout this match which will serve him well as we get to the climax of this game!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:09:07

The home team make attacking substitutions to tilt the balance in their favour!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:07:19

A needless push by McAuley on Tadic sees Saints given a free kick in a dangerous position

RH at 2017-10-21 19:06:12

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RH at 2017-10-21 19:05:14

Is the failure of the FA to retrospectively ban Watford’s Richarlison this week encouraged Silva at Manchester City today and Tadic to chance their luck to seek dubious penalties?

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RH at 2017-10-21 19:01:47

Just seen a replay of the Tadic incident, the Albion keeper Foster barely touched him, no penalty for me!


RH at 2017-10-21 19:00:24

Tadic is grounded in the penalty area with appeals for a spot kick, we need another look at that!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:59:16

Albion keeper picks the ball up before it went out of play, following Chadli playing the ball, but it was never a back pass


RH at 2017-10-21 18:57:09

Mark Scholes alert again as he signals that Bertrand could not stop the ball going over the goal line before crossing!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:55:59

Yellow CardRight on time the first caution as Chadli trips Tadic as the home player mounted a promising attack!



RH at 2017-10-21 18:54:40

Tactically the game has got tighter as Tony Pulis has changed Albion’s shape with substitutions, possession is more evenly spread now with more free kick offences taking place


RH at 2017-10-21 18:51:04

Home keeper Forster drops the ball, but no visiting player committed any offence, he got away with it though!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:49:23

A silly free kick offence by Yoshida gives Albion an attacking opportunity


RH at 2017-10-21 18:48:12

Some of the passing is disappointing, not sure how much of that is down to ability or the overrun from the windy conditions, I suppose at this level you could say they should adapt!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:45:26

Graham Scott doing well to get deep into the Southampton penalty as Albion attacked  and then reacting well to the counter attack!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:43:19

That handball by Rondon was too obvious to ignore, free kick Saints

RH at 2017-10-21 18:42:07

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RH at 2017-10-21 18:40:29

Lemina concedes the first free kick of this half with a careless challenge on Barry


RH at 2017-10-21 18:38:01

The second half starting in the same vein as the first period with the home team injecting more pace!


RH at 2017-10-21 18:34:23

The Referee just getting too far ahead of play and in the way there as the Saints were building that attack

RH at 2017-10-21 18:32:48

The second half has started

RH at 2017-10-21 18:28:43

In a first half where the away team has seemingly invited the hosts to attack them the Referee has done well so far. The weather conditions appear to be difficult with heavy wind and rain prevailing, so unsurprisingly this has affected the decision making none more so than the three penalty appeals, the Referee has done well with both the Rondon and Tadic incidents in deciding that neither were penalty kicks, given that both players were not attempting to lay the ball infact quite the reverse. The third incident involving Hergazy was in full view of Assistant Richard West but from the camera view behind the player it is difficult to see whether the player leant into the ball with his arm or body. Also the Referee has shown a good recognition of careless offences and has missed very little, just a couple of observations, one being that he seemed to react slowly to changes in direction and pace, which to be fair he looked sharper as the game progressed and a couple of midfield advantages when play broke down shortly after, in these conditions just give the free kick.  Both Assistants look sharp  which all bodes well for the second half

RH at 2017-10-21 18:17:20

Half Time



RH at 2017-10-21 18:15:42

A minimum of two minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-10-21 18:15:02

Shane Long feels the frustration of a throw that wrongly didn’t go his way, nothing worth a sanction though


RH at 2017-10-21 18:12:34

It has to said that as the Referee has made key match decisions and the tempo has risen that he has appeared more alert and he is reacting quicker to changes in direction and counter attacking

RH at 2017-10-21 18:09:58

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RH at 2017-10-21 18:08:52

Hegazy leans into a cross and with Richard West having a good view there is another handball penalty appeal, I’d like to see another view of that one as it was difficult to tell whether it was the Albion players body or arm that made contact


RH at 2017-10-21 18:04:51

Looks like Assistant Mark Scholes was alert as the ball went out of play further along the gaol line in the other half

RH at 2017-10-21 18:03:34

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RH at 2017-10-21 18:01:45

TV pictures showing that West Brom had a penalty shout themselves, to be fair to the Referee he’s read this one the same as the Rondon one and decided that Tadic was not making any attempt to play the ball, which I am happy with


RH at 2017-10-21 17:59:02

Gabbiadini with another midfield grounding of Krychowiak, free kick West Brom


RH at 2017-10-21 17:57:14

There was a penalty shout for Southampton for a handball against Rondon, would have been extremely harsh as the Albion player was making an effort not to play the ball


RH at 2017-10-21 17:54:52

Barry is grounded, the Referee plays an advantage but West Brom quickly loose possession, that’s the problem with playing advantage in a tight midfield


RH at 2017-10-21 17:51:14

Good to Graham Scott moving into the penalty area as Tadic pulled the trigger on goal!


RH at 2017-10-21 17:49:39

Krychowiak goes to ground following minimal contact from Romeu


RH at 2017-10-21 17:46:59

Livermore with a careless challenge on Long which is rightly penalised in a dangerous position for West Brom


RH at 2017-10-21 17:43:37

van Dijk lands awkwardly  as Rondon made a bit of back for him but not enough for a free kick


RH at 2017-10-21 17:41:28

The first free kick of the game is conceded by Long  for careless challenge on Evans


RH at 2017-10-21 17:40:44

As Yoshida concedes a corner I would have expected the Referee to have been closer to the penalty area


RH at 2017-10-21 17:37:38

TV pictures confirming that there is a strong wind blowing around the St Mary’s at the moment!


RH at 2017-10-21 17:34:43

First corner of the game to Southampton seems to have been fairly contested by the players

RH at 2017-10-21 17:30:50

If you are watching the game on TV, Richard West is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Mark Scholes is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-10-21 17:30:13

Our match Referee Graham Scott gets us underway!

RH at 2017-10-21 17:26:55

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-10-21 17:23:48

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RH at 2017-10-21 17:20:09

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

GRAHAM SCOTT Assistants: R West & M Scholes Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Saints striker Shane Long made 87 Baggies appearances and notched 22 goals, one of which came at St Mary’s, and the Irishman played with West Brom’s January signing, Jake Cyril Livermore, at Hull for seven months, to boot.

Jay Rodriguez and Chris Baird are two visitors who will not need showing around, with the latter having spent nine years at Southampton in all.

Craig Dawson and Ryan Bertrand were team-mates in Great Britain’s Olympics team of 2012 under the stewardship of Stuart Pearce, while Saints defender and recent call-up Jan Bednarek, signed from Lech Poznan, and WBA’s midfield loan signing from PSG, Grzegorz Krycowiak, will both hope to represent Poland in Russia next summer.

On New Year’s Eve last season VVD received a second yellow from Mike Jones for fouling Salomon Rondon as Saints succumbed to a great Hal Robson-Kanu winner after holding the lead for under a minute.

Eleventh face the Premier League’s 10th-placed side in this late kick-off for the cameras and Graham Scott will have the latest colleague to be in the eye of the media storm supporting him as fourth official, Neil Swarbrick having penalised Bellerin of Arsenal on live TV last week.

All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4

Yellows: 6 Reds: 1

RH at 2017-10-21 17:14:45

Today’s Match Referee is Graham Scott, His Assistant Referees are Richard West and Mark Scholes. The Fourth Official is Neil Swarbrick

RH at 2017-10-21 17:11:56

Both of today’s teams return to Premier League action again after televised scoring draws last weekend. Siting tenth and eleventh in the league table this morning with an identical goal difference managers Mauricio Pellegrino and Tony Pulis will view todays encounter as an opportunity to take points. So there is everything to play for as a win this evening will ensure a top half table placing!