STOKE CITY V ARSENAL

STOKE CITY V ARSENAL

Commentary By: MARK HALSEY

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 0


MH at 2016-01-17 19:13:06
I don’t think I can recall a Stoke City V Arsenal game without a yellow card. The game was played in an excellent spirit which undoubtedly helped the referee control the game. I thought the way he managed the game, the players and the event was a credit to Craig. His recognition of foul and non foul was of a high standard and a vast improvement on his movement and positioning and explosive sprints. I believe this is an area where he can improve more by learning from Mark Clattenburg. Overall a good day at the office for Craig and his team.

MH at 2016-01-17 19:05:00
Full Time

MH at 2016-01-17 19:03:11
Substitution for Arsenal A15 OFF, A21ON. A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2016-01-17 19:00:53
Great save by Arsenal goal keeper.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:59:43
Substitution for SC, SC10 OFF, SC16 ON and SC15 ON, SC26 OFF

MH at 2016-01-17 18:57:45
In to the last 5 minutes of the game, another correct off side flag by assistant Simon Long.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:55:26
Good non off side flag by assistant Simon Long

MH at 2016-01-17 18:54:34
If i have any criticism of Craig I would like to see more authority in his body language when giving decisions.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:50:30
Good eye contact with assistant Dave Bryan on this occasion awarding a throw to Arsenal.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:49:04
Craig’s recognition of foul non foul has been of a high standard today.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:48:08
Tune into tomorrow night’s ref cam at 8.00 pm for coverage of the Swansea V Watford game.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:47:10
That’s a foul to SC, good decision.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:46:26
Free kick to SC waited to see if there was an advantage delayed the whistle good refereeing.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:43:01
Substitution for Arsenal, A14 OFF, A45 ON.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:40:41
Good positioning at the corner to get a good viewing angle.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:40:05
There’s a shout for handball but not obvious to me. Yes it’s hit his arm but that is not deliberate.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:37:26
Another fine save by the Arsenal keeper, this game is end to end. Craig’s movement is better than I have seen him move in recent games.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:35:28
Substitution for Stoke City, SC27 OFF, SC18 ON.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:32:52
Correct free kick again awarded by Craig x

MH at 2016-01-17 18:29:38
I think we could see a yellow card very shortly.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:28:32
Another correct off side decision by Simon Long.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:27:44
Great double save by Arsenal goal keeper.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:27:07
As I said the intensity has gone up and Craig must go up with it, it’s vital he goes up with it. Correct decision by Simon Long off side SC19.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:25:31
No it’s outside it could of  been a free kick to  Arsenal after a holding offence by SC26 on A14. Craig was in a very good position and didn’t give the free kick.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:23:34
Is that a penalty??????

MH at 2016-01-17 18:22:47
NO penalty correct decision well done Craig

MH at 2016-01-17 18:22:13
Not very good teamwork by referee and assistant Dave Bryan going against each other on a throw. Was that a penalty on A12 ??????

MH at 2016-01-17 18:21:02
Good advantage by Craig, excellent signal and  good management of the players letting them know he had seen it by talking to them.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:19:21
As I said in the first half nothing really happened to test the referee, I’m sure as the game goes on something will happen. That’s why it’s important to stay focused.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:17:52
Another fine save by the SC keeper.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:16:37
Stoke to get us underway.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:03:34
Not a lot to talk about not a lot happening you can only referee what’s in front of you. The official’s will be happy with the first 45 minutes.

MH at 2016-01-17 18:01:26
Half Time  

MH at 2016-01-17 18:00:44
A minimum of 1 minute added time.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:59:49
I think that free kick pleased the crowd.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:59:09
Correct foul given against SC10.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:58:19
It’s also pleasing to see Craig on his toes and not flat footed like he usually is and being ready to anticipate and read play.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:56:49
At present these 2 teams seem to be cancelling themselves out with their formations.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:52:33
Pleasing to see Craig not being fussy and only getting involved when needed.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:50:02
Correct off side by assistant Dave Bryan.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:49:38
Remember to tune into tomorrow’s ref show where we will be talking about all this weekend’s controversial incidents including the extraordinary one at Hillsborough Sheffield Wednesday V Leeds with myself. Kevin Davies and Alan Biggs.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:45:25
Another good save by SC keeper.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:44:17
A very quick break by SC pleasing to see Craig putting in an explosive sprint.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:42:10
Craig saw nothing wrong with that challenge on A15.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:40:50
When the game loses a bit of it’s intensity, it’s very important that the referee stays fully focused and your concentration levels stay at a high because if you switch off you could be in trouble.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:36:14
What a save, great save by Stoke keeper. First chance of the game.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:35:17
A12 going down to easy looking for a free kick. Nothing given correct.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:34:41
Craig feeling his way into the game, will be trying to build a rapport with the players.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:31:35
Correct foul to Arsenal.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:27:30
Craig showing his authority by making SC retake the free kick as the ball was moving.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:24:03
Correct offside by assistant Dave Bryan.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:22:56
Correct decision by assistant Long goal kick to SC.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:21:19
Sensing an early tempo to the game as I said earlier Craig needs to be at the top his game and cannot afford to miss anything of importance.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:19:12
Correct free kick for S19 after a careless challenge on him.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:18:09
Good early free kick by S26 on A14. Very early in the game good to see Craig manage that situation.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:15:17
Arsenal to get us underway.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:13:05
Kick off in 2 minutes.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:11:37
Teams are just entering the pitch.

MH at 2016-01-17 17:11:13
Good afternoon and welcome to our second ref cam game of the day Between Stoke City V Arsenal. Today’s referee is Craig Pawson, Craig  comes into this game off the back of a crucial KMD at Chelsea in the FA Cup where he missed a blatant trip which would have given Scunthorpe a penalty. The score being 1-0 to Chelsea at the time. Craig has to improve on his positioning, movement and his explosive sprinting. This has been lacking in his previous games, that’s why he has missed vital key match decisions. Today will not be easy for the officials, speaking from experience this game has history and there is no hiding place at the Britannia Stadium as this is one of the most hostile grounds to official at in the Premier League. Craig will have to be at the top of his game today. He has refereed 16 games to date, showing 53 yellow cards at an average of 3.3 per game and showing 1 red card. He will be assisted by Dave Bryan technical area side and Simon Long far side with the experienced Mike Dean as 4th official.