Stoke City Vs Manchester City


DM at 2018-03-12 22:57:48

Full-Time Summary

All of the referee’s good work this evening was so nearly undone by what appeared to be a poorly managed dropped ball in the 77th minute of the match.  Referees should always insist that dropped balls are contested and not manufactured as otherwise what can be perceived as ‘unsporting acts’ can take place and cause a major flashpoint or series of incidents for the referee to deal with.  This was the only developmental area of advice for the referee who otherwise had a very good game.  Jon Moss was calm throughout, he used advantage excellently to let the game flow and he was not afraid to bring play back if the advantage did not accrue.  Young referees should note that the advantage signal should always be signalled so that everyone is aware of your intention and the decision to bring play back is then easier to sell.  The one and only caution issued to S4 for a reckless challenge was fully justified and the referee allowed contact to take place and accurately judged fair and foul throughout.  The referee led his team well and overall contributed very positively to the game.

The Assistant Referees made no key match errors and generally judged offside consistently and correctly.  AR Halliday needs to work on his fitness as he was at times up to 10 yards behind play.  His poor positioning was particularly evident when play broke quickly and a quick, dynamic sprint was required.  AR Wilkes had a good evening and he made a very good decision to judge the ball in play before the Manchester City first goal.  Holding his gaze would have helped sell the decision to the technical area and crowd.  Overall the teamwork was effective and there was very little missed all evening by the match officials.

DM at 2018-03-12 22:54:08

Full Time



DM at 2018-03-12 22:49:22

There will be a minimum of 5 minutes added time


DM at 2018-03-12 22:49:02


33 OFF, 8 ON


DM at 2018-03-12 22:48:40

AR Wilkes belatedly flags offside against MC33.  The flag should have gone up a lot earlier as it was clear that Jesus was moving towards the ball.  The delay could have resulted in an unnecessary foul challenge and potential collision between the players.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:46:22


20 OFF, 32 ON


DM at 2018-03-12 22:42:18


7 OFF, 20 ON

DM at 2018-03-12 22:39:32

Good learning point for referees – never manufacture a dropped ball – let the players contest it and make it clear it will be contested whatever the circumstances.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:38:33

Stoke are furious as Manchester City contested a dropped ball following the stoppage.  The referee cannot manufacture a dropped ball so in Law Manchester City did nothing wrong but it was not very well managed.  The referee should have made clear it was to be contested as he appeared to drop it to a Stoke player.  I am glad the away team did not score as otherwise there could have been a major incident for the referee to deal with.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:35:19

The referee is taking no chances as S21 and MC30 clash heads in the penalty area.  The correct thing to do is what Jon Moss has done here and that is stop play immediately.  Player safety has to come first.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:33:12

Another good advantage by the referee who is showing confidence in his own ability and judgement by allowing the game to flow so well.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:32:30

Yellow CardS4 – reckless challenge



DM at 2018-03-12 22:32:08

S4 commits a reckless challenge on MC33 and the referee plays an excellent advantage.  He then returns to caution the Stoke player for unsporting behaviour.  Correct decision.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:31:14

The ball struck the hand of S21 as MC7 checked back in the penalty area.  Referee Moss was correct to adjudge the incident as accidental.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:27:25

S25 correctly judged offside by AR Halliday


DM at 2018-03-12 22:25:24

S27 receives a talking to after disagreeing with the referee rather visibly.  Again sensible officiating in the context of this game by Jon Moss.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:21:34

Jon Moss correctly judged that S11 was fouled by MC30 and he brought play back after an advantage had not accrued.  My only word of advice hear is to show the advantage signal so that everyone is aware of your intention and it makes it easier to bring play back if you need to.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:20:04

MC17 challenged the Stoke City player from the side and he cleanly and clearly won the ball and took none of the player.  The referee was correct to judge the challenge as fair in my opinion.


DM at 2018-03-12 22:17:05

Manchester City are dominating possession and in periods like this it can be easy for the officials to ‘ball watch’ or lose concentration.  They must stay focused as things can happen very quickly and a slight loss of alertness can lead to a mistake


DM at 2018-03-12 22:12:56

Correct offside flag from AR Wilkes


DM at 2018-03-12 22:08:21


DM at 2018-03-12 22:03:17

Jon Moss gets the second half underway

DM at 2018-03-12 21:55:18


Jon Moss has refereed the first half very sensibly and he has managed the game well.  He has got the majority of decisions correct and he has read the difference between fair and foul consistently throughout.  Jon likes to play advantage and when one does not accrue he is not afraid to bring play back and this is to the betterment of the game.  AR Wilkes correctly judged the ball in play in the build up to the Manchester City’s goal but he could have ‘sold the decision’ better by holding his gaze.  Nevertheless the decision was correct and the Assistant got it spot on.  AR Halliday is struggling to keep up with play and he has failed to keep his peripheral vision on a couple of occasions which led to him missing a clear foul on MC33 in the 41st minute.  The tempo of the game has gone up and Jon Moss and his colleagues will need to be on top of this in the second half to ensure that things to not boil over.

DM at 2018-03-12 21:49:08

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DM at 2018-03-12 21:47:42

Half Time Summary to follow……

DM at 2018-03-12 21:47:18

Half Time



DM at 2018-03-12 21:46:19

Minimum of 1 minute added time to be played


DM at 2018-03-12 21:45:44

Excellent advantage to Manchester City from the referee.  Unfortunately MC19 is not able to capitalise and the referee speaks to the offender when the ball goes out of play.  Good refereeing.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:43:43

MC33 was clearly pulled to ground and the referee who did not have a view got no assistance from AR Halliday.  The Assistant should have flagged for an offence.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:40:39

AR Halliday indicates a shirt pull offence against MC7 and the player reacts by visibly disagreeing.  From the restart the Manchester City goalkeeper punches the ball out of play and then the home crowd display their frustration when he carries the ball before dropping it so Stoke can take a throw-in.  The referee has to remain alert and vigilant and not be focused on an incident that ha just happened he has to focus on what might happen next.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:38:26

Interesting incident there as MC2 plays the ball back towards his own goal and the MC goalkeeper is forced in to making a save.  No offence has been committed as the intention was not a deliberate back pass.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:33:38

It is very noticeable when play breaks and Manchester City attack that AR Halliday is some considerable distance from play.  This could cause him issues if he is not in the correct position to make an offside call.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:32:47

Jon Moss has had a good opening 30 minutes and he has not missed much so it is difficult to criticise but he did have to take evasive action there to get out of the way of the away team who were attacking.  The referee was too central and static, he needs to be on his toes and ready to move at an angle when needed.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:30:51

MC35 slows S22 down from taking a quick throw-in by getting involved in a minor skirmish.  The away team player achieved his aim of delaying the restart and the referee slowed things down even more by speaking to the player.  In the context of the game the decision not to caution I support but a quiet word on the run would have been more effective rather than the public reprimand.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:25:16

Routine offside flag against MC33 by AR Halliday.  Correct decision.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:21:47

Good piece of teamwork as referee Moss leads AR Halliday to award a throw-in to Stoke City following a double rebound.  The Assistant did well to wait and make eye contact with the referee to ensure they did not cross.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:19:19

MC7 goes to ground under pressure from S21.  In my opinion there was no foul and the referee is spot on to play on.  I think that Jon Moss needs to have a quiet word with Sterling to encourage him to stay on his feet and not be as dramatic when he goes to ground.  This approach will let the player know that you are alert and aware as to his intentions.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:17:49

Following an appeal on the halfway line for a foul for Stoke City, referee Moss appeared to indicate an advantage signal.  The home team played the ball backwards and towards their own goal.  If referee Moss did play advantage then it was unwise as it was merely possession.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:16:23

S22 is fouled but falls theatrically to the ground.  Jon Moss correctly judges the challenge as careless and awards the home team a free kick.

DM at 2018-03-12 21:14:12

In the build up to the Manchester City goal, replays show that AR Wilkes got the decision to say the ball was in play spot on.  However, Assistant Refereeing is just like refereeing, you have to ‘sell your decisions’ so my advice above is in that context.

Also, AR Halliday was nearly 10 yards behind play when the ball broke quickly, he needs to develop short, sharp sprints so he maintains a position in line with the second rearmost defender.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:11:51




DM at 2018-03-12 21:10:53

Stoke City unhappy as they believe the ball went out of play.  This becomes a talking point as Man City then move to the other end of the field of play and score.  The Assistant Matt Wilkes could have sold the decision of the ball not going out of play better by holding his gaze so the technical area occupants could see he was looking at the ball.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:07:06

Good piece of refereeing by Jon Moss as he penalises S27 for a foul on MC25.  The referee attempted an advantage and awarded the free-kick when it did not accrue.  Good to see the referee speak to the offending player to let him know that his challenge was on the border of a reckless one.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:05:04

AR Halliday correctly indicates a foul by MC7 for a shirt pull.  Good teamwork with referee Moss as both signal the offence in unison.


DM at 2018-03-12 21:03:23

First free kick of the match for a push by S4.  Referee Moss well placed to adjudicate.

DM at 2018-03-12 21:00:28

Jon Moss gets the game underway

DM at 2018-03-12 20:58:44


Matt Wilkes has replaced Adrian Holmes

Matt made a world class non-offside decision in the game between Huddersfield and Manchester United which created a lot of controversy because the VAR ruled it as offside, due to Juan Mata’s knee being offside.  Andy Halliday is experienced but unfortunately his fitness is lacking and he struggles to keep up with play.  Both Assistants will need to be fully alert throughout so they can give referee Moss their full support.

DM at 2018-03-12 20:56:25

Jon Moss has refereed 26 games this season in all competitions, in which he has cautioned 92 players and dismissed 3.  He has had a good season overall to date and he is considered by the PGMOL as a safe pair of hands.

DM at 2018-03-12 20:46:07

Appointed Match officials:

Referee – Jon Moss

Assistants – Adrian Holmes & Andy Halliday

4th official – Andre Marriner

DM at 2018-03-12 20:44:00

The referee for the match is Jon Moss from West Yorkshire and his Assistants are Adrian Holmes (technical area side) and Andy Halliday (far side), with Andre Marriner holding the boards as fourth official.

DM at 2018-03-12 20:41:28

Welcome to this evening’s ref cam as Stoke City face Manchester City live from the bet 365 stadium in the EPL.