Watford v Manchester United


GT at 2015-11-21 15:45:35

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GT at 2015-11-21 15:42:44

Bobby Madley had a good game overall, without putting in a spectacular performance….or at least for 86 minutes!

OK, he missed a few minor fouls here and there, but nothing which proved game changing.

Then came the big decision, a penalty to Watford, and he gave it without fear or favour.

Excellent decision.

Well done, Bobby as you came through this one with your credibility intact.

Of the two assistants, Marc Perry was clearly the more accomplished.

He supported his referee well throughout, and always looked alert and up with the game.

A good day at the office for Marc.

I’m afraid that when I saw the appointments I expected exactly what we got from Mick McDonough.

Mick is never short of confidence off the field of play, and isn’t backwards in coming forwards in telling you what is going to do. Unfortunately, over all the years I have known Mick, worked with him and watched him perform, he is yet to deliver. He lacks a team ethic and confidence in decision making and selling.

It is, for me, time he was moved on and his place on top-flight games given to a younger, fitter and more enthusiastic assistant

GT at 2015-11-21 15:40:39

That win sees United top the league table, although they have played a game more than their closest rivals.

Watford will fell a little aggrieved at leaving this one without reward,.though.

GT at 2015-11-21 15:36:41

Full Time

GT at 2015-11-21 15:36:27

Danny Blind is floored by a Watford throw-in which hits him in the face.

Bobby correctly allowed play to carry on as the United man caused that by jumping up to stop the throw-in, and he was clearly not in any danger from a head injury.

Still disappointing to see Mick McDonough not even looking at the incident though.

GT at 2015-11-21 15:33:23

Poor Troy Deeney…as he is likely to see that United goal ‘credited’ to him rather than Schweinsteiger

GT at 2015-11-21 15:32:29

4 added minutes to go on

GT at 2015-11-21 15:32:13

What a finish to this game we are enjoying!!

90 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:31:47

Schweinsteiger GOAL!

GT at 2015-11-21 15:31:20

…and Gomez makes a save to match anything De Gea may do

GT at 2015-11-21 15:30:45

We are in the 90th minute…

GT at 2015-11-21 15:30:03

Bobby shows he isn’t afraid to give the big calls, as that is his 4thg penalty in 3 games.

Excellent decision.

Rojo’s challenge was unnecessary as Ighalo had his back to goal and was falling to the ground. Yet the United man still went into Ighalo from behind and definitely caught him for a foul.

Really well done, Bobby…

GT at 2015-11-21 15:27:54

GOAL! Deeney (pen)

GT at 2015-11-21 15:27:32

Big, big call from Bobby.

Penalty to Watford.

Ighalo goes to ground under a tackle from Rojo.

Correct decision Bobby


85 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:26:10

5 of the 90 minutes to go…

GT at 2015-11-21 15:24:40

Good work from Marc Perry as he sees the ball just out of play despite it being at least 40 metres away from him

GT at 2015-11-21 15:23:02

…and here goes Ashley Young up to his usual tricks.

With 10 minutes to go he falls to the ground after now challenge made on him, holding his face.

Get him off the field of play Bobby, and make him stand on the touchline for a couple of minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:21:31

Excellent from Marc Perry as Lingard is correctly adjudged to be offside

78 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:20:14

Pereira replaces Mata as United try to defend this lead for the final 12 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:19:32

How ironic that would have been if Ake had gone down theatrically and earned a second caution for Ashley Young.

Luckily for the United man, the Watford sub does not dive around like he does

GT at 2015-11-21 15:18:02

The United fouls are stacking up now as they desperately attempt to protect this one goal lead.

It’s that man Schneiderlin again…surely his next foul will result in a caution

75 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:16:46

And he immediately corrects that (!) by cautioning Ashley Young for a cynical foul on Ake.Yellow Card

Lingard is also cautioned for delaying the restart of play Yellow Card

Well done, Bobby.


GT at 2015-11-21 15:15:17

A little over 15 minutes to go, and Bobby is looking comfortable in this one.

He is happy to stay out of the way and let the players take centre stage.

He just needs to be aware that United players have ‘got away’ with a couple of cautions

GT at 2015-11-21 15:14:15

Good foul recognition as McNair goes through Deeney, but a caution could have followed, Bobby

GT at 2015-11-21 15:12:22

Top drawer save by De Gea, which keeps United’s slender lead intact

69 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:11:45

Each team makes a change as Nyom is replaced by Paredes, whilst United exchange Phil Jones for Paddy McNair

68 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 15:10:16

Yellow Cardcorrectly awarded to Watson on Watford as he clips Ashley Young’s ankles. There was no way the United man was going to stay on his feet for that one

GT at 2015-11-21 15:04:58

Good work from Bobby as the Watford forward throws himself to the ground, having failed to control the ball.

Bobby is not fooled and waves away his appeals for a foul

GT at 2015-11-21 15:03:13

Excellent from Marc Perry…swift movement along the line, hits the brakes quickly and awards a decisive throw-in to United.

Well done Marc…watch and learn Mick.

GT at 2015-11-21 15:01:58

Mick…please don’t put your hand to your head as if to shield your eyes from the sun.

You are fooling no-one…I have run the line countless times in these conditions, and the sunshine is no excuse for not joining in.

GT at 2015-11-21 14:59:55

Foul throw against Watford, correctly awarded by referee Madley…

but WHY has Mick McDonough not flagged for that?

More weak assisting and evidence of his lack of teamwork.

GT at 2015-11-21 14:54:54

A much less frantic start to these opening 15 minutes of this half, which will be welcomed by Bobby as it makes positioning, movement and anticipation much easier

51 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:53:13

Ake dives into a challenge on Mata and is fortunate the United man does not go theatrical, because that was a naughty challenge, easily warranting a caution for the Watford substitute

46 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:48:15

Almost a dream start for United but Lingard’s effort is well saved

GT at 2015-11-21 14:46:45

Manchester United get the second half going as Jurake replaces Ake for the home side

GT at 2015-11-21 14:35:06

United go into the break a goal ahead but really should have scored more.

Watford are still right in this one.

As for our referees…

Bobby Madley has enjoyed a decent opening 45 minutes but has missed a couple of clear fouls, so needs to tighten up that little bit more in the second half.

Marc Perry has run a good line, and looks focussed. Good half, Marc.

Mick McDonough started poorly, letting down his referee in the opening stages as he failed to see a very clear high-foot challenge right in front of him. The referee had to award it from a distance away. Since then he has looked hesitant and indecisive. A word with himself at half time wouldn’t go amiss.

GT at 2015-11-21 14:31:16

Half Time

GT at 2015-11-21 14:30:32

Just the one minute of added time to go on…

44 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:30:09

Watford continue to cause themselves problems with another poor clearance, but an offside flag saves them from embarrassment

GT at 2015-11-21 14:26:59

It’s all getting a little ragged now as another foul is missed by Bobby.

United’s Smalling is tripped in his own penalty area but nothing is given.

Bobby just needs to get to half time and re-group now

GT at 2015-11-21 14:25:08

Just five minutes of the regular first 45 to go…

38 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:23:50

McDonough never fills me with confidence, I’m afraid…and once again looks hesitatnt as he stutters to a throw-in decision.

Be decisive Mick and you will sell the decision much more easily.

GT at 2015-11-21 14:22:26

United players surround Marc Perry squealing for a throw-in.

It would be nice to see Bobby Madley take control of that situation and support his assistant with some strong words for the players

GT at 2015-11-21 14:20:23

Mick McDonough makes a good offside call against United

34 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:19:44

Troy Deeney receives a public warning but can consider himself fortunate not to have seen yellow as he goes studs-up, but low, into a challenge.

One missed again there Bobby…

GT at 2015-11-21 14:17:52

A foul missed by Bobby there as Watford had a promising attack spoiled with an illegal challenge

GT at 2015-11-21 14:16:33

A third of this game has passed already, which is testimony to the entertainment and speed of play, as it hardly seems five minutes since we kicked off

GT at 2015-11-21 14:14:59

Despite Deeney’s disbelief, Perry is correct again as he awards a goal kick to United

GT at 2015-11-21 14:13:58

Ighalo is caught offside as Watford attack.

Good decision Marc Perry

GT at 2015-11-21 14:11:35

Memphis is unfairly challenged from behind by Nyom…free kick to United

25 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:10:08

Ander Herrera has a problem with his right leg, and has to be replaced by Rojo

GT at 2015-11-21 14:07:40

Watson gives his marker a nudge off the ball, and Bobby correctly awards a free kick to United

GT at 2015-11-21 14:06:36

Ashley Young is brushed off the ball far too easily but Watford’s Ighalo wastes the chance to equalise.

Well done Bobby for not being fooled into awarding a foul to Young, who inevitably ended up on the ground.

19 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 14:04:49

Schneiderlin commits another foul and must be careful as he is risking a caution for persistent offending

GT at 2015-11-21 14:01:14

Watford appeal for a foul on their centre half, but it looked like a clear case of 50/50 to me, and Bobby called that one correctly

GT at 2015-11-21 13:58:52

Offside correctly awarded against United

GT at 2015-11-21 13:57:27

Good technique from the Dutchman, as he side foots a volley past Gomez…

11 minutes

GT at 2015-11-21 13:56:29

GOAL! Memphis

GT at 2015-11-21 13:56:01

Oh Bobby…stay on your toes.

He is static and caught too close to play, as United attempt a pass which strikes the referee.

I hope he isn’t suffering with a lack of stamina and fitness after that frenetic start

GT at 2015-11-21 13:54:12

8 minutes gone and Bobby correctly awards a foul to Watford following a robust challenge from Schneiderlin

GT at 2015-11-21 13:53:01

A lack of support from the assistant as he fails to give the most obvious of ‘high boot’ offences right under his nose.

Instead, he leaves it for the referee to award it from 20 metres away.

Good decision referee. Poor teamwork assistant referee.

GT at 2015-11-21 13:50:50

What an opening five minutes this has been for our referee.

Both sides have come flying out of the blocks in an attempt to gain the early advantage.

Bobby has done well in keeping close to play…good work from the 30-year-old

GT at 2015-11-21 13:47:37

There’s a very lively start from both sides, making positioning more difficult for Bobby.

He needs to be sure he doesn’t get caught out of position as these two go end-to-end in the early exchanges

GT at 2015-11-21 13:45:12

Watford take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-11-21 13:39:16

It’s almost time for kick-off at Vicarage Road…

GT at 2015-11-21 13:24:42

As for our referees today…

Robert ‘Bobby’ Madley leads his team of four for this one.

After a couple of very questionable performances at Norwich v Leicester and Chelsea v Southampton, Bobby turned in a good show in the recent North east ‘derby’ between Sunderland and Newcastle.

As the saying goes, ‘Form is temporary, but class is permanent’ and he will now be looking forward to rebuilding his season and pushing on to get himself established as a trusted pair of hands within the Select Group.

Bobby is no stranger to Vicarage Road, having last refereed there on 12th September. However, this is new territory for him in terms of Manchester United.

The 30-year-old Wakefield official has never taken control of a game involving the Red Devils and, despite what anyone may try to tell YATR followers, they do bring their own added pressures.

With the burden of expectation weighing heavily upon the shoulders of United’s supremo, Louis van Gaal, Bobby needs to deliver a top performance today or the Dutchman is likely to question the referee’s lack of experience for one of the weekend’s top fixtures.

Running the lines today will be Mick McDonough and Mark Perry.

Neither assistant could be classed as ‘top drawer’, and we all hope they have ability and experience to support Bobby if the going gets tough.

Anthony Taylor is on fourth official duties, prior to taking charge of tomorrow’s capital city ‘derby’ between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, a game which we shall also be delivering on Refcam.

Everyone at YATR is hoping a top quality display of refereeing today, and we hope the game goes smoothly for everyone…

GT at 2015-11-21 13:17:56

Hi everyone, and after the short break for International matches welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary for another fascinating Premier League game.

On offer is one of last season’s sides promoted to the Premier League, Watford, hosting title hopefuls Manchester United.

The League table suggests this should be an elementary away win for United but with several key players missing Watford will fancy their chances of causing more misery for their visitors.

United have scored the fewest goals amongst the top seven sides in the Premier League, and with Rooney and Martial out of the squad they will have to dig deep to shake off the ‘boring’ tag their play has earned them so far this campaign.

On the other hand Watford are a really attractive side to watch despite only scoring three times at home this season.

Yet their record against United isn’t great having lost their last nine meetings, and Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores will be hoping his troops can break the tight United defence and put a huge dent into Louis van Gaal’s season.

This one could go either way, so why not let us know who you think will be victorious by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at info@you-are-the-ref.com