West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 3 - 1



RH at 2017-03-18 15:39:22

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • The key match incident regarding West Brom’s second goal called correctly!
  • First half problems with the recognition of careless contact

The main talking point from this game will Arsenals failure to deliver a convincing top four bound performance. That could have been so different if Assistant Constantine Hatzidakis had not kept his flag down for the all important match turning second West Brom goal. McClean was inside the goal area positioned beyond the Arsenal goalkeeper and defenders involved, but in terms of Law 11 he was not;

    • interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate or
    • interfering with an opponent by:
  • preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or
  • challenging an opponent for the ball or
  • clearly attempting to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent or
  • making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball

So well done Referee and Assistant for getting that one correct, great stuff! Other than that the only other talking point was the matter I raised at half time regarding the recognition of careless contact, I summed this up with my half time comments and in all fairness other than the Robson Kanu/Mustafi challenge, the second half was much better. But the principle here is any Referee can take the pressure off him/herself by giving what's obvious and  expected on occasions, that wasn't always the case in the first half today. Other than the point I raised about midfield possession this wasn't a bad day for Neil Swarbrick, he nailed the only reckless challenge with a yellow card and his overall management of the game ensured that he won't be the talking point tonight. Both Assistants did well, especially Constantine Hatzidakis for his reading of that key match incident. I don't think fourth official Kevin Friend would have had a difficult day at the office on the evidence of that game!


RH at 2017-03-18 15:21:54

Full Time

Summary to follow


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:19:29

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played!


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:18:34

The first half issue that I raised regarding Neil Swarbrick getting caught up in Arsenal midfield build up play, it hasn't been under the spotlight so much this half as most of Arsenals attacking play has been more in the final third, but when they have dwelt on the ball in midfield, to the Referees credit he has made a conspicuous attempt to get out of the way!


RH at 2017-03-18 15:15:04

 

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RH at 2017-03-18 15:14:00

Ramsey penalised for careless contact on Nyom, he holds up two gloved fingers, obviously counting the number of foul challenges on him!


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:11:38

Comment on Twitter from AFCB Rob saying;

look closely at WBA Fletcher at corners. Deliberately blocks off keeper. I'd like to understand how this is legal pls?

This is a commonly used tactic, it would be setting the bar pretty low if such actions were penalised, its a fair discussion point though!


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:08:28

Ramsey looking to be clearly pushed by Yacob right in front of Scott Ledger, surprisingly no free kick!


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:04:28

GOAL!Dawson makes it 3-1 in a carbon copy of their first goal!


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RH at 2017-03-18 15:01:03

I was going to say that Neil Swarbrick was giving free kicks for contact in this half in line with what you would expect, but that Robson Kanu/Mustafi challenge was a hark back to the first half


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:59:18

How did Referee and Assistant miss that shirt pull by Mustafi on Robson Kanu?


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:57:46

Not so Brunt as he fells Welbeck for a dangerous Arsenal free kick!


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:56:59

TV replays showing that Robson Kanu made a genuine attempt for the ball and didn't carelessly foul Mustafi in that earlier Arsenal attack, no penalty!


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:54:10

Should have said Scott Ledger who is of course with the Arsenal front line this half!


RH at 2017-03-18 14:52:40

So will the home team revert to that back six by dropping both holding midfield players back? Could see lots of attacking possession by the away team which will bring Assistant Constantine Hatzidakis much more into the game from a concentration point of view

 


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:48:31

Neil Swarbrick consults with Assistant Constantine Hatzidakis but McLean wasn't 'making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball' regarding Law 11, so the Officials have got that correct in my view!


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:45:13

GOAL!Robson Kanu scores for West Brom as McLean hops over the ball on its way into goal


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:43:00

Scott Ledger correctly flags Xhaka offside as the ball is played wide to the Arsenal midfielder!


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:38:26

Sanchez the aggressor this time  as he brings down McAuley for a free kick


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:37:31

I wonder if the second half will follow the pattern of the first, with Arsenal looking to break down West Brom who will look to counter attack at pace, could be very much on the Referees mind as Arsenal look to draw those defensive challenges and he then has to sprint hard and involve his Assistant as West Brom attack!


RH at 2017-03-18 14:33:40

The second half has started!

 


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:26:44

No major incidents or key match decision's in that half which hasn't gone badly for the Referee by any means, but Neil Swarbrick does need to perfect his recognition of careless contact offences. Sometimes in Refereeing you've got to give what's expected and on a few occasions the Referee hasn't done that, particularly when Sanchez has been on the receiving end. At times the Referee has got it right but he has drawn unnecessary attention when he hasn't done the obvious thing. Hopefully the McLean caution for a reckless tackle on Sanchez will have helped him set a benchmark. The only other observation I make is that Neil does get in the way when Arsenal adopt a slow build up an then play the ball across field, the Referee gets in the way especially in midfield, either hold back or move forward a few meters in front  of the ball.  Overall though, no major issues and both Assistants have judged their involvement level well


RH at 2017-03-18 14:18:26

Half Time

 


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:17:44

Neil Swarbrick hurdles a cross field ball in an Arsenal attacking build up, not the first time that's happened today!


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:15:51

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:15:33

Nyom hauls Walcott down and rightly concedes a free kick


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:13:44

Yellow CardMcLean with a Reckless challenge on Sanchez that first see's a good advantage played and then at the next stoppage a caution. That will help the Referee establish a benchmark on player contact


RH at 2017-03-18 14:09:03

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RH at 2017-03-18 14:07:50

Cech's coming off having tweaked what looks to be a Hamstring, Ospina deputises


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RH at 2017-03-18 14:06:10

I praised the Referee for holding his whistle earlier as Rondon attacked, this time the big striker shakes Oxlade Chamberlain off and starts to move forward as the Referee blows up, Tony Pulis is not happy, Neil Swarbrick needs to focus on recognition of careless offences, its just looking a bit untidy at the moment


RH at 2017-03-18 14:02:53

Twice in this game West Brom have counter attacked at speed, Scott Ledger will need to focus particularly well as Neil Swarbrick makes up ground!


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:58:47

Is heavy contact on Sanchez a tactic as Rondon grounds the Chilean? this time a free kick is awarded


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:57:32

Neil Swarbrick must be acknowledged for his policy of not blowing up everytime there is player contact and someone goes to ground, but this is a skilful art and as we saw, it can easily go wrong.


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:55:28

Livermore halts Sanchez progress and the Referee has to have words with the Arsenal man to calm him down, unfortunately for the Referee a TV reply shows that Sanchez was fouled


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:51:47

Bellerin piles into the back of Nyom and wins a penalty area defensive free kick to West Brom


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:50:03

Sanchez draws the foul from McAuley and wins a free kick that most Referees would have given


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:48:49

Just looking back at that breakaway attack from Mclean that led to West Broms corner and goal, Neil Swarbrick had a lot of ground to make up as the player approached the penalty area, wisely he ran across the final third to create a decent viewing angle should a defensive challenge have occurred


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:45:47

GOAL!Sanchez who else! levels it for the Gunners!


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:42:47

GOAL!Dawson opens the scoring for the Baggies!


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:38:49

Oxlade Chamberlain goes to ground in midfield but the Referee allows play to continue, its already apparent that Neil Swarbrick is not adopting too low a freshold of careless contact before awarding a free kick


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:35:53

Both Rondon and Referee did well there, the player for not going to ground and the Referee for holding his whistle, great stuff!


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:33:58

Rondon is carelessly grounded for the first free kick of the game


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:31:40

If you are watching the game on TV, Constantine Hatzidakis is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Scott Ledger is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2017-03-18 13:30:21

Our match Referee Neil Swarbrick gets us underway!


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:27:03

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


RH at 2017-03-18 13:20:47

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Neil Swarbrick: West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Assistants: S. Ledger and C. Hatzidakis Fourth official: K. Friend

This isn’t really a game that Arsene Wenger would want on the back of protests to oust him from his position.

 West Brom can be an unforgiving bunch and with genuine European aspirations of their own, Tony Pulis’ side are unlikely to offer much in the way of tea and sympathy.

 It’s a game that the Gunners simply have to win because Manchester United are breathing down their necks having played the same amount of games.

 Finishing the season as low as sixth won’t ever have been contemplated by the north London faithful but unless a run of wins are put together, it’s a distinct possibility.

Pulis will love having Neil Swarbrick in the middle. The referee that made such a poor error in a West Brom game that the manager suggested in light of it that there needed to be a referral system for officials.

 Good luck!

Neil Swarbrick – all you need to know

Matches in 2016/17: 17 (2 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 18 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 4


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RH at 2017-03-18 13:18:37

Today’s Match Referee is Neil Swarbrick. His Assistant Referees are Scott Ledger and Constantine Hatzidakis. The Fourth Official is Kevin Friend


RH at 2017-03-18 13:10:07

There is much to prove today! The Baggies will want to reinforce their ‘hard to beat’ label following last weekend’s reverse on Merseyside and kick on now that they have passed the forty point mark, a home win would do nicely on that score! As for the Gunners nothing less than a top four placing at the end of the season will do, a win here is all important if they want to achieve that!