West Bromwich Albion V Burnley


DM at 2016-11-21 23:00:01

Thank you for tuning in to ref cam, don’t forget to watch Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and Chris Sutton on this week’s ref show, plenty to discuss – especially at Stoke Vs Bournemouth

DM at 2016-11-21 22:57:07

Full Time Summary

In what was a less than riveting match, the officials had to keep their concentration throughout and probably the toughest thing to do in such a game is to remain constantly focused.  I thought that Mike Jones and his team did not make any match changing decisions or make any key match errors, however, the referee also failed to take the opportunity to shine and he became rather casual and complacent in his approach to reckless challenges.  There were three challenges in the game that should have resulted in cautions being issued, two for reckless challenges and one for preventing a promising attack, all of these offences constituted unsporting behaviour.  The referee was consistent in his approach, in just awarding a free-kick and thankfully both sets of players were on the whole well disciplined.  This coupled with the 4-0 scoreline meant that the players’ didn’t try and take the law in to their own hands.

The referee was well supported by his colleagues and although Mike Jones will be pleased that he was not at the centre of any controversial decisions, I do not think that this was one of his better performances in a game where to be honest he could have easily shined, simply by doing his job.

DM at 2016-11-21 22:50:49

Full Time



DM at 2016-11-21 22:47:45

Minimum of 3 minutes added time


DM at 2016-11-21 22:45:52

Correct offside by AR Holmes


DM at 2016-11-21 22:40:43

WBA Sub 7 off 8 on


DM at 2016-11-21 22:40:08

Mike Jones is taking a very central position on Counter attacks and appears to be struggling a little to keep up with play


DM at 2016-11-21 22:35:42

WBA Sub 9 off 4 on


DM at 2016-11-21 22:31:45

WBA Sub 10 off 14 on


DM at 2016-11-21 22:26:56

Good decision by Mike Jones to award the free-kick to WBA but Burnley 37 Arfield should have been cautioned there as he had stopped a promising attack.  Mike Jones has really struggled this evening to recognise offences that warrant a yellow card.


DM at 2016-11-21 22:22:11

GOAL!WBA Number 9 Rondon makes it 4-0


DM at 2016-11-21 22:20:24

Mike Jones has judged aerial challenges very well tonight.  Hendrick committed a foul there as he clearly pushed his opponent.


DM at 2016-11-21 22:17:57

Mike Jones got too close to play and was too central there as he was hit with the ball – appears as though his ear piece took most of the brunt though



DM at 2016-11-21 22:15:37

Mike Jones correctly awarded just a free-kick for the foul on Morrison.  The offending player was at close distance to the ball, it was a genuine attempt to play the ball and was mistimed and careless.  This was a very different type of challenge to the two in the first half which received the same punishment.


DM at 2016-11-21 22:13:20

Unsurprisingly, West Brom are taking their time to restart play.  The referee will need to be continually vigilant and proactive by maintaining an early presence at restarts.


DM at 2016-11-21 22:09:55

Mike Jones moves in to the West Brom penalty area as he awards a goal-kick.  His presence in that situation will be to encourage the goalkeeper not to waste time.  This is proactive and good management.

DM at 2016-11-21 22:02:26

Mike Jones gets the second half underway

DM at 2016-11-21 22:01:47

SUB Burnley 16 off 10 on

DM at 2016-11-21 21:57:23

In what has been a fairly one-sided first-half, the match officials have not had any key match decisions to make but they have judged their level of involvement reasonably well, trying to allow the game to flow wherever possible.   Firstly, Morrison in the 12th minute and then Ward in the 44th minute committed challenges that paid little regard to the safety of the opposing player.  They were committed with intensity and at speed and were late and reckless.  Mike Jones chose to manage both challenges, in fact he did not even speak to both players publically.  One can say that he has been consistent, however, in a game like this the referee has to ensure that his laid back approach does not end up jeopardising his match control.

Mike Jones moves around the field well and has recognised foul challenges, whilst also allowing appropriate physical contact.  The aerial challenges have been well managed and Mike has been supported well by his colleagues, this was underpinned by the correct reversal of a throw-in decision in the 28th minute when Stuart Attwell and/ or Adrian Holmes communicated to Mike Jones that he had made a clear error in front of the technical area.  The home team manager was frustrated but was well managed and appreciated the referee admitting a mistake and correcting it before play restarted.

It will be important in the second half that the officials remain focused and fully concentrated.  I hope Mike Jones does not take any further risks to his match control by allowing reckless challenges to go unpunished.

DM at 2016-11-21 21:47:45

Half Time


DM at 2016-11-21 21:45:55

The foul challenge by Ward was again in my opinion worthy of a caution.  I understand that the referee is trying to allow the game to flow but managing reckless challenges is a risk that is not worth taking.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:41:56

Match officials have always got to be aware of player’s losing their discipline, especially when the score is so comprehensive.  Mike Jones wont want to take any unnecessary risks in the closing stages of the first half.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:37:11

GOAL!24 Fletcher makes it 3-0



DM at 2016-11-21 21:32:02

Either Stuart Attwell (4th official) and/or AR Adrian Holmes has done the correct thing there by advising Mike Jones his throw-in decision was incorrect.  The throw-in was right in front of the technical areas and it was clear the throw-in should have been West Brom’s.  Tony Pulis instantly calmed down once he realised Mike Jones admitted his mistake.  That was good officiating all round, the important thing is the decision (was in the end) correct.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:26:20

Mike Jones correctly ignores West Brom’s appeal for handball in the penalty area.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:22:37

Burnley are making a lot of defensive mistakes at the moment and Tom Heaton nearly gave a goal away with a poor defensive clearance.  This is very relevant for the officials as it shows the importance of remaining focused and keeping your eyes on play, even when the ball is with the goalkeeper and you are expecting it to be played up field.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:20:09

Mike Jones dismisses a handball appeal from Burnley  close to the touchline with a demonstrative crossing of the hands.  I would not advise officials use this body language as it can attract unnecessary attention and create a talking point.  A simple shake of the head is sufficient, especially in that area of the field.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:17:18

Mike Jones played a good advantage in the build up to West Brom’s second goal as Rondon was fouled around the halfway line.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:16:07


WBA 7 Morrison


DM at 2016-11-21 21:14:07

Well the first foul challenge of the game from WBA 7 Morrison correctly results in a free-kick being awarded to Burnley.  However, I am surprised that the player has not been cautioned as the challenge was reckless.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:10:24

During the first 10 minutes the officials have showed their intention to allow the game to flow.  The referee has allowed physical contact, especially with aerial challenges and he has yet to (correctly) award a free-kick.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:06:48

The tempo of the match is likely to change with that early goal from West Brom.  The officials will need to remain focused and concentrate, especially over the next few minutes as Burnley try to get back in the game.


DM at 2016-11-21 21:04:42

GOAL!West Brom 10 Phillips


DM at 2016-11-21 21:00:15

Mike Jones gets the match underway

DM at 2016-11-21 20:57:12

Mike Jones will be looking to remain focused this evening and to keep a trailing eye on incidents, so he does not miss anything.  In his last premier league match between Southampton and Chelsea, this was something I felt he needed to work on as he missed a couple of fairly obvious foul challenges.

DM at 2016-11-21 20:53:27

Mike Jones has had a solid start to the season but has surprisingly only refereed six premier league games since August.  Mike Jones has issued 15 cautions in the 6 Premier League matches, averaging less than 3 yellows a game.  So far this season, he has not had to dismiss a player in the Premier League.  Adrian Holmes and Mark Scholes are not two of the more well known Assistant Referees and Holmes turned down the opportunity to be interviewed for National List referee to specialise as an Assistant.  This decision shows a lack of ambition for a young official and I hope that he is able to shine as an Assistant and emulate the success of his boss Mike Mullarkey.  Mark Scholes has been around for a while but is not really trusted with any of the big games.  Both Assistants have a point to prove and they will be looking to move up the appointments pecking order with consistently impressive performances this season.

DM at 2016-11-21 20:44:21

Tonight’s officials are:

Referee – Mike Jones

Assistants – Adrian Holmes (Technical area side) and Mark Scholes (Far Side)

4th official – Stuart Attwell

DM at 2016-11-21 20:40:55

Welcome to ref cam for tonight’s Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.