West Bromwich Albion v Everton



GB at 2015-09-28 22:18:28

Well Done Mr Madley and your team – in my opinion you hardly put a foot wrong between the 3 of you. In a dire game for the first 43 minutes which started in a similar vein for the second half, all the officials kept their concentration well and raised their profiles in the last 30 minutes when we suddenly had a game to watch.


I was critical of the Referee’s body language during the quieter periods of the game and I still think he would do well to watch the likes of Clattenburg, Atkinson and Taylor and mirror how they give the impression of being alert all the time and not just stand still and let the play go on around them. That said, control of the game and accurate application of law will always tick the biggest boxes, so although the trend nowadays is for athletes who can referee, an athlete who “can’t referee” will get found out first!


Robert Madley kept a strong grip on the game and managed to stay in touch with the players and gain their respect both when the game was just rolling along in the first half and whilst goals were going in all over the place in the second half. In amongst this he picked out all the technical and penal offence which required disciplinary sanction and did not shirk his responsibilities for any of them.


As for the assistants, AR1 Mike McDonough had the biggest call of the night and correctly kept his flag down in the build up to Everton’s second goal. I covered this in detail in minutes 76 and 82 in my blog. It was a great decision for me and one which the “Assistant Referee’s Union” will be pleased with as they look to restore everyone’s confidence in them after last Saturday.


So another decent shift put in by the officials for me to comment on this season! Long may it continue and good luck to all of you for your trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for the first time in the EPL for this referee. You have earned you big game after tonight’s performance now all you need to do is to deliver the same again at the weekend!


GB at 2015-09-28 21:54:41

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GB at 2015-09-28 21:53:36

Full Time


West Bromwich Albion 23 Everton


GB at 2015-09-28 21:49:56

good safe free kick for the holding offence then – have you noticed how the referee’s whistle tone has increased as the game has progressed?


GB at 2015-09-28 21:48:15

minimum of 5 minutes to be added at 90 minutes


GB at 2015-09-28 21:47:38

There was NO chance of the third Everton goal being disallowed for hand ball by the goal scorer – the ball may have struck the player but he was not “fortunate” as his actions were not deliberate in touching the ball with his hand. Therefore cannot be a hand ball offence


GB at 2015-09-28 21:45:19

oh dear oh dear – what a miss by Rickie Lambert (WBA 17)


GB at 2015-09-28 21:43:29

GOAL! Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)


Well I did say “expect the unexpected”!


West Bromwich Albion 23 Everton


GB at 2015-09-28 21:41:47

replays of the “non-off-side” decision for the last goal confirms what I said earlier. Interesting enough, when you watch it shown over and over again after the game, watch how the “defenders” arm keeps the attackers leg level with him. Unlike the attackers hands and arms which cannot be “off-side” an defenders hands and arms can keep a player “on-side” if level


GB at 2015-09-28 21:37:27

GOAL!  Arouna Koné (EV 9)


Excellent call by AR1 Mike McDonough . The only part of the goal scorers body which was in an off-side position was his arm when the ball was played through. As he cannot score with his hand or arm he was NOT off-side.

West Bromwich Albion 22 Everton


Arouna Koné (EV 9) also picked up a Yellow Card for lifting his shirt in his celebrations after the goal in accordance with the laws of the game





GB at 2015-09-28 21:32:22

Even Robert Madley’s movement has improved as this game has woken up and he is at last jinking and keeping on his toes giving the impression that he is not going to miss anything


GB at 2015-09-28 21:29:18

Yellow Card  James McCarthy (EV 16)




Excellently spotted by the referee and another example of how the referee has demonstrated his alertness and concentration in a game that looked like it was going nowhere until about 15 minutes ago


GB at 2015-09-28 21:26:49

He has proved fully competent in dealing with the few minor flash points in this second half so far. The danger in games like this is for referee to get “over friendly” with the players wen nothing is happening and then struggle to keep their respect when he needs to start to show everyone who is in charge. So far the referee has got the balance ajust right but there are 21 minutes to go yet!


GB at 2015-09-28 21:24:04

I am pleased for the referee that this game has started to just bubble a little as is gives him a chance to show what he is made of


GB at 2015-09-28 21:23:04

Yellow Card Steven Naismith (EV 14)

Excellent refereeing displayed then as Robert Madley did not “mess about” and picked out a yellow card for the antics of the Everton player in the wall. Superb pro-active refereeing well done!


GB at 2015-09-28 21:20:59

Straight forward free kick on the edge of the WBA penalty area. Now we get to see the players starting to put pressure on the referee for the first time in the game. RM showing a calm stance and handled that well


GB at 2015-09-28 21:19:19

Robert Madley showing now that he knows he has a game to referee for the last half an hour and starts to assert some authority over that free kick in the centre circle. Time wasting may become an issue with the Home team in this game later so he needs to be pro-active with his management of that


GB at 2015-09-28 21:16:51

Marc Perry did not show best practice then as the players came towards him and he backed away from the line rather than moving up ahead of them and looking back so he can judge accurately if the ball crosses the touchline


GB at 2015-09-28 21:14:48

GOAL!  Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)


Now we have a game on at last – expect the unexpected I said!


West Bromwich Albion 21 Everton



GB at 2015-09-28 21:13:08

GOAL!  Craig Dawson (WBA 25)


Now Everton have to really start to attack f they want to get 3 point from this game


West Bromwich Albion 2 – 0 Everton


GB at 2015-09-28 21:10:02

The second half seems to have started with the same level of tempo as the first one, so the officials need to remained focussed and expect the unexpected in games like this

GB at 2015-09-28 21:07:58

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GB at 2015-09-28 21:05:37

excellent advantage played by RM in the centre then which nearly led to a goal – that shows the confidence the referee is refereeing with at the moment


GB at 2015-09-28 21:02:57

second half underway


GB at 2015-09-28 20:57:50

Robert Madley has hardly been noticed in this game so far, and that has to be the way referees like it! That said, whilst I have been impressed by his decision making and his style of refereeing which has been fully suited to this game so far, I can’t help thinking that he needs to just sharpen his act up a bit to shine out from his peers. I am not suggesting that he goes looking for trouble to show how good he is – far from it – but he has a habit of standing still in the centre of the field of play when he could be a little more mobile and look that bit more alert at times.


In all fairness though, he has kept his profile at the optimum level so far, so he just needs to remain alert and aware to any changes in tactic and attitude of the players as Everton start to press to get something out of the game.


Very quiet games for the assistants too, but as I always say, the skill is knowing when you need to come in and when to stay out of it. At the moment both the assistants are perfectly in tune with the referee’s wavelength.


Keep it up lads, but there is another game about to start soon.


GB at 2015-09-28 20:49:11

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GB at 2015-09-28 20:48:00

Half Time


West Bromwich Albion 10 Everton


GB at 2015-09-28 20:47:03

RM moved a long way across to his Assist’s side in that last Everton attack – this is a good tactic when used wisely, but not all the time


GB at 2015-09-28 20:45:29

minimum of 2 added minutes to be played

GB at 2015-09-28 20:43:30

correction of course

West Bromwich Albion 10 Everton


GB at 2015-09-28 20:42:11

GOAL!  Saido Berahino (WBA 18)


Just what the game needed as I said


West Bromwich Albion 12 Everton



GB at 2015-09-28 20:40:50

There is nothing fancy about this referee, and to be fair there has been no need for him to rise his profile too much so far, but he needs to think about his body language so he looks a little sharper


GB at 2015-09-28 20:37:12

this seems like the classic game which needs a goal to kick start it into life


GB at 2015-09-28 20:34:31

Assistant 1 MM was better placed than the referee to spot that foul on the WBA player before the last corner


GB at 2015-09-28 20:32:31

Players are allowed to shield the ball provided they stay within playing distance of it – as soon as they are further away than this, they must be penalised for impeding an opponent


GB at 2015-09-28 20:30:33

New referees would do worse than mimic this referee’s arm signals – watch how he cracks them out confidently and sharply at waist height


GB at 2015-09-28 20:29:11

All of a sudden the referee is required to show a burst of pace which he was able to do with ease


GB at 2015-09-28 20:27:09

Good learning point then at that free kick in the centre circle to WBA. Always make sure that any player you have been having a word with is allowed to regain his position before you restart play. Players always expect this and have a right for it to happen


GB at 2015-09-28 20:25:10

well into the second 10 minute slot now and the officials will be saying to themselves now that they would like more of the same. This tactic of breaking the game down into segments really helps maintain concentration – especially in “quiet” games like this


GB at 2015-09-28 20:22:50

Good anticipation there by the referee he was moving towards that careless challenge even before it was made


GB at 2015-09-28 20:21:31

notice how every free kick has been signalled with a very short sharp peep of the whistle so far. RM is making his whistle talk for him and will vary this to a long hard blast the first time we have a “bad” challenge


GB at 2015-09-28 20:19:41

that was the type of communication which impressed me the last time I watch this referee last season


GB at 2015-09-28 20:18:59

good to see RM being pro-active then and having a word about the grappling before the corner was taken


GB at 2015-09-28 20:17:40

No advantage so I brought it back said the referee


GB at 2015-09-28 20:16:59

watch as he seems happy to just stand still and watch the play in front of him. Much better to be on your toes as I said earlier


GB at 2015-09-28 20:15:47

RM’s demeanour looks calm and relaxed as befits the tempo of the game so far, but it is in stark contrast to some of his more experienced colleagues who look so much fitter and sharper then him even when there is little going on in the game


GB at 2015-09-28 20:13:58

Straight forward free kick for RM to give in front of the technical areas again – not the place to take chances or try to be clever


GB at 2015-09-28 20:12:33

MR may have “got lucky then” as the Everton player running back from an off-side position in the WBA penalty area should really have been penalised


GB at 2015-09-28 20:10:20

First 10 minute slot gone for the officials and the players have given them very little to get involved in – they wont be too worried about that


GB at 2015-09-28 20:09:18

the last shot of MM Throw-in signal showed his flag drooping backwards towards the crowd. This looks sloppy and can be corrected by pointing your finger down the handle making your flag stick an extension of your arm


GB at 2015-09-28 20:06:10

good teamwork then as MM obviously took his time and had a good look at the referee before a signal was given for the throw-in in front of the technical areas. It is so important to get your decisions correct in that area of the field of play


GB at 2015-09-28 20:04:19

MM getting his first off-side under his belt which is always nice early in the game for an Assistant


GB at 2015-09-28 20:03:07

RM seemed to have taken root in the centre circle then. Better to stay on his toes and adjust his position as the challenges went in


GB at 2015-09-28 20:01:01

AR1: Mike McDonough (MM) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-09-28 19:59:50

Everton won the toss so it will be West Bromwich Albion  to kick off.


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GB at 2015-09-28 19:57:41

Once again this season we have a goalkeeper in the same colour shirt as the referee. Competition rules may allow this, but it is actually contrary to the laws of the game


GB at 2015-09-28 19:54:40

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2015-09-28 19:48:16

Robert is in charge of his 5th game of this campaign in his 3rd full season on the Select List. I watched Robert a few times for RefCam last season and I was impressed with his man management style and communication skills which he demonstrated in those games. Keith Hackett tipped this referee to really start to make a mark in the Premier League this season, so a live game in which to show the world what he is made of is an opportunity which I hope he takes full advantage of tonight.


The current management obviously have confidence in Mr Madley this season and he already has a very respectable fixture to look forward to next Saturday in Chelsea v Southampton.


Robert did not seem to have a regular team of assistants to work with last season, but this will be the 4th time he has been paired with Marc Perry this time around and the 3rd joint appointment with Mike McDonough. I have always been a strong supporter of officials working in teams, so I see this as a very positive step forwards for whoever is doing the appointments this season.


Talking of teams of officials, not surprisingly to anyone here at YATR, Mark Clattenburg will not be working with his usual Assistants in the Premier League this weekend – see no game for blundering assistants


Mike Jones takes charge of the benches today and I am sure will be looking forward to a much quieter time than he had at Old Trafford on Saturday, which by all accounts he came through well to keep up his sound start to the season!


GB at 2015-09-28 19:42:28

Referee: Robert Madley (RM)

AR1: Mike McDonough (MM)

AR2: Marc Perry (MP)

4th Official: Mike Jones (MJ)


GB at 2015-09-28 19:40:27

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

West Bromwich Albion


Boaz Myhill (WBA 13)

Jonas Olsson (WBA 3)

Claudio Yacob (WBA 5)

Jonny Evans (WBA 6)

James Morrison (WBA 7)

Chris Brunt (WBA 11)

James McClean (WBA 14)

Saido Berahino (WBA 18)

Darren Fletcher (WBA 24)

Craig Dawson (WBA 25)

Salomón Rondón (WBA 33)


James Chester (WBA 4)

Craig Gardner (WBA 8)

Victor Anichebe (WBA 10)

Rickie Lambert (WBA 17)

Callum McManaman (WBA 19)

Anders Lindegaard (WBA 21)

Serge Gnabry (WBA 31)




Tim Howard (EV 24)

Phil Jagielka (EV 6)

Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Steven Naismith (EV 14)

James McCarthy (EV 16)

Gareth Barry (EV 18)

Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19)

Ross Barkley (EV 20)

R Funes Mori (EV 25)

Tyias Browning (EV 27)

Brendan Galloway (EV 32)


Darron Gibson (EV 4)

Aidan McGeady (EV 7)

Bryan Oviedo (EV 8)

Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Aaron Lennon (EV 12)

Joel Robles (EV 1)

Leon Osman (EV 21)


GB at 2015-09-28 19:37:16

West Bromwich Albion’s form has been pretty symmetrical so far this season have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2! They need to buck their trend today though in order to take all three points, as they have failed to get a victory against today’s visitors in their last 5 EPL encounters. Everton on the other had have still to concede a goal away from home this season so the Baggies will have their work cut out to break down the Toffees tonight.


Everton’s only defeat so far was against Manchester City last month so I expect them to fancy their chances tonight in what could turn out to be a well-balanced fight.


GB at 2015-09-28 19:36:26

Welcome to our Monday night RefCam coverage today of the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Everton

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