West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United


RH at 2016-03-06 19:15:44

So the talking points in this game were

  • How changing team tactics in a game can affect the Referees management of a game
  • Excellent Tempo management of this game by the Referee
  • The key match changing Refereeing decision called correctly
  • Superb movement and positioning throughout

The biggest call  in the game happened in the first half, the sending off was spot on and I have already explained the reasoning behind that at half time.. But given the strong foundations on which this Refereeing performance was built, it came as no surprise that Mike Dean delivered a great second half performance. His control was never in doubt and I and anyone watching this game would have felt a great deal of confidence in his handling of this match, you just sensed that he was always capable of managing whatever this match presented him with. He also took the pressure off himself, a great example being Rondon’s backing into a United defender who toppled over his head, penalty shouts from the home crowd, but the Referee awarded a free kick in favour of the United player, the kick was quickly taken and within moments everyone’s forgotten the incident, it could have been so different had a penalty been awarded. That’s what you get with Mike Dean, no surprises, he doesn’t dig any holes for himself and pulls the trigger when you expect him to!

For a Referee who’s been around for a long time he worked so hard to get into great viewing positioning both in terms of his reading of the game and the hard work that he put in to keep a good proximity to play. In a performance rich on quality it would be remiss of me not to mention the Referees excellent Match Tempo management, when the game was free flowing and open in the first twenty five minutes he stayed in the background, then as tactical changes were made his raised his game to maintain control, in the second half with the big call under his belt, he allowed himself periods of the game where again was able to keep a lower profile. This was in all respects a great Refereeing performance, hopefully I’ve been able to explain to you why that is. Both Assistants did well, there were some tight offside calls particularly for Simon Bennett, I wish he wouldn’t look like he has the worries of the world on his shoulders when the camera moves in him after a big offside decision, stand tall Simon, you did well today! In fact all the Match Officials did well today!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:50:48

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2016-03-06 18:50:20

Good advantage played as Martial was checked in that United attack

RH at 2016-03-06 18:48:48

Good offside call this time from Simon Long as Martial comes from an offside position to play the ball!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:47:31

The Referees movement and positioning have been solid throughout, he’s had a good game plan and he’s rightly stuck with it!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:46:36

A minimum 4 of  minutes additional time to be played

RH at 2016-03-06 18:45:50

Gardner is signalled off by Simon Bennett, it was a tight call but spot on!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:42:16

We’ve still got the final Refcam action for you from this weekend’s programme to come, at 9.30 Guy Beale covers the game stateside where Portland Timbers host Columbus crew as we commence our Refcam coverage of the 2016 MLS season!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:41:57

Amateurish throw in by Depay see’s him pulled up, you have to ask what was he thinking of?

RH at 2016-03-06 18:38:31

Simon Bennett getting some stick from the home crowd but the Albion player was in the area of the field of play that the ball was played into and he was in an offside position

RH at 2016-03-06 18:36:46

Gardner pushes Rojo to ground, he didn’t like the free kick award but it was right!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:34:20

Smalling all over Rondon there rightly conceding a midfield free kick

RH at 2016-03-06 18:32:31

Gardener brings down Depay for a dangerous free kick

RH at 2016-03-06 18:32:03

Two strong features of the Referees game today have been his shrewd reading of play, using his experience to always be where he needs to. The other feature being his superb tempo management, Mike has raised and lowered his profile according to the temperature of the game at any given phase of the match

RH at 2016-03-06 18:29:20

A brave call there from the Referee as Rondon backed into a defender inside the penalty area, it didn’t go down well with the home crowd, but that’s a mark of an experienced Referee, that incident will be forgotten in the grand scheme of things, but a controversial penalty would not be

RH at 2016-03-06 18:26:03

Albion bring on McLean, now that could make things different from a Refereeing point of view

RH at 2016-03-06 18:24:09

We talked about an Albion change of tactics in the first half, will goal herald another?

RH at 2016-03-06 18:23:10

GOAL!Rondon breaks the deadlock 1-0 Albion

RH at 2016-03-06 18:21:02

Well is fair to sat that Assistant Simon Bennett will get plenty of the action here as Albion seek to break down the ten men

RH at 2016-03-06 18:18:42

Good non offside call from Assistant Simon Bennett as that cross came in, the Albion player who played the ball in was onside!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:17:07

I was going to praise Mike Dean for his strong sprinting until he floored the United player!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:16:24

Mike Dean brings down Rashford in midfield, surely it was only careless contact?

RH at 2016-03-06 18:15:10

Yellow CardOlsson takes one for the team as he brings down Martial on the edge of the penalty area,

RH at 2016-03-06 18:13:25

The tempo management continues as the Referee is able to take a lower profile at present

RH at 2016-03-06 18:11:44

TV replays showing that United appeal’s for a handball driven penalty were not supported by a TV replay as the pictures show that Gardner’s arms were in a natural position and he was outside the penalty area

RH at 2016-03-06 18:10:00

Mike Dean following up his good work at the next corner!

RH at 2016-03-06 18:08:50

The Referee needed to be close to hat ‘crowd scene’ at that last United corner, he used his voice and presence well to control the emerging situation

RH at 2016-03-06 18:06:52

Mike Dean moving strongly through midfield to track that United attack

RH at 2016-03-06 18:05:23

Rondon with a high boot on Rojo concedes the first free kick of the new half

RH at 2016-03-06 18:02:48

Mike Dean follows Rondon and Smalling into the penalty area to see out that goal kick

RH at 2016-03-06 18:01:30

The game is back on!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:56:13

It just goes to show how a change of tactics can change a game from a Refereeing point of view. The first twenty minutes or so was open with both teams counterattacking United using the pace that they had up front. But then things changed, TV pointed out that Fletcher and Yacob then played deeper to contain United and the game got tighter in midfield, suddenly we  had free kicks that were not there before, Mata in particular attempted to slow things down at two free kicks firstly by arguing with the Referee and then getting cautioned for a deliberately stopping the ball being played forward at the next free kick. Then with things till tight in midfield he then picks up a second caution and red card for a swipe with his boot  at a passing Albion player as they counter attacked. Mike Dean was spot on with both cautions and had no option, so United are down to ten men and a contributing factor being that change of tactics by Albion that made things tighter in Midfield. The Referee did well to raise his game and demonstrate great match tempo management,  a good half with both Assistants looking sharp also

RH at 2016-03-06 17:46:36

Half Time

RH at 2016-03-06 17:46:15

Mike Dean following play well into the penalty area to award that United corner

RH at 2016-03-06 17:45:16

A minimum of 1 minute additional time to be played

RH at 2016-03-06 17:43:55

Good honest battle between Smalling and Rondon, Referee and Assistant right not to intervene

RH at 2016-03-06 17:41:35

We’ve still got the final Refcam action for you from this weekend’s programme to come, at 9.30 Guy Beale covers the game stateside where Portland Timbers host Columbus crew as we commence our Refcam coverage of the 2016 MLS season!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:41:12

Gardener not quite seeing it that as Mike Dean awards a goal kick when a TV replay suggests that the Albion player had a point!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:40:07

Mike Dean now allowing a higher level of player contact again following that earlier rise in match tempo, good game management!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:36:13

Well this is looking like a half of two halves! the first 20 minutes or so was quiet, but the game has definitely come to life as Albion seek to make the most of  that extra player advantage

RH at 2016-03-06 17:34:39

Rojo catching an arm in the face from Dawson, didn’t look malicious

RH at 2016-03-06 17:33:23

Rashford going to ground near in full view of Assistant Bennett, no free kick, looked a good call!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:31:55

Well credit to Mike Dean for that sending off, Mata swung out at the Albion player for that second caution, he didn’t need to make the challenge, especially as he was cautioned only minutes before!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:30:05

Blind pulled back, United free kick right in front of Assistant Simon Long

RH at 2016-03-06 17:28:42

Mike Dean asking Rashford to calm down as the match tempo rises following that Mata sending off!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:27:32

Yellow CardRed CardMata see’s red for a silly challenge on Yacob as the Albion player broke away on a counter attack, correct decision!

RH at 2016-03-06 17:25:16

Yellow CardMata rightly cautioned as he delayed the restart at an Albion free kick, coming so soon after he slowed things down at the previous Albion free kick also


RH at 2016-03-06 17:24:18

Well managed free kick despite Mata’s protests,  and a close offside call as Fletcher was level from the kick, good call by Simon Long

RH at 2016-03-06 17:22:13

Herrera late on Gardner, good call with a free kick

RH at 2016-03-06 17:20:33

Blind with a high boot near Berahino, close to the penalty area, but a good call, free kick no penalty

RH at 2016-03-06 17:19:07

Good advantage played as Martial was late on Dawson, nice follow up with the players after

RH at 2016-03-06 17:18:04

Noticeable that Mike Dean is constantly checking his movements so as to keep is an ideal range of play and facing the action with a open 180 degree view

RH at 2016-03-06 17:12:44

Given the free flowing movement in this game Mike Dean is allowing some player contact but can afford to allow the game to breathe at the moment

RH at 2016-03-06 17:09:43

Dawson showing a greater appetite to meet that Albion cross, no free kick awarded,

RH at 2016-03-06 17:07:45

Will the introduction of Rashford up front inject some pace in the United attack and produce some tight offside calls as the ball is played in through the channels?

RH at 2016-03-06 17:04:43

Good to see Mike Dean reading play well and moving off down the left hand channel as Blind passed long from the left back position to mount that United attack

RH at 2016-03-06 17:00:55

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Bennett is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Simon Long is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-03-06 17:00:09

Our match Referee Mike Dean gets us underway!

RH at 2016-03-06 16:56:59

The players and Match Officials have entered the field of play

RH at 2016-03-06 16:54:37

Mike Dean – all you need to know Matches in 2015/16: 24 (9 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 13 Football League appointments in 2015/16: 28 Last refereed West Bromwich Albion: 19 December 2015 Last refereed Manchester United: 12 January 2016 Honours:2008 FA Cup Final

RH at 2016-03-06 16:50:44

Today’s Match Referee is Mike Dean. His Assistant Referees are Simon Long and Simon Bennett, The Fourth Official is Stuart Attwell

RH at 2016-03-06 16:48:13

We cover this fascinating game today where West Brom can confidently take on visitors Manchester United with a points cushion keeping them away from the relegation battle, but United must keep on winning to maintain the ‘feel good’ factor that has emerged in the last few games!