Commentary By: STUART MARTIN


S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:37:08


The first 44 minutes were very even with offences being few and of a minor nature. The Newcastle goal just prior to half-time changed the fabric of the game for the second half with the home team having to commit players forward’ hence allowing Newcastle to capitalise on the space and eventually increase their lead and maintain it comfortably. The Referee was able to maintain a very “low profile” throughout while always being in complete control and overall this control appeared very easy. However, he has to take a great deal of credit in reading the game and players’ intentions very well so that man-management skills could be used to assert authority without being over intrusive. He was able to let the game breathe with just the occasional fussiness in ball position at free-kicks. Good, sensible movement to remain in close proximity without being in the way, allowing play to develop in front of him and sensible use of the advantage clause were all positive contributory factors in his very good performance which was totally appropriate for the type of game that unfolded. This coupled with good solid performances from both Assistant Referees ensured there were no repeats of yesterdays poor and incorrect judgements. Well done to all four Officials in this game.

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S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:20:47

The Referee brings the game to a conclusion with Newcastle winners by 2 goals to 0

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:17:34

3 added minutes time allowed

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:13:41

Corner-kick to Newcastle. Great save to prevent a third Newcastle goal

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:12:53

Good detection of offence by Assistant Kirkup. Prompt. positive flag signal ensures Referee can award a free-kick. Once again good co-operation.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:10:58

Handball by WBA No2

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:08:46

Newcastle sub: No4 for 20

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:07:07

Good wide position adopted by Referee to keep everything in view.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:05:41

Referee maintaining a good awareness and close proximity to play.

Newcastle subs: 11 for 28 and 6 for 2

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:03:13

Sub: WBA …Samaras for Dorrans

S,.M at 2014-11-09 16:01:29

Foul By Newcastle 22 on WBA  7

Referee uses spray to indicate ball position and 10 yards defensive wall.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:57:52

Good man-management shown by Referee when Ameobi was unhappy he had not won a free-kick.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:56:48

Another good advantage applied by the Referee following a minor offence on a Newcastle player

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:55:07

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S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:54:12

Referee aware Newcastle wasting time at throw and immediately gives an indication to the offender to “get a move on” . Let’s see if this management style works.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:52:27

Referee now needs to heighten awareness as WBA will attempt to pull a goal back and will up their commitment

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:50:39


S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:49:35

Corner-kick Newcastle. Once again nice to see no grappling.

Ball cleared but returned and Newcastle score a second.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:46:04

Game now littered with minor free-kicks as tempo rises but Referee aware and has missed nothing.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:44:54

Good detection of minor offence by Referee again. Free-kick Newcastle.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:42:43

Corner-kick to WBA. No grappling apparent but Referee vigilant.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:39:56

Referee displays a good sprint to deal with a quick WBA counter-attack.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:37:53

Newcastle were hoping for  FREE-KICK but Referee was well positioned in close proximity to judge no offence had been committed.

S,.M at 2014-11-09 15:36:36

Good advantage to Newcastle with a clear, positive arm signal.

at 2014-11-09 15:33:42

WBA Morrison fouls Ameobi. Free-kick Newcastle

at 2014-11-09 15:32:51

Second half underway. Referee re-starts play as two WBA players were in wrong half at kick-off. Good awareness.

at 2014-11-09 15:29:46


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S.M at 2014-11-09 15:26:12

First-half summary

a very even half until the 44th minute with goal-scoring opportunities being at a premium. The Officials have been able to adopt a very “low profile” which has been appropriate for the phases of play and the attitude of the players and hence authority has been asserted by the Referee without him being noticed unduly. Co-operation by the officials has been first class, nothing major escaping detection but with the goal coming in the final minute, they will need to ensure that concentration is at a high level immediately in the second half when the home team will surely raise commitment and tempo to attempt to get back into the game. Join us for the second half and give of your thoughts on what has gone before on twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at you-are-the-ref.com

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:16:26

Goal by Perez for Newcastle with a clever flickFootball

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:13:20

Good detection of offence by Perez.

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:11:53

Another good detection of offside offence by Assistant Salisbury. Clear positive flag signal given adds to quality of co-operation between assistant and Referee.

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:10:46

Offence by Newcastle No28.  Good judgement by Referee

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:08:58

Another offence by Mulumbu. Referee needs to be aware of persistent offending and take some sort of action.

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:06:31

Free-kick awarded against Malumbu.  Safe Refereeing to give this one

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:05:01

Was that a foul by Lescott?  Replay suggests that a free-kick should have been awarded.

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:04:19

Very clear arm signal by Referee to indicate the indirect free-kick following offside offence

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:03:14

Good positive flag by Assistant Kirkup to indicate offside offence.

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:02:43

Fussy refereering in ensuring free-kick is taken from exact position or a way of asserting some authority ?

S.M at 2014-11-09 15:00:28

Quiet word with Ameobi following a challenge on Wisdom. Sensible management without putting control at risk.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:59:31

I f the low sun is causing an Assistant problems in viewing play clearly, should there be an option for the Referee to move them into a “left wing” position ?


S.M at 2014-11-09 14:55:04

The Referee is taking up good positions to be always within close proximity of play.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:53:39

Clear, positive flag signals by both Assistants.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:52:42

Good decision by Assistant Salisbury in judging the whole of the ball had not crossed the touchline to be out of play.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:51:31

Accidental collision between both No7′s. Referee shows empathy in stopping play quickly.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:47:09

Notice how the Assistants use “crabbing” movement to keep in line with the second rearmost defender while keeping eyes on the field of play.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:45:05

Excellent sideways movement by the Referee when necessary to keep play in view at all times.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:43:35

Notice how the Referee moves backwards while keeping play in view to ensure he is not in the way when the ball is played across midfield areas.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:41:29

Referee adopting good viewing positions and is not afraid to adopt a static pose to allow play to develope in front of him

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:40:04

WBA 17 fouls Newcastle NO28.  Correct decision.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:38:36

Brunt foul on mALUMBU. First free-kick to WBA. Another free-kick awarded to Newcastle. Good Refereeing in waiting to see if an advantage would accrue before awarding the free-kicik

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:33:28

The low winter sun can always pose problems for players and officials alike and this could mean an adjustment to positioning for the Referee to ensure he always has a clear view of play.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:30:53

The whistle sounds and the home team get the game underway.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:30:01

On Rememberance Sunday Craig Pawson’s whistle starts the 1 minutes’ silence which is being respectfully maintained by the crowd.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:16:36

Both teams are on 13 points and are separated only by goal difference. Newcastle have gained more points in the last 7 days than in all their other Premiership games and so we should be in for a closely contested game. Today’s 4th Official is Kevin Friend who hopefully will have a trouble-free afternoon controlling the two benches.

S.M at 2014-11-09 14:09:45

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S.M at 2014-11-09 14:07:26

Good afternoon

Welcome to our coverage of the game from the Hawthorns between WBA and Newcastle United.. Today’s Officials are as follows:

Referee: Craig Pawson

Red Flag Assistant: Peter Kirkup    Yellow flag Assistant|: Michael Salisbury

After the various questionable and wrong decisions seen in yesterday’s games we hope that today’s officials provide us with a top class display…..We shall see !!!!