West Ham United v Manchester City


RH at 2017-02-01 22:55:49

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • A one-sided game was comfortably won by the away team, so the match tempo was never high
  • A decent performance from a Referee who is growing in confidence
  • A caution missed following a reckless tackle by Cresswell on Sterling
  • Positional issue with getting caught up in play
  • Great lining support particularly from Darren Cann

As we say they won’t be talking about the Match Officials after this one, its Manchester City who will be grabbing the headlines for their commanding display. Kevin Friend can feel pleased overall with his performance, I said in the first half that there is a controlled urgency about his game these days and as a consequence his confidence has grown, particularly his first half display. However I felt that the missed Creswell caution for a reckless challenge on Sterling and the rope that he let out to Andy Carroll didn’t match the quality of the four caution first half display. However my main advice to Kevin concerns his  movement in open play, when a teams adopts a slow build up or is involved in sustained final third attacking, he doesn’t always back off soon enough and play develops behind him which is dangerous, I recall four occasions in this game where he got in too close, twice he spun round to award free kicks. He needs to check and subtly adjust his position more often. Both Assistants did well particularly Darren Cann where I praised his involvement in City’s third goal. West Ham had a poor night, although I felt that they might have got a penalty for the Koloarov handball I thought that the Referee got the Sterling penalty spot on! But credit where due, although I’ve highlighted a couple of points Kevin Friend is an improved Referee these days and well worth a game every week!

RH at 2017-02-01 22:38:33

Full Time

Summary to follow

90 +3

RH at 2017-02-01 22:37:54

From the subsequent Snodgrass free kick the ball hits Kolarov’s arm as he jumped, looked a good case for a penalty to me!

90+ 2

RH at 2017-02-01 22:35:38

Fernandinho grounds Lanzini and West Ham get a chance to get a consolation goal!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:34:03

A minimum of five minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-02-01 22:33:25

Byram halts the progress of Jesus and City get a free kick, wouldn’t have been surprised to see a caution for halting an attack

RH at 2017-02-01 22:31:03

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RH at 2017-02-01 22:30:36

Another crowd shout for a penalty as the ball pings off a Delph tackle and hits the arm of a colleague, no penalty again is the correct outcome!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:27:30

Corner to City as Caballero gets the last touch as Snodgrass closes in, hopeful crowd  penalty appeals but both Kevin Friend and Darren are in accord, rightly so!

RH at 2017-02-01 22:24:55

Antonio nets but Darren Cann flags it offside, spot on!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:23:03

Adam Nunn keeps his eye in with a straight forward offside call against Aguero


RH at 2017-02-01 22:21:41

I think in developing the point about getting caught up in play, it seems to be City’s slow build up that causes a problem, when teams attack with pace Kevin is well placed


RH at 2017-02-01 22:19:56

From a technical perspective, Kevin Friend does get caught up in play at times, another midfield example there as Toure mounted a City attack, in an otherwise strong display, positioning on open play is still work in progress


RH at 2017-02-01 22:15:43

Yellow CardFernandinho is flattened by Carroll, the City man hits the ground hard, no caution for that but moments later he’s late on Kolarov and the inevitable card is shown!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:13:12

It hadn’t escaped my attention earlier, that Andy Carroll is getting frustrated with the game, more words from the Referee, surely it will be a caution next time he gives Kevin Friend the benefit of his opinion


RH at 2017-02-01 22:11:26

GOAL!Randolph gets a hand to Toures’s penalty but its not enough as City go 4-0 up!



RH at 2017-02-01 22:09:45

Penalty to City! Fonte trips Sterling, spot on!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:07:41

Well the first fifteen minutes of this half has largely gone the way of the first period tempo wise,  West Ham have certainly not come out of the traps flying yet!


RH at 2017-02-01 22:04:05

Yellow CardThe games fifth yellow card arrives courtesy of a Sterling challenge on Carroll which broke up a promising West Ham attack



RH at 2017-02-01 22:02:45

Feghouli ground Silva and rightly concedes a free kick


RH at 2017-02-01 22:01:17

Adam Nunn waiting to see the direction of the ball before signalling offside against the recipient Sterling


RH at 2017-02-01 21:58:46

Carroll flagged offside, Darren Cann waiting first to see if City could been better served with possession


RH at 2017-02-01 21:56:40

In the build up to this City corner the Referee found himself too close to play in the final third, that’s not the first time this has happened, he had to turn round sharply and back off


RH at 2017-02-01 21:54:23

Pleasing to report that Sterling is moving ok after that earlier Cresswell challenge


RH at 2017-02-01 21:53:11

During a stoppage in play we’ve just seen a TV replay of a Creswell challenge on Sterling that was Reckless, no free kick was given but the game should have been stopped and a caution issued!

RH at 2017-02-01 21:48:31

The second half has commenced!

RH at 2017-02-01 21:41:42

A good first half for Kevin Friend and his team, the talking point of this game so far is City’s superiority as they established a 3-0 half time lead. This game is firmly in the Referee’s grasp and although he’s shown four yellow cards, that says more about his solid control than any fires that he has needed to put out. Darren Cann did really well to hold his flag in the build up to City’s third goal, Fonte played a City attacker on and then Jesus ran from an onside position to score, well done Darren! Noble was hoping that Jesus was going to pick up a second yellow card just before half time, but the City player got the ball first and the Hammers skipper went over his leg, in reality it was a harsh free kick and would have been wrong if the Brazilian had seen Red.

RH at 2017-02-01 21:33:10

Half Time



RH at 2017-02-01 21:32:55

Jesus concedes a free kick and the ‘victim’ Noble feels that the Brazilian should have picked up another yellow card for halting a promising attack, but although the free kick is given a TV replay suggests that the City player got a touch on the ball first!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:29:56

Yellow CardDe Bryune upends Byram and earns a caution, Kevin Friend points out to that it wasn’t his first!



RH at 2017-02-01 21:28:17

Credit to Darren Cann during the build up to that third City goal, there was a superb ‘non offside’ as he kept the flag down as Jesus arrived from an onside position tom score, great work Darren!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:25:09

GOAL!Jesus makes it three as the Hammers defences is overrun!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:23:26

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RH at 2017-02-01 21:22:36

Noble and Carroll with Kevin Friend, can’t see what they’ve got to complain about, maybe the Referee called the West Ham skipper in to hear what he has to say to the West Ham number 9?

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RH at 2017-02-01 21:20:17

I’m sure that West Ham will want to challenge that City defence in the second half, because so far they haven’t really done that, a quiet half so far  for Adam Nunn


RH at 2017-02-01 21:17:37

Having watched Kevin friends opening half hour its obvious that he is Refereeing with more confidence this season, he has a controlled urgency about his game!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:16:16

Another good delayed whistle this time from Darren Cann’s offside flag against Sane

RH at 2017-02-01 21:13:17

The first quarter of this game has been played at a steady tempo, despite the three cautions and two goals! but I expect the home side to be more competitive as the game progresses which could lead to potential friction, because at the moment they are second best!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:10:02

Yellow CardLanzini halts a promising City attack as he runs across the heels of Silva, good caution



RH at 2017-02-01 21:08:46

Antonio clashes with Otamendi and West Ham get a free kick in a dangerous position themselves


RH at 2017-02-01 21:07:22

GOAL!City attack at pace again and Silva makes it 2-0



RH at 2017-02-01 21:06:12

Yellow CardJesus also picks up a yellow card for gesturing a yellow card to the Referee following that Obiang challenge



RH at 2017-02-01 21:04:55

Yellow CardSterling goes to ground as Obiang trips him, another dangerous City free kick!

RH at 2017-02-01 21:02:38


West Ham loose possession in midfield and De Bruyne punishes them!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:01:17

Great delayed whistle from Kevin Friend as Stones held Lanzini, good Refereeing!


RH at 2017-02-01 21:00:20

The two City corners so far have not led to any stupid holding or pulling


RH at 2017-02-01 20:59:08

Sterling is grounded by Noble, a free kick in a dangerous position for West Ham


RH at 2017-02-01 20:57:52

Noble in firmly but fairly on Sane, no problem


RH at 2017-02-01 20:54:14

Adam Nunn rightly signals Antionio offside, Kevin Friend coping well with the break away attack that led to the flag


RH at 2017-02-01 20:51:54

Kolarov careless on Antonio, the Referee had to spin round to see that challenge!


RH at 2017-02-01 20:49:01

Toure is holding his face after that aerial challenge with Carroll


RH at 2017-02-01 20:46:29

If you are watching the game on TV, Darren Cann is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Adam Nunn is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-02-01 20:45:25

Our match Referee Kevin Friend gets us underway!

RH at 2017-02-01 20:42:04

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

RH at 2017-02-01 20:35:19

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!

Kevin Friend: West Ham United v Manchester City                                                        Assistants: A. Nunn and D. Cann Fourth official: J. Moss

By the time this game kicks off, the Dimitri Payet saga will be a distant memory one way or the other. Coming a day after transfer deadline day, this fixture will either be graced by the Frenchman’s presence as he knuckles down to life in east London again, or he will have bif these shores farewell.

 Either way, the Hammers are still likely to be outclassed by a team that cantered to a 5-0 victory at this stadium earlier this month.

 Another heavy defeat will stop West Ham’s mini revival in its tracks so we should see a lot more effort from the hosts to stop the same from happening.

 Kevin Friend’s appointment here is another nod to his continued improvement across the campaign and with Pep Guardiola under so much pressure, it’ll be interesting to see how the man-in-the-middle deals with any potential flashpoints.

 Step up to the mark here and he’ll continue going from strength to strength as one of PGMOL’s most consistent performers in 2016/17.

Kevin Friend – all you need to know

Matches in 2016/17: 13 (1 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 15 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 3

RH at 2017-02-01 20:26:17

Tonight’s Match Referee is Kevin Friend, his Assistant Referees are Adam Nunn and Darren Cann. The Fourth Official is Jon Moss

RH at 2017-02-01 20:21:58

Both teams really want to get something from this game, that FA Cup exit at the hands of tonight’s visitors is still fresh in the memory, but the Hammers need to push on and put those early season jitters well behind them as they rise up the table, whilst City need to keep their outside title hopes and a Champions League place firmly in their sights! Join us on Refcam for West Ham United v Manchester City!