West Ham United v Manchester City


GT at 2014-10-25 14:49:42

And that’s all for the opening game today as West Ham move closer to the head of the Premier League.

Stick with us here at YATR though for more live commentary today as Swansea City take on Leicester City with a 17.30 kick-off, plus great debate, blogs and interviews along with competitions and a FREE evening with players and referees at Sheffield – check out the website for more details…

GT at 2014-10-25 14:45:49

Stick with us here on YATR for more live commentary on Refcam today, as we have Swansea City v Leicester City coming up later, with a 17.30 kick-off.

You’ll always get real-time, on the spot reaction and commentary here, coupled with educational advice and tips for refereeing.

We always call the big decisions in real-time, just as the refereeing team does.

Keep it real…Keep it YATR.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:43:20

He wasn’t helped by his Assistant Peter Kirkup today either, who missed a routine, standing, offside call.

Unfortunately it was the wrong call as he allowed West Ham to play and and the opening goal resulted.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:41:58

All of their players can leave with their heads held high.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the refereeing team today.

Only Steve Child leaves with his reputation intact as Atkinson makes twomajor errors:

  • missed a second yellow card for West Ham’s Amalfitano as he went into the crowd following his goal
  • missed a red card foul by Aguero at the end of the first half

Also, he looks tired and lacks a sprint. He is too close to play in the midfield area and cannot get up with quick breaks. He’s had a heavy schedule recently and really needs time out to recharge his batteries.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:38:30

And that’s it, West Ham end the game victorious and move to within a point of City.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:36:22

Good spot by Atkinson there as Collins gets a slight touch on a City effort….corner

GT at 2014-10-25 14:35:35

Jovetic tests Adrian but the West Ham keeper is equal to it

GT at 2014-10-25 14:33:14

We start 5 minutes of added time with City still in search of an equaliser

GT at 2014-10-25 14:31:44

Nolan replaces the goalscorer Sakho for West Ham as they look to shut-up-shop

GT at 2014-10-25 14:31:04

With five minutes of normal playing time to go, Atkinson will be hoping for a drop in tempo as, for me, he looks ‘leggy’.

He has been caught up with play too many times and unable to keep up with the quick breaks.

He would benefit from a week or two out of the game to re-charge his batteries after a heavy schedule.

Check out Keith Hackett’s comments on YATR in which he also supports that theory. Martin should be rested for a while, without doubt.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:27:50

Definitely no penalty there…West Ham player was trying to ‘buy’ one there.

Great article on YATR regarding players attempting to deceive referees. Take a look at it for some excellent educational points.

GT at 2014-10-25 14:24:16

It’s been a breath taking game of football so far, with hardly time to react to everything happening.

Only now can we find a moment to point out that in the build up to West Ham’s opening goal there was a clear, and not difficult to give, offside decision.

Unfortunately for City, Peter Kirkup missed it and the goal stood.

Poor lining and let’s hope it doesn’t affect the outcome of this match

GT at 2014-10-25 14:21:37

Everyone at YATR along with supporters the length and breadth of the football world having been crying out for goal-line technology and the second West Ham goal supports those opinions.

Great piece of technology as a goal is correctly awarded, when in times gone by that one may have been missed

GT at 2014-10-25 14:20:29

Silva plants a beauty into the corner….game on

GT at 2014-10-25 14:20:06


GT at 2014-10-25 14:19:14

The goal line technology does its job as despite a great attempt by Hart the ball clearly crossed the line and Sakho scores West Ham’s second

GT at 2014-10-25 14:17:50


GT at 2014-10-25 14:16:05

Advantage played for West Ham.

Probably better to give a free kick when they are in their own half….City get the ball back

GT at 2014-10-25 14:14:43

West Ham go close again on the counter attack

GT at 2014-10-25 14:11:54

Kompany commits another foul and the West Ham fans want a second yellow for the City captain.

Not enough in in it for me to give a caution though

GT at 2014-10-25 14:10:13

Two thirds of the game gone, and this is livening up nicely

GT at 2014-10-25 14:09:44

Amalfitano replaced by Kouyate for West Ham

GT at 2014-10-25 14:09:00

Collins catches Aguero with a high challenge…nothing given

GT at 2014-10-25 14:07:57

Great phase of play by City…

Aguero hits the bar then Adrian makes a great save on Toure’s follow up

GT at 2014-10-25 14:05:36

Definitely no deliberate pass to the keeper there, as City appeal in vain.

The ball has to be played by the foot, or a pass manufactured – e.g. a player flicks it up with his foot and deliberately heads it back

GT at 2014-10-25 14:03:28

Atkinson gets himself too close to play as City play across the West Ham penalty area.

He needs to get a little wider and deeper

GT at 2014-10-25 14:01:33

Jovetic on for Dzeko as City look to get back into this one

GT at 2014-10-25 13:59:55

Fernando and Song tangle at the halfway line.

Atkinson looked for an advantage but nothing came so he correctly awards a free kick to West Ham

GT at 2014-10-25 13:55:54

Kompany commits another foul, but it’s nothing more than that for the City captain who is already on a caution.

Correct call by Atkinson

GT at 2014-10-25 13:54:42

Offside correctly called against West Ham but play could have been allowed to continue as Hart had the ball in his hands, under control

GT at 2014-10-25 13:52:20

Good advantage played as City advance

GT at 2014-10-25 13:49:56

Caution for Song of West Ham as he slips and then deliberately handles the ball.

Correct decision Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-25 13:48:24

Here we go for the second half.

West Ham gets us going.

More goals this half, I fancy…

GT at 2014-10-25 13:48:17

Right at the end of the first half Aguero is very fortunate not to see red as he committed an awful challenge on his opponent, right under the gaze of referee Atkinson.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:41:50

What do you think?

Can West Ham build on their first half lead and domination, or will City get back into this?

What do you think of Atkinson’s game management, and the performances of his two assistants?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

GT at 2014-10-25 13:36:26

An impressive first half performance from the home side who wouldn’t have wanted it to end.

They have dominated play, with almost twice the possession of their opponents.

As for our referee, he has missed a major decision by not issuing a second caution to Amalfitano. Whilst he also needs to get firmer with West Ham’s spoiling tactics.

On a more positive note, his two assistants have made consistently good offside calls in tight positions, and assisted Atkinson with free kick decisions.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:32:59

Half time arrives.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:30:39

It’s added time – 2 minutes – as West Ham go close again

GT at 2014-10-25 13:29:55

Kompany finds his way into the book.

Harshly in my opinion as he cleaned the ball up, not the player. Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-25 13:28:29

No foul given as the City man throws himself to the floor.

Good call.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:27:02

It’s all West Ham at the moment, who appear to have their tactics correct.

Attack on the break and spoil the game when City have the ball.

Atkinson should be aware of that, and let the players know he is on top of it

GT at 2014-10-25 13:24:12

Child awards a handball against City as West Ham attempt to clear their lines

GT at 2014-10-25 13:23:26

Toure has an effort on goal, but the wall does its job

GT at 2014-10-25 13:22:41

Now it’s Reid’s turn to give away a free lick to City.

They are totting up the foul count today

GT at 2014-10-25 13:21:50

Another foul by West Ham

GT at 2014-10-25 13:20:15

Assistant Child correctly leads Atkinson into a free kick for City

GT at 2014-10-25 13:16:32

Atkinson gives Noble a final and very public warning….”No more” was the message

GT at 2014-10-25 13:15:01

Referee and his assistant are in agreement there and a free kick goes to West Ham for a challenge from behind

GT at 2014-10-25 13:13:29

Poor attacking play by Dzeko as he is again caught offside, from a standing position

GT at 2014-10-25 13:11:40

Nobody enjoys issuing red cards, and nobody wants to see teams without their full compliment of players, but the laws are clear.

If you intentionally leave the field of play and go into the crowd to celebrate then you should receive a caution.

The fact that would be a second caution, and therefore a red, is irrelevant

GT at 2014-10-25 13:07:37

West Ham take the lead through Amalfitano.

Interestingly, he has already been cautioned and went into the crowd to celebrate.

That should have been a second caution and a red.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:06:05


GT at 2014-10-25 13:05:25

Play is inexplicably re-started with a drop ball?

GT at 2014-10-25 13:04:46

Excellent offside spot by Kirkup against West Ham.

That was a tight call, but correct.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:03:42

After all the fouls committed by West Ham, Kompany commits one at the half way line.

GT at 2014-10-25 13:02:21

Yet another foul by West Ham.

Looks like they are adopting spoiling tactics in the hope of stopping City.

Atkinson needs to get aware of that and deal with it

GT at 2014-10-25 12:57:09

Mark Noble must be getting close to a caution as he commits yet another foul

GT at 2014-10-25 12:56:28

Offside well spotted by Steve Child. Dzeko was just off

GT at 2014-10-25 12:54:35

Joe Hart benefits from a free kick, when there appeared to be no contact on him

GT at 2014-10-25 12:53:52

Correct decision by Atkinson, that one.

The players needed to be settled down as we were having too many fouls and free kicks in these early stages

GT at 2014-10-25 12:52:40

Yet another free kick, and it’s the first caution.

Amalfitano of West Ham goes into the book Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-25 12:50:27

Another free lick, this time to City, as Aguero is floored.

Both sides are yet to settle into this one

GT at 2014-10-25 12:49:45

Offside awarded by Kirkup. Free kick to City

GT at 2014-10-25 12:48:59

Dzeko fouls Downing at the half way line. Free kick correctly awarded

GT at 2014-10-25 12:48:07

No free kick there, correctly spotted by Atko

GT at 2014-10-25 12:47:38

Atkinson awards the first free-lick of the game to West Ham

GT at 2014-10-25 12:47:04

Good break by City, with Aguero making the first serious attempt on goal

GT at 2014-10-25 12:45:20

Man City take the kick-off and get us underway.

GT at 2014-10-25 12:41:27

It’s almost time for kick-off at The Boleyn Ground on another special day of Premier League football where you will see the hi-viz ball for the first time this season.

Let’s see how the players, and particularly the two goalkeepers, cope with it.

GT at 2014-10-25 12:29:37

As for our referees today…

The luckless Martin Atkinson leads a team which includes his regular two assistants, Steve Child and Peter Kirkup, with Craig Pawson completing the quartet as 4th Official.

Perhaps a surprising appointment as many where calling for him to be ‘rested’, Atkinson has again been no stranger to controversy this season. Nonetheless, he continues to enjoy the favour of his General Manager as he picks up yet another live televised game.

He will be hoping to improve on his other live match performances this season at QPR v Stoke City, Liverpool v Everton and Chelsea v Arsenal where he certainly courted controversy.

Today’s fixture should be a good one to referee as both sides like to get the ball down and play football, and neither is known for being overly aggressive. It should provide Martin the chance to let the players get on with it, and stay in the background unnoticed and controversy-free.

Good luck to the team…may the ball run kindly for you gents.

GT at 2014-10-25 12:14:15

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s’ live Refcam commentary on the Premier League game West Ham United v Manchester City

This one has taken on extra meaning as the hosts are flying high at the moment in 4th position, whilst the visitors are 2nd, just 4 points ahead.

The Hammers have proven many critics wrong this season with some outstanding performances and results whilst also playing the kind of attacking football their fans demand. They have already scored 15 times in just 8 games this season, which compares very well against the whole of their last campaign in which they only notched 40 goals in 38 league outings.

This may be a good time to play City as they are just back from a long midweek journey to Moscow in the Champions League where they drew 2-2 with CSKA, despite having been leading 0-2 at half time.

However, we all know they have an outstanding squad who are capable of getting results wherever they go.

There should be goals in this one, with some open and attacking football.