Runners and Riders: Premier League officials in Week 5

Runners and Riders: Premier League officials in Week 5

    runnersriders-1000x500A horrendous week for PGMOL’s finest and for once a player – in this instance Gary Cahill – was fully justified in everything he said in his post-match interview.

    The Chelsea man will probably get hauled over the coals for his outburst on Andre Marriner but it’s time that situations such as that farcical one on Sunday are addressed.

    Mark Hughes, under pressure at the bottom of the pile, wasn’t too enamoured by Anthony Taylor either, even though the official was correct to show him a red card in Stoke’s loss to Tottenham.

    Making up an unwanted hat-trick, the usually reliable Robert Madley. A brave 94th-minute penalty call at Arsenal, but an incorrect one nevertheless.

    Let’s take a look at the appointments for week five of the season….

    Martin Atkinson

    Martin Atkinson: Chelsea v Liverpool
    Assistants: S. Child and S. Burt
    Fourth official: R. Madley

    What a cracker of a Friday night game to open the weekend!

    Martin Atkinson has had his problems with Chelsea in the past and Antonio Conte is demonstrable on the sidelines to say the least, but the official has the respect of the players and should let this flow accordingly.

    A high octane Premier League classic can be expected and it won’t be too dissimilar to the passionate London derby that Chelsea played out with Spurs at the back end of the last campaign.

    This game will be won and lost by the defence, or lack of, on either side. Liverpool have conceded the most out of the top nine so Jurgen Klopp will need no educating as to where the Reds need to provide their best work.

    Against a rampaging Diego Costa, this one could get tasty!

    Martin Atkinson – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 4 (2 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 1
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Roger East

    Roger East: Hull City v Arsenal
    Assistants: D. Cann and M. Wilkes
    Fourth official: P. Tierney

    A repeat of the 2014 FA Cup Final, since when both teams trajectories have gone in polar opposite directions.

    Hull have got knocked down but they’ve got up again (you’re never gonna keep them down!), while Arsenal retained the trophy even if they’ve started to lose respect amongst their loyal fan base.

    Much of the ire is directed towards Arsene Wenger, and depending which camp you sit in, that’s either fair comment or the Frenchman is a scapegoat for wide issues within the club.

    In any event, this could be quite entertaining given that both clubs have an identical record thus far (including goal difference), the Gunners sitting one place above the Tigers by virtue of scoring more goals.

    Roger East had a relatively quiet start to his own campaign until last weekend. Keith Hackett explains why he should be taking a sabbatical this week in his latest blog below.

    Hackett’s Blog: Roger East lucky to have weekend appointment

    If he expects another steady game in this one he could come unstuck and it will be interesting to see how the new foreign contingent and their different appreciation of the laws of the game, react to his officiating.

    Roger East – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 3 (0 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 4
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 4

    Mark Clattenburg

    Mark Clattenburg: West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
    Assistants: J. Collin and S. Bennett
    Fourth official: K. Friend

    Mark Clattenburg, as YATR’s Mark Halsey had predicted at the time, was furious with the FA for overturning Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card in the Hammers’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last season.

    There’ll be plenty of industrial challenges here and it’s unlikely that he will keep his cards in his pocket.

    Two years ago, Clattenburg left this ground early to get to an Ed Sheeran concert and was promptly reprimanded. No concerts on this weekend, are there?!

    Slaven Bilic’s side wiped the floor with the Baggies the last time they were at this venue but six losses from eight games to include their short excursion to the fringes of European competition, has left those at the London Stadium feeling that this could be a long, hard season.

    Back to Clatts, who received some criticism for his handling of last week’s Manchester derby. He did however, receive the backing of You Are The Ref and our Twitter followers – topping our weekly poll!

    Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 4 (2 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 0
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Lee Mason

    Lee Mason: Everton v Middlesbrough
    Assistants: S. Beck and A. Holmes
    Fourth official: R. Madley

    On their return to the top flight, Boro are making a reasonable fist of things.

    Aitor Karanka is learning on the job and patchy results would indicate that it will take him a few more games to bed in and really find his feet managerially at this level.

    He does at least oversee a side that play football the right way and on their day are a joy to watch.

    Ditto Everton, who are now schooled by Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman has the tools at his disposal  to really trouble their visitors.

    Lee Mason gets his first TV game of the season and there’s some certainty to there being a penalty decision or two for the official to decide upon during play.

    He’s been castigated in the past by TV pundits and managers alike for giving spot kicks that were no such thing, or vice-versa.

    Mike Riley won’t want one of his charges becoming the weekend entertainment again.

    Lee Mason – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 3 (1 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 2
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Jonathan Moss

    Jonathan Moss: Manchester City v Bournemouth
    Assistants: A. Halliday and M. Perry
    Fourth official: J. Simpson

    He couldn’t do it in England, they said.

    After four games, Pep Guardiola has already put a few arguments to bed as to whether his particular brand of intelligent, ground-breaking football would be suited to the Premier League.

    Four games, four wins, 11 goals. Although Manchester United might’ve got back into the derby, the truth is had City put away their chances, they’d have won that game at a canter. As they have most others.

    The Catalan expects the very best in everything, so he might be hugely disappointed to find out that Jonathan Moss is the man in the middle here.

    Moss’ high point was an undeserved FA Cup final appearance, and his appreciation of his role has been on a downward trajectory ever since.

    At least in Eddie Howe, Pep welcomes a kindred spirit to the Eithad Stadium. A forward thinking young man who’ll use every tool at this disposal to give his team a few extra percent.

    If the Cherries come away with anything from here, Howe’s star will be shining brightest for some time.

    Jonathan Moss – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 4 (1 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 1
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Anthony Taylor

    Anthony Taylor: Leicester City v Burnley
    Assistants: G. Beswick and P. Kirkup
    Fourth official: C. Pawson

    The Foxes, as Claudio Ranieri expected, have found this season a struggle already, and the 4-1 thumping they received at Anfield was as comprehensive a defeat as they’ve had for some time.

    Sean Dyche’s Burnley have shown they can mix it with the big boys and their 2-0 win over Liverpool was fully deserved. But they also need to dig in and show the same pride in every game if they want to have another season in the division.

    The hard work starts now – for both teams.

    Anthony Taylor is well known to both having been regularly employed in the Championship as well as the top flight.

    That there’s not been even a murmur of discontent at this particular appointment speaks volumes for Taylor, who is impressing once again this season, and is the most used official so far.

    Anthony Taylor – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 5 (2on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 1
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

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    Craig Pawson: Crystal Palace v Stoke City
    Assistants: S. Ledger and A. Garratt
    Fourth official: K. Friend

    Poor old Stoke.

    Who would’ve thought that after four games, not only would they have scored just two and conceded 10, but would be propping up the division and with just a single point to show for their endeavours.

    They look like a team that are devoid of ideas and any creative output. A description that probably sums up Crystal Palace throughout 2016 too – the win against Middlesbrough only their fourth of the entire year in all competitions.

    Luckily for Craig Pawson he retains the respect of both managers which, given the pressure that Hughes is under especially, means the official can breathe a sigh of relief.

    He’s been superb so far this season and along with Taylor has been employed each and every week in 2016/17.

    Eagle-eyed and diligent, Pawson shouldn’t have any issue with getting a grip of this one from the start, and imposing his will.

    Craig Pawson – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 5 (3 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 3
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Mike Dean

    Mike Dean: Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
    Assistants: S. Long and I. Hussin
    Fourth official: A. Marriner

    After being stood down last week, Mike Dean returns to one of the venues of his greatest, some might say most embarrassing, gaffes.

    It was in the white half of north London where Dean appeared to celebrate a Spurs goal against Aston Villa.

    David Moyes certainly won’t appreciate any of that and White Hart Lane is a place that he and his Sunderland side won’t really want to visit right now.

    Tottenham were devastating in their destruction of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, just as they were last season.

    For some unknown reason, perhaps because they didn’t spend big in the transfer market, they’ve not been talked up as title contenders this year, but anyone who has half a footballing brain can see that Spurs are going to be there or thereabouts again if their current form is a guide.

    With Harry Kane finally off the mark, the Black Cats are unlikely to be purring at the end of this one.

    Mike Dean – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 4 (2 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 1
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

    Michael Oliver

    Michael Oliver: Watford v Manchester United
    Assistants: A. Nunn and M. McDonough
    Fourth official: S. Attwell

    Jose Mourinho will still be smarting from defeat in the Manchester derby and to follow that up with a loss at Vicarage Road would be unthinkable.

    However, a win here isn’t a given, just look at the way Watford stormed back from 2-0 at West Ham last time out.

    The Hornets have spent big this summer and will be a force to be reckoned with. The performance and result here might give us more of an idea as to whether their European aspirations are pie in the sky or not.

    Michael Oliver was blasted by Mourinho for an unfair yellow card handed out to Diego Costa when the Portuguese managed Chelsea and he was also the referee in the eye of the storm at Stamford Bridge when Eva Carneiro turned the Special One incandescent with rage.

    His star still shines brightly although perhaps not as it once did, and the youngster will need to up his own game to impress.

    Michael Oliver – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 4 (1 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 2
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

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    Mike Jones: Southampton v Swansea City
    Assistants: R. West and M. Scholes
    Fourth official: G. Scott

    Why oh why oh why has Mike Jones only been handed this fixture – with the greatest of respect.

    Only his second appointment of the campaign, one has to assume that there are underlying issues because Jones deserves one of the more ‘glamorous’ fixtures week in and week out.

    Give him a blindfold, handcuffs and a straight-jacket and he’ll still be able to oversee this game with ease.

    The Saints are evidently still trying to get used to the new regime at St. Mary’s, Claude Puel taking time to get his ideas across successfully.

    The ghost of Ronald Koeman still looms large down on the south coast and their cause hasn’t been helped by the sale of Pelle and Mane during the summer.

    Swansea were lucky to hang on for a point against Chelsea but the likelihood is that this will be nowhere near as brutal as the match against the west Londoners, something that will suit the Welshmen.

    Mike Jones – all you need to know
    Matches in 2016/17: 2 (1 on TV)
    Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 2
    Football League appointments in 2016/17: 3

    APPOINTMENTS: Match officials across English football this weekend