Manchester United V Liverpool


MH at 2018-03-10 15:40:38

A pulsating game which I think is a credit to both teams to the way the both conducted themselves in this fixture. For me MU deserved the 3 points. When you referee these games you want to perform well and come out of these games unscathed which I believe Craig and his team have achieved successfully. Yes you can argue there were some key match decisions in this game with a coming together of MU Young and L Sala, the penalty shout for Liverpool hand ball by MU25 and then the coming together of MU27 and L19. It is a physical game and not ever bit of contact is a free kick or a penalty but I believe that Craig got all these right. He stamped his authority on the game and you cannot argue with any of the cautions he issued today. I thought he tempo managed to game well better than he has done in previous games and if there is an area for improvement it’s on his positioning and movement. I think if he can work on that it would enhance his performance immensely. He was well supported by his team, excellent day all round for the match officials.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:25:11

Manchester United win 2-1

MH at 2018-03-10 15:24:51

Full Time

MH at 2018-03-10 15:24:26

Substitution for MU. MU36 ON, MU7 ON.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:23:29

Another corner to Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:20:37

This game ain’t over yet still time for an equaliser.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:20:03

A minimum of 6 minutes added time.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:17:29

Yellow CardReckless challenge by MU25 on L19 correctly cautioned.


MH at 2018-03-10 15:16:56

Substitution for MU. MU8 OFF, MU18 ON.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:16:31

These last few minutes every opportunity Craig gets to give a free kick he must give it. Forget about playing any advantage as tempers could boil over.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:14:38

Tempers simmering good to see Craig keeping a calm head.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:13:20

Well done Craig slowing the game down free kick given to MU18 correctly given.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:12:28

Substitution for L. L26 OFF, L29 ON.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:12:02

Corner to MU.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:11:18

A coming together by MU27 and L19 in the penalty area, I agree with Craig not a penalty.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:10:03

Pleasing to see Martin Atkinson call Craig over to speak with the Liverpool manager for leaving his technical area in an aggressive manner. It’s about time he has been checked for his behaviour in the technical area as he has got away with it many times this season.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:08:14

Substitution for Liverpool. L66 OFF, L5 ON.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:07:33

L6 very luckily to escape a caution for a reckless challenge on MU27.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:06:25

Coming up tomorrow we have @13:30 Arsenal V Watford and @16:00 Bournemouth V Spurs and on Monday @20:00 Stoke V Man City.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:04:27

Just coming up to the last 15 minutes, Craig doing very well so far. It’s important he keeps his focus and concentration and remain switched on.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:02:56

Free kick correctly given to MU.

MH at 2018-03-10 15:00:29

Free kick correctly given to MU after a high challenge by L66.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:59:56

If I had a little criticism of Craig today he just hasn’t shown that he has got that turn of pace that is needed to get you into better positions.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:57:24

Substitution for MU, MU27 ON, MU19 OFF.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:55:38

Just what Liverpool needed.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:54:47

GOAL!Own goal by MU3.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:52:56

L20 goes down in the penalty area after running into MU12. Nothing given correct.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:52:14

MU7 fortunate not to be cautioned for delaying the restart of play.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:51:24

Substitution for Liverpool. L21 OFF. L20 ON.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:50:40

Free kick correctly given to MU18.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:49:41

A little bit of physical contact by MU12 on L11 as I said earlier in the game Craig has got to be aware of this, I would have liked to have seen Craig has a word with MU12 just to calm things down.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:46:38

The intensity of this game has now stepped right up and Craig will have to tempo manage this game by giving all the free kicks thus not letting the game run away from him and jeperdise his control.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:44:10

Not a penalty for me not deliberate hand ball MU25 trying to get his arm out of the way of the ball. Ball to arm not arm to ball.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:42:55

An appeal for a penalty for hand ball by Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:42:10

Going back to the penalty incident although I agree with Craig not giving the penalty you have to question his positioning. He’s running away from the incident to the left side of the penalty area where the challenge is taking place on the right side of the penalty area. You have to move towards the incident not away from it. By moving towards the incident you will give yourself a better viewing angle.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:39:51

Well done to Craig again for stopping the game due to a head injury for MU39.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:39:05

Corner to Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:38:51

In real time I didn’t think that was a penalty and seeing it again I think Craig got that right.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:37:45

Was L11 being pulled back by MU18??

MH at 2018-03-10 14:37:14

Free kick correctly given to L19.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:36:55

Liverpool need to get back into this game with an early goal in this second half.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:36:18

Another chance for L4.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:35:24

Regarding Rashfords celebration for his first goal there was not a safety or security issue in my opinion for the spectators.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:33:21

Liverpool to get the second half underway.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:31:41

I’ve been asked the question why wasn’t Rashford cautioned for the celebration of his first goal????

Players can celebrate when a goal is scored but the celebration must not be excessive, choreographed celebrations are not encouraged and must not cause excessive time wasting. Leaving the field of play to celebrate a goal is not a cautionable offence but players should return as soon as possible. A player must be cautioned for Climbing onto a perimeter fence and/or approaching the spectators in a manner which causes safety and/or security issues.

In my opinion Craig was correct in not cautioning MU19 for excessive goal scoring celebrations.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:19:51

MU well on top and deservingly lead the game 2-0. All going well for Craig and his team, stamping his authority on the game with 2 cautions and letting the players know he will not accept the nature of the challenges that he has cautioned for. So the players know exactly where they stand.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:17:30

Half Time

MH at 2018-03-10 14:16:25

L11 goes down easy and wins a free kick.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:15:53

A minimum of 2 minutes added time.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:15:36

Free kick given to MU after a foul by L7.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:14:08

That’s where as a referee you have that awareness knowing that MU19 is already on a caution and you will be in his ear telling him to calm down as you don’t want to be sent off today.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:12:41

MU19 has got to be careful with his challenges. L66 done him a big favour by staying on his feet after another rash challenge.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:11:27

Well done referee he has to stop play when there is a potential head injury.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:10:04

At present Craig’s recognition of careless and reckless have been very good.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:09:25

Now Liverpool are coming more into the game.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:08:55

Good positioning by Craig to be close to any potential trouble after a coming together between MU3 and L7.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:05:42

Yellow CardL21 cautioned after a foul on MU39 for stopping a promising attack.


MH at 2018-03-10 14:04:43

Excellent challenge by MU18 on L11.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:03:46

Off side given by AR1.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:02:57

It’s pleasing to see Craig not being fussy and allowing the game to flow and at the same time picking up all the small fouls that matter to aid his match control.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:01:54

Free kick given to Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 14:00:29

Free kick correctly given to MU.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:59:32

Yellow CardMU19 on L7 correctly cautioned for a reckless challenge. Do not understand why Craig has to seek advice from his colleagues. He should  know straight away that that challenge is worthy of a caution.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:56:18

L6 finding it difficult to handle MU9.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:55:40

Takes a slight deflection off a Liverpool player. MU19 will be a happy young man later if MU get the 3 points.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:54:41

GOAL!MU19 another fantastic strike.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:53:09

Great chance for L24 to equalise.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:52:38

Corner to Liverpool, good challenge by MU25.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:50:38

Free kick correctly given to L23.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:49:42

When a goal is goal the referee has got to be aware that the intensity of the game will go up and he has to make sure he goes up with it.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:48:28

Free kick given to Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:46:37

Good advantage played by Craig.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:44:31

GOAL!MU19 Excellent strike just what the game needed.


MH at 2018-03-10 13:43:54

Good positioning at the corner by Craig, he can see all that’s going on.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:43:12

Referee get your hands off your hips.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:42:53

First corner of the game to Liverpool.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:42:23

10 minutes gone and both teams are being cautious. Magnificent atmosphere.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:41:09

Free kick to MU correctly given.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:40:39

MU19 tried to get a free kick out of Craig but nothing doing.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:38:44

It’s also pleasing to see that Craig is not at present invading on the players space.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:37:28

In this game you can see that Craig’s path of control is going to be fairly central.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:36:29

Off side given by AR1.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:35:52

First free kick to MU after a foul by L23 on MU25. Good to see Craig have a quite word with L23.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:32:40

It’s very important that Craig is switched on from the start and is aware of what is going on around him in picking up the little niggles and battles between individual players. So that he can nip any potential trouble in the bud.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:30:14

Man Utd to get the game underway.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:26:32

The teams are in the tunnel.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:18:55

This is one of the most hardest games I have refereed, the intensity and rivalry is immense. I couldn’t wait to ring that bell and get everybody out of the dressing room, blow the whistle and get the game underway. It’s so important for Craig today that he has that presence and stamps his authority on the game early on and that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be with a caution it can be done with verbal communication and Craig’s body language. If he shows any kind of weakness the players will pick up on that.

MH at 2018-03-10 13:13:37

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoons refcam Manchester United V Liverpool in what should be a cracking game. Let’s hope it is better than the 0-0 draw we saw an Anfield earlier in the season. Liverpool will be looking for 3 points so they can leapfrog Man Utd who are in second place 16 points behind their rivals Manchester City. Today’s referee is Craig Pawson who is no stranger to the big games, he refereed the Merseyside derby earlier in the season and recently the Carabao Cup Final. Craig has refereed 18 premier league games to date, 14 have been live on TV showing 65 yellow cards at an average of 3.6 per game and 4 red cards. Craig will be assisted by AR1 Gary beswick ( technical side), AR2 Peter Kirkup and 4th official Martin Atkinson. Good luck to all.