Runners and Riders: Premier League officials in Week 3

Runners and Riders: Premier League officials in Week 3

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    Author: Jason Pettigrove

    Mike Dean

    For the second game in succession, Mike Dean’s judgment has been called into question.

    Although the new directives are playing a part in the perception of certain officials’ performances, Dean missed a clear penalty decision and was rightly brought to account.

    Another Mike – Jones – is conspicuous by his absence yet again.

    Just a fourth official appointment and one from the English Football League is all Jones has to show for himself in 2016/17.

    He wasn’t that bad last season but looks to have been made a scapegoat by PGMOL.

    Let’s take a look at who is actually working on week three of the season….

    Robert Madley

    Robert Madley: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
    Assistants: P. Kirkup and M. Perry
    Fourth official: C. Pawson

    A Premier League classic for Robert Madley to oversee.

    There really isn’t anything quite like Spurs versus Liverpool at White Hart Lane, although this year sees a slight difference with both sides needing to get used to playing in a ground where an entire corner is missing.

    Redevelopment works continue apace but when the wind blows in…..brrrrr!

    Madley should be able to boss this with the same authority that both of these sides show when on their mettle.

    Rarely is there a boring game between the two and if Madley uses the common sense that usually authors his performances, he could be as much the cause of a decent spectacle as the 22 others on the pitch.

    Robert Madley – 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: 0

    Mark Clattenburg

    Mark Clattenburg: Chelsea v Burnley
    Assistants: J. Collin and S. Bennett
    Fourth official: S. Attwell

    The last time that Mark Clattenburg officiated a Chelsea game, he brandished a total of 12 cards, including a record nine for Tottenham in the game that ended their title charge last season.

    It was one of his toughest assignments and as Martin Atkinson might attest to, Burnley’s arrival at Stamford Bridge won’t be any easier.

    Sean Dyche’s warriors are cock-a-hoop after beating Liverpool last week, and they’ll take that confidence onto the pitch in west London.

    Antonio Conte might not appreciate the northern grit that the Clarets will bring to the party, but as we know well, Diego Costa et al are more than capable of taking care of themselves.

    Clattenburg needs to clamp down quicker than he did in the Tottenham game, thereby letting everyone know who the real boss in this one is.

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

    Mike Dean

    Mike Dean: Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
    Assistants: S. Long and D. Cook
    Fourth official: J. Adcock

    Alan Pardew’s side are still hungover from their incredible slide down the table last season but at least have Christian Benteke making his home debut.

    Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth were unlucky to be dealt a late blow against West Ham last time out, and despite another energy sapping journey to the capital, the Cherries will be hoping for better.

    Dean does have his critics but when he’s on his game, he’s a class act.

    He’ll need to be here because both managers have a bit of ‘history’ with the official. Howe blamed Dean for not awarding a penalty during a game in early 2015, and then slated him again in December last year for a lack of quality in the game against West Brom.

    Pardew’s arrogance mirrors that of Dean, so there’s no real surprise the two would clash!

    After two under-par appointments already this season, Dean needs to work overtime to ensure he doesn’t get an unwanted hat-trick.

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

    Michael Oliver

    Michael Oliver: Everton v Stoke City
    Assistants: G. Beswick and A. Nunn
    Fourth official: N. Swarbrick

    Seriously…

    Whilst manager of Southampton, Ronald Koeman didn’t mince his words at one of Michael Oliver’s performances.

    “He cost us the game,” were the Dutchman’s exact words after the south coast side were beaten 1-0 by eventual champions Leicester.

    Mark Hughes wasn’t backwards in coming forwards either suggesting that “if it had stayed at 11 v 11, we’d have beaten them quite comfortably,” in the aftermath of a game against West Brom where the official had brandished two red cards in six minutes, leaving the Potters down to nine.

    Beforehand Stoke were clearly the better side, so the Welshman’s ire was understandable.

    No quarter is likely to be asked or given in this one either and Oliver has work to do in order to get both managers back onside.

    Good luck!

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

    Roger East

    Roger East: Leicester City v Swansea City
    Assistants: R. West and M. Wilkes
    Fourth official: A. Davies

    Leicester’s demise is already being spoken about in certain circles, just two games in.

    They haven’t won either of those, but a goalless draw against Arsenal is always a creditable result.

    Claudio Ranieri, to his immense credit, took the pressure right off of his players almost as soon as the trophy was presented last season, when he suggested there was no hope of the Foxes retaining their title.

    In so doing, the expectation levels have been reigned in and the locals can just look forward to some decent football being played.

    Swansea will play their part here, a side who aren’t given enough credit for the way in which they play the game.

    Roger East has mainly had a watching brief this season as a fourth official, but time for him to shake off the cobwebs again for his second appointment of the campaign.

    He’s in credit with both of these teams presently and he’ll hope to be so at the end of 90 minutes at a full-to-bursting King Power Stadium.

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

    Lee Mason

    Lee Mason: Southampton v Sunderland
    Assistants: A. Holmes and D. Bryan
    Fourth official: P. Tierney

    Did David Moyes really suggest that Sunderland fans should prepare themselves for another relegation battle?

    Just two games into his tenure on Wearside, that’ll hardly be music to the ears of the locale. Or is he just being realistic?

    A long journey down to Southampton won’t do them any favours either and Moyes will need all of his powers to ensure that his staff and on the ball and raring to go at St. Mary’s.

    Stuck on no points after two is bad enough, another game without any reward isn’t the start that would’ve been envisaged at the Stadium of Light.

    Claude Puel isn’t doing too much better with the other team in red and white stripes, sat as they are just one point and two places above their visitors.

    Lee Mason is one of those officials who really divides opinion. Not only that, but his performances blow hot and cold too. Either he’s very good or abysmal, not really any middle ground with him.

    Frankly, the latter will suit everyone here.

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

    Kevin Friend

    Kevin Friend: Watford v Arsenal
    Assistants: I. Hussin and M. McDonough
    Fourth official: S. Hooper

    Another big game so early in the season and one that might be too big for Kevin Friend to handle.

    When was the last time that Arsenal were languishing in 13th position? Even taking into account that the season has barely begun, the Gunners’ poor start tells its own story.

    As ever, Arsene Wenger is having to bear the brunt of supporter ire, which will go through the roof if they’re unable to secure three vital points here. Depending how results go, Arsenal could be eight points behind the leaders by close of play.

    Vicarage Road isn’t the easiest ground to go and play your natural game and Watford are becoming a Premier League force to be reckoned with.

    Vociferous home support will give this one a big-game atmosphere and Friend has often wilted under the pressure of the same.

    Time for this official to stand up to be counted.

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

    Jonathan Moss

    Jonathan Moss: Hull City v Manchester United
    Assistants: A. Halliday and E. Smart
    Fourth official: M. Atkinson

    This has to be third time lucky for Jonathan Moss.

    His application in the two appointments he has been handed this season have been disappointing, quite frankly.

    Try and get away with another of such sub-par quality and there’s a very real possibility that he could be dropped from the list for the next round of fixtures.

    He was never a popular choice for the 2015 FA Cup Final, but since that high point in his career, Moss hasn’t really had too much to shout about.

    In a game where Jose Mourinho will be intent on heading to the summit currently occupied by nemesis Pep Guardiola and cross town rivals City, there are bound to be flashpoints.

    The Special One’s own particular brand of pressure will surely then be applied liberally.

    Hull have surprised everyone with their start and are just one of four teams with a 100% record in the division.

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

    Anthony Taylor
    Anthony Taylor: West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough
    Assistants: S. Burt and H. Lennard
    Fourth official: S. Attwell

    Employment every week shows the esteem in which Anthony Taylor is held by PGMOL.

    He was also one of the most regularly used officials in the last campaign which, given the nature of the error he committed in the Sheffield Wednesday versus Leeds game, shows that he’s made of strong stuff.

    Plenty of referees would’ve taken a sabbatical after such a howler but that neither he, nor PGMOL, thought it necessary, is to their great credit.

    Middlesbrough are still finding their feet in the top flight and will enjoy playing against a West Brom side who play very much like a Championship team – but what they lack in top-level quality, they more than make up for with grit, determination and a genuine will to win.

    If the man in the middle is at the races as usual, there’ll be no fallout from this one.

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

    Andre Marriner

    Andre Marriner: Manchester City v West Ham United
    Assistants: S. Beck and S. Ledger
    Fourth official: M. Jones

    A tale of two excellent young managers here and the respect between the pair will be mutual and total.

    West Ham’s comprehensive victory here last season really made the rest of the league sit up and take notice but the Hammers will have their work cut out to get three points again.

    Before Pep Guardiola arrived the question was whether his methods would translate into the Premier League, a much more competitive league, with respect, than perhaps he had been used to.

    The Catalan has already emphatically answered his detractors and another win will be expected in front of an capacity crowd at the Etihad.

    Andre Marriner can play the fullest part in keeping this one ticking along nicely – just as long as he can keep his cards in his pocket long enough.

    Andre Marriner – 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: 0