By Ref Reviewer 02
Our home game against Liverpool has seen Atkinson coming to the Emirates. How did he do?
|7||Yellow||Frimpong||C||Frimpong delays the restart||1||2||2|
|9||Foul||Arshavin||Kuyt||C||Ref has a word with Arshavin about delaying the restart||1||1||1|
|10||Foul||Lucas||Walcott||C||Theo has a moan at the ref, who correctly tells him to calm down||1||1||1|
|24||Foul||Frimpong||Carroll||C||unintentional but a foul nevertheless||1||1||1|
|27||Yellow||Carroll||C||Well after the whistle Carroll kicks the all into the goal, the ref decides today he is playing by the letter of the law||1||2||2|
|38||Foul||Arshavin||N/C||The little Russian slipped on the turf||0||0||1|
|44||Yellow||Lucas||C||Could be deemed harsh, but Atkinson is going by the letter of the law||1||2||2|
|67||Other||N/C||Atkinson misses a push by Arshavin in the box that almost results in an Arsenal goal||0||0||1|
|69||Yellow||Frimpong||N/C||This should have been a straight red, the ref does Frimpong a favour reducing the length of his ban||0||0||2|
|77||Goal||O/G||N/C||Atkinson is let down by his assistant who misses an offside as the ball is played through||0||0||3|
|88||Yellow||Lansbury||C||Players have been warned not to question decisions when will they learn||1||2||2|
|90||Goal||C||There was an offside player in the build up but the ball was not played to him||1||3||3|
|92||PENALTY||Carragher||Van Persie||N/C||As Van Persie runs of Carragher he is hauled down to the ground, a dead cert penalty missed||0||0||3|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Arsenal||7||46,67%|
|Total correct calls||15|
|Wrong calls||Against Arsenal||2||66,67%|
Referees appear to have come out this season and told the players no dissent!! If that is the case Atkinson is to be applauded because he certainly was consistent and stood for no nonsense.
He had an outstanding game but was let down by his assistant in missing an offside for the first Liverpool goal, and thus certainly costing Arsenal a point. The sending off of Frimpong was as straightforward as you will see all season, It should have been a red, and I think Atkinson showed some leniency here because he knew Frimpong was off regardless.
Once again we see Jamie Carraghers version of defending being to haul a man to the floor, when will linesmen learn and look out for this.
All in all an easy game to ref, very little need for the whistle, between two teams who played largely well within the spirit of the game.
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