By Ref Reviewer 04
Ref Clattenburg was the ref for the game between Arsenal and Bolton. Arsenal won the game 3-0. But what was the score of the ref.
|1||OTHER||Koscielny||Ngog||C||Jumps in the back||1||1|
|8||OTHER||C||Ref calls back the free kick to be retaken as he is trying to sort out the wrestling players a bit||1||1|
|12||OTHER||Wheater||RVP||NC||Ref let play continue no real advantage||0||0|
|14||OTHER||Muamba||Walcott||NC||Going through the man||0||0|
|29||OTHER||Muamba||NC||Handball – advantage given in the Arsenal half but Arsenal lose the ball after that||0||0|
|30||OTHER||K. Davies||Mertesacker||C||Push in the back with both hands||1||1|
|31||OTHER||Koscielny||K. Davies||NC||Push in the back before the ball arrives||0||0|
|40||OTHER||Muamba||Gervinho||C||Late tackle from behind||1||1|
|40||YELLOW||Muamba||NC||Should have been a yellow card||0||0|
|44||OTHER||RVP||Reo Cocker||NC||Advantage given one shouldn’t do this in a defensive position||0||0|
|46||OTHER||Steinson||Gervinho||C||Foul on Gervinho but as Arsenal keep possession and the space suddenly opens up the ref gives advantage. A great advantage this one as this leads to||1||1|
|46||GOAL||RVP||C||Thanks to the advantage the ball comes to RVP who scores a correct goal||1||3|
|46||YELLOW||Steinson||C||Tackle from behind going in the man. Correct card||1||2|
|50||OTHER||RVP||Steinson||NC||RVP uses his shoulder against the shoulder of the Bolton player but the ref stops play in the Bolton penalty area||0||0|
|51||OTHER||Gervinho||Reo cocker||C||Little trip||1||1|
|55||OTHER||Wheater||Walcott||C||Weather pulls Walcott by the shoulder when Walcott is through on goal||1||1|
|55||RED||Wheater||C||It is a little foul itself but as Walcott was through on goal by himself the ref had to give him the red card||1||3|
|61||OTHER||Koscielny||K. Davies||NC||Little push in the back not given||0||0|
|62||OTHER||C||Clattenburg restores peace after RVP took a shot with Robinson injured on the floor. The Bolton players seemed to forget that before RVP took his shot they were also not stopping play and had one their 3 shots on the Arsenal goal. It is the ref his responsability to stop the game if Bolton doesn’t play the ball out themselves.||1||1|
|79||OTHER||M. Davies||RVP||NC||Didn’t see much wrong to be honest||0||0|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Arsenal||15||60,00%|
|Total correct calls||25|
|Wrong calls||Against Arsenal||6||54.55%|
In the first half the ref was a bit like the game. Not the highest quality. He tried to play a few advantages but most of the time there was no advantage, just possession. But this is a method that a ref can go for if he does this for both teams. He did this in this match.
And then of course the ref scored his goal. Any ref will know the feeling of giving an advantage and seeing it turned in to a real advantage by having a goal scored. This is what I call a refs-goal. Believe me no bigger satisfaction for a ref to have this in your game.
So a very important call that advantage and vital for Arsenal. And he also booked Steinson for his tackle. This is the way to ref the game and to earn good points as a ref. 3 good decisions in a matter of seconds.
Another important decision was the red card against Wheater. He didn’t kick Walcott to pieces but he held him back by grabbing him on the shoulder and thus preventing Walcott to rush on to the ball which would have brought him in a one on one with the keeper. So it was a small foul but with a big impact. The ref had not option to give the red card as the foul itself prevented an open goal scoring opportunity. I must admit that when a player would tackle from behind, coming in like a madman and causing probable injury you most of the time have no difficulties on producing the red card. For such a small and more innocent foul you feel kind of sorry to give a red card. But the instructions are what they are and in this case the severity of the foul doesn’t really matter.
The first half I thought the ref wasn’t at his best but in the second half he lifted his game. Certainly on the important decisions a very good game. Overall a few lost points however certainly in the first half.