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Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Today’s referee is Howard Webb – How was his score at the end of the day?

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Howard Webb (2012-01-22)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
7 OTHER Clichy Walker C Push 1
9 OTHER Parker Nasri NC Kicked him on the ankle 1
10 YELLOW Clichy C Prevens a quick throw in by blocking the ball with his hands. Ref had no option but to book him 2
17 OTHER Savic Defoe NC Held him by his arm, not given 1
23 OFFSIDE ManC C correct 1
24 OTHER Lennon Clichy C Push 1
24 OTHER Dzeko Parker C Push 1
25 OTHER VDVaart Dzeko C Push 1
26 OTHER Parker Dzeko C came in a bit late 1
33 OTHER Milner Modric C Trip 1
35 OTHER Lescott Bale C Trip 1
35 YELLOW Lescott NC A promising attack and if he wouldn’t have been fouled he could have been in a dangerous position. Ref only speaks to him 2
39 OTHER VDVaart Barry C Trip 1
39 YELLOW VDVaart NC Vdvaart shows openly and strong how unhappy he is with the decision. No card for dissent? Wealk from the ref 2
40 OTHER Richards Bale C Trip 1
42 OTHER Walker Aguaro NC Held him by his arm, not given 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
48 PENALTY Kaboul C A cross from 1 meter out hits the arm of the defender who held his arm in front of his body. Correct no penalty given 3
50 OTHER Defoe Savic C Pulled the defender by the shirt 1
52 OTHER Parker Aguero C Held him by the arm and finaly tripped him 1
52 YELLOW Parker C Continuing fouling, correct card 2
52 PENALTY Essou ekoto Savic NC The defeneder was holing Savic by his arm so he couldn’t jump to win the header and the ball was played in his direction. 3
54 OTHER Vdvaart Nasri C Trip 1
56 GOAL MancC C correct goal 3
59 GOAL MancC C correct goal 3
60 GOAL Tottenham C correct goal 3
62 OFFSIDE Tottenham C assumed correct 1
65 GOAL Tottenham C correct goal 3
67 OTHER Vdvaart Balotellu C little trip 1
72 OTHER Milner C Handball assumed correct 1
75 OTHER Lescott Kaboul NC Lescott swings his elbow in the face of Kaboul and he had to make an effort to make this swing 1
75 RED Lescott NC Facing your opponent and then swingin in the elbow should be a red card, nothing given 3
76 OTHER Walker Balotellu C Trip 1
79 OTHER Balotelli Essou Ekoto C Trip 1
79 YELLOW Balotelli C came late 2
82 OTHER Barry Parker C Blocked him with the arm 1
82 YELLOW Barry NC Protest loud and agressive, ref lets it go 2
83 OTHER Balotelli Parker NC Balotelli kicks Parker who had blocked a shot on the head 1
83 RED Balotelli NC Should have been a red card for a deliberate stamp on the head of an opponent 3
85 OTHER Silva Kaboul C High foot 1
87 OFFSIDE Manc C Keeper claims the ball and throws it out quickly to a free player, ref signals to put the flag down 1
90 OFFSIDE Tottenham C assumed correct 1
94 PENALTY King Balotellu C clamps his legs around Balotelli 3
94 YELLOW King NC A possible goal scoring chance, there was cover so a yellow card would have been enough but refs forgets is 2
94 GOAL Manc C correct goal, but the man who scored should not have been on te field 3

Some talking points and I leave the not given red card against Balotelli was handled by the FA and rightly so. He hacked back with his heel on the head of Parker and this is not done.

City should have had another player sent off as Lescott went in against Kaboul in the second half and threw an elbow on the chin of the Tottenham player. As both players were facing each other Lescott knew that Kaboul was there and there was no need to move in with the arm like that and the ball had been played out of the danger zone by Lescott. Again Webb didn’t see it and neither did the FA. Maybe the fact that Lescott is English will have something to do with it?

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-01-22)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 9 12 75.00
YELLOW 1 3 33.33
TOTAL 11 16 68.75
WEIGHTED 12 19 63.16
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 9 11 81.82
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
RED 0 2 0.00
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 21 28 75.00
WEIGHTED 37 54 68.52
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 18 23 78.26
PENALTY 2 3 66.67
RED 0 2 0.00
YELLOW 3 7 42.86
TOTAL 32 44 72.73
WEIGHTED 49 73 67.12

The score from the ref is rather high but this mostly goes down to the fact that 5 goals were scored and that they were correct.

BIAS SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-01-22)
Period 1 Manchester City % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 4 40.00 6 60.00 10
Correct For Weighted 4 40.00 6 60.00 10
Incorrect Against 4 66.67 2 33.33 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 66.67 3 33.33 9
Fouls Commited 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Fouls Penalised 7 87.50 4 66.67 11
Period 2 Manchester City % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 12 57.14 9 42.86 21
Correct For Weighted 21 56.76 16 43.24 37
Incorrect Against 2 28.57 5 71.43 7
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 33.33 10 66.67 15
Fouls Commited 6 42.86 8 57.14 14
Fouls Penalised 5 83.33 7 87.50 12
Totals Manchester City % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 16 51.61 15 48.39 31
Correct For Weighted 25 53.19 22 46.81 47
Incorrect Against 6 46.15 7 53.85 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 11 45.83 13 54.17 24
Fouls Commited 14 50.00 14 50.00 28
Fouls Penalised 12 85.71 11 78.57 23

If we look at the final wrong decisions it was as if the ref gave both teams one half the benefit of the doubt. In the first half the decisions went against City but in the second half they went against Tottenham. At the end of the day the wrong calls were even out.

But Tottenham will feel hard done by the fact that the player on who the penalty foul was done should have been in the dressing room by then. To make things worse the same player converted the penalty. And despite Harry saying he never complains about the refs and his decisions I think he did. But in this case I can’t blame him.

1 comment to Untold Ref Review: Manchester City 3 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • ak47

    is it just me or is johnson, a player i used to rate highly, a slimy cheat? not to say i watch man oil games regularly but when i do catch em and he’s playing he always seems to cheat in one way or another. i wonder how many decisions we’ll get our way in the euros with him and rooney going.