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Untold Ref Review: Liverpool 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Today’s referee is Michael Oliver – The game with the Anfield cat as the most entertaining moment to remember but did the ref had a night to remember?

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Michael Oliver (2012-02-06)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Adebayor C Handball 1
4 OTHER Adam Walker C Obstruction 1
5 OTHER Dawson Carrol C Dawson played the ball, correct non call from the ref 1
5 OTHER Krancjar Adam C advantage given, waited a while before giving the signal to make sure 1
6 OTHER Parker Johnson C Trip 1
9 OTHER Johnson Adebayor NC Push, not given 1
12 OTHER C Ref stops play as the Anfield cat enters the field 2
19 OTHER Ekoto Kuyt C Jumped in his back 1
30 OTHER Adebayor Bellamy C Blocked him 1
31 OTHER Dawson Carrol C Jumped in his back 1
31 OFFSIDE Liverpool C correct decision 1
33 OTHER Parker Kuyt C Push 1
37 OTHER Parker C assumed correct 1
38 OTHER Krancjar Johnson NC Krancjar comes in with the arm leading, always give such a foul 1
38 YELLOW Krancjar NC Always give a card, in this case a yellow would have been enough 2
38 OTHER Kuyt Friedel NC Kuyt stands in front of the goalkeeper when a corner is taken and blocks the run of Friedel. Always a foul ref 1
39 OTHER Livermore? Gerrard C Trip, advantage given 1
39 OTHER Parker Adam C Tackle from the side 1
39 YELLOW Parker C Came late 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
50 PENALTY Dawson Bellamy C Correct non call, Dawson just put his body between ball and player 3
54 OTHER Agger Bale C A dive from Bale. Well spotted from the ref 1
54 YELLOW Bale C A dive is always a yellow card and Bale also pushed Agger away when Agger confronted him for his dive 2
56 OTHER Adam Kranjcar NC Push in the back not given 1
57 OTHER Ekoto Kuyt C Assumed correct, replays shown 1
61 PENALTY Dawson Carroll NC Dawson clearly pushed Carroll just when he tries to jump for a header. Should have been a penalty 3
66 OTHER Johnson Bale C Trip 1
70 OTHER Suarez Parker C First a push and then just a kick in the stomach 1
70 RED Suarez NC A deliberate kick in the stomach, the ball not even close should have been a red card 3
76 OTHER Skrtel Bale C Flyikng tackle 1
76 YELLOW Skrtel C Pointing that you got a bit of the ball is not important with such a tackle. Deserved yellow card and close to a red one 2
79 OTHER Ekoto Suarez C Push 1
80 YELLOW Carroll NC For the umpteenth time Carroll complains by the ref and shouts at him. Ref shows some balls and give him a card and make him stop with this silly behaviour 2
81 OTHER Kranjcar Agger C Block 1
82 OTHER Skrtel Friedel C Skrtel came in with a high foot on the keeper 1
85 OTHER Saha Adam C Trip 1
90 OTHER Suarez C Handball 1
91 OTHER Skrtel Saha C Blocked him with the arm 1
94 OTHER Saha Skrtel C Push 1
94 OTHER Carroll C Handball 1

All in all a very even game from the ref. But still a few missing things. A clear push from Dawson when Carroll wanted to go for a header was missed. This is maybe because the ref was not looking to where the ball could end but was looking at the ball in its flight. A stupid technical mistake maybe.

The second miss was a red card for Suarez who kicked Parker in the stomach when the ball was 1 meter higher. This was dangerous and should have been a red card. The ref settled for a yellow card.

A good moment was the Bale dive and more importantly the ref not falling for it. And a dive even in midfield is a yellow card.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Michael Oliver (2012-02-06)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 13 16 81.25
YELLOW 1 2 50.00
TOTAL 15 19 78.95
WEIGHTED 16 21 76.19
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
OTHER 13 14 92.86
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 3 66.67
TOTAL 16 20 80.00
WEIGHTED 18 27 66.67
Totals Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 26 30 86.67
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 31 39 79.49
WEIGHTED 34 48 70.83

The score is very even over the whole 90 minutes. A score of just under 80% is okay but in the weighted decisions you see a drop of some 10%. So he sees the fouls but has to be sure to punish it when it matters most.

BIAS SUMMARY – Michael Oliver (2012-02-06)
Period 1 Liverpool % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 12 75.00 4 25.00 16
Correct For Weighted 13 76.47 4 23.53 17
Incorrect Against 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 60.00 2 40.00 5
Fouls Commited 4 26.67 11 73.33 15
Fouls Penalised 2 50.00 10 90.91 12
Period 2 Liverpool % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 7 43.75 9 56.25 16
Correct For Weighted 8 40.00 12 60.00 20
Incorrect Against 1 25.00 3 75.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 33.33 6 66.67 9
Fouls Commited 9 56.25 7 43.75 16
Fouls Penalised 7 77.78 6 85.71 13
Totals Liverpool % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 19 59.38 13 40.63 32
Correct For Weighted 21 56.76 16 43.24 37
Incorrect Against 3 37.50 5 62.50 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 42.86 8 57.14 14
Fouls Commited 13 41.94 18 58.06 31
Fouls Penalised 9 69.23 16 88.89 25

The incorrect decisions are very much in what we could consider the 60/40 home advantage. An important miss for both teams (penalty – red card) but in a game with little history apart from a cat entering the field a rather good score for the ref in general.

1 comment to Untold Ref Review: Liverpool 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Gooner Gal

    It was an even and boring game, in which the ref bottled it at Anfield. The big build up was two top teams (haha!) where going to go for it and we would see the return of Suarez.

    The ref didn’t have the guts to send Suarez off even though he deserved it. He was too worried about personal backlash and this decision made me question why he was given the game in the first place if he wasn’t strong enough to deal with the task in hand.