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Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool

Today’s referee is Phil Dowd – To shake or not to shake that was the question before, during and after the game. But let us over here move our attention to the man in the middle of it.

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Phil Dowd (2012-02-11)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
1 OTHER Suarez Ferdinand NC Push not given 1
5 OTHER Enrique Valencia C pulled the shirt 1
8 OTHER Enrique Rafael NC Push not given 1
9 OTHER Evra Kuyt C Trip 1
12 OTHER Henderson Valencia C Trip 1
13 OTHER Evans Suarez C High foot 1
13 OTHER C Ref has a word with Evans to calm down 2
19 OTHER Rafael Suarez NC trip not given 1
26 OTHER Gerrard Rafael C push in the face 1
28 OFFSIDE Liverpool C assumed correct 1
32 OTHER Scholes Henderson? NC Dangerous play not given 1
33 OTHER Rooney Spearing C Knee in the neck 1
33 OTHER Kuyt Carrick C trip 1
39 OTHER Agger Rooney C Nothing wrong with that and the ref gives nothing 1
42 OTHER NC A shot deflects in corner but goal kick given for Utd 1
43 OTHER Valencia Spearing C Jumped in the man 1
44 OTHER Downing Rafael C Late tackle 1
44 YELLOW Downing C Took the man out 2
45 OTHER Ferdinand Suarez C Ferdinand touched the ball away and then the foot of Suarez and the knee of Ferdinand made contact unintentional 1
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
47 GOAL Utd C correct goal 3
49 OFFSIDE Liverpool C assumed correct 1
50 GOAL Utd C correct goal 3
54 OTHER Valencia Enrique C push 1
55 OTHER Carrick Suarez C Trip 1
56 OTHER Skrtel Rooney C Trip 1
58 OTHER Evans Spearing C Frontal tackle 1
58 YELLOW Evans NC Should have been a yellow at least 2
67 OTHER Gerrard Rooney C Trip 1
70 OTHER Suarez Scholes NC Even Scholes looked confused when Dowd gave this free kick. 1
76 OTHER Carroll Rafael C Push? Dowd has lost his strictness about players moaning this time around 1
78 YELLOW Adam NC Throwing the ball with force to a Utd player, should have been a yellow card 2
80 OTHER Carrick Suarez C tackle from behind 1
80 YELLOW Carrick C correct card 2
81 GOAL Liverpool C correct goal 3
85 OTHER NC a corner for Liverpool not given? 1
85 OTHER Johnson Evra C Pulled him a bit? 1
87 OFFSIDE Liverpool NC Suarez was level, no offside 1
90 OTHER Valencia Enrique C Trip 1
91 OTHER Welbeck Adam C push 1
92 OFFSIDE Liverpool C correct decision 1
93 OTHER Skrtel Rooney C held him by the arm 1

A very tensed game and in this atmosphere it is not easy to stay calm as a ref.  The ref missed a few things but over all he got most of his decisions correct.

A talking point was the last minute of the first half when Suarez went down in an incident involving Ferdinand. When looking at the replay I saw Ferdinand kicking the ball away with his right foot. Then the foot of Suarez and the left knee of Ferdinand made contact but Ferdinand did not kicked with that leg, it was his standing leg. So the contact looked unintentional to me and Dowd was correct in this decision.

COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Phil Dowd (2012-02-11)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 12 17 70.59
YELLOW 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 14 19 73.68
WEIGHTED 15 20 75.00
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 3 3 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
OTHER 11 13 84.62
YELLOW 1 3 33.33
TOTAL 17 22 77.27
WEIGHTED 24 31 77.42
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 3 3 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
OFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 23 30 76.67
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 31 41 75.61
WEIGHTED 39 51 76.47

All in all a very even scored over the two halves and so very consistent in this game. Something I like about refs. Not the best score in total but also not a complete disaster.

BIAS SUMMARY – Phil Dowd (2012-02-11)
Period 1 Manchester United % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 9 60.00 6 40.00 15
Correct For Weighted 10 62.50 6 37.50 16
Incorrect Against 2 40.00 3 60.00 5
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 40.00 3 60.00 5
Fouls Commited 7 46.67 8 53.33 15
Fouls Penalised 5 71.43 6 75.00 11
Period 2 Manchester United % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 9 52.94 8 47.06 17
Correct For Weighted 13 54.17 11 45.83 24
Incorrect Against 1 20.00 4 80.00 5
Incorrect Against Weighted 2 28.57 5 71.43 7
Fouls Commited 6 42.86 8 57.14 14
Fouls Penalised 6 100.00 7 87.50 13
Totals Manchester United % Liverpool % Total
Correct For 18 56.25 14 43.75 32
Correct For Weighted 23 57.50 17 42.50 40
Incorrect Against 3 30.00 7 70.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 33.33 8 66.67 12
Fouls Commited 13 44.83 16 55.17 29
Fouls Penalised 11 84.62 13 81.25 24

In the wrong calls there was a clear bias in favour of United at the end of the day.  Not much on the major decisions but more on the decisions in general.

People know that I am not a big fan of the PGMOL. Or a big fan of Dowd. But when they make a good decision I will admit it and giving this game to Dowd was maybe a good decision. He was very alert to anything involving Suarez and Evra. The two “Twats” in this game.  The not handshake from Suarez was a bit of twat craftmanship and the way Evra went on after the game trying to provoke a reaction from Suarez when he went jumping up and down in front of Suarez was only evidence that he also knows how to perform some twat craftmanship.

And credit to Dowd for both at half time and at the end when seeing Evra putting up his childish act he was immediately there at the spot and between the players. So there were a few twats on the field but Dowd was not one of them. I want to give credit to Dowd for handling this situation in the way he did. He has a bit of an imposing figure and his presence brought back a bit of calmness.

 

2 comments to Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool

  • Gooner Gal

    I have been looking forward to the ref review on this game. For me this is a game that Dowd can walk away holding his head held high. Man U played the best game of football I’ve seen from them all season. They were’nt waiting for the ref to do them ‘favours’ and just got on with trying to win the game.

    I did think that Rooney made a meal of the trip he got, which was unnecessary and I did think that what he did to Spearing looked a bit too physical. Overall however, Dowd seemed in control of a game that felt like it could of easily spiralled out of control.

  • Donnyfan1

    During the game I had the impression Dowd was attempting to be fair. But would he have been as balanced if Lpool had gone ahead and looked like winning?

    On another matter–what about the Opta statement that refs get 95% of decisions right. Who is having a laugh there?

    Good review and thanks.