Today’s referee is Phil Dowd –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Phil Dowd (2012-03-24)|
|1||OTHER||Heskey||Djourou||N/C||Heskeys timing was so far out,he was so under the ball,only one outcome,Djourou got clattered||1|
|1||YELLOW||Heskey||C||I felt at the time it was at least a yellow, but having looked at it many times,I am going with the Ref and it was just an unfortunate accident,lets face it, Big Emile is, well, BIG!!||1|
|14||YELLOW||Petrov||C||He jumped in recklessly||2|
|15||GOAL||Gibbs||C||was it an own goal?||3|
|24||GOAL||Walcott||C||Great finishfrom a great pass||4|
|29||OFFSIDE||Van Persie||C||Assumed correct||1|
|40||OTHER||Agbonlahor||Djourou||C||Have they targeted Johan??||1|
|48||OFFSIDE||Agbonlahor||C||Just, only just||1|
|49||OTHER||Rosicky||C||He crossed and appealed for a corner,looked like a good shout, but replay was inconclusive,so I am going with Ref||1|
|65||OTHER||C||Good advantage played by the Ref after a push by Theo||1|
|65||OTHER||Walcott||Villa?||C||And he calls it back after no advantage gained, good Reffing||1|
|69||YELLOW||Ireland||C||A heavy touch, then jumps at the ball. “”his first touch is so bad,his second is a tackle””||2|
|82||PENALTY||C||The crowd,the player and Arsene Wenger were convinced it was a penalty, Dowd is having a good game and he alone gets it right, a good day at the office me thinks.||3|
|90||OTHER||Santos||N/C||He collects a crossfield pass from the ox, but clearly takes it on his arm, missed by the Ref||1|
|91||OTHER||Lichaj||Song||C||I thought the Ref was going to play on, but Song being in some pain changed his mind and he gave the foul||1|
|91||GOAL||Arteta||C||Must be the small feet||3|
Phil Dowd was everything you want from a Ref, he was calm, authorative and assured. He got all the big calls right, and the huge majority of the others too.
Two points of contention, foul of JD in the first minute. It was almost sad to see one of the Lions of Munich lumbering around the pitch, he was awful, he fell down twice a la Terry, with no one around him. Please Emile retire soon, Dowd was well positioned for the challenge, but probably could not see the impact, as the lump that is Emile Heshey probably blocked out the view, the stadium and the sun as well. I will go with Dowds judgement call, that it was just a coming together.
The other incident was the Ox penalty shout. All I have to say is “Good shout Ref” a great decision.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Phil Dowd (2012-03-24)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Phil Dowd put in the best performance by a Ref I have seen all season, and I hope to see many more just like this.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Phil Dowd (2012-03-24)|
|Period 1||Arsenal||%||Aston Villa||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||15||75.00||5||25.00||20|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||100.00||0||0.00||1|
|Period 2||Arsenal||%||Aston Villa||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||16||59.26||11||40.74||27|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||0||0.00||1||100.00||1|
|Correct For Weighted||31||65.96||16||34.04||47|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||50.00||1||50.00||2|
At half time I said to my brother who was with me at the Emirates : so far he sure is not out to screw us over. And this review confirms my feeling.
I liked the fact that the first late tackle from Petrov he took his cards out immediately. He also tried to tell Given not to overdo the time wasting (not that it really helped a lot) but I think the keeper was instructed to waste time whatever the score line was and when they were 2-0 down I think Dowd just accepted Villa not wanting to get spanked totally.
His cards were all spot on and the word with Ireland when he could have had a second yellow was also acceptable as he had complete control of the game at that moment.
Another Untold moment for me was the extra time. Dowd saw the foul on Song but waited for any advantage. And in this case he gave a perfect example of what advantage really is. Advantage is not the same as keeping possession. Arsenal kept possession but gained no advantage and when he saw this he called the foul and certainly because Song was hurt by the stupid and rash tackle at a time that the game was almost done. Scoring from that free kick was the perfect example on how to play advantage by given the free kick.
I have said it before: Dowd can be a great ref. He has done some great games this season and this was another example. And look at the wrong calls. Only 2 and 1 against each team. One of the lowest numbers.