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Today’s referee is Andre Marriner –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)|
|5||OTHER||Jones||Jackson||NC||Crashed into him to win ball, not given||1|
|7||OFFSIDE||Chicharito||NC||Slightly offside and interfering with play on Scholes goal||1|
|7||GOAL||NC||Shoud not have counted||3|
|10||OTHER||Johnson||Nani||C||Won ball from behind with right foot, took out Nani with left leg||1|
|14||OTHER||Holt||Scholes||C||Ran into back of him||1|
|18||OTHER||Johnson||Evra||C||Attempted trip, kept possession but no advantage||1|
|20||OTHER||Jones||Surman||C||A bit dangerous in the challenge||1|
|36||OTHER||Jones||Holt||C||Ran into back of him||1|
|38||PENALTY||Scholes||NC||Handled ball in area, not given||3|
|41||OTHER||Drury||Nani||C||Kicked his foot||1|
|48||OTHER||Evans||Hoolahan||C||Hauled down by shirt||1|
|48||YELLOW||Evans||C||Evans out of position in Norwich’s half, intentional foul to stop counter, good booking by ref||2|
|52||OTHER||Naughton||Welbeck||NC||Obstruction, not given||1|
|57||OFFSIDE||Man Utd||C||Assumed correct||1|
|60||OTHER||Holt||Welbeck||C||Attempted trip, advantage played||1|
|68||OTHER||Jones||Pilkington||NC||Obstruction, not given||1|
|74||OTHER||Evra||Hoolahan||C||Held his shirt||1|
|76||OTHER||Ward||Welbeck||C||Attempted trp, ref first waited to see if advantage developed||1|
|77||PENALTY||Evra||C||Unintentional from close range, right non call||3|
|81||OTHER||Naughton||Young||NC||Young fouled Naughton as much or more||1|
|83||OTHER||Naughton||Welbeck||NC||Fouled in defensive half and pressured, not given, Norwich nearly scored||1|
|87||OTHER||Young||NC||Challenged unfairly studs up, not given||1|
|87||YELLOW||Young||Naughton?||NC||Should’ve been booked for dangerous play||2|
|88||OTHER||Young||Bennett||C||Young fouled/fell on Bennett||1|
|88||PENALTY||C||Young was looking for a penalty, obviously it wasn’t one||3|
|91||OTHER||Norwich||Evra||C||Attempted trip, advantage played||1|
Andre Marriner was the ref as Manchester United made the trip to Norwich City. This match goes back some weeks to a time when Manchester City were still league leaders, and it would not be a match without controversy.
Manchester United scored early in the match with a close-range header by Paul Scholes. But if we look at the goal more closely we can see that when the cross was made, Chicharito was slightly offside and then he attempted to head the ball. Therefore Chicharito was offside, active, and interfering with play. He should have been whistled for offside and the goal should not have counted.
The rest of the half was played fairly cleanly without much incident until the 38th minute when Norwich attacked Manchester’s penalty area with a cross from the right wing. Grant Holt could only manage to head the ball back across the goal area to a teammate when Paul Scholes slipped inside the Norwich player and controlled the ball with the help of his arm. The ball was in the air a relatively long time and Scholes brought his arm down to meet the ball. It was a case of “ball to arm” and Norwich should have been awarded a penalty. Andre Marriner ignored however the claims for handball and United cleared the danger and went into the changing rooms 1-0 up at half time.
At the beginning of the second half, Johnny Evans picked up a booking for hauling down Wes Hoolahan by his shirt to prevent an attack. This was a good call by the ref especially considering that Evans, a centre back, was out of position in the opposition’s half.
In the 83rd minute, Kyle Naughton nearly tripped Danny Welbeck in his own half. The ref should have given Manchester a free out but ignored the foul. Sholes recovered the ball after a bit of pressure, but then made a horrible pass across the pitch directly to Norwich’s Aaron Wilbraham who nearly scored, forcing a save from De Gea out for a corner. De Gea managed to punch out the ball out from the resulting corner, but Norwich gathered the ball and sent a long ball back into
the area which eventually fell to Grant Holt who turned and scored the equaliser.
While Norwich didn’t score directly from Naughton’s foul on Welbeck, Manchester never really regained their composure after it, so you could say that United were a bit unfortunate about the goal. However Scholes did recover the ball only to make an awful pass, and De Gea did clear the ball from the ensuing corner, and therefore I will mark the goal as correct.
As the game entered injury time it looked like a plucky Norwich side would come away with a point, however in the dying minutes of the match Ryan Giggs would get the winner with tap in at the far post. Norwich were encouraged by their performance on the day but were surely disappointed to walk away with nothing.
The game was played for the most part fairly and while Marriner got most of the calls right, he and his linesman still missed several big game-changing calls in this match.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Not the best score but all in all just acceptable.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-02-26)|
|Period 1||Norwich City||%||Manchester United||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||6||40.00||9||60.00||15|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||8||100.00||0||0.00||8|
|Period 2||Norwich City||%||Manchester United||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||11||55.00||9||45.00||20|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||5||71.43||2||28.57||7|
|Totals||Norwich City||%||Manchester United||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||17||48.57||18||51.43||35|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||13||86.67||2||13.33||15|
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