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Today’s referee is Anthony Taylor –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Anthony Taylor (2012-05-05)|
|2||GOAL||C||Benayoun, goal okay||3|
|9||OTHER||Holt||Gibbs||NC||Push on defender not given||1|
|12||GOAL||C||Hoolahan, goal okay||3|
|14||OTHER||Lappin||Gervinho||C||Trip/ran into from behind||1|
|17||OTHER||Holt||Sagna||NC||Push on defender not given||1|
|20||OTHER||Ramsey||Howson||C||Slid in recklessly from behind, trailing foot took out man||1|
|20||YELLOW||Ramsey||C||Poor challenge, hard yellow||2|
|21||OTHER||Hoolahan||Song||NC||Push not given||1|
|25||OTHER||Lappin||Sagna||C||Edged in with elbow||1|
|27||GOAL||C||Holt, goal okay||3|
|28||OTHER||Holt||Koscielny||NC||Holt called for a foul, but it looked normal||1|
|29||OTHER||Jackson||Koscielny||NC||Nasty studs to ankle tackle from behind, ref played advantage, but should have stopped play to send off Jackson||1|
|29||RED||Jackson||NC||Easily could have broken or severely damaged Koscielny’s ankle. Should have been Red, given yellow||3|
|33||OTHER||Hoolahan||Coquelin||C||Trip/ran into defender, ref has a word, might have been booked||1|
|38||YELLOW||Benayoun||Lappin||NC||Kicked out at Lappin, should have been booked for his petulance||2|
|38||YELLOW||Ruddy||NC||Keeper left his net to argue with ref, should have been booked||2|
|39||OTHER||Johnson||Rosicky||C||Shoved from behind, killed attack||1|
|39||YELLOW||Johnson||NC||Should have been booked||2|
|41||OTHER||Koscielny||Holt||C||Both seemed to holding each other, but I’ll give ref benefit of doubt||1|
|42||PENALTY||Koscielny||Martin||C||Both players were holding each other, no penalty||3|
|45||OTHER||E Bennett||Ramsey||NC||Backed in under him while up for header, not given||1|
|48||OTHER||Van Persie||C||Van Persie tried to hold off Martin by shirt and fell, correct no call||1|
|48||OTHER||Vermaelen||Jackson||C||Won ball but caught player||1|
|48||YELLOW||Vermaelen||C||Reckless in the challenge, booked||2|
|53||OTHER||Koscielny||Holt||NC||Holt was just as guilty of holding, not correct||1|
|53||OTHER||Ramsey||Naughton||C||Trip, advantage played, perhaps lucky not to get 2nd yellow||1|
|57||PENALTY||Holt||Koscielny||NC||Hung himself over Koscielny like a cheap suit, not given||3|
|58||YELLOW||Norwich?||NC||Coqueling wants to take a throw and he pushes the ball out of his hand from behind so it drops to the floor||2|
|59||OFFSIDE||Van Persie||NC||Just off, could have scored||1|
|60||YELLOW||Hoolahan||C||Threw ball away to delay restart||2|
|61||OTHER||Howson||Benayoun||C||Pulled down so couldn’t participate in counter||1|
|61||YELLOW||Howson||NC||Should have been booked||2|
|67||OFFSIDE||C||RVP correctly called onside||1|
|71||C||Ball was moving when Vermaelen took free kick, made to retake it||1|
|72||OFFSIDE||C||RVP correctly called onside||1|
|72||GOAL||C||RVPbeat offside trap, goal okay||3|
|74||OTHER||Lappin||NC||Raised arm to block AOC’s cross into the area, ref only gives corner||1|
|74||PENALTY||Lappin||NC||Way he raised arm is intentional, should have been a spot kick||3|
|76||YELLOW||E Bennett||NC||Picked up ball and walked off with it, should have been booked||2|
|77||OFFSIDE||Arsenal||C||TV showing replays, not sure what was called against Arsenal, possibly offside but ref did not raise arm on ensuing free kick||1|
|80||GOAL||Van Persie||C||Goal okay||3|
|87||OFFSIDE||Van Persie||C||RVP correctly called onside||1|
|89||OFFSIDE||Gervinho||NC||Offside and tried to play ball, negates penalty shout by RVP||1|
|91||OTHER||Song||Morison||NC||Obstruction, not given||1|
|92||OTHER||Wilbraham||Koscielny||NC||Threw elbow into Koscielny’s face||1|
|92||RED||Wilbraham||NC||Should have been sent off for violent play||3|
|92||OTHER||Wilbraham||Koscielny||C||Smashed forearm into Koscielny’s head, got away with it 40 seconds earlier so he tried it again||1|
|92||RED||Wilbraham||NC||Twice in less than one minute he should have been sent off for violent play, ref only books him||3|
Anthony Taylor from Manchester was the ref with Lee Probert taking duties as the 4th official.
Early in the match there was a goal apiece from each side suggesting that this match would be rather open affair.
Aaron Ramsey was the first to go into the book for a late tackle from behind on Jonny Howson. It wasn’t going to be the best of days for the young Welshman and he can consider himself lucky not to have picked up a 2nd yellow in the 53rd minute for a late trip on Naughton.
While Ramsey’s challenges were poor, the worst tackle of the match belonged to Simeon Jackson. In the 29th minute, Norwich striker should have been sent off for a studs to ankle lunge from behind on Koscielny. This could have easily broken or severely damaged Koscielny’s ankle and I consider him fortunate that he was able to carry on and put in a solid hard fought 90+ minutes . If all goes well you can see the tackle if you click on the following link.
After seeing it twice take a look at Jackson his left leg also and not just the right one. He sure was determined to bring him down and bring him down good.
Norwich had a penalty shout in the 42nd minute when Russell Martin and Laurent Koscielny tangled up in the area, but It looked that both players were holding each other and thus no penalty. This is best seen from the replay angle from behind the goal.
Sagna went off in the first half with a broken fibula, under a challenge by Bradley Johnson. Some have speculated that this occurred because Johnson stamped on Sagna, but if you look closely, Sagna’s slid to ground play the ball and his foot hit Johnson’s right foot or ankle. Johnson, feeling the contact immediately tried to shift his weight off of his right foot to his left foot, and that left foot came down on Sagna. It looked unintentional to me.
Arsenal had several penalty shouts in the match of which none were given, making it that Arsenal went 19 premier league matches at home without being awarded a single penalty. Scandalous when you consider the type of football Arsenal play and of all the penalty shouts they have had this season.
In the 57th minute Holt hung all over Koscielny like a cheap suit. Benayoun got a head to the ball which may have taken the ref’s attention away from Koscielny, but he was being held by Holt and was being prevented from playing the ball.
Later in the half, Simon Lappin blocked an AOC cross into the area with his arm. He was aware that Chamberlain was going to cross the ball and he raised his arm to meet the ball. It was a deliberate motion of hand to ball and should have been a penalty.
And in the dying minutes Robin was shoved in the area in what looked like a denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, however Gervinho was offside on the play and attempted to shoot the ball before it got to Van Persie. Therefore I ruled out any penalty shout due to Gervinho being offside.
Aaron Wilbraham was a late substitute in the match and made his mark unceremoniously. He easily could have been sent off twice. First for throwing an elbow on Koscielny, and 40 seconds later leading with his forearm against Koscielny, both offences occurring in the 92nd minute.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Anthony Taylor (2012-05-05)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
A rather poor overall display by the ref. Low numbers overall. In fact if it wouldn’t have been for the 6 goals he would have ended up below 50%.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Anthony Taylor (2012-05-05)|
|Period 1||Arsenal||%||Norwich City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||14||45.16||17||54.84||31|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||12||80.00||3||20.00||15|
|Period 2||Arsenal||%||Norwich City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||25||78.13||7||21.88||32|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||17||85.00||3||15.00||20|
|Correct For Weighted||39||61.90||24||38.10||63|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||29||82.86||6||17.14||35|
Over 20 wrong decisions in this game for the ref. A high number and when you put weight to it the numbers for Arsenal become even more bad.