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Today’s referee is Peter Walton –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Peter Walton (2012-02-25)|
|4||OTHER||Wolves?||Ba||NC||Push in the back, not given||1|
|4||OTHER||O’Hara||Tiote||C||a few fouls in some split seconds finally the ref gives the foul after pointin in the wrong direction first||1|
|13||OTHER||Cisse||Stearman||C||Jumped in the back||1|
|18||GOAL||Newcastle||C||great strik for a correct goal||3|
|22||OTHER||Ba||Zubar||NC||Trip not given||1|
|30||OTHER||Williamson||O’Hara||C||Pulled him back||1|
|30||YELLOW||Williamson||NC||Stopped a promising attack, no chance of playing the ball||2|
|31||OTHER||NC||Wrong way to signal oa throw, ref||0|
|32||OTHER||Doyle||Krul||NC||held his arm on the shoulder of the keeper who came for a cross, not given||1|
|39||OTHER||Zubar||Ba||NC||Pulled him down advantage given which is quickly lost||1|
|40||OTHER||R. Taylor||Ward||NC||Came late when Ward cleared the ball and caugth him on the ankle, not given||1|
|40||YELLOW||R. Taylor||NC||Should have been a yellow card||2|
|45||OTHER||Coloccini||Doye||NC||Brought him down, not given||1|
|45||OTHER||Tiote||Zubar||NC||Tiote swung his hand in the face of the Wolves defender when he went for a header||1|
|45||RED||Tiote||NC||Tiote had taken a look just before he went in to this duel so he knew the Wolves player was coming and if you have looked and then swing the arm in to the face it is delibarate and should be a red card||3|
|56||OFFSIDE||Newcastle||NC||Not correct, was not even level||1|
|56||OTHER||Doyle||Williamson||C||little shove on the defender||1|
|70||OTHER||Doyle||Santon||C||Came in a bit wild||1|
|72||OTHER||Cabaye||Foley||NC||Frontal tackle not given||1|
|77||OTHER||Doyle||Ben Arfa||C||tackle from behind got the ball but also first touched the leg of Ben Arfa||1|
|78||OTHER||Berra||Ba||C||bumped in the back||1|
|82||OTHER||Ameobi||Wolves?||NC||Ameobi all over the defender who cannot jump for the ball, not given||1|
|89||OTHER||Ameobi||Hennesey||C||Frontal tackle on the keeper||1|
|89||YELLOW||Ameobi||C||came in showing studs, could not see an outstretched leg so go with the ref||2|
|92||OTHER||Berra||Krul||C||Attacks the keeper who want to bring the ball in play quickly||1|
|92||YELLOW||Berra||C||Is a yellow card, correct decision||2|
If you look at this ref one can only wonder how on earth he has managed to stay in the EPL for such a long time.
And one can also feel sorry for the refs in the USA. This is supposed to be the person who should help raising the standards of the refs in the MLS. And for the umpteenth time when we review him he has serious problems and mistakes.
Missing important fouls. Missing dangerous tackles. Missing yellow cards. Missing red cards. One of the worst first halves I have seen since I started reviewing for Untold. And I have seen bad refs.
Tiote escaped a red card when he threw his arm in the face when he went to head a ball at the side line. You could see him looking at the Wolverhampton player and then sticking out his arm. This surely was not a natural movement of the arm to jump. Ref Walton didn’t see even a foul. Poor, poor, poor…
Minutes before he also missed a dangerous tackle on a Wolves defender when R. Taylor ended on the ankle of the defender. Again the ref saw nothing wrong. Even R. Taylor immediately came back to the Wolves player because he knew he had hurt him.
But to be fair to him, his second half was of an amazing high standard for Walton. Getting all the important calls correct. Was this another ref in disguise?
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Peter Walton (2012-02-25)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
So he saved his final score with the second half a bit.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Peter Walton (2012-02-25)|
|Period 1||Newcastle United||%||Wolverhampton||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||9||52.94||8||47.06||17|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||3||21.43||11||78.57||14|
|Period 2||Newcastle United||%||Wolverhampton||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||9||45.00||11||55.00||20|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||33.33||2||66.67||3|
|Correct For Weighted||18||48.65||19||51.35||37|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||23.53||13||76.47||17|
The bias table is the one of a home ref.
Since this game Walton has gone to the USA to help and develop their refs. I really hope he doesn’t bring the refs down to his own standard because then things look bad for the people who love football in the USA.
On the other hand: their loss is our gain because he looked one of the worst refs in the EPL in the last years.