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Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 2 – 2 Wolverhampton

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

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Today’s referee is Peter Walton –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Peter Walton (2012-02-25)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
2 OTHER Tiote Henry C Trip 1
3 OTHER Williamson Doye C Trip 1
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
6 GOAL Newcastle C correct goal 3
12 OFFSIDE Jonas C correct decision 1
13 OTHER Cisse Stearman C Jumped in the back 1
14 OTHER Simpson Jarvis C Held him 1
18 GOAL Newcastle C great strik for a correct goal 3
22 OTHER Ba Zubar NC Trip not given 1
28 OFFSIDE Newcastle C Correct 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
33 OTHER Coloccini O’Hara C trip 1
34 OFFSIDE Wolves C correct 1
37 OTHER Berra Ba C Trip 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
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
50 GOAL Wolverhampton C Correct goal 3
56 OFFSIDE Newcastle NC Not correct, was not even level 1
56 OTHER Doyle Williamson C little shove on the defender 1
62 OFFSIDE Wolverhampton C assumed correct 1
65 OTHER Tiote Zubar C Push 1
66 GOAL Wolverhampton C Correct goal 3
70 OTHER Doyle Santon C Came in a bit wild 1
72 OTHER Cabaye Foley NC Frontal tackle not given 1
76 OTHER Kightly Guthrie C Push 1
77 OTHER Doyle Ben Arfa C tackle from behind got the ball but also first touched the leg of Ben Arfa 1
78 OFFSIDE Newcastle C just 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 %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 8 16 50.00
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 0 2 0.00
TOTAL 13 24 54.17
WEIGHTED 17 32 53.13
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66.67
OTHER 8 10 80.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 14 17 82.35
WEIGHTED 20 23 86.96
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 6 83.33
OTHER 16 26 61.54
RED 0 1 0.00
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 27 41 65.85
WEIGHTED 37 55 67.27

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 5 38.46 8 61.54 13
Correct For Weighted 9 52.94 8 47.06 17
Incorrect Against 3 30.00 7 70.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 21.43 11 78.57 14
Fouls Commited 12 66.67 6 33.33 18
Fouls Penalised 8 66.67 3 50.00 11
Period 2 Newcastle United % Wolverhampton % Total
Correct For 8 57.14 6 42.86 14
Correct For Weighted 9 45.00 11 55.00 20
Incorrect Against 1 33.33 2 66.67 3
Incorrect Against Weighted 1 33.33 2 66.67 3
Fouls Commited 5 41.67 7 58.33 12
Fouls Penalised 3 60.00 7 100.00 10
Totals Newcastle United % Wolverhampton % Total
Correct For 13 48.15 14 51.85 27
Correct For Weighted 18 48.65 19 51.35 37
Incorrect Against 4 30.77 9 69.23 13
Incorrect Against Weighted 4 23.53 13 76.47 17
Fouls Commited 17 56.67 13 43.33 30
Fouls Penalised 11 64.71 10 76.92 21

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.

1 comment to Untold Ref Review: Newcastle United 2 – 2 Wolverhampton

  • doanythingformoney

    Excellent review and thanks. We have sold a pup! Pity he didn’t take Nellie Dean with him!