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Today’s referee is Howard Webb
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Howard Webb (2012-09-02)|
|5||YELLOW||Mertersacker||C||Ref was entitled to caution as it was potentially a good situation,||2|
|26||YELLOW||Arteta||C||Easy decision for Ref||2|
|39||PENALTY||Mertersacker||Sterling||C||Big shout from the crowd but the ref gets this bang on as Mertersacker makes a good tackle||3|
|45||OTHER||Vermaelen||Sahin||NC||Ref gives a foul for high feet but TV pulls his foot away at least 18 inches from the ball and Sahin ducks into header, will ref be consistent||1|
|46||YELLOW||Skrtel||C||Easy card for a challenge sliding in from behind||2|
|51||PENALTY||Mertersacker||Suarez||NC||I felt this was a pen and that Suarez tendancy to go too easily cost him here||3|
|54||PENALTY||Vermaelen||C||Got to give it to the Kop they do make a big noise if they think it is a pen, but not here, both players missed the ball and Suarez fell on TV pushing him onto the ball||3|
|59||OTHER||Vermaelen||Suarez||C||A big shout from the Kop again as Suarez falls theatrically, but he had lost the ball, even if it was whilst nutmegging TV||1|
|62||OTHER||Downing||Arteta||NC||Ref gives a foul to Arsenal that should have been a throw to Liverpool, players leant into each othe but Artetas momentum took him down||1|
|64||OTHER||Sterling||Ox||NC||Sterling wins ball, but he kicks back of Ox`s heel first||1|
|67||GOAL||Carzola||C||Love the chubby Spaniard already||3|
|74||OTHER||Shelvey||NC||This is what annoys players, Shelvey wins ball with high feet, but nothing given, consistency please ref||1|
|75||OTHER||Gerrard||Vermaelen||NC||Poor challenge, tries to hurt player, ball is going out of play||1|
|75||YELLOW||Gerrard||NC||was the worst challenge of the game and worth at least a yellow||2|
|78||OTHER||Reina||Podolski||NC||The goalie drops the ball but he is not impeded in any way||1|
|84||OTHER||Shelvey||Carzola||NC||Pushes him off ball in corner||1|
|92||OTHER||Agger||Mannone||NC||Agger runs a long way to jump into gk and gets no where near ball, poor reffing and again inconsistent||1|
A typical Webb game one could say. As has been noticed before a great first half and a bad second half.
The main talking point in the first half was a great call by the ref. Sterling goes down in the penalty area but the tackle from Mertesacker was on the ball. Good spot that one.
However in the second half Liverpool should have had a penalty we judged. Mertesacker was holding Suarez back a bit. Suarez however maybe made too much of it by throwing himself forward. If you get pulled back you don’t fall like that. Maybe that was what made the ref decide to give nothing. However Mertesacker got away with the pulling and Arsenal was lucky.
Minutes later another penalty appeal when Vermaelen fell and the ball touched his hand. This was never an intentional handball.
The worst tackle of the game was not given. Gerard working out his frustration on Vermaelen by trying to kick him off the field when the ball was going out anyway. No foul given and no card. That was another poor decision from the ref.
Let us have a look at his competence numbers in this game
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-09-02)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
In our year review I mentioned this strange fact about Webb having a great first half and then a poor second one. Once again he did it in this game.
Thanks to his great first half he still managed to get a score of more than 70%.
Let us see if it evens out in this game and have a look at the bias numbers
|BIAS SUMMARY – Howard Webb (2012-09-02)|
|Correct For Weighted||9||40.91||13||59.09||22|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||0||0.00||1||100.00||1|
|Correct For Weighted||1||5.26||18||94.74||19|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||33.33||8||66.67||12|
|Correct For Weighted||10||24.39||31||75.61||41|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||30.77||9||69.23||13|
Most wrong calls were against Arsenal. Liverpool supporters might argue that they should have gotten a penalty and that they were hard done by.
At the end of the day maybe neither set of supporters were totally happy with the ref.
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