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The Untold ref review: Tottenham – Manchester City

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By Ref Reviewer 04

Manchester City went to Tottenham. And with the footballers came ref Phil Dowd. How was his game?

Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment points weight
2 OTHER Zabaleta Vdvaart C Push 1 1
4 OTHER Crouch C Handball 1 1
6 Offside City C 1 1
8 OTHER Aguero Modric C Trip 1 1
10 OTHER Assou Ekoto Aguero C Came too late 1 1
10 YELLOW Assou Ekoto C Couldn’t play the ball, promising attack 1 2
12 OTHER Barry VDVaart NC Man and ball played, was a possible dangerous free kick for Tottenham 0 0
15 Offside Dzeko C 1 1
20 OTHER Barry Vdvaart C Kick against the ankle 1 1
20 YELLOW Barry C Nasty kick 1 2
22 OTHER Zabaleta Bale C Sliding tackle from behind 1 1
23 YELLOW Zabaleta C This is how the rules should be interpreted this season 1 2
30 OTHER Crouch Silva C Clipped the ankle, more clumsy than reckless 1 1
25 OTHER Aguero C Handball 1 1
25 YELLOW Yaya Toure C Long after the whistle he kicks the ball far away. He forgot he is no longer a Barcelona player 1 2
28 Offside Aguero C 1 1
29 OTHER Krancjar Barry C Trip 1 1
30 OTHER Vdvaart Zabaleta C Late challenge when the ball was played 1 1
30 YELLOW Vdvaart C Don’t allow late challenges, good call 1 2
34 PENALTY City? C Crowd appeals but nothing if it was handball it was unintentional 1 3
35 GOAL Dzeko C Correct goal 1 3
41 GOAL Dzeko C Correct goal 1 3
42 OTHER Zabaleta Bale C Blocks the run 1 1
43 OTHER Assou Ekoto Zabaleta C Trip 1 1
Half time 23 34
CORRECT 95,83% 97,14%
YELLOW 5 5 100,00
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 2 2 100,00
OTHER 5 5 100,00
13 13 100,00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100,00
Second half
46 OTHER Kompany Crouch C Push in the back 1 1
47 OTHER Crouch C Handball 1 1
48 Offside Crouch C 1 1
52 OTHER Krancjar Dzeko C Advantage given 1 1
52 OTHER Huddlestone Zabaleat C Came in a bit late with a 50/50 ball 1 1
55 GOAL Dzeko C Dzeko was onside when the ball was given to him 1 3
57 OTHER Vdvaart Clichy C Push in the back 1 1
60 GOAL Aguero C Correct goal 1 3
63 OTHER Crouch Silva C Leaning 1 1
68 GOAL Kaboul NC Defoe was standing in front of the keeper. That itself is not a foul but you may not do anything to prevent the keeper moving. Defoe stuck out his arms so the keeper could not move forward. This is impeding the keeper and is not allowed. 0 0
69 Offside Aguero C 1 1
74 OTHER Barry Defoe C Holding and kicking 1 1
74 YELLOW Barry NC Should have been a yellow card was a promising attack and a deliberate foul 0 0
75 YELLOW Savic C Entering the field without the ref his permission 1 2
80 OTHER yaya Toure Livermore NC Not much wrong imo 0 0
83 OTHER Crouch Clichy C Pull 1 1
84 OTHER Crouch NC Handball,replay showed he waved with his hand but not touched it 0 0
90 OTHER Barry ? C Push in the back 1 1
91 Offside Defoe C 1 1
93 GOAL Dzeko C Correct goal 1 3
2nd half score
TOTAL 16 23
% CORRECT 80,00% 76,67%
YELLOW 1 2 50,00
RED 0 0
GOAL 2 3 66,67
OTHER 1 1 100,00
4 6 66,67
OFFSIDE 3 3 100,00
TOTAL 39 57
% CORRECT 82,98% 87,69%
YELLOW 6 7 85,71
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 4 5 80,00
OTHER 6 6 100,00
17 19 89,47
OFFSIDE 6 6 100,00
Correct calls For Man City 19 54,29%
For Tottenham 16 45,71%
Total correct calls 35
Wrong calls Against Man City 3 60,00%
Against Tottenham 2 40,00%
Total 5

When I got this report in front of my eyes I had to check if it really was Phil Dowd as the ref.

We must keep this in mind. Because once again Phil Dowd showed he has learned the rule book and knows how to apply the instructions.  I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with his performance today.

He dished out some yellow cards early on and this made the players more careful later in the game as they knew he would give the cards.

I really think he has been reading my advice last season because this was something I said he should do. Also hardly any wrong calls and nicely divided between the two teams. An almost perfect game from the ref.

The only thing is that the Tottenham goal should have been disallowed for interfering with the keeper when the corner was given. Bit with the scoreline as it was I think he just let it go. A little bit sad in fact because otherwise he would have scored in the 90% .

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14 comments to The Untold ref review: Tottenham – Manchester City

  • Dan T

    It seems all of our refs have been working hard over the summer. Some much higher scores coming out this season already. Hopefully this will continue and we will have a much fairer league this season.
    Perhaps Man U feel they’re strong enough to not bother paying the refs this year, or maybe they were just gazumped by City.

  • Dan T

    I was very shocked to see Webb giving a penalty against Man U at the weekend, particularly at Old Trafford. Can anybody tell me if this has ever happened before?

  • Shard

    WOW!! Phil Dowd? Even in the second half a very good score.. Maybe the incompetence that is often mentioned shows only in Arsenal matches? Though we shall wait and see. But interesting nonetheless.

  • WalterBroeckx

    that is really an interesting remark you made and something that crossed my mind when reading the report and having seen the game for large parts myself.

    This was not the same Phil Dowd I have seen in the Arsenal games last season. I think he got cloned during the summer.. 😉

  • WalterBroeckx

    Maybe he has been reading the ref reviews over here and well just realised his faults and wanted to do better. 🙂

    We will keep an eye on this during the season

  • Kentetsu

    Despite the Tottenham goal, still a good score for Dowd. I especially liked the moment where Savic got a yellow for entering the field of play too soon. I can imagine many referees would just tell them to go back without any warning.
    Also, the correct calls and wrong calls are quite even, with only a slight (home?) advantage for Tottenham for the wrong call.s

  • WalterBroeckx

    I think a score of around or less than 60% in favor of the home team is what I would call “human” acceptable.
    Every ref knows he will be influenced (or tried to be) by the home crowd so you have to watch yourself.

    So when praise is due, we should praise. Even when it is Phil Dowd

  • Kentetsu

    I agree Walter. And in absolute terms, the difference is only one call: 3 against City, 2 against Tottenham. All in all, 5 wrong calls (out of 40 in total) in a game is acceptable.

  • Sammy The Snake

    If we believe in a ref conspiracy, we must also accept that the need to fix games is more present in the later part of the season. It’s too early in the season, and refs must protect their image, so they can do what they need to do when needed. This only shows to me that refs can do proper job, when they choose to do.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Sammy The Snake,

    yes you are absolutely right about that.

    That is why we can only draw final conclusions at the end of the season.

    But I must say that I have a feeling that most refs started very well for the moment

  • Tasos

    Studious work once again. It can’t be easy to analyse other teams games and I hope the sheer weight of evidence UA amasses over the season will help to fully expose the bias many of us believe exists within the EPL.

    Sammy The Snake makes a very relevant point though, we cannot expect obvious ref bias so early into the season. We must assume that we are dealing with very strategic methods.

    It looks as though Man City have become the main threat to Utd’s dominance, confirmation of this can be gained with a closer inspection of the early season fixtures. The EPL has somehow managed to throw up all 6(six) home games for Utd after a midweek CL group game and therefore all 6(six) EPL away games for Man City after a sometimes arduous midweek CL game.

    It would appear there are plenty of strings to the archers bows at castle Fergus.

  • bob

    Kastle Fergus is surely gearing up for Rednose XX. Mark my words, the ref-shite will be in evidence it there is any scintilla of threat to Lord Football’s planned-for Coronation and elevation to the House of Lords for his service to the nation. And the media archers (I like your term here!, archers) will do their arch work as spirit snipers (that term shamelessly sampled from Chuck D). This is The Script, just as Wayne Rooney is the face of the League internationally. When it’s closer to crunch time, let us compare notes? Cheers.

  • WalterBroeckx

    And Tasos if I may add the dates of the CL games are known to the people who make up the calender….
    They should be able to make it 3 home and 3 away fixtures for each CL playing team

  • bob

    Walter, all,
    The schedule-making has been noted in passing by a number of comments, with knowing grunts and snarls, etc. I think it would make very good and important reading to have a full comparative look at the English sides in the CL competition and their home/away schedule; and anything more that you/anyone’s research can shed on who (or which department(s)?) within the domains of Scudamore, Bladder, and Platini might be responsible for scheduling. It must be a super-secret or, god forbid, if this were transparent and public knowledge, it might result in something other than a random process. Has any analytic or journalistic work been done on trying to tease this stuff out?