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Untold Ref review: Stoke – Liverpool 1-0

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For the game between Stoke and Liverpool we had ref Clattenburg in charge. How was his performance?

Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment points weight
1 Foul Carragher Crouch C 1 1
1 Foul Crouch Carragher C 1 1
2 Foul Delap Suarez N/C Ref misses Delap follow through on Suarez 0 1
3 Penalty Shawcross Kuyt N/C Shawcross is literally hugging Kuyt, both arms around his chest 0 0
5 Foul Delap Adam C 1 1
8 Foul Adam Whitehead C 1 1
8 Foul Skrtel Crouch C 1 1
8 Penalty Skrtel N/C Skrtel is pulling the shirt off stoke player, the theme continues 0 0
11 Foul Walters Agger C 1 1
12 Penalty appeal Delap C Liverpool want a pen for a header against Delaps hand, no way says ref 1 3
14 Foul Suarez Huth C 1 1
17 Foul Kuyt C 1 1
19 Foul Walters Carragher N/C Ref misses a push push from Walters 0 1
19 Penalty Walters N/C After backing in Walters waits for the inevitable arm from Carragher and falls to the ground, blatant cheating 0 0
21 Offside Kuyt C 1 1
23 Offside Walters C 1 1
23 Foul Wilson Suarez C 1 1
31 Foul Suarez C 1 1
32 Foul Adam Pennant C 1 1
34 Penalty Etherington Skrtel N/C poor challenge Skrtel beats him to the ball, ref misses it, prob because Skrtel gets his shot away 0 0
34 Yellow Etherington N/C Challenge was certaily worth a yellow 0 0
36 Offside Crouch C 1 1
38 Other Adam Whitehead N/C Adam is pushing whitehead in back, ref gives a throw to Liverpool instead of foul to Stoke 0 0
38 Handball Enrique C 1 1
38 Yellow Enrique N/C His recation was worth a yellow, every other game I have reviewed this would have been yellow 0 0
39 Foul Whitehead Adam C 1 1
44 Foul Delap Suarez C 1 1
45 Foul Whitehead Adam C 1 1
46 Other Adam N/C Ref watches as Walters battles hard but fair for the ball, Adam kicks out at him, should have been a foul to Stoke 0 0
46 Yellow Adam N/C Adam should have been cautioned 0 0
46 Foul Lucas Etheringtn C 1 1
Half time 20 24
CORRECT 64,52% 55,81%
YELLOW 0 3 0,00
PENALTY 1 5 20,00
GOAL 0 1 0,00
OTHER 0 1 0,00
TOTAL 1 10 10,00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100,00
Second half
50 Other C Big handball appeal from Liverpool on edge of box, no way 1 1
52 Offside Crouch C 1 1
55 Foul Crouch Skrtel C 1 1
56 Foul Adam Whitehead C 1 1
57 Foul Walters Adam C 1 1
58 Offside Pennant C 1 1
60 Foul Henderson Whitehead C 1 1
60 Other C A great advantage by the ref allows a Liverpool break, they have 5 shots in 7 seconds. Great reffing 1 1
66 Offside Pennant C 1 1
67 Foul Upson Carroll C I wish refs were consistent if this is a foul thre are 10 penalties a match at least 1 1
79 Foul Wilkinson Agger C 1 1
85 Other C Another big handball shout from Lpool, no way again 1 3
88 Foul Shawcross Carroll C 1 1
88 Foul Carroll Shawcross C 1 1
90 Other C Again a penalty appeal from Lpool, again the ref is right 1 3
92 Foul Walters Adam C 1 1
93 Foul Enrique Pennant C 1 1
2nd half score
TOTAL 17 19
% CORRECT 100,00% 100,00%
RED 0 0
PENALTY 1 1 100,00
GOAL 0 0
OTHER 1 1 100.00
TOTAL 2 2 100,00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100,00
TOTAL 37 43
% CORRECT 77,08% 69,35%
YELLOW 0 3 0,00
RED 0 0
PENALTY 2 6 33,33
GOAL 0 1 0,00
OTHER 0 1 0,00
2 11 18,18
OFFSIDE 6 6 100,00
Correct calls For Stoke 14 37,84%
For Liverpool 23 62,16%
Total correct calls 37
Wrong calls Against Stoke 3 33,33%
Against Liverpool 6 66,67%
Total 9

A Game of two halves from Referee Mark Clattenburg, a ref I like, he is usually in control of his game, sadly today his errors were match defining, no Referee likes to see that.  Stoke started the game at a high tempo and did what they like to do, making the game as difficult to ref as possible, in the second half they were happy just to keep bodies behind the ball, watching Liverpool become more and more frustrated.

Shawcross and Skrtel both were guilty of greater holding in the box than that which led to the Stoke penalty, and Etherington was late and lucky on his challenge on Skrtel in the box.

No bookings in the game, something I struggled with, Clattenburg seemed determined to let the game flow and keep his cards in his pockets, even for incidents if dissent. Clearly he has not been watching other games this season where dissent has been clamped down on very consistently.

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5 comments to Untold Ref review: Stoke – Liverpool 1-0

  • Kentetsu

    Wow, in the first half only one out of the ten big decisions adjudged correctly. Reading the ref review, I can understand Dalglish’s frustration with the ref, for this match at least. Two valid penalty claims not given, and one dive from Stoke awarded with a penalty, although they in fact did miss out on a penalty earlier on as well.
    I have actually looked through the previous Liverpool ref reviews after Dalglish’s comments and based on those reviews it does not look like Liverpool is unfairly treated by the refs.

  • Gary

    I have just watched the Walters penalty incident again and must say it is more of a penalty than the one given against us when Eboue “bumped over” Lucas. When Wenger complained Kenny told him to piss off – so I don’t have much sympathy for them this time round.

    Dalgleish is busy with a PR campaign as a pre-emptive move and the media is happy to support him, unlike what happens when Arsene has something to say about decisions.

  • Stevie E

    I’ll put my hands up and admit to being dumb, but if all the pen decisions were correct and (for the sake of argument) scored, what would the final result have been? Also, if Mark Clattenburg was reffing the 1st half, who came out for the 2nd. This is a total reversal of what we saw last season (not bad 1st half, shocking 2nd)…

  • Stuart

    Interesting to see how both teams have roughly the same percentage of correc calls for and wrong calls against on this one, quite a balanced ref it seems.

  • Reviewer

    @ Stevie E

    I was so surprised by the second half performace i watched it twice. I concluded that the difference was the way Stoke played. The game was largely in their half, all they did was get bodies behind the ball, give nothing away, and watch Liverpool become frustrated. It was very professional, and just how a 1-0 should be defended. George Graham esque.

    If you look from 67 to 79 minutes no incidents, only throw ins and corners, that shows just how disciplined Stoke were, and how clean they can play if they choose to.