By Ref reviewer 04
We had a fresh face today in the Emirates. Not only with the new Arsenal debutants and because of the mostly unknown visitors of Shrewsbury but also because we got an unknown ref. Ref Tony Bates was in charge of the game. Not a premier league ref but do we see any differences in his performance compared to the more familiar names?
|1||OTHER||Shrewsbury||Chamakh||C||Little pull – advantage given||1||1|
|11||OTHER||Shrewsbury||Frimpong||NC||Little trip not given||0||0|
|13||OTHER||Djourou||Collins||C||Foul from Djourou but the ref could see the possible counter for Shrewsbury. This lead immediatly to them hitting the post. Great advantage given||1||1|
|17||OTHER||Miquel||Shrewsbury||NC||Pushing in the back not given||0||0|
|20||OTHER||Shrewsbury||Frimpong||NC||Clipped his foot not given||0||0|
|28||OTHER||Shrewsbury||Fabianski||NC||Shrewsbury place a man in front of Fabianski. This time he backed in on the keeper who couldn’t come for the ball. Should have been a foul||0||0|
|33||GOAL||Arsenal||C||Gibbs scores – correct goal||1||3|
|36||OTHER||Frimpong||Shrewsbury||NC||Some pushing not given||0||0|
|42||YELLOW||McAllister||NC||I think this is harsh on the Shrewsbury player. He just got outtricked by the movement. Nothing really malicious and not in a dangerous position||0||0|
|45||OTHER||Morgan||Park||NC||Push in the back||0||0|
|46||OTHER||Jenkinson||Shrewsbury||NC||push in the back||0||0|
|50||OTHER||The Ref||C||Ref saw a throw to Shrewsbury but the linesman had the better angle and corrected him. The ref followed the linesman and changed his call. Good teamwork||1||1|
|53||OTHER||Cocquelin||Shrewsbury||C||Shoulder to shoulder this time correct not to give anything||1||1|
|58||GOAL||Arsenal||Oxlade Chamberlain scores – correct goal||1||1|
|60||PENALTY||Shrewsbury||Oxlade||NC||The defender had nothing of the ball but did bring Oxlade down. Should have been a penalty||0||0|
|69||OTHER||Djourou||Morgan||NC||Two Arsenal defenders going in against the same player||0||0|
|70||PENALTY||Shrewsbury||C||The defender tumbled and the ball made contact with his arm, behind his body. Correct from the ref to give nothing.||1||3|
|78||GOAL||Arsenal||C||Benayoun scores – correct goal||1||3|
|82||PENALTY||Djourou||Morgan||C||Shrewsbury appeal for a penalty. Djourou was holding Morgan OUTSIDE the penalty area. He let loose when entering the penalty area but because of the players being very close to each other they tangled up and fell to the floor. There was a foul but outside the penalty area. So no penalty but a free kick should have been given||1||3|
|84||OTHER||Cocquelin||Shrewsbury||C||Bundled over his man||1||1|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Arsenal||11||50,00%|
|Total correct calls||22|
|Wrong calls||Against Arsenal||7||53,85%|
First of all the important decisions: with a score of 80% a very good score I think. He gave one yellow card in this game against a Shrewsbury player and I thought this was a bit harsh.
He probably should have given a penalty for a foul on Oxlade Chamberlain but he decided to give nothing. I thought this was a wrong decision and so he lost some points. But with those two decisions he would have had a score of 100% in the important decisions.
About the wrong calls. Or calls we found wrong he got a lot of them. But when you look at the totals he didn’t make a lot wrong calls against one team. No the wrong calls is around 50% and take notice the correct calls are also very nice divided at 50% each. So he surely wasn’t tilting the pitch to one or the other team. So credit to the ref for that.
One reader on Untold asked if the ref was afraid to blow his whistle. And it looked like that at times. But he looked an experienced championship ref and so I think he felt that both teams played the game in the right spirit. And when you feel this as a ref you can let go some little fouls. He did this and it cost him points. Maybe this is harsh on the ref for a bit. It would be interesting to see how the ref would have done this (or another game) if one of the teams went out to kick the opponents to shit. Because then you have to call these little fouls, he could let go this time.
All in all I must say that the ref had a good game. Getting a higher score for him would have resulted in a less fluent game perhaps. So he decided to go for a fluent game with not many interruptions for fouls. As long as you treat both teams in the same way you are a good ref. He did, so we can say he was a good and fair ref in this game.