Untold Ref Review: Norwich 3 – Blackburn 3

For the game between Norwich and Blackburn we had ref Taylor in charge.

Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment points weight
1 Foul Yakubu Norwich C 1 1
4 Foul Blackburn Norwich N/C Ref misses a pull on shirt 0 0
17 Other C ref stops game as Samba falls heavily 1 1
19 Foul Formicca Bennett C 1 1
21 Offside Morrison C 1 1
22 Other Morrison Samba N/C I cant see any contact 0 0
24 Foul Bennett Hoillett C Yellow 1 1
24 Yellow Bennett C was a bit reckless 1 2
25> Other C Good advantage played leading to a Norwich chance 1 1
29 Foul Yakubu Barnett C 1 1
35 Foul Formicca Tierney C 1 1
36 Foul Blackburn Norwich N/C Ref misses holding right in front of him 0 0
39 Foul Fox Hoilett C 1 1
42 Foul Tierney Gaust C 1 1
45 Goal Hoillett C 1 3
Half time 13 16
CORRECT 81,25% 84,21%
YELLOW 1 1 100,00
GOAL 1 1


TOTAL 3 3 100,00

OFFSIDE 1 1 100,00
Second half
46 Foul Johnson Nzonzi C 1 1
48 Foul Yakubu Norwich C 1 1
51 Foul Hoillett Bennett C 1 1
53 Goal Morrison C 1 3
54 Foul Norwich Blackburn N/C A Blbrn player was held as he went to head the ball allowing Norwich to build an attack from which they nearly score 0 0
58 Offside Yakuba N/C Clearly offside as he gets a header in on goal 0 0
60 Foul Norwich Hoillett N/C Hoillett is held right In front of ref nothing given 0 0
61 Goal Yakubu C 1 3
63 Foul Barnett Hoillett C 1 1
63 Yellow Barnett C Good decision from ref 1 1
63 Goal Samba C From the free kick 1 3
68 Foul Tierney Formica C 1 1
76 Foul Blackburn Norwich C 1 1
78 Yellow Lowe N/C Strange decision, I counted it a number of times, he took 5 seconds from picking up he ball to taking the throw, and was cautioned for time wasting 0 0
80 Foul Blackburn Norwich N/C from 2 yards Ref misses a clumsy Blackburn foul allowing them to break 0 0
82 Goal Johnson C 1 3
86 Offside Goodwillie C 1 1
87 Foul Crofts Ollsson C 1 1
89 Foul Holt Nzonzi C 1 1
89 Yellow Holt N/C worst challenge of the game was worth at least a yellow 0 0
89 Foul Norwich Blackburn N/C Ref again misses a clear foul denying Blackburn possession and a free kick 0 0
91 Foul Blackburn Norwich N/C Clear body check, unmissable, poor decision, or lack of 0 0
92 Foul Blackburn Holt N/C Holt dives to win a free kick 0 0
92 Foul Norwich Ollsson N/C Ref misses as Ollsson is fouled by two Norwich players, he is sandwiched between 0 0
92 Penalty N/C Crazy decision as the ref gives a penalty against Ollsson for handball as he appeals for the foul, the ball lands on his hand 0 0
92 Goal Holt N/C This was refereeing incompetence 0 0
2nd half score
TOTAL 14 22
% CORRECT 53,85% 53,66%
YELLOW 1 3 33,33
PENALTY 0 1 0,00
GOAL 4 5 80,00
OTHER 1 3 33,33
TOTAL 6 12 50,00
OFFSIDE 1 2 50,00
TOTAL 27 38
% CORRECT 64,29% 63,33%
YELLOW 2 4 50,00
RED 0 0
PENALTY 0 1 0,00
GOAL 5 6 83,33
OTHER 2 4 50,00
9 15 60,00
OFFSIDE 2 3 66,67
Correct calls For Home 12 52,17%
For Away 11 47,83%
Total correct calls 23
Total Wrong calls Against Home 7 43,75%
Against Away 9 56,25%
Total 16
ID Wrong calls Against Home 0 0,00%
Against Away 2 100,00%

Referee Taylor does little to inspire confidence, he fails to spot obvious fouls, and gives very bizzare decisions. In my humble opinion he has messed up this game big time, denied Blackburn a valuable win, and handed Norwich 2 points they should not have.

He is though very fit, he is always close to decisions and runs his diagonal well. Scant consolidation to Blackburn and Steve Keane. This was a poor refereeing performance that seemed to disintegrate into farce, check out the last 3 minutes!

7 Replies to “Untold Ref Review: Norwich 3 – Blackburn 3”

  1. Correction of the conclusion: the ref only handed Norwich 1 point they should not have, not 2. He denied Blackburn two points, though.

  2. This is not meant as criticism at all, but I didn’t realise the ref reviews were even doing matches like this one. I thought the top 6 teams were to be the focus of it. Still, it can only be a good thing to do more.

  3. @Shard:

    It sounds like this one was a fiasco worthy of Phil Dowd… Looking at that list of errors above, I was wishing that I had watched the match. And I can’t find video of this crazy handball pen either! (isn’t that always a red flag that something isn’t on?) And crazy difference between the first and second half… from 83% correct calls to 53%? Crazy…

    Based on what I see in this review, I have to say that I’m sincerely sorry to Blackburn fans. I do know very much how you feel, although at least, when something like this happens to Arsenal, we have enough of a fanbase and internet presence that we can bitch and whine about it and make our voices heard to some extent…

    I remember after the Newcastle/Dowd robbery last season, I was SO DAMN frustrated when the papers seemed to defend Dowd rather than criticize him… But at least in that case, he was still in the papers (eventually). I can only imagine how frustrating it must be when such an injustice is met with total silence.

    So, having now expressed my solidarity with Blackburn fans in a place where no Blackburn fan will EVER read it, perhaps I should go look for a Blackburn blog where I can express this indignation. Anyone know of a good one? 🙂

  4. I’m cross-posting this on both the Everton article and the most recent ref watch (detailing ref Taylor’s apparent highway robbery against Blackburn)

    Looking into this a bit, it appears that Blackburn (how many times have we heard this story, now?) is facing a takeover battle. Fan protests, etc. Do we have the ABB now, as well as the AAA and the AEE? It seems like it.

    The following article about Blackburn is quite interesting, mainly because reading it just feels like deja vu to me for some reason…:


    I’d really like to find some Blackburn and Everton fans to weigh in on these topics. Anyone know where I can find them? It seems that neither club has quite the internet presence of Arsenal.

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