Today’s referee is Peter Walton – In some parts of the world they say that Walton is a United ref. Is there anything to see in this review that might point at it? Just read on.
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Peter Walton (2012-01-31)|
|2||OTHER||NC||Ball not out ? throw-in wrongly given to Everton||1|
|4||OTHER||Baines||Milner||C||Slid in a bit late, caught Milner||1|
|6||GOAL||C||Lescott headed off the line ? correct no goal||3|
|10||OTHER||Baines||Milner||NC||Obviously pushed ? not given||1|
|26||OTHER||Barry||Cahill||NC||Backed in under him when up for header ? not given||1|
|29||OTHER||Fellaini||Milner||NC||Tripped right in front of the ref ? not given||1|
|34||OTHER||Kompany||Cahill||C||Ran into back of Cahill||1|
|34||YELLOW||Kompany||NC||Cahill stopped to hold off Kompany, not much in it really ? poorly given card||2|
|38||OTHER||Fellaini||Nasri||C||Came in late, knee to calf||1|
|47||OTHER||NC||Ball last off Lescott ? shoud have been corner||1|
|48||OTHER||Hibbert||Aguero||NC||Trip, a bit hard and late ? not given||1|
|48||YELLOW||Hibbert||NC||Worth a booking||2|
|53||OTHER||Lescott||Howard||NC||Lescott is fouled in the area but Walton wrongly gives Everton a free out||1|
|53||PENALTY||Howard||Lescott||NC||Howard rushes to punch ball in vain, misses, runs into Lescott ? penalty not given||3|
|55||OTHER||Dzeko||Hibbert||C||bumped into defender||1|
|57||OTHER||Stracqualursi||Kompany||NC||Held/pushed Kompany in area ? not given||1|
|57||PENALTY||NC||Denied Kompany the chance to head ball ? should have been a penalty||3|
|57||YELLOW||Stracqualursi||NC||Should have been booked as well||2|
|58||PENALTY||C||Fellaini got ball fairly ? good no call||3|
|60||GOAL||C||Gibson ? Goal okay||3|
|63||OTHER||Fellaini||Dzeko||C||Didn’t look like a foul but I’ll give ref benefit||1|
|64||OTHER||Cahill||Nasri||NC||Pushed ? not given||1|
|66||OTHER||Barry||Drenthe||NC||Pulled back, no advantage signaled though Everton kept possession||1|
|68||OTHER||NC||Ball deflected off Silva but corner not given to Everton||1|
|75||PENALTY||C||Ball to arm ? Neville’s arms were down by his side and the ball came hard and fast ? not intentional ? correct call||3|
|77||OTHER||Drenthe||Richards||NC||Bad challenge, raised leg, studs showing ? advantage wrongly played||1|
|77||RED||Drenthe||NC||Should have been sent off for violent play ? only got yellow||3|
|81||OTHER||Cahill||Kompany||NC||Ran into him ? not given||1|
|83||OTHER||Baines||Barry||NC||slid in, missed ball, tripped Barry ? not given||1|
|85||OTHER||Cahill||Kompany||NC||Holding ? advantage played||1|
|88||OTHER||NC||Ball last off Cahill ? throw wrongly given to Everton||1|
|91||YELLOW||Baxter||NC||Kicked ball far away clearly after whistle ? time wasting ? not cautioned||2|
Man City had 4 penalty shouts in the 2nd half all of which were turned down or ignored. Of those, two of them should have been awarded.
In the 53rd minute, Lescott sneaked in behind Everton’s last defender to get onto a Edin Dzeko header. Tim Howard rushed out of his net and in a futile attempt to punch the ball, he clattered into Jolean Lescott knocking him down. Shockingly, Peter Walton blew the whistle against Lescott giving Everton a free out.
Four minutes later Man City should have had another penalty when Vincent Kompany was clearly pushed as he tried to head the ball from a corner, but Walton must not have seen it.
In the 58th minute, Aguero fell down in the area, but Fellaini had made good contact with the ball and minimal contact with the player, and thus it was a fair challenge.
It was Everton who then opened the scoring in the 60th minute with a deflected shot by Everton’s new loanee, Gibson. There was a hint of a foul by Fellaini in the buildup to the goal though to me it looked like Dzeko had stuck his foot out in front of Fellaini and the contact was as much Dzeko’s fault, if not more than Fellaini’s fault.
Later in the half, Man City also appealed for a penalty when a cross into the box hit Gary Neville’s hand but the Everton defender’s arms were down by his side and the cross came hard and fast – a case of ball to hand and the ref was right not to award City a penalty.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Peter Walton (2012-01-31)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
Peter Walton put in another poor display with wrong calls heavily favouring Everton.
Concerning bookings, Vincent Kompany was cautioned for running into the back of Cahill who had stopped in his tracks to hold off the defender. A foul perhaps but it was never a booking.
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On the other hand, Royston Drenthe was lucky not to have been sent off in the second half when he went in very late on Micah Richards with raised boot, catching him with his studs just above the knee. Fortunately for Richards he wasn’t caught too squarely and therefore he wasn’t seriously hurt, but Drenthe should have been sent off for this. Instead Walton played an advantage and only showed a yellow card to the Dutch midfielder on loan from Real Madrid. Moyes was quick substituted him after the incident.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Peter Walton (2012-01-31)|
|Period 1||Everton||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||8||42.11||11||57.89||19|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||20.00||8||80.00||10|
|Period 2||Everton||%||Manchester City||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||17||68.00||8||32.00||25|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||2||9.09||20||90.91||22|
|Correct For Weighted||25||56.82||19||43.18||44|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||12.50||28||87.50||32|
Man City tried to find an equalizer, but were unable to do so and now find themselves in a slump. Peter Walton did them no favours with 18 wrong calls going against them compared to only 4 wrong calls against Everton.
I haven’t received the ref review of the Mu game in which Walton gave two penalties in favour of United so they could win against Stoke but given the two Webbalties at Chelsea and this performance against their biggest title rivals it does seem to be that the refs are entering “money time”.
It might be worth remembering that almost one year ago we played at Newcastle and faced the worst bias ever seen on a football field. In those days Arsenal was one of the biggest rivals of United for the title. How much coincidence is all this?
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