Aston Villa v Arsenal 20 September 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the wrong Important Decisions Table updated following Walter’s reviews of the Leicester City and Manchester City games so the numbers are for all four games played so far.
In the Leicester game there were three wrong Important decisions; yellow cards not given to Moore in minutes 35, 58 and 90; a straight red card to Hammond in minute 84 and a penalty to Arsenal for the push on Cazorla in minute 50. Two points added in the Opponents column.
In the Man City game there were two wrong key decisions, Milner should have had yellow cards in minutes 18 and 45 giving Arsenal a one man advantage for the whole of the second half. In the second half in minute 76, Wilshere handled the ball in the penalty area and a spot kick should have been given. These two decisions could have affected the result in favour of both teams so I have added two points in both columns.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||2|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||6|
The preview for Saturday
- Referee – Mike Jones
- Assistants – M Scholes and I Hussin
- Fourth Official – K Friend
Mike Jones was born in 1968, his home FA is Cheshire and has been a referee in the premier league since August 2008 when he started with Hull City v Wigan. Prior to that he was a Football League referee for 11 years. Coincidentally his first Football League game in August 1997 also featured Hull City who were away to Mansfield Town. To date he has been in charge of 128 matches issuing 17 red and 414 yellow cards (a red card every 7.5 games and 3.2 yellow cards a game on average).
This will be his third game this season and he will have had five assistants, only Mr Scholes has been with him before this year. Last year he did 19 games being partnered with Mr Scholes seven times and Mr Hussin four times.
Mr Scholes was one of the assistants for the season opener against Crystal Palace, Walter’s review of that game made no mention of his performance, so I’ll give him an OK for that game.
What of Mr Jones recent history with Arsenal?
In 2012/13 he was in charge of
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Albion (2 – 0) [08/12/2012]|
He scored 69% overall, Bias against 52/48 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalty and goal) when he wrongly awarded Arsenal a penalty in the 24th minute following a dive from Cazorla. The penalty conversion shouldn’t have counted either.
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs Norwich City (3 – 1) [13/04/2013]|
60% overall, bias against 73/27 and four wrong key decisions. In Min 45+1 Turner should have been sent off for elbowing Ramsey, In Minute 55 there was a dive from a Norwich player to win a free kick from which they scored, the Norwich player should have had a yellow card and the free kick should have been given to Arsenal. In min 64 Snodgrass fouled Walcott in the penalty area but no penalty was awarded and in Min 90+1 Theo scored a goal but was offside in the buildup so the goal shouldn’t have counted. Not Mr Jones finest game as a referee.
Overall for the year he had 15 wrong key decisions in the 9 games he was reviewed, of these 7 were penalties, 3 were sending offs and 5 were incorrect goal decisions. None of these errors are acceptable His overall scores were 70% or less in four games and 80% or better in three. A strong home bias in two games, neutral bias in 5 games and a strong away bias in the other two games. Not really up to scratch overall, could do better
In 2013/14 Mr Jones was in charge of 19 games in total, 11 home wins, three draws and 5 away wins. Two games involved Arsenal:-
Stoke v Arsenal 1st Mar 2014 (1-0) A one sided piece of refereeing by Mr Jones, Adams should have been sent off in the middle of the second half for a clear stamp on Giroud who was on the floor at the time (see the second link below). He then gave a very soft penalty in favour of Stoke, Walters kicked the ball Kos was about a metre away and the ball hit his hand as he was jumping to attempt to block it. The assistant who was close didn’t move but Mr Jones was convinced.
Arsenal v West Brom 4 May 2014 (1-0) This time we were at home – did the referee perform any better? Here is Walter’s post match article, he was at the game. We scored the only goal in the first half and never looked like conceding. From my recollection the ref was OK and West Brom were not good.
Not a mention of Mr Jones so again an OK performance.
So dreadful in our away game at Stoke, OK for our home game, broadly in line with our expectations.
What of Mr Jones and Aston Villa?
77% overall, bias against 57/63 but three wrong key decisions, Everton who should have had two penalties in Minute 9 and 46 and Osman should have been sent off on Minute 88 for a studs up challenge in the back of a villa player. Apart from those Important decisions not too bad a performance.
Aston Villa v Man City 28 September 2013 (3-2)
Sunderland v Villa, 01 January 2014 (0-1) – I Hussin was one of the assistants that day.
I have no review of either game, they seem to be in line with him usually favouring the home team, if there are any Villa followers reading , perhaps they could be kind enough to post something in the comments?
- Mr Jones tends to be a home referee
- Mr Jones is not that good overall
- Mr Jones is particularly poor in judging penalties
- Mr Jones is also poor at disciplinary offences, both yellow and red cards
- As Walter said “Give me Jones any day of the week in a home match and I don’t fear him. Give him an away game against a footballing team and I don’t fear him. Give him in an away game against a kick the shit team and expect the worst. Remember this for the future.”
- Lets just hope that Villa aren’t a ‘kick the shit’ team.
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