Arsenal v Hull 18 October 2014 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I start on the referee preview here is the table of Wrong Important Decisions, updated to include both the Spurs and Chelsea games.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||4|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||11|
No signs of things starting to even out yet 15 game changing decisions favouring our opponents and four favouring Arsenal.
Moving on to Saturday’s game
- Referee – Roger East
- Assistants – S Beck and A Nunn
- Fourth Official – C Foy
Roger East was born in 1965, his home County FA is Wiltshire and his first Premier League game was on 1st September 2012 when he was given the Swansea v Sunderland game. Including that game, he has been in charge of 11 Premier games, issuing 4 red and 31 yellow cards. 11 games in two and a bit years – not a lot and leads me to wonder why!
Here are his Premier League Games to Date
|Season||Date||Home||Away||Result||Review of Game|
|2014/15||23 Aug 2014||Southampton||West Brom||0 – 0|
|2013/14||05 Aug 2013||Fulham||Stoke||1 – 0|
|23 Aug 2013||Everton||West Brom||0 – 0|
|28 Dec 2013||A Villa||Swansea||1 – 1|
|28 Jan 2014||Crystal Palace||Hull||1 – 0|
|15 Mar 2014||Everton||West Brom||2 – 1|
|2012/13||01 Sep 2012||Swansea||Sunderland||2 – 2||Match Review: Roger East – Swansea City Vs Sunderland (2 – 2) [01/09/2012]|
|15 Sep 2012||Fulham||West Brom||3 – 0||Match Review: Roger East – Fulham Vs West Bromwich Albion (3 – 0) [15/09/2012]|
|20 Oct 2012||Liverpool||Reading||1 – 0|
|08 Dec 2012||A Villa||Stoke||0 – 0|
|23 Feb 2013||West Brom||Sunderland||2 – 1|
No Arsenal games, one game for Hull and only two games have referee reviews. However a strange thing is that West Brom have had him 5 times – that’s nearly half of his games and statistically odd if one were to assume that referees are allocated randomly.
I’ll start with a summary of the two reviewed games – they have to be given a big caveat as both are from two years ago.
Swansea v Sunderland – 99 correct calls out of 117, but adding weighting and he only scored 64% overall, there were 2 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) the bias figures were 35/64 against both teams – Swansea getting the rump of the bad decisions. In Minute 2 Gardner blocked Routledge in the penalty area and Swansea should have had a penalty. In Minute 45+4 Rangel pushed Fletcher in the back when he was going to jump for a free header, should have been a penalty to Sunderland. In Min 70 Flores was correctly sent off for a dangerous high kick on a Sunderland player
Fulham v West Brom – 106 correct calls out of113 and an overall score of 87% once weighting was applied to the decisions. There were no wrong Important Decisions. Bias was 82/18 so Fulham had the majority of the wrong decisions but overall a good performance.
We have of course had Mr East as fourth official – three times last year Palace and Swansea at home and Cardiff away. Two wins and a draw. He was also fourth official this year for our draw with Leicester, let’s hope that wasn’t intended as instructions on how to referee Arsenal.
Mr Beck is a reasonably familiar face – he was assistant at our home games against Southampton and Fulham and our away game at Swansea last year, all of which we won.
Mr Nunn seems to be another first timer for Arsenal and this seems to be his first year in the Premiership
Chris Foy is another ‘old friend’ with a reasonably strong anti-Arsenal bias when in charge.
- This is a game where it is impossible to predict what the referee and his team are going to do – there are simply no relevant facts to take into account.
- Hope for the best but expect the worst and be ready to get on his back when (if) he starts to make mistakes.
- He was Fourth Official this year for our game v Leicester refereed by our good “friend” Mr Taylor. Let’s hope he is a better referee than Mr Taylor.
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