Arsenal v Burnley 01 November 2014 – The Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly, here is the ongoing table of wrong Important Decisions for the season – still no signs of anything “evening out in the end”; four in Arsenal’s favour, 17 against.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||4|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||13|
Not a lot of change to this table following the Sunderland game, one not given red card against Rodwell in Minute 19 being the only wrong Important Decision but no change in the points score as we won the game.
The Officials for Burnley are
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Assistants – D Bryan and D Eaton
- Fourth Official – J Moss
Craig Pawson, is another of the relatively new referees to the Premier League. He is 35 years old and has been a referee since 1993 (at the age of 14) working his way up via Yorkshire leagues to regularly officiating in the Football League in the 2012/13 season.
Since then his rise has been very rapid, he took charge of his first Premier League match in March 2013 (Swansea v Newcastle) and was formally appointed to the Select Group for the 2013/14 season. This will be his seventh game in charge this year out of a maximum of ten so he is clearly not being treated as a ‘makeweight’.
His full list of Premier League games is :-
|2014/15||16 Aug 2014||QPR||Hull||0 – 1|
|23 Aug 2014||Swansea||Burnley||1 – 0|
|13 Sep 2014||Sunderland||Spurs||2 – 2|
|20 Sept 2014||West Ham||Liverpool||3 – 1|
|29 Sept 2014||Stoke||Newcastle||1 – 0|
|18 Oct 2014||Crystal Palace||Chelsea||1 – 2|
|2013/14||28/09/2013||Fulham||Cardiff||1 – 2|
|19/10/2013||Swansea||Sunderland||4 – 0|
|09/11/2013||Crystal Palace||Everton||0 – 0|
|21/12/2013||Stoke||Aston Villa||2 – 1|
|01/01/2014||Liverpool||Hull||2 – 0|
|28/01/2014||Man United||Cardiff||2 – 0|
|08/02/2014||Southampton||Stoke||2 – 2|
|23/02/2014||Norwich||Spurs||1 – 0|
|15/03/2014||Stoke||West Ham||3 – 1|
|06/05/2014||Man United||Hull||3 – 1|
|2012/13||02/03/2013||Swansea||Newcastle||1 – 0|
17 Games, 2 red cards, 53 yellow cards, 11 home wins, 3 away wins and 3 draws. There have been no formal reviews of any of his performances from Walter and his team and he has not yet been in charge of an Arsenal game there is therefore very little to go on.
Mr Pawson has done one Burnley Game this year, I have studied the game and here are my thoughts (as you know I am not a referee so this is not a full referee review, just my thoughts on the game) :
|0-11||No video for this part of the game|
|23||Correct goal from Dyer|
|30||Good refereeing, tried to play advantage, none forthcoming so pulled play back for free kick to Burnley|
|41||Good advantage played to Swansea|
|45||One minute of extra time added – No injuries or yellow cards, Ball out of play for 8 min 54 secs of which 60 seconds was due to the goal. Good timekeeping|
|49||Wrong call Ref gave Goal kick should have been corner|
|50||Burnley claim for handball, correct non decision|
|62||Wrong call ref gave free kick to Burnley for handball but initial foul looked to be by Burnley player|
|73||Shelvey rightly given yellow card|
|79||Duff (Burnley) correct yellow card for breaking up promising attack|
|83||Looked like handball by Swansea defender near corner flag, Scott Ledger (Assistant) right by incident gave nothing.|
|85||Sigurdsson, correct yellow card for late challenge|
|89||Foul by Gomis long after ball had gone possible yellow card but not given|
|90||Three minutes extra time, looked a little light, no injuries but I had over 3 min 30 sec for substitutions|
|90min 40 sec||Game Over. I counted 25 min 18 sec of lost time, of which the ref gave back 4 min 40 secs so actual playing time 69 min 22 secs (and there was no video for the first 11 minutes of the game)|
This was a very easy game to referee, neither side were out to kick the other, so it is difficult to learn too much about Mr Pawson based on this single performance. His refereeing seemed balanced, there were very few wrong decisions and nothing major. It was an early season game with neither team particularly fluent in their passing which reflected in the considerable time lost to stoppages, mostly throws and free kicks.
Moving to the Assistants :-
D Bryan – Was with Mr Pawson for the Swansea v Burnley Game, hasn’t been to Arsenal this season, he had 24 Premier Leagus games last year of which his only Arsenal game was our 3-0 away loss at Everton.
D Eaton – This will be his first Premier Game this season, he had 14 premier games last year, none involving Arsenal
Fourth Official :-
Well known to Arsenal – refereed three arsenal games last season Arsenal v Cardiff (2 – 0) on 01/01/2014;Arsenal v Palace (2-0) on 02/02/2014 and Hull v Arsenal (0-3) on 20/04/2014. He was also Fourth official for W Brom v Arsenal (1-1) on 06/10/2014 and Arsenal v Chelsea (0-0) on 23 Dec 2013. This Year he refereed our season opener v Palace (2-1) and has been fourth official twice, out home game v City (2-2) and our away loss at Chelsea (0-2).
- This is a difficult game to predict as there are no proper statistics to analyse. Mr Pawson and Mr Eaton are both first timers to Arsenal and Mr Bryan was only glimpsed once last year.
- I have looked at his one game involving Burnley – Swansea v Burnley and, in truth, he had very little to do, both teams played good football, there were no stand-out bad tackles, the three cards he awarded were fair and he was balanced. In short he looked like a good referee.
- Our supporters need to welcome the officials openly but be willing to give them verbals is they start to tilt the pitch.
Walter is over for the game, with a squad of 13 Belgian supporters so that is normally a good omen for a solid win to The Arsenal and we should be capable of bettering anything that Burnley can throw at us.
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