Referee : Phil Dowd
So we had our old friend Phil Dowd in an Arsenal match.
Main talking points in the first half:
A possible penalty for Swansea. I know that only a handful of refs will give it against Arsenal and never in favour of Arsenal but when a defender jumps in the back of an attacker it is a foul. And if this foul happens in the penalty area then it is a penalty. But you will only see it given in 1 out of a 100 cases. But it still is a foul and should be called.
Another miss from the ref was when Williams went in dangerously on Cazorla and caught him with his studs on his foot. A dangerous foul but the ref completely missed it. Williams should have gotten a yellow card and Arsenal a free kick just outside the penalty area in the little D. With a player like Alexis not a bad place for a free kick. The missed yellow card would prove important in the second half.
The yellow card for Ramsey was a bit laughable. It was probably to get the crowd on his side a bit I think as I couldn’t see anything that warranted a yellow card for an obstruction in the middle of the field.
In the second half he should have sent off Williams for his assault on Cazorla. (Again Cazorla). He gave a yellow card for a possible leg breaking challenge and if he would have done his job he would have send Williams off by then. But he didn’t do a good enough job.
And seconds later the ref really made a technical error. Williams and Cazorla both had received treatment and the free kick was headed in to a corner. Both players still waiting on the sideline. Willimans then entered the playing field and only when he was already 3 or 4 meters inside the ref signaled to both players to come on. Technically this is another yellow card. So for the 3rd time he let Williams and Swansea get away with it. Cazorla by the way waited correct at the sideline before entering the playing field as it should be.
Mertesacker then got a yellow card for again I don’t know what or why. And again the ref let a Swansea player escape a card when he didn’t book Sigurdson who planted his studs right on the knee of Cazorla (again – the patter was clear by then). Planting the studs on the knee is dangerous so should have been booked.
The Arsenal goal was okay to the laws of the game and there the ref did a great job as Swansea player Carroll tried to hack down Oxlade who started the attack but the ref let it go and Arsenal scored and then the ref booked Carroll. That was great refereeing skill.
A few minutes later the ref missed a penalty for Arsenal. Swansea player Rangel swing out with his arm and hit Chambers in the face. Stopping an opponent by swinging a hand in his face is a foul and as it happened in the penalty area it should have been a penalty. So both teams could argue for a not given penalty. Both incidents are only given on seldom occasions but a foul is a foul.
Minutes later Swansea equalized and a few minutes later they could score again.
Dowd seemed pleased with that outcome and did a few Dowdy things I could say. Ki throwing himself to the ground with Alexis just chasing him and Alexis who didn’t know Dowd losing his temper a bit and getting a card.
Barrow making a theatrical dive and the assistant who stood 3 meters away not being impressed at all giving a throw to Arsenal but Dowd giving a free kick to Swansea for the dive.
In the extra time Taylor of Swansea handled the ball in his penalty area. Sanogo headed a ball in the ground and it bounced against his hands that were in front of his body. The player was looking away from the incident and didn’t know where the ball was going so I agree with the ref to give nothing for that handball.
Let us finish with the score of the ref first.
In the first half his score was 71.43% but when we put weight on it the score goes down to 60.71%. When we only look at the important decisions his score goes down to 50%.
In the second half he had again a total score of 71,88 and when we put weight on the decisions the score falls to 66%. If we only look at the important decisions we see a score of 40%.
Over the whole 90 minutes his score was 73% correct decisions. If we put weight on the decisions we have a score of 64%. And if we only look at the important decision we see a score of 42.86%.
Not really good in total but we have seen worse, unfortunately.
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