Southampton v Arsenal 01 January 2015 – The Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the updated table of shame following Walter’s review of the Stoke game
Untold ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal, the Anthony Taylor horror show. “Shockingly bad”.
Twenty two wrong decisions in that game, eleven yellow card or worse and all against Arsenal. Both Assistant referrees started calling correct decisions in favour of Arsenal Still no signs of the mythical “IT ALL EVENS OUT IN THE END”. Of the potential game changing decisions they are now six to one against Arsenal and nearly two per game.
On to New Year’s Day
Referee – Craig Pawson
Assistants – S Long and S Burt
Fourth Official – R East
Craig Pawson is a Yorkshireman – Home FA Sheffield and Hallamshire – and joined the Select List of Referees for the start of the 2013-14 season. After one game in 2012-13 and ten last season has been busy this year, this will be his fifteenth game in charge, We had him at the Emirates on 1 November for out 3-0 win against Burnley.
Untold Referee Review : Arsenal – Burnley
72% overall performance, bias against 84/16 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red card, penalty or goal) when in Min20 Boyd deliberately handled the ball in their penalty area without it being called. This should have resulted in Boyd being sent off as it was at least a yellow card (he had already been booked in Min15) if nor a straight red. However no points were lost as a result of Mr Pawson’s negligence and we emerged comfortable winners. Mr Pawson was not helped by Mr Bryan in particular (Assistant 1).
Somewhat surprisingly Mr Pawson hasn’t featured yet in a Southampton game.
S Long, has only been paired with Mr Pawson once this year – the Season Opener between QPR and Hull but has appeared with Michael Oliver in our 2 – 2 away draw to Liverpool
S Burt, has not yet worked with Mr Pawson this year but again is no stranger to Arsenal. He was with Lee Mason in out 4-1 victory over Newcastle and with Mr Oliver in the 1 – 1 home draw with Spurs (Mr Pawson was fourth official).
Mr Pawson refereed 10 matches in the Premier League, none featuring Arsenal and only one with Southampton – their 2 – 2 home draw v Stoke on 8 February.
Mr Pawson took charge of his first Premier league game on 2 March 2013 when he was in charge for Swansea City v Newcastle United which was not subjected to a full referee review.
1. There is still very little data to go on and certainly insufficient to make any meaningful predictions.
2. His red and yellow card numbers are in line with the other Select Group members but that is merely a comment
3. In the one Arsenal game he has refereed his performance was again typical of the normal refereeing performance, 72% overall which is in the minimal acceptable category and an obvious handball missed. Demonstrating either a lack of confidence or a knowledge of what he has to do to progress up the refereeing ladder.
4. He failed to call fouls on defenders on a consistent basis – these should always be given.
5. It will be interesting to see how he gets on with his second Arsenal game and that should give a lot more confidence for predictions on his performance in the future.
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