Arsenal v Stoke – 11 January 2015 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly the Table of Shame updated following Walter’s reviews of the Newcastle and Liverpool game.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||10|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||23|
Still no signs of it evening out – we beat Newcastle four one but still had a further three wrong Important Decisions against us – Min 8 Tiote should have been dismissed for a studs up challenge to Alexis’ chest, in Min 15 a perfectly good Wellbeck goal was ruled out for an imaginary foul and in Min 87 Dummett should have been dismissed for a second bookable offence (the referee did award a penalty against him but it should have been a yellow card as well). Against Liverpool, Sterling should have been sent off in Minute 61 making a Liverpool comeback much less likely. Whilst this didn’t affect the outcome (Liverpool still had to play with 10 men), It was a straight red card offence and he should have had the three game ban rather than one.
That’s 16 games and 35 wrong game changing decisions against Arsenal more than two a game!
On to Sunday
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Assistants – R West and A Halliday
- Fourth Official – L Probert
2014 – 15 Jonathan Moss has been busy this season, this will be his 16th game in charge. We had him for the season opener against Crystal Palace
|The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace|
81% overall, bias against Arsenal 100%, and three wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties or goals). In Min8 Ramsey was pushed in the penalty area and in Min 72 Hangerland fould Giroud in the penalty area. In Min64 Chamakh should have been dismissed for a second yellow card for persistent fouling. at 81% overall one would normally regard it as a good performance, but not with three wrong Important Decisions.
Stoke have had him twice this year, both away games Their 1-1 draw at Hull on 24 August and their 0-1 loss at Southampton on 25 October.
2013 – 14 Last Season Mr Moss refereed 23 games, three involving Arsenal
Arsenal v Cardiff 1 Jan 2014 (2-0) – Super, super Nick… never write a player off before he really is gone Penalty missed for trip on Wilshere in the first half and another in the second half when Walcott was fouled in the penalty area that would have made life somewhat easier for us. Finally Bendtner poked the ball home and Theo Lobbed the keeper in added time to put a gloss on the score.
Arsenal v Palace 2 Feb 2014 (2 – 0) – Arsenal -Crystal Palace 2-0 A good brace from the Ox and no word about the Referee from Walter so safe to assume he did nothing terrible.
Hull v Arsenal 20 April (0-3) – Hull, advertising boards, Poldi brace, Özil back, and some nice football First 20 minutes Hull trying to kick our brains out, literally in the case of Arteta for one particularly nasty studs up challenge to the head – needless to say no red card was issued. Later on Özil brought down from behind in the penalty area again without sanction. Gradually though the Hull press lost intensity and we started to come more into the game, Ramsey passing the ball into the corner followed by a Podolski special leading to a two goal lead at halftime. A third goal in the second half settled matters. Two wrong Important Decisions from the referee kept Hull in the game for far longer than they should have been.
He also was in charge of three Stoke Games
- West Ham v Stoke 31 August 2013 (0 – 1)
- Stoke v Chelsea 7 Dec 2013 (3 – 2)
- Stoke v Swansea 12 Feb 2014 (1 – 1)
There were eleven of his games that had full referee reviews the four relevant to this review were:-
Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Wigan Athletic Vs Arsenal (0 – 1) [22/12/2012] – 75% overall, bias against Arsenal 59% and no wrong Important Decisions
Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Swansea City Vs Arsenal (0 – 2) [16/03/2013] – 92% overall, so few errors that bias figures are meaningless and no wrong Important Decisions
Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Stoke City Vs Manchester United (0 – 2) [14/04/2013] – 96% overall and no bias
Match Review: Jonathan Moss – Queens Park Rangers Vs Arsenal (0 – 1) [04/05/2013] – 73% overall, bias against Arsenal 83% and no wrong Important Decisions
A fairly good year, two games above 90% and no wrong Important Decisions in any of the four games.
- Mr Moss was off to a good start in the 2012-13 season, no wrong Important Decisions, two scores over 90% and no ridiculous bias against Arsenal. Unfortunately it has been downhill since then (perhaps he has realised that an anti-Arsenal bias is required to progress as a PGMO referee).
- Last season in the same number of games there were four wrong Important Decisions, three not given penalties to Arsenal and a clear sending off of a Hull player not given.
- In his one game this year three wrong Important Decisions, two penalties for Arsenal and a Palace player not sent off for numerous fouls. Also in that game every single wrong decision was against Arsenal – 100% – the whole ‘kit and caboodle’!
- It is difficult to see him returning to his 2012-13 form on Sunday – expect not given penalties, Crouch elbowing everyone in sight again without sanction and Arsenal players pulled up for breathing on the opposition.
- To those supporters in the ground, please get on his back the first time he gets things wrong and carry on throughout the game. It probably won’t do any good but at least I won’t be on my own.
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