Ref for this match was Neil Swarbrick
The first minute the ref should have booked O Brien who came in frontal towards Monreal. In control but surely with studs showing over the ground. A booking would have been the only correct call even in the first minute.
Minutes later a very important call to make for the assistant and the ref. Song’s distance shot went in but the assistant raised his flag. One West Ham player (Carroll) was just offside in front of Szczesny and blocked his view. Two other WHU players moved back from an offside position and one jumped and made a movement towards the ball. So he did have an influence and was interfering with the ball and his opponents. But we have seen them not given so a bit thumbs up for the assistant and the ref for this decision.
Then the ref saw a few fouls from Arsenal players where there was nothing to be seen and even WHU players not claiming a foul.
The penalty was a clear penalty. Reid lifted his leg to make sure that Cazorlo could not go further. There was another WH defender in the back of Cazorla so no red card but surely a yellow as it was a very promising attack.
So a good score of 81% and the same if we put weight on the decisions. Missing the yellows made his score on the important decisions drop to 66%.
In the second half he was having a rather good match till the final 10 minutes or so. Giving a throw in to WH when the West Ham player first walked away from the ball thinking it would be an Arsenal throw was strange. And we had Reid stopping the ball with his hands in front of his chest and then the ref letting him continue was also strange. Missing a foul of the ball from Song on Chamberlain when Arsenal could have had a possible promising attack… Then it was getting a bit bizarre.
Chamberlain then was pushed outside the penalty area, tried to continue but he couldn’t stay on his feet and again the ref let it go. On the other side he gave fouls to WH. It didn’t work out that way as the Arsenal defence hold on to the lead.
Score in the second half 70.83% and if we put weight on it it goes up to 77%. This shows that a lot of his more important decisions were right. Looking only at the important decisions we see a score of 85%. So he didn’t want to be in the spotlight for messing it up completely.
The total score over the whole match was 70% and when we put weight on the decisions it even goes up to almost 80%. In the important decisions we see a good total score of almost 77%. Well, good is relatively speaking of course compared to what we have seen otherwise.
The bias numbers are showing a 90% bias in favour of West Ham. So in that department it was business as usual one could say.
Some good decisions on the important ones but also a lot of “help” for West Ham to be able to throw the ball high in the penalty box. And letting go and not giving a few obvious decisions that even blind man could see in favour of Arsenal. That threw a shadow on his performance that wasn’t too bad in total.
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