Ref for this match was Craig Pawson
A ref we haven’t got many numbers on so it is always difficult to draw conclusions.
What I did noticed is that he is not looking good at hidden kicks on the Achilles. Alderweireld did this a few times and each time it escaped the ref’s attention. This is something he has to work on. Because those fouls can be nasty and can cause serious injuries like ruptures of the Achilles.
What he also was lacking was daring to stamp his authority early on in the game. Wayama came in from behind and kicked Alexis on the calf when the ball was at chest height from Alexis. So no chance of playing the ball. A deliberate kick from behind. He called the foul but then he should have given a yellow card.
Some 15 minutes later Wayama again went in from behind on Alexis and then he gave a yellow card. After that Wayama calmed down and there you can see the influence a yellow card and certainly an early yellow card can have on a player. Or that player stops his kicking or he continues and then you just send him off. Wayama should have walked after that second kick from behind. Or he wouldn’t have done it any more.
His first half score was rather low. Not many fouls and then every mistake counts more of course. So only a score of 68% and when we put weight on the decisions he only gets 63%. If we only look at the important decisions he only gets a score of 40%. Wayama is the reason for this.
In the second half he upped up his game. But… then a big flaw showed again. Alexis was going to be one on one with the keeper and then Gardos brought him down just outside the penalty area. So correct decision for the foul outside but then he only gave a yellow card against Gardos. And that was terribly wrong. The card should have been a red one. Still some 25 minutes to play at that moment so nobody knows how the match could have been changed after that.
But for the rest he was fine with most of his decisions as the only other miss was a hidden foul from Alderweireld who kicked Cazorla on the achilles and again the ref didn’t spot it.
The score in the second half however was 87% and when we put weight on it he still has a score of 80%. If we only look at the important decisions we get a score 50%.
Over the whole 90 minutes he had a score of 78% so not that bad. When we put weight on the decisions it drops to 72%. Still acceptable compared to other PGMO refs. If we only look at the important decisions he gets a total score of 44%. Not that great.
And so we have his flaw. He backs out of the important decisions. Now I am not going to say that he has a bias against Arsenal based on this match. It could be that he is just a typical home referee who doesn’t dare to take action against the home players. That is very well possible.
So the jury is out on him. But from what I have seen I think he will be a home referee most of the time and home teams will get away with more than away teams. If he really dislikes Arsenal it is something that we will find out once we get him at home.
Bias score over the not important decisions was not completely bad with 25 against Arsenal and 75% against Southampton. When we look at the important decisions it raises to 15% against Arsenal and 85 % against Southampton.
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