Newcastle United v Arsenal Saturday 21 March 2015 – The Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
Table of Shame
Walter hasn’t published any more referee reviews since I updated the table last week
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||17|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||23|
Wrong Important decisions against Arsenal still more than seven times those in our favour. Chelsea are claiming that they have been denied 7 penalties so far this season, for Arsenal the figure is 15 (but we should have had three awarded against us as well).
Matchweek 30 – The Officials
- Referee – Mike Jones
- Assistants – R West and M Scholes
- Fourth Official – K A Woolmer
2014-15 to Date
Matchweek 5, 20 September
|Ref Review Aston Villa – Arsenal|
A good game by Mr Jones 82% overall, bias against both teams 20/80 and one wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red card, penalty or goal) when in minute 83 Clark should have seen red for a ‘tackle’ on Podolski. Arsenal won the game by 3 goals to nil so this decision did not affect the game result.
Matchweek 25, 10 February
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Leicester|
A rotten game by Mr Jones this time 54% overall, bias against both teams 90/10 and three wrong Important Decisions. Minute 28 Upson should have had a second yellow card for a two footed frontal tackle on Alexis (his first should have been in Minute 5 for pulling Alexis back).
In Minute 45 Simpson had a clear handball to stop an Alexis cross which should also have earned him a yellow card (inexplicably not given) and in Minute 88 he was booked for blocking Ozil (that should have been his second yellow). Again these wrong decisions didn’t cost us points as we won the game but correct decisions would have made the game a lot easier for both team and supporters.
Matchweek 3 – Newcastle 3 – Crystal Palace 3
Matchweek 18 – Man United 3 – Newcastle 1
In 2013/14 Mr Jones was in charge of 19 games in total, 11 home wins, three draws and 5 away wins. Two games involved Arsenal:-
Stoke v Arsenal 1st Mar 2014 (1-0) A one sided piece of refereeing by Mr Jones, Adams should have been sent off in the middle of the second half for a clear stamp on Giroud who was on the floor at the time (see the second link below). He then gave a very soft penalty in favour of Stoke, Walters kicked the ball Kos was about a metre away and the ball hit his hand as he was jumping to attempt to block it. The assistant who was close didn’t move but Mr Jones was convinced.
Arsenal v West Brom 4 May 2014 (1-0) This time we were at home – did the referee perform any better? Here is Walter’s post match article, he was at the game. We scored the only goal in the first half and never looked like conceding. From my recollection the ref was OK and West Brom were not good.
Not a mention of Mr Jones so again an OK performance.
So, dreadful in our away game at Stoke, OK for our home game, broadly in line with our expectations.
In 2012/13 he was in charge of
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Albion (2 – 0) [08/12/2012]|
He scored 69% overall, Bias against 52/48 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalty and goal) when he wrongly awarded Arsenal a penalty in the 24th minute following a dive from Cazorla. The penalty conversion shouldn’t have counted either.
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs Norwich City (3 – 1) [13/04/2013]|
60% overall, bias against 73/27 and four wrong key decisions. In Min 45+1 Turner should have been sent off for elbowing Ramsey, In Minute 55 there was a dive from a Norwich player to win a free kick from which they scored, the Norwich player should have had a yellow card and the free kick should have been given to Arsenal. In min 64 Snodgrass fouled Walcott in the penalty area but no penalty was awarded and in Min 90+1 Theo scored a goal but was offside in the buildup so the goal shouldn’t have counted. Not Mr Jones finest game as a referee.
Overall for the year he had 15 wrong key decisions in the 9 games he was reviewed, of these 7 were penalties, 3 were sending offs and 5 were incorrect goal decisions. None of these errors are acceptable His overall scores were 70% or less in four games and 80% or better in three. A strong home bias in two games, neutral bias in 5 games and a strong away bias in the other two games. Not really up to scratch overall, could do better
- It kind of depends on which Mike Jones turns up. If we have the same one as at Aston Villa in September we should have nothing to worry about. The other one is pretty useless!
- Whichever one it is the vast majority of wrong decisions will be against Arsenal.
- Mr Jones tends to be a home referee (except in Arsenal games)
- Mr Jones is not good in judgements in the penalty area so expect an increase in the 15 wrongly awarded penalties favouring our opponents.
- Mr Jones is also poor at judging yellow and red card offences.
- As I quoted from Walter in my preview of the Leicester game “Give me Jones any day of the week in a home match and I don’t fear him. Give him an away game against a footballing team and I don’t fear him. Give him in an away game against a kick the shit team and expect the worst. Remember this for the future.”
- So we are away from home and Newcastle certainly aren’t saints when it comes to putting in a challenge so this one might be testing.
Whichever Mr Jones turns up I expect us to have too much class for Newcastle and am hopeful of another three points.
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