Watford v Arsenal 17 October 2015 – the Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
The Table of Shame – now up to date for all eight games played
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||11|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||6|
Two league referee reviews since our last game, one good, one bad.
Firstly the good, Craig Pawson in our away game at Leicester, 84% overall, bias against the two teams not unreasonable at 20/80 and most importantly no wrong Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) If only all games were like this!
Secondly the bad, Anthony Taylor in our home game against United, 59% overall, bias against the two teams 3/97 and 5 wrong Important Decisions, pretty much as predicted really. The wrong important decisions were a missed penalty in Minute 4 with Schweinsteiger wrestling Gabriel to the ground within 10 seconds of all players being warned about infringements, Mr Taylor then missed two opportunities to award the same player a second yellow card for persistent infringement in Minutes 45+1 and 45+2. In Minute 62 Fellaini should have had a yellow card for a deliberate handball and again Mr Taylor missed two opportunities to award a second yellow card in Minutes 73 and 90.
Finally, the table is showing no signs yet of ‘evening out’ eight games played and three wrong Important Decisions per game with a cost of at least 6 points.
Enough of the past, on to the future – Our Match Officials this Saturday are :-
Referee – Mike Jones
Assistants – R West and A Holmes
Fourth Official – K Friend
Mike Jones scored a barely acceptable 70% unweighted score in his games with Arsenal last year, worse than Mr Taylor so hardly a good recommendation.
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
Last Season 2014-15 he refereed three games, all of which we won
|Ref Review Aston Villa – Arsenal|
82% overall score (weighted), bias against the two teams 20/80, one wrong Important Decision when Clark should have had a straight red card for a tackle on Podolski. Other than that a pretty good performance
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Leicester|
54% overall score (weighted), bias against the two teams 90/10, three wrong Important Decisions, in Minute 18 Upson should have been dismissed for a two footed frontal tackle on Alexis (he should have had a first yellow card in Min 18 for pulling back the same player), in Min 88 Simpson should have had a second yellow card for blocking Özil (his first yellow card should have come in Min 45 for deliberate handball in the penalty area, his second should have come in min 85 for a foul on Özil – take your pick of a second yellow Minute 85 or 88)
|Ref Review : Newcastle – Arsenal: an overwhelming bias|
58% overall score (weighted), bias against the two teams 5/95, three wrong Important Decisions. Two sending off offences both second yellow cards for Cabella, In Minute 13 he should have had a first yellow card for a challenge from behind on Coquelin, he should have had a second in Minute 62 for a forearm to Coquelin’s forehead and a further opportunity to dismiss him occurred in Min81 when he dived trying to win a penalty. The third wrong decision was a not given penalty to Newcastle when Chambers handled in the penalty area. I counted two points incorrectly gained by Arsenal.
One decent and two very bad performances, opposition players not being sent off in all three games. Awful bias figures in the last two.
2013-14 – No formal reviews from these games but I have linked Walter’s post game pieces for context. Two games, one home and one away (as it should be) one win one loss both one nil.
01 Mar 2014 – Stoke v Arsenal (1 – 0)
Home referee as predicted, bad day at the office not as predicted Adam treading/stamping on Giroud when he was on the ground, not seen/ignored by the referee and a very soft penalty awarded to Stoke for handball, Walters kicking the ball against Kos from half a meter away, a home referee and Arsenal as the away team easy decision. Two points robbed.
04 May 2014 – Arsenal v West Brom (1 – 0)
A rather pedestrian match which we won one-nil, one eye on the up-coming cup-final. No mention of the referee so I guess he had one of his better games – or maybe Arsenal were the home team.
2012-13 – Another year when we had Mr Jones twice, both at home and we won both games.
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Albion (2 – 0) [08/12/2012]|
69% overall (weighted) score, bias against both teams 52/48 and two wrong Important Decisions both arising from an incident in Minute 24 where Cazorla dived to win a penalty from which we scored
|Match Review: Michael Jones – Arsenal Vs Norwich City (3 – 1) [13/04/2013]|
60% overall (weighted), bias against the two teams 73/27 and 4 wrong Important Decisions. In Minute 45+1 Turner should have had red card for elbowing Ramsey, Minute 55 Norwich player dived to win free kick from which they scored, Min 64 Arsenal should have had penalty for a foul by Snodgrass on Walcott, Min 90+1 Arsenal goal should have been ruled out for offside.
- Mr Jones is a referee who we tend to get when playing against teams you would expect Arsenal to win and, in general, that is what tends to happen.
- Mr Jones is not a very good referee, rarely averaging above 70% on weighted decision making and usually displays a very strong anti-Arsenal bias in his decision making. He is also likely to make three wrong Important Decisions each game (probably, but not exclusively) against Arsenal. Typical of the referees provided by the PGMO in fact.
- He normally displays a bias in favour of the home team so our fantastic away supporters will have to be ready to get on his case if necessary.
- He usually fails to enforce rules of fair play against Arsenal’s opposition and rarely issues second yellow or red cards in accordance with the laws of the game
- Usual tricks to watch out for – opposition players given license to be far rougher in challenges than Arsenal, penalty decisions less likely in the Watford area than Arsenal and ‘phantom’ fouls in dangerous areas.
- He may try to tilt the playing field but I don’t think he will do it in too obvious a fashion, if we turn up and play anywhere near our best we should have more than enough to beat both Mr Jones and Watford. A quick start and a couple of early goals should ensure three points.COYG
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