There were four Premier League games in midweek but not a single major mistake from the officials, according to our Ref Review panel.
Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.
We’ll also keep a tally of the major decisions to go for and against each team in an attempt to settle the never-ending debate about whether certain clubs are favoured more than others by Premier League referees.
Manchester United penalty appeal v West Ham: Anthony Martial took a tumble in the area under a challenge from Michail Antonio, but referee Mike Dean, quite emphatically, and quite rightly, waved the appeals away. Verdict: Correct decision
Andy Carroll escaping red card v Manchester United: The West Ham striker was cautioned after chasing down Daley Blind, sliding in and cleaning him out with a very late challenge. A red card wasn’t out of the question, but our panel side with the referee on this occasion. Verdict: Correct decision (to only show a yellow card)
Foul on Aaron Cresswell leading to West Ham winner v Manchester United: The Hammers full-back was caught by a late challenge by Antonio Valencia and gave Dimitri Payet the chance to curl in the ball for Winston Reid’s winner. Once again, however, our panel had no arguments with the decision and actually felt the United player could have picked up a second booking on another day. Verdict: Correct decision (to award free-kick)
Norwich City second and fourth goals v Watford: The visiting defence appealed for offside after both of Dieumerci Mbokani’s goals for Norwich, but replays showed he was clearly onside on each occasion. Verdict: Correct decision
Norwich City penalty appeal v Watford: Mbokani later went down in a heap after an aerial challenge with Miguel Britos, but the Hornets defender did not do enough to warrant a penalty being awarded, despite his hand brushing Mbokani’s face. Verdict: Correct decision
Nathan Ake escaping red card v Norwich City: He lunged in for the ball and missed it with his studs up, but Ake avoided making any sort of meaningful contact with Mbokani too, justifying referee Roger East in showing only a yellow card. Verdict: Correct decision
NB: There were no major controversial decisions in the Sunderland v Everton or Liverpool v Chelsea games
Seasonal for and against
|1. Man Utd||Thirteen||Four||+9|
|3. Man City||Thirteen||Six||+7|
|6. Aston Villa||Seven||Two||+5|
|7. Crystal Palace||Seven||Five||+2|
|12. West Brom||Eight||Ten||-2|
|20. West Ham||Seven||Eighteen||-11|