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Ref Watch 18/05/2024: L1 Play-Off Final - Bolton vs Oxford - Sam Barrott

How was the refs performance?


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Solid 8 few bits he missed but once he got settled in he was fair and consistent. Result helped. :)
 
And in the first minute, many other referees would have booked Sam Long for that very obvious 'reducer'!!!

I thought he was called Sam Bolton Barrett.
In the first 10 mins, he failed to penalise arms round the neck, blatant shoving and fouls.
 
I think there was. On the box there was talk of it being referred and then some message flashed up on the screen saying “decision: no penalty” or something similar.
The ref did seem to do the finger to ear thing at times.
 
I thought the ref started pretty inconsistently and then grew into the game. I understand that he is pretty young and am guessing this was his first Wembley appearance (although he has reffed in the Prem). So, you'd not blame him overly for being a bit nervous to start with. Once he settled down though, he was pretty excellent and got all the major decisions right. The one that hit Moore's hand was certainly not a pen and I don't think the one where their keeper cleaned out Owen Dale was either (I thought it was just out of the box at the time, and still do). I am very glad that VAR played no real part in the game - it is an abomination. So I will give him an 8.5, but round it up to 9 because I am in a good mood today for some inexplicable reason.
 
Thought he was crap. Gave Bolton plenty of soft free kicks and non fouls, didnt book some of their players allowing them to carry on fouling longer. Didnt give the 100% penalty for the foul on Dale. If we didnt totally outplay Bolton he couldve cost us big time.
 
A couple of soft fouls against us annoyed me at the time, but on reflection he wasn’t picky and whistle happy and I think his style of refereeing suited us.

An unheard of 8 from me.
 
I don't know how the hell he found an extra 9 minutes to add on so I knocked 2 points off his score for the stress caused!
 
I was completely baffled by the 9 minutes added on. Did he just make it up?
Injury to Brannagan and injury to Goodrham both added a few mins on - wasn't a bolton player down needing treatment too in the 2nd half?
 
Injury to Brannagan and injury to Goodrham both added a few mins on - wasn't a bolton player down needing treatment too in the 2nd half?
Yeah, Maghoma. Also there was treatment for both Moore and Bennett, just before the latter was subbed. I expected about 8 at the time, so 9 was not much of a surprise to me.
 
I didn’t realise it at the time but there was was and the only real incident of note that was checked was the Dale penalty shout.

The lino flagged for a free kick straightaway and the ref indicated the same more or less at the same time. It’s a very tricky one to consider but I think they got it right. It was very close to the edge of the area but probably just outside it.

I’m glad VAR was scarcely used yesterday and we could have organic celebrations of our two goals.

The ref was fine. There were a couple of challenges in the first 20 that could have yielded yellow cards but you don’t always want to ruin the occasion so he let them go.

They checked the handball claim against Elliott Moore but rightly called as no change as his arm was right by his body.
 
Yeah, Maghoma. Also there was treatment for both Moore and Bennett, just before the latter was subbed. I expected about 8 at the time, so 9 was not much of a surprise to me.

Also, they'd have added on a short bit for the couple of VAR checks. I thought 9 mins was about right.
 
No question it was a pen. Look at the left leg of the Bolton defender

Watching a replay of the game, the various angles shown aren't clear or conclusive at the time, imo, so the VAR Official won't recommend the Match Ref take a look. Likewise if the Ref on the pitch had given it, it shouldn't have been changed either. Unless they have cameras covering the penalty box lines, of course then they should have a definitive answer either way.
 
Watching a replay of the game, the various angles shown aren't clear or conclusive at the time, imo, so the VAR Official won't recommend the Match Ref take a look. Likewise if the Ref on the pitch had given it, it shouldn't have been changed either. Unless they have cameras covering the penalty box lines, of course then they should have a definitive answer either way.

If only VAR had the ability to draw lines over the TV footage to make a toenail perfect decision...

Not that it's what I want, would have preferred the complete lack of technology and get to leave the game saying "a different ref would have give that"
 
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