Everton v Swansea City


at 2017-12-18 23:25:07

SUMMARY:  This was not too difficult a game for Jon Moss to control. The first 30 minutes were straightforward but after the Swansea goal the  mood of the game changed and fouls became more frequent.  In this period the Referee needed to get closer to play to make sure his decisions were credible but this was not always the case. Jon never looks comfortable when moving about the field of play, particularly when having to deal with quick counter attacks or sudden changes of direction of play. A more proactive rather than reactive approach and better reading of the pattern of play and players movements would enable the Referee to be in positions to give more credible decisions. However, the five cautions were all warranted and the two major penalty decisions were given in a positive manner albeit that the foul for the second one started fractionally outside the penalty area and was difficult for the Referee and Assistant to judge completely accurately. Not withstanding prior comments the game was always under control but not at the high standard we would want from our Premier league Officials.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:50:50

Full Time


3 additional minutes indicated by the 4th Official.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:46:57

Everton substitution Ramirez for Rooney.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:46:04

Mike Smithers…there was bodily contact outside the penalty area but the contact with the Everton players ankle was just inside the penalty area.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:43:23

By the way Stuart Latimer….Jon Moss is not Sunderland based but comes from Leeds….just saying.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:41:28

Silly challenge by Kenny results inYellow Cardfor Kenny. Stupidly Fer joins in and rightly is given a Yellow Card

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:40:22

Nopthing dodgy about the penalty awards Stuart Latimer. Both silly careless challenges.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:39:06

Another minor foul committed leads to a Swansea free-kick. Swansea substitution Clucas for Carroll.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:36:54

Two free-kicks given in succession. Everton substitution Lookman for Lennon.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:32:15

Careless challenge by Olsson on Kenny as he just catches his opponents heels as the Everton player heads towards goal.. Penalty kick awarded. GOAL! by Rooney makes it 3-1

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:25:56

Handball given against Abraham . Again the Referee not close which leads to doubt in players minds as can be seen from Abraham’s reaction to the decision.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:21:55

GOAL! by Sigurdsson gives Everton the lead.


S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:20:54

Foul by Mesa and the Referee allows advantage which the home team do not make the best use.  Corner kick to Swansea brings no reward.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:18:13

Another Everton corner kick.  A good viewing position taken up by the Referee.   Everton substitution Davies for Schneiderlin.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:15:26

Corner kick to Everton leads to nothing.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:13:02

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S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:11:30

Yellow Cardfor Fernandez when play stops following a foul on Calvin-Lewin. Good practice from the Referee.


S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:10:14

Bik M’path… the Assistant was round on the goal line for the penalty kick and then moves back to get in position for any potential offside. By back-peddling the Assistant can keep all players in view.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:07:54

Careless challenge by Kenny on Dyer correctly detected and penalised.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:06:22

Straight away we see the Referee being reactive rather than proactive in his movement.  Better anticpation of the pattern of play is needed. Foul by Schneiderlin on Fer correctly penalised.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 22:02:41

Everton start the second half.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:56:45

The first half was relatively trouble free for the Referee for the first 30 minutes but following the caution for Holgate which was not warranted and then the Swansea goal, things “warmed up” somewhat and the Referee had to increase his involvement. Careless fouls became more frequent and while the Referee generally recognised them and duly awarded free-kicks,  his lack of close proximity reduced the credibility of the decisions somewhat. However, he was completely correct in awarding the penalty kick in added time following a clumsy careless challenge by Mesa. The dynamics of the game will no doubt change for the second half and the Referee will need to be aware of this and increase his workrate, anticipation and movement to keep closer to play.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:48:39

Half Time


S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:48:23

1 minute additional time indicated by the 4th Official.  Mesa challenges Lennon in the penalty area. Penalty kick awarded which is the correct decision and although Rooney fails from the penalty mark the ball is fired back into the net by Calvin-Lewin GOAL!

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:44:55

Mesa and Holgate have a slight altercation. The Referee deals with it in a calm manner issuing a verbal warning to both players, which in reality is all the situation demanded.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:40:32

Foul count mounting as Fer lunges into an opponent. Free-kick to Everton correctly awarded.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:38:59

A poor challenge by Dyer on Kenny. Decision again given from some distance but Yellow Cardfor Dyer is completely warranted.  A foul by Carroll which is penalised but yet again the Referee is adrift of the incident and the correct decision loses some credibility.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:35:33

Foul by Schneiderlin correctly penalised.  The free-kick leads to a Swansea corner kick and the first GOAL!

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:32:40

The Referee never looks comfortable when having to introduce an increase in acceleration.  Holgate gets Yellow Card following a tackle on a Swansea attacking play  but the decision is given from some way behind play. This leads to a decision with no credibility.  Rooney penalised for pulling back Naughton which is the correct decision.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:26:25

A quick Swansea attack and the Referee caught in a static position in midfield and being unable to make up ground to be close to play.  Poor anticipation of the likely player movement.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:20:16

Not too much happening so far. In this situation the main object of the Referee is to ensure concentration is maintained  and to be ready for any eventuality by working hard to ensure he remains as close to play as possible.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:17:24

First corner of the game to Everton.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:11:59

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S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:11:03

Foul by Holgate on Abraham. The Referee has a “word” with the culprit with the Everton captain in attendance.   Good use of the captain to add to the assertion of authority.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:04:47

Early substitution by Swansea.   Abraham for Bony.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:03:04

A quick Swansea attack tests the Referees ability to make up ground. Jon Moss is not the most mobile of officials but he copes with this early break fairly well.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 21:00:16

Swansea get the game underway.

S.M. at 2017-12-18 19:53:44

Good evening and welcome to tonights RefCam match which features Everton against Swansea City.   In recent weeks the home team have accumulated ten points from a possible twelve to move up to tenth in the league table, while their visitors have found the going hard and are bottom of the league. A win tonight at Goodison would move them off the bottom.




The Officials in charge of the game are as follows:    Referee – Jon Moss.    Assistant Referees – Eddie Smart and Andy Halliday               4th Official – Neil Swarbrick.


Join me for what should be an enthralling game with the kick-off at 8pm.