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Ref Review: And the referee at Old Trafford said no penalty?

It was bad decision after bad decision on matchday 12 of the Premier League and Arsene Wenger was not moaning this weekend.

 

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 decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

 

Arsenal first goal against Tottenham

It seems you can’t keep Mike Dean out of the headlines. A frenetic north London derby and the venerable old whistler had a mare in the first half. That was never a free-kick against Davinson Sanchez in a million years in the build up to Arsenal’s first goal. And to add insult to injury (if you are a Spurs fan) Shkodran Mustafi was offside before putting Arsenal in front. Desperately poor decision from Dean, and a raging Mauricio Pochettinho said afterwards: “It is not one mistake, it was two. It was a foul and it was offside. It was very clear.”

Arsene Wenger was moaning last week after the defeat at Man City; he will not be moaning this week. Maybe decisions do even themselves out?

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Vincent Kompany yellow card v Leicester City

After getting a couple of favourable calls against Arsenal they got another one on Saturday. There was a a massive call after just three minutes at the King Power and Kompany was very, very fortunate not to get a red card. Jamie Vardy was blatantly hacked down when through on goal after a cynical lunge by the City skipper. “Off, Off, Off” screamed the home fans but the big Belgian somehow only ended up with a yellow. The only possible mitigation for the referee was the fact John Stones covering Kompany may have saved him from a red. Mighty contentious however and the general consensus afterwards was Kompany should have been dismissed.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Bournemouth first goal v Huddersfield

The Terriers were ultimately well beaten by the Cherries but they have a case that Bournemouth’s opening goal should not have stood. Callum Wilson climbed well to nod home from Jordan Ibe’s cross but in the build up Charlie Daniels almost cut Florent Haderjgonaj in two after a wild lunge. Ref Lee Probert was well placed but bizarrely declined to call the foul. It was a shocking challenge and you could tell by Daniels’ body language he was as stunned as anyone not to be carded for it.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Simon Francis red card v Huddersfield

The big Bournemouth skipper, lucky not to be dismissed against Newcastle before the international break, could not really grumble about his red card on Saturday after picking up two cautions. Francis protested to Probert after the second yellow but they were both blatant cautions and he had to go.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Everton penalty v Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson was raging after Everton were awarded a controversial penalty at Selhurst Park, insisting Oumar Niasse’s tumble in the box was a “dive”. Ref Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot insisting Scott Dann had blocked off Niasse’s run as he made his way into the area. To be fair to Hodgson and Palace the exaggerated tumble was straight out of the WWE and it was a pretty scandalous decision on reflection.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Manchester United penalty appeal v Newcastle United

In the end the Red Devils ran out easy winners but if they hadn’t claimed all three points Romelu Lukaku’s first-half penalty appeal would have been the main talking point at Old Trafford. With the score at 1-1 Lukaku nearly had his shirt pulled over his head by a Ciaran Clark  but the referee was unmoved. Replays confirmed it was definitely a foul.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Pedro Obiang yellow card v Watford

Obiang had a torrid afternoon against the Hornets and was hooked early by new boss David Moyes, but not before collecting a yellow card for raking his studs down the back of Will Hughes’ Achilles. A genuinely naughty challenge from the Spaniard and a yellow all day long.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Andy Carroll ‘elbow’ v Watford

Just six seconds into his Premier League debut and Marvin Zeegelaar was flattened by a flailing Carroll elbow as the big Geordie went up to win a header by the touchline. The Dutchman was left with a bloodied nose but Carroll didn’t even get a talking to from the ref. On another day he might have walked as it was a reckless and dangerous challenge.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Leicester City

The Foxes knew they were up against it when in-form City rolled into town but they will argue they should have been playing against 10 men after Kompany’s foul on Vardy. The Leicester striker was through on goal and the rules dictate that Kompany should have been heading for an early bath. He didn’t, and Pep Guardiola’s men went to on record a rather routine 2-0 victory.

 

Stonewall decision of the week

Simon Francis red card

Francis – who bloodied the eye of Wayne Rooney with a stray elbow earlier in the season -has been walking a disciplinary tightrope for a while now but saw red on the stroke of half-time at the weekend after picking up two yellows in quick succession for fouls on Huddersfield’s lively Rajiv van La Parra. Even Cherries boss Eddie Howe said afterwards he felt the referee “ended up making the right call”.

 

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Watford – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 21:33

Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Spurs eye Bilbao kid; Chelsea in ?70m bid

Tottenham and Manchester United are considering an approach for a young Athletic Bilbao attacker, while Chelsea have tabled a €70m bid for a top Italy star, according to Monday’s European papers.

 

TOTTENHAM, ARSENAL AND MAN UTD KEEP WATCH ON YOUNG BILBAO FORWARD

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs being credited with an interest in Athletic Bilbao star Gorka Guruzeta.

The 21-year-old has taken Spanish football by storm with his impressive skills and a number of clubs are looking to secure the signing of the player, who will be out of contract come the end of the season.

Bilbao played against Manchester United Under-23s at Leigh Sports Village last week and a number of clubs had scouts in attendance as they consider a move for the player.

Of those, it’s reported by Sport that both United and Spurs have both explored the possibility of signing the player.

Goruzeta would be entitled to move on a free, although any club who signs him would have to pay a developmental fee due to his age.

The player can operate across the frontline, either as a central striker or as a winger.

 

BARCELONA URGED TO SIGN HAZARD AFTER REAL MADRID DEVELOPMENT

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly advised Barcelona to move for Chelsea favourite Eden Hazard amid claims Real Madrid are no longer keen on the Belgian.

The former Lille man has long been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, but it’s suggested Real Madrid are ready to switch their attention to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian enjoyed a prolific start to life at Anfield.

And Messi hopes Real Madrid’s reported decision to abandon their interest in Hazard will open the door to Barcelona, who still have money to spend from Neymar’s world-record sale to PSG in the summer.

According to Don Balon, Messi has told the club that Chelsea star Hazard would perfectly compliment their strikeforce and would be better suited to playing alongside himself and Luis Suarez than Philippe Coutinho, in a slightly deeper role, would.

 

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Chelsea would battle hard to keep Hazard, but with the star Belgian often admitting Spanish football is a lure for him, they might find it hard to retain his services should Barcelona make a concrete move for his services.

Meanwhile, Don Balon claim Manchester City could make a move for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez after Messi objected to the Algerian joining Barcelona.

 

AND THE REST

Chelsea have tabled a €70m (£62.3m) bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti (El Gol)

Chelsea have been fresh hope of a January deal for Alex Sandro after the Brazilian’s new contract talks with Juventus stalled (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid are back in the market for Manchester United keeper David De Gea with a €70m offer in the pipeline (El Larguero, Cadena Ser)

Ernesto Valverde will use Nelson Semedo as an emergency centre-half alongside Samuel Umtiti after Gerard Pique picked up a fifth booking of the season. It’s claimed the Barcelona boss does not trust reported Liverpool target Javier Mascherano, with a January return to Anfield drawing closer (Don Balon)

Real Madrid target Harry Kane has said his goal is to play for Tottenham for his entire career (Bild)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been promised funds to sign three major superstars next summer and in an effort to keep him from PSG’s clutches (Sport)

Mourinho is also set for a January raid on Chelsea for winger Willian (Calciomercato)

Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann amid fresh claims Barcelona have pulled out (Don Balon)

However, it’s also claimed Real Madrid are hatching a plan to sell Gareth Bale for £133m and use the cash to trigger Griezmann’s £90m release clause (Don Balon)

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva admits he is in regular contact with Philippe Coutinho and says he hopes his compatriot will “work with us” (Telefoot)

Vincenzo Montella’s status as AC Milan’s manager is, once again, in peril (Corriere dello Sport)

Former Spurs striker Mido claims Real Madrid are already on the trail of Mohamed Salah

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has reportedly had enough of being blamed for his club’s problems in front of goal this season and has pointed the finger elsewhere

Javier Pastore’s agent has said the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is interested in a move to Inter Milan (Calciomercato)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appears to be Italy’s red-hot favourite to take over as national team coach, with their FA’s president describing him as “fire” (Gazetta dello Sport)

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ESPN FC - Watford News 20 Nov 18:10

Richarlison attracting Chinese Super League interest; Ozil back to Schalke?

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Watford – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 17:15

Monday Verdict: Ozil plays for himself; Ronaldo gone at the game

We question the motivation behind Mesut Ozil’s outstanding display against Tottenham, discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued struggles and Zlatan’s unbelievable arrogance – all in this week’s Monday Verdict….

OZIL’S MAGNIFICIENCE MORE FOR MAN UTD THAN ARSENAL

Mesut Ozil was simply outstanding in the north London derby win over Tottenham on Saturday but the question has to be asked – just who was that performance for?

To say the German has been poor this season would be a massive understatement so where did a display like that come from and if he really is that good then why can he not turn it on more often?

That’s three questions, so here’s answer.

Sorry Gunners fans but he was not displaying his footballing genius or an ability to close down that he has hidden for the past four years for you, it was almost certainly for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd or Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.

Ozil’s contract situation is common knowledge to all, along with the admiration that Mourinho has for the gifted playmaker, but just how can a player be so bad one week and so good the next – it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The 29-year-old was literally everywhere at The Emirates in a high-profile game that Arsenal’s bitter rivals were being heavily backed to win. What better occasion for Ozil to remind everyone that he is still an amazing footballer – when he can be bothered that is.

Ozil’s next contract will more than likely be his last big pay day, unless he fancies a trip to China in his mid-30s, so at some point he had to make people sit up and take notice and an injury-hit Spurs were his perfect fodder.

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It does make you wonder just how Arsenal fans who savoured every minute of their first league win over Tottenham in three years were actually lulled into actually believing Ozil’s Lazarus-type performance.

He probably did enough in one game to be able to take a breather until the festive programme, so watch out Crystal Palace on December 28 you may just find yourselves up against the real Mesut Ozil again.

 

IS CRISTIANO RONALDO LOSING HIS GOLDEN TOUCH?

 

Cristiano Ronaldo endured another frustrating evening as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The match represented the seventh time in eight La Liga games this season that Ronaldo has failed to score as Real’s early season struggles continue.

Ronaldo made headlines in the week when defender Sergio Ramos defended the strength of Real’s squad as his team-mate had appeared to suggest after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham that it had been weakened by the summer departures of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez.

Manager Zinedine Zidane had played down talk of a rift between his two senior players, and apart from venting his frustration when a Toni Kroos cross went straight out of play, there was no sign of animosity between Ronaldo and his team-mates.

But just how well did Ronaldo play on Saturday night, let’s take a look…

Pace
Talk of the former Manchester United star waning has largely centred on whether he has lost a yard of pace. In his only footrace of the evening, Ronaldo was comfortably beaten to the ball by Atletico defender Juanfran when played through in the first half.

Finishing
Having only scored once this season in LaLiga, it proved to be another frustrating evening in front of goal for the 32-year-old.

He did force two routine saves from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from free-kicks, but dragged a second-half effort wide of the target and spurned the best chance of the match late on.

Having hesitated eight yards out, Hernandez Lucas was able to block Ronaldo’s effort when a first-time shot would have taken the defender out of the equation.

Overall
A performance that will do little to end talk about Ronaldo’s lack of form – the Ballon D’or winner cut a peripheral figure for much of the contest against a well-drilled Atletico defence.

The fact that both his pace and killer instinct in front of goal let him down will have done little for the Portugal star’s confidence.

ZLATAN BANG OUT OF ORDER FOR SWEDEN TWEET

This probably applies to millions but sometimes, just sometimes you really should think before you tweet, but guess what some people just don’t care that what they may say might cause some offence.

Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example. A phenomenal talent who has had a remarkable career, while his comeback from a serious knee injury at 36 years of age has to be thoroughly applauded. But why is he so bloody arrogant?

Not long after his Swedish countrymen booked their place at a first World Cup finals in 12 years with an incredible play-off win over Italy, Zlatan appeared to take some of the glory for himself – despite retiring from international duty after Euro 2016.

He posted the following tweet replacing the S in Sweden for a Z, which immediately sparked rumours that he was looking to come out of retirement for one last swansong in Russia and automatically took some of the gloss off what the Swedish national team had achieved.

We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4

— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017

There is absolutely no doubt that he was out of order – you only have to look at what Sweden coach Janne Andersson said when he was asked about a potential return for Zlatan in the aftermath of an history victory. Let’s remember they had just denied Italy a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958!

Andersson said: “We have a team that has [accomplished a triumph] during these qualifications. For crying out loud, talk about the players who did this.”

You really can’t blame him from being angry.

 

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Of course there is probably no doubt that Sweden will be a better team with Zlatan leading the line – he did score 62 goals in 116 appearances after all – but try telling that to the forward players who replaced him during qualifying, while he was earning a fortune strutting his admittedly brilliant stuff at Old Trafford or recuperating from that nasty injury.

Zlatan has since been quoted that he has no intention of boarding a plan to Moscow – unless he has a media job lined up – but the damage was done but a selfish act that was ill-considered and arrogant beyond belief, but hey that’s Zlatan!

 

ANOTHER RUDE AWAKENING FOR MOYES

If David Moyes hadn’t done “due diligence” when he took the Sunderland job, it would be interesting to know his thoughts after witnessing those first 90 minutes as West Ham manager.

The Hammers travelled to Watford with the circumstances looking fairly favourable for them to at least secure a positive result; the cliched ‘new manager syndrome’ coupled with Watford’s poor run of form made it an interesting litmus test for the side rooted in the bottom three.

With just two wins all season, Moyes has clearly inherited a squad low on confidence. That was plain to see in the first half as Watford started on the front foot, constantly being allowed to find overlapping runners and wreak havoc down the flanks. When Will Hughes sweetly struck the hosts in front inside 10 minutes, few could begrudge them a lead.

 

Cheikou Kouyate had two really good chances to draw the visitors level; but when your lucks out, it’s out. If Moyes’ face was grimacing at those misses, goodness knows what his expression was when Richarlison was found in yards of space before being allowed a free run at the full-back before slotting one past Joe Hart.

Chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” could be heard from the away end at one point during the match, and this is a fanbase which appears to be turning very quickly on the men at the top.

While Moyes racked up his 500th game as a Premier League manager, Marco Silva amassed his 251st game as a manager in any game. One must be impressed at how Silva set his side up to take advantage of a side that is looking for a way to a) score goals and b) keep them out.

Silva once again failed to rule out a move to Everton in his post-match comments, but you have to question why he would even consider it. A bigger club yes, but he is putting his stamp upon the Hertfordshire side, and his stock is constantly rising. His counterpart however is struggling to keep his reputation afloat.

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ESPN FC - Watford News 19 Nov 20:46

Watford boss Marco Silva: I 'cannot control' ongoing Everton speculation

Watford boss Marco Silva is pressed on his future at the club amid continued speculation linking him to the Everton job. David Moyes kicks off his West Ham tenure with a loss as Marco Silva's Watford handed him a 2-0 defeat. David Moyes kicks off his West Ham tenure with a loss as Marco Silva's Watford handed him a 2-0 defeat. WATFORD -- Marco Silva refused to be drawn on reports that he wants to join Everton after his Watford side beat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday. Everton are still seeking to fill the vacancy left by the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month, but Watford do not want to lose a manager they appointed only in the summer. Earlier on Sunday it was reported that Watford would turn down a further approach at any price. However, sources have suggested to ESPN FC that a £12 million tag has been placed on buying...

Watford – teamtalk.com 19 Nov 19:39

Watford boss Marco Silva refuses to rule out taking Everton job

Marco Silva once again failed to rule out a move to Everton as his Watford side beat West Ham 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

Will Hughes scored the first for the Hornets and Richarlison registered his fifth Premier League goal to move them into eighth place.

The defeat meant a bad start for David Moyes as manager of West Ham, while Marco Silva refused to rule out the possibility of taking the reigns at Everton.

“The way we have worked in the last week is the way we have worked since I arrived at the club. Today we performed really well again. We deserved the three points and it is an important three points for us,” the Portuguese boss said.

“For us, the last three defeats did not reflect what we did on the pitch. We performed really well and did not deserve those defeats.

“My players work with me. They know my commitment. My future is tomorrow, and starting to prepare for the next game. That is my future.

“Some things we cannot control. I know what is in my hands, and that is planning for the session tomorrow.”

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ESPN FC - Watford News 19 Nov 19:30

Moyes on defeat: Most people would've expected it

West Ham's David Moyes cut a dejected figure following his side's defeat in his first game in charge.

ESPN FC - Watford News 19 Nov 19:26

Marco Silva addresses Everton rumours

Watford boss Marco Silva is pressed on his future at the club amid continued speculation linking him to the Everton job.

ESPN FC - Watford News 19 Nov 19:16

Watford 2-0 West Ham: Moyes' debut spoiled

David Moyes kicks off his West Ham tenure with a loss as Marco Silva's Watford handed him a 2-0 defeat.

Watford – teamtalk.com 19 Nov 18:58

Moyes? first game ends in misery as Watford cruise past West Ham

David Moyes’ first game as manager of West Ham did not go to plan as they were beaten 2-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Will Hughes scored the first for the Hornets as he fired home a loose ball inside the area inside the first 11 minutes.

Richarlison continued his red-hot start to Premier League life as he powered a second-half shot past Joe Hart to seal the three points.

The defeat leaves the Hammers rooted in 18th place, while Watford move eighth – just five points away from the top four.

The Hornets looked ripe for beating on the back of a three-match losing streak and with boss Marco Silva linked with the vacancy at Everton.

Yet although Moyes knew he was inheriting the worst defence in the top flight, he will surely not have expected them to capitulate as meekly.

Moyes had talked of taking West Ham back to basics on the training ground, a method which became apparent in the opening five seconds of the match.

Andy Carroll took the kick-off by passing back to Angelo Ogbonna and then charging forward to get on the end of the defender’s punt forward.

Hornets debutant Marvin Zeegelaar was the unfortunate recipient of Carroll’s unintentional elbow and required four minutes of treatment.

However, Zeegelaar was eventually on his feet and played a key role as Watford opened the scoring in the 11th minute.

The Dutch wideman crossed towards Hughes, whose initial attempt at the far post was only half-cleared by Aaron Cresswell.

Andre Gray swung at the rebound which deflected back to Hughes, who swept in his first goal for the Hornets on only his second Premier League start.

It seemed West Ham had slipped straight back into the chaotic displays of last few weeks under previous boss Slaven Bilic.

Richarlison was allowed to saunter into the penalty area and force Joe Hart into a save with Kiko Femenia drilling the rebound, via a deflection, inches wide.

Yet somehow the Hammers twice almost forced an equaliser shortly before the interval.

First Mark Noble put Cheikhou Kouyate through but the midfielder’s shot was too close to Heurelho Gomes.

And in stoppage time Pablo Zabaleta’s cross was met by Marko Arnautovic, who was denied by a stunning double save from Gomes at point-blank range.

Early in the second half Kouyate blew another golden opportunity, blazing over from 12 yards out from Arnautovic’s square ball.

Watford sensed a second would kill off West Ham and Hart pulled off a fine save to keep out Adrian Mariappa’s header on the hour.

But moments later Watford did double their lead, Hughes feeding Richarlison who had the freedom of Vicarage Road to dart into before firing into the bottom corner.

West Ham knew their luck was out when Manuel Lanzini’s shot was cleared off the line, possibly with the help of an arm, by Christian Kabasele.

With chants of ‘sack the board’ and ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ booming out from the away end, it was not a happy start for Moyes.

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