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at 15:00 26 Aug 2018

I think we can all agree that the standard of refereeing has been terrible for the last few seasons but I'm getting a little tired of seeing posts on here and elsewhere saying this ref or that ref is against us. Every Friday we get a post somewhere or other saying "oh, no, it's (insert name) reffing us this week".

The fact is they're almost all pretty dreadful.

Martin Atkinson One of the senior refs but generally awful
Stuart Attwell Another experienced one and better than most but not great
David Coote Too soon to tell (I don't think he's officiated for us, yet)
Mike Dean Horrible showboating buffoon
Roger East Generally an idiot but sometimes has a decent, quiet game
Kevin Friend Utterly useless and always has been
Simon Hooper New so perhaps give him a chance
Chris Kavanagh Seemed alright last year but occasionally loses control of the game
Andre Marriner Nothing needs to be said about him.
Lee Mason Just awful, how he's still on the PL list is beyond me
Jon Moss See Lee Mason
Michael Oliver Best of the bunch but still has moments of weird decisions
Craig Pawson Fairly anonymous - which is probably a compliment
Lee Probert Another one who seems to go under the radar which is a good thing
Graham Scott New last year and seemed on the edge of okay
Anthony Taylor Inconsistent. Never quite know (until afterwards) if he'll be alright or plain dreadful
Paul Tierney Not bad, probably second behind Oliver

My point is that most weeks we will get a dreadful ref - we used to moan about homers or those who favoured the away side. Now most of them are easily taken in by the big name and big team players who fall over at the slightest contact. And the smaller teams seem to get more cards - us at Everton last week, for instance.

According to some clever analysis we lost 4 points last season down to refereeing decisions. I would argue it was nearer 12. We probably gained 3 against West Ham making a nett loss of 9 points. I just hope it evens out a it this season but I'm not holding my breath.
Centre Backs
at 17:48 4 Jan 2018

With VVD leaving, people are calling for a new centre back and while I don't disagree that a tried and tested player would be useful, for the right price, we do have five centre backs in the senior squad.
Stephens, Yoshida and Hoedt have all got significant experience this season but Gardos and Bednarek have not been risked.
I understand that Bednarek is one for the future but so was Gardos and he's been here since August 2014. Admittedly he missed a whole season with injury but he's been fit since last season and hasn't played.
If he was being kept for the future, how long is that future? He's 29 - surely he's ready to step up, and if he's not, why is he still at the club?
Away allocation
at 19:00 31 Dec 2017

For yesterday's game, Saints had an allocation of 1,828 tickets which is 2.4% of Old Trafford's capacity. On Boxing Day we had 3,000 tickets which is 3.3% of Wembley's capacity. I know Tottenham have made that their policy for all home EPL matches but why so few for Manure?
I've a feeling I know how much of a stink they'd make if we gave them equivalent allocations next time they visit. That would make 1,073 Spurs fans and just 781 for United.
I'm all for creating an atmosphere with away fans but why do we give so many to clubs who give us next to nothing.
The club would also make more money as home fans tend to pay more for tickets than the £30 maximum for away tickets.
Time wasting
at 00:29 14 Dec 2017

No question we were awful and Leicester pummelled us but the time wasting was ridiculous. The ref gave two minutes for the first half when it should have been at least four and three minutes for the second half when it could have been six. I can't help thinking that if the game was at the Etihad or Old Trafford, it would have been six or seven. Mind you, having said that, it was a blessed relief that it came to an end. We could have had 20 minutes added on and we wouldn't have scored again.
Does anyone know why Morgan was booked?
at 14:23 9 Feb 2015

It was an absolute mystery on Saturday. Within about 10 minutes of coming on Schneiderlin was in the book. It wasn't a foul - he was miles away. He doesn't usually seem the type to harangue a referee and even if it was dissent, there were plenty of players throughout the game giving the ref plenty without punishment.
It seems that there is a new directive from the Premier League. Book Schneiderlin. For anything.
I haven't looked (life is too short) but I'd guess the stats would suggest we are quite high in the foul stakes and low in the fouled against list. It seems that identical infringements are given against us but not to us. So we must, on paper, look like a dirty side. And yet we haven't had a lot of players booked or sent off.
I know this sounds like a paranoid Saints fan's one-eyed view but I have waited quite a long way into the season and it hasn't been getting any better.
It's another subject but I think the refereeing this season has been plainly embarrassing.
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