Sunday, 23 November 2014

Clattenberg Plays a Blind..er?

Grrrrr. Predictable or what? Another frustrating trip to Everton where all we get for our efforts are a load of bruises and the mistaken belief that justice balances out in the end!

As if it wasn't annoying enough to watch Everton steal yet another unjust victory against us at Goodison Park yesterday, this intrepid Hammer made the mistake of watching the highlights on Match of the day where messers Lineker (WTF is that 'beard' about?), Shearer and Savage were falling over eachother to praise the excellent piece of refereemanship Mark Clattenberg displayed for Everton's second goal. The ever eager to please Savage even cooed that  "Clattenberg has played a blinder there".


Blind indeed - to the blatant foul on James Tomkins at the very beginning of the break away. 


It's an unusually smug facial expression for one so prone to error
Blind indeed to the sequence of outlandish challenges from the home side -  James McCarthy got away with a stoopid lunge in the first half that only served to encourage the Toffees to chance greater and greater degrees of violence. Kevin Mirallas should have been sent to the showers for his lunge on Morgan Amalfitano which he then audaciously followed up with a shove on James Tomkins. For sure, Tomka did exaggerate the extent of the contact, which our MOTD heroes focussed in on rather than Clatt's failure to punish excessively aggression. Even Roberto Martinez recognised that Mirallas had totally lost his composure and withdrew him a few moments later. 

Blind indeed to Ross Barkley's hilarious diving antics. That's cheating. In contrast, James Tomkins is a top international male model and thus uber-sensitive to peri-facial contact of any kind. Either way, Everton started it....nuh nuh!

Blind indeed to Everton's offside first goal. Schoolboy stuff. Truly dreadful. Lukaku was more than a full metre offside and the lead up play had been in the vicinity of the incident such that the officials should have had a perfect view.

The problem with Clattenberg is that too often the story of the games he officiates turn out to be about him and his decisions (or lack of them). 

So, the Goodison woe continues. It really is our unluckiest away ground. As for the Toffees, to paraphrase Robert Banks i am beginning to develop and irrational hatred of Everton.

One positive: Mauro Zarate reminded us that we have a lot of attacking options in the current squad.   




13 comments:

  1. Isn't footy a funny game? Ask any Evertonian and he'll tell you West Ham got the best of the referees decisions. What, with Carolls inability to keep his hands off people and both Nolan and Collins sly kicks and pull backs we thought Clattie was big Sams mate. As for Lukakus goal,West Ham have a man on the floor level with him so he can't be offside.

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    1. Luau was well offside.
      Even the 'neutrals' on MOTD recognised that.

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  2. Your forgetting that Tomkin's ran after Mirallas and shoved him in the back first, it was a yellow, no more. West Ham were unlucky but that's football.

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  3. Meagher, take off those claret and blue tinted glasses

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    1. OK then.
      Nope, Lukaku still looks a mile offside and that's a free to West Ham at the start of the breakaway for Everton's second goal.

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  4. moan moan moan ugh!

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    1. What do you expect? We are hardly gonna celebrate a defeat?

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  5. Only watched it on motd but looked like ref was bad again. They seem to be getting worse. Probably a draw was a fair result but we (hammers) have had a couple of games where we've ridden our luck and a couple where we've been unlucky, or not taken our chances. We're sixth can't complain.

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  6. Funny how games are seen differently. As Everton fans we all thought West Ham were getting away with murder. Constant fouling and pushing by defenders went unpunished especially in the first half. Clattenberg, never the most popular ref at Goodison was taking a lot of stick. Barkley's attempted dive did look ludicrous, which I think even he realised as he scramble up and kept on running. I was right bu McCarthy's tackle - didn't look that bad to me. West Ham players completely overreacted and when all the fuss died down only a throw in given not even a foul. Worst moment of the game? definitely Tomkins appalling attempt to get a fellow pro sent off, no way was was it "exaggeration" I'd give a red for that alone.

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  7. Right enough Tomkins looked like he was auditioning for TOWIE.
    The last time he tried that on he got into a world of bother.

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  8. Speaking of beards, what's Tim Howard at?

    Is he some kind of extremist?

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