Madley takes Brentford derby - Referee
Thursday, 19th Apr 2018 23:41 by Clive Whittingham
Andy Madley is in charge of the derby game with Brentford this weekend, his first QPR appointment since a very harsh penalty was awarded against us in the home match with Bristol City.
Referee >>> Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire), two QPR appointments so far this season and two draws.
Assistants >>> Neil Davies and Lee Venamore (Kent)
Fourth Official >>> James Linington (Isle of Wight)
For Queens Park Rangers, a good point against an excellent team, but a sense of injustice that having survived a second half barrage from Bristol City they were robbed of two more late on by one of the worst refereeing decisions you’ll see this season. Manager Ian Holloway was still speaking with match official Andy Madley an hour after the full time whistle.
It felt like a matter of time, especially once Freeman had been removed which ended what little possession QPR were managing to hold onto by that stage completely. A shame really that the goal, when it did arrive, came in the manner it did – a perplexing decision from referee Andy Madley to award a penalty for Flint and Baker crashing into each other in the Rangers penalty area. It was the second of three occasions Madley had seemed to make his mind up what decision he was going to give underneath a set piece before the ball had even been delivered – moments earlier he’d penalised Matt Smith for a non-existent foul trying to attack a QPR free kick almost before the ball had been kicked. The penalty was hot nonsense, but duly converted down the middle by Reid.
Madley then committed that cardinal sin of refereeing, turning his back on the action. As he sprinted off back to halfway a melee developed in the back of the net caused by Flint, who’d earlier been booked for a foul on Baptiste, slamming into the back of Nedum Onuoha sending him sprawling across the floor and into the back of the net. I like Flint, he’s player I’ve been watching since I was writing Alfreton Town stuff for the prestigious Ripley and Heanor News, I wish we’d signed him when we had the chance from Swindon, he’s a great player – but this was daft, and a definite second yellow. Madley had a prolonged conversation with the linesman, to which he could presumably contribute fuck all having turned his back on it all, after which he decided to take no action against anybody and just kick off as if nothing had happened.
QPR: Smithies 9; Baptiste 7, Onuoha 6, Robinson 7; Wszolek 6, Bidwell 7; Scowen 6, Luongo 6, Freeman 8 (Hall 79, 5); Sylla 5 (Smith 68, 5), Samuel 6 (Washington 64, 5)
Subs not used: Cousins, Lumley, Wheeler, Oteh
Goals: Flint own goal 37 (assisted Freeman)
Yellow cards: Bidwell 80 (foul)
Bristol City: Fielding 6; Wright 6, Flint 8, Baker 7; Kelly 6 (Magnusson 64, 7), Leko 5 (Pack 63, 7); Bornwhill 7, Smith 7, Bryan 8; Taylor 6 (Woodrow 72, 6), Reid 7
Subs not used: Steele, Eliasson, Vyner, Andrews
Goals: Reid 82 (penalty, won Flint/Baker)
Yellow cards: Bryan 36 (foul), Leko 56 (foul), Flint 76 (foul)
Referee – Andy Madley (Yorkshire) 4 In a season of generally high-quality refereeing performances in QPR games, this was the worst performance by a country mile. The penalty was an absolute load of bollocks, and was the second of three occasions where he seemed to have made his mind up what decision he was going to give under a throw or corner before the thing had actually been taken – an earlier free kick awarded against Matt Smith at the other end was blown for so quickly I’m not sure that ball had even been delivered before it was awarded. Having conjured a spot kick from two Bristol City players running into each other, he then committed the cardinal refereeing sin of turning his back on the action after the ball had gone in – facing the other way down the pitch as Aden Flint, on a booking, smashed into the back of Nedum Onuoha sending him sprawling into net. An obvious second yellow card but after a prolonged conversation with the linesman, which Madley would have been able to contribute nothing to as he wasn’t even looking, no further action was taken. A good game with two teams flying at each other, sadly let down by incompetence from the referee.
He missed with a header on 17 minutes from a Freeman cross so good it nearly resulted in an own goal anyway, and quite how referee Andy Madley didn’t rule Buxton’s blatant back pass to be exactly that when Bywater picked it up on 20 minutes I’ll never know, but QPR were in a mess. Players began rotating wildly through positions as early as the twenty fifth minute as instructions started flowing on from the touchline. Freeman’s volley over from Wszolek’s cross on the half hour was the only attempt on goal in the final 25 minutes of the half.
But the half quickly descended into frustration. Madley, having refereed brilliantly for 70 minutes, seemed to rather lose the plot late on, adding to the growing exasperation round Loftus Road. Though you couldn’t blame the referee for the three separate occasions QPR players hit the deck as if they’d been killed, necessitating a stoppage in play, only to then be fine to continue – twice without any attention from the physio at all. Ideal for Burton, who took their time walloping the ball all the way back to Smithies when play did restart, ideal for Nigel Clough as it killed what little momentum QPR had built up and ran the clock down, ball-acheingly annoying for those of a QPR persuasion – particularly the Pawel Wszolek one where the play was stopped with Freeman in space, with the ball at his feet, about to shoot, on the edge of the penalty area. It’s our time, our possession, our chance, get the fuck up man.
QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 4 (Smith 45, 6), Baptiste 6, Robinson 6, Bidwell 5; Ngbakoto 4 (Osayi-Samuel 46, 7), Scowen 8, Freeman 7; Wszolek 5, Mackie 5 (Sylla 70, 6), Washington 4
Subs not used: Lynch, Manning, Caulker, Lumley
Burton: Bywater 7; Buxton 7, McFadzean 7, Turner 7; Brayford 6, Warnock 6; Murphy 6, Allen 6 (Akpan 75, 6), Scannell 7 (Dyer 58, 6); Akins 6, Sordell 6 (Varney 73, 6)
Subs not used: Flanagan, Ripley, Naylor, Mason
Referee – Andy Madley (Yorkshire) 7 I thought he was pretty good overall, exemplary for an hour and then lost it a little bit towards the end. Didn’t clamp down on the time wasting enough, and only added four minutes to the end of a half that felt like it should have had at least six. But he didn’t produce a yellow card, dealt with what few flashpoints there were calmly, and refereed well overall. You can’t blame the referee for stopping the play while QPR are attacking if it’s a QPR player rolling round on the floor as if he’s about to take his last breath.
QPR: Smithies 7; Perch 6, Onouha 8, Caulker 7, Lynch 6 (Hamalainen 32, 6); Borysiuk 7, Luongo 8; Cousins 5 (Gladwin 53, 5), Chery 6, Washington 7; Sylla 7 (Polter 90, -)
Goals: Sylla 75 (assisted Luongo)
Bristol City: Fielding 7; Matthews 6, Flint 6, Magnusson 5, Bryan 6; Brownhill 6 (Wilbraham 58, 6) O’Neil 6, O’Dowda 6 (Pack 58, 6) Reid 6 (Freeman 81, 6) Tomlin 7, Abraham 5.
Subs not used: Smith, O’Donnell, Moore, Paterson
Bookings: Tomlin 60 (Diving)
Referee – Andy Madley 8 Testament to his refereeing that the first thing I noted was his booking of Tomlin for diving in the 60th minute (Correct). Missed what I thought was an obvious yellow for Magnusson’s blatant shove on Chery late on, but otherwise an excellent and calm performance.
It wasn’t until Conor Washington replaced Henry on the hour and added some much needed support for Polter in attack that QPR even threatened to splutter into life a bit. Even then chances were few and far between. Washington, looking livelier than he has before since arriving from Peterborough in January, forced two quickfire handball penalty appeals which were both rightly waved away by referee Andy Madley. The official may have been more inclined to point to the spot when Polter hit the deck later on – that did look a spot kick to me and is perhaps the first instance of referees noticing that QPR, and Polter in particular, seem to win a lot of penalties at the moment and thinking themselves out of awarding another. Polter hooked another volley straight at Anders Lindegaard in the North End goal, and Washington was unfortunate not to make a better connection after controlling another high punt into the area well with his right foot then attempting to shuffle it past the onrushing Lindegaard in one fluid movement.
A yellow card for Perch in first half stoppage time was deserved, but Beckford being allowed to harangue the referee about the incident without being booked despite the new directive this season only served to increase frustration.
QPR: Smithies 4; Perch 5, Onuoha 5, Caulker 4, Bidwell 5; Henry 4 (Washington 54, 6), Luongo 5; Ngabokto 5 (El Khayati 64, 6), Chery 5, Cousins 5; Polter 5
Subs not used: Ingram, Shodipo, Kakay, Paul, Grego-Cox
Bookings: Perch 45+1 (foul)
Preston: Lindegaard 6; Humphrey 7 (Huntington 87, -), Clarke 7, Wright 8, Cunningham 6; Welsh 6, Gallagher 7 (Browne 74, 6); Johnson 8; Robinson 7, Beckford 6 (Hugill 73, 6)
Subs not used: Makienok, Doyle, Pringle, Maxwell
Goals: Beckford 21 (assisted Gallagher, mistake Smithies), Onuoha own goal (assisted Beckford, mistake Onuoha/Henry)
Bookings: Welsh 58 (foul), Browne 85 (foul)
Referee – Andy Madley (West Yorkshire) 6 Not bad overall, although I felt Polter could have had a penalty and one can only assume that Beckford being allowed to charge towards him screaming in his face after James Perch’s foul at the end of the first half without retribution means we’ve already dropped the brave new attempt to curb dissent.
They led at half time thanks to a goal that rather summed the first 45 minutes up. Matt Phillips cut infield and decided to cross with his left foot, Junior Hoilett ran across from the opposite side in an apparently offside position, and the ball bounced limply past Pope and into the net. The celebrations, such as they were, stunted by the nature of the goal, the quality of the game, and referee Andy Madley’s prolonged interest in disallowing it. Almost apologetically, the ball was eventually returned to the centre spot and QPR held the half time advantage.
Grant Hall was obviously pulled down at an early QPR corner – bit of a clue when you can see the lad’s nipples from the fourth row of F Block – but Madley showed no interest in awarding a penalty and Charlton swept to the other end and struck the face of the bar after Harriott skinned Robinson and curled one round Smithies searching for the far top corner. Then Vetokele seemed to have a chance to go clean through on goal himself but decided to sort of casually jog after the ball rather than spring into the space ahead and Hall was able to swoop in and clear the danger.
QPR: Smithies 7; Perch 6 (Kpekawa 61, 5), Hall 5, Onuoha 5, Robinson 6; Luongo 6, Henry 6; Phillips 5 (Gladwin 71, 7), Chery 6, Hoilett 6 (El Khayati 85, -); Polter 5
Subs not used: Washington, Ingram, Faurlin, Petrasso
Goals: Phillips 45+1 (unassisted), El Khayati 90+4 (unassisted)
Charlton: Pope 6; Fanni 5, Solly 6, Fox 6 (Lennon 83, -), Teixeira 6; Lookman 6 (Jackson 89, -), Cousins 7, Diarra 6, Harriott 7; Sanogo 4 (Makienok 31, 5), Vetokele 4
Subs not used: Henderson, Ba, Bergditch, Motta
Goals: Cousins 62 (unassisted)
Referee – Andy Madley (West Yorkshire) 7 Not too bad, bookings all correct, nothing overly officious or massively incorrect. Must say, this trend for referees to stand and stare unmoved at players basically having their shirts lifted clean off their backs at corners and not award penalties is starting to grate somewhat.
For all the improvements in the defence, Reading crafted two gilt-edged chances that should really have been scored. After eight minutes Paul Konchesky pulled back Garath McCleary – should have been booked but was let off by referee Andy Madley – allowing Oliver Norwood to deliver a fantastic free kick which Michael Hector, up from the back, headed wide when unmarked at the back post and favourite to score. In the second half Hector climbed over slack marking at the back post to meet a corner from Norwood but directed his header over the bar when it seemed easier to hit the net.
Rather than see Norwood’s set piece as a warning, QPR contrived to concede two more free kicks in exactly the same position in the following ten minutes – Fer and then, in amateur fashion, Konchesky giving the Reading man a chance to wrap his boot round a couple more dead balls.
There was also a bizarre moment in the second half when a foul by Faurlin set Reading’s top scorer Nick Blackman up for a free kick from the thick end of 30 yards. He met it sweetly, beating the wall easily, but with the ball flying right down the middle of the goal, directly above Robert Green who had a completely clear view of it, it seemed rather odd for the goalkeeper to stand perfectly still and let it cannon back into play off the face of the crossbar. Green didn’t even lift an arm to it. It was like he didn’t even know it had happened. Perhaps we should start using a ball with a bell in it. Or maybe he thought Blackman’s vision was based on movement, like a t-rex.
This was a dog of a game overall. Poor, even by Championship standards. Refereed pedantically.
Reading: Al Habsi 3; Gunter 6, Hector 5, Ferdinand 6, Taylor 5; McCleary 6, Fernandez 5 (Robson Kanu 73, 5), Williams 6, Norwood 7; Blackman 6 (John 80, -), Vydra 5 (Sa 80, -)
Subs not used: Bond, Obita, Hurtado, Cooper
Booked: Norwood 67 (foul)
QPR: Green 5; Perch 5, Onuoha 7, Hall 6, Konchesky 5; Phillips 5, Fer 5, Sandro 7, Faurlin 7, Petrasso 6 (Austin 63, 6), Hoilett 6 (Chery 76, 6)
Subs not used: Henry, Angella, Smithies, Angella, Tozser
Goals: Onuoha 89 (assisted Faurlin)
Booked: Fer 28 (foul), Hall 40 (deliberate handball)
Referee – Andy Madley (West Yorkshire) 5 Lots of whistle, lots of inconsistency, lots of pedantry – including a bizarre incident with a Norwood free kick where he insisted the ball be placed on just the right blade of grass and not rolled away from a weird snow-ball of foam he’d built behind it. Twice in the first half QPR players appeared to have been fouled, only for a free kick to be awarded the other way seconds later for similar offences. He suited a dreadful game well really, a suffocating, ball-acheing presence at times.
Phillips fired over from range, Austin planted a firm header from a Barton corner smack on target only for visiting goalkeeper Thomasz Kuszczak to fling himself to his left and palm the ball aside with two hands. Three minutes before half time the former Burnley man hesitated over a free ball in the area believing himself to be offside, but referee Andy Madley – who on this evidence has an unhealthy love of farce and uncertainty – had ruled that the ball was played to him by a Brighton player and had Austin scored the goal would have counted.
With Keith Andrews the wind-up merchant in chief, Joey Barton a time bomb with a dodgy clock attached, and referee Andy Madley often showing the inexperience that comes with only being on the league list for two years the game became a frustrating watch in the first half, and almost American Football-like in the second when it was often reduced to a stoppage every minute and a designated kicker situation.
For several heart stopping minutes Barton sought out the referee for a further exchange of views at every stoppage of the game and QPR dispatched a member of staff to the dressing room to start running the taps. It took a fellow Scouser, Clint Hill, to forcibly wrestle Barton away into a quiet part of the penalty area while awaiting a Brighton throw for a “calm down, calm down” session lacking only fuzzy wigs and novelty moustaches to save the day. In the second half Madley pulled Barton up and halted a counter attack with an accusation that he’d handled the ball while controlling it – in actual fact it had come off the top of his shoulder. The volcanic temper grumbled and bubbled but failed to erupt.
QPR: R Green 6; D Simpson 6, R Dunne 7, N Onuoha 7 (B Assou-Ekotto, 23, 6), C Hill 7; K Henry 7 (J Jenas, 74, 4), J Barton 7; S Wright-Phillips 6, M Phillips 7 (A Traore, 80, -), G O'Neil 7; C Austin 5
Bookings: Barton 34 (repetitive fouling)
Brighton: T Kuszczak 7, G Greer 6, M Upson 6, I Calderon 7, S Ward 6 (Bruno 80, -); A Crofts 6, K Andrews 6; J Caskey 6 (R Ince 85, -), D Lopez 6 (W Buckley 67, 6), C Conway 6; A Barnes 6
Subs not used: P Brezovan, A El-Abd, K Lua Lua, S March
Bookings: Calderon 71 (foul), Bruno 89 (foul)
Referee – Andy Madley (West Yorkshire) 5 A curate’s egg of a refereeing performance this one. Given the fouls he let go without a card – Andrews particularly fortunate – it was difficult not to conclude that a first half booking for Barton for two seemingly fair tackles was done more because of who he was rather than what had gone on. Went through long periods whistling for everything, then short bursts where several fouls were allowed to go. This created odd situations where the players seemed to think a free-for-all had been declared only to then find it was whistle and card time again. Odd.
Only one red card all season for Madley in 39 games – that was Sunderland’s Didier Ndong in a 4-0 loss at Cardiff City. He’s shown 122 yellows (3.12) with seven his biggest single haul at Sheff Utd v Derby and Villa v Middlesbrough.
Last season he finished up with 146 yellows and eight reds – including two sendings off in his final four appointments – in 43 appearances. The seven yellows and one red in Norwich’s 1-3 home reverse against Fulham in April topped the charts. He refereed Burton three times – home win against Cardiff, home defeats against Wigan and Brentford.
Madley also started 2015/16 in prolific form, rapidly racking up 28 yellows and three reds in his first eight appointments. That included eight yellows at Brentford v Reading and seven at Brighton v Blackburn which would be his biggest hauls of the season. After that he calmed down considerably, in fact he made it through the next 32 fixtures and the first three of this season without showing a red card again.
Championship >>> Getting towards crunch time now which usually means Premier League referees dropping down for big games, particularly as the top division is just about all done and dusted for the season. Andre Marriner is in for Millwall v Fulham on Friday. Lee Probert for Derby v Middlesbrough.
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