I had one of those games yesterday, it's was a relatively physics match, but with the away team trying every trick in the book. The first half went off without a hitch, but the second half the away team ramped up the attitude, and I let myself down. Overall I'm happy with the majority of the game and how I handled it, I missed a late challenge (didn't replay the trailing eye), and I should have got the yellow out for dissent earlier than I did. The away team keeper went down with a head injury, allegedly, after a goal mouth scramble, and I feel I had the perfect view. The away team were claiming a kick in the head, but unless the opposition have an invisible player I'm not sure how that happened. Either way, it did make me doubt myself a bit at the time, but after some reflection I believe that I didn't miss anything significant. The strangest thing was the caution for dissent was because I awarded a dropped ball. 2 home players tackled each other, nothing serious, just knocked the wind out of them, I let play go on, I managed to miss an alleged late tackle and the third home player was in serious clip so I stopped play and waved the coach/physio on. As if not seen any offences I started play with a dropped ball, and the away skipper went off on one about ho I was giving the ball to the home side when the away team had possession when I stopped play. I tried to explain that it wasn't a free kick, it was a dropped ball and that they were free to contest it if they wanted to, but she kept on going and went in the book. The game ended with 17 minutes injury time, mainly due to the injury to the keeper. As I wasn't taking any risks with a head injury. After a night to sleep on it and assess my performance, I think that the first half lulled me into a false sense of security, and that killing the game for 10 minutes, at least, would have helped. I felt my positioning was ok, but my lack of trailing eye may have let me down a touch, and I think I allowed the away team to get in my ear a bit, which I should have dealt with much much sooner than I did. I finished last season on a run of good games, and I started this season with some good games as well, but onwards and upwards. My goals for improvement for next week are: 1. Work on my angles to catch any "afters" etc 2. Go back to no-nonsense Zarathustra. While I don't think I've ever been "card happy", I was stricter last season, which helped with control as I let players know where my line is early on, without being too strict and making my life harder later on (if that makes sense) A longer term goal is to work on my fitness, I've put a bit of weight on recently through illness and stress of moving house, and soon to be starting a new job, but I've packed in the cigarettes, and will be hitting the gym or running 5 times a week. Anyway, that's pretty much it, also have my first 6-5 observation at the end of the month.