After his controversial perfomance in the Merseyside derby, Atkinson was appointed for this traditionally hot match. The first German goal calmed the atmosphere a bit down, Germany did not give 100 %, it was therefore a clear victory and could lead to Turkey's end.
In general ok, BUT
Atkinson's calls were mostly ok and accepted by the players, but mostly does not mean always. He had a more or less weird card policy and could not decide between a pedantic and lenient style, especially in the first half that led to some strange decisions. No doubt that the penalty was absolutely justified. And no discussion about the fact that Mullarkey and Cann are hawk-eyed!
Atkinson or Webb?
The appointments could indicate that they'll take Atkinson for Euro 2012 and Webb for the Olympic Games, but we have to wait. In my opinion, Atkinson showed a strong, last season, but he had some problems in the early stages of this season. Webb, we all know him, one can like him, to my mind, Atkinson is ahead by a nose.