Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur


MH at 2015-11-08 18:58:56

A pulsating North London derby which Martin Atkinson contributed to and  no one will be talking about Martin and his team.This is how to referee a Premier League football match, common sense and having empathy for the game and accuracy in decision making. This was an exceptional performance by Martin Atkinson who was well assisted by his team.

Remember to tune into our MLS semi final game tonight between Columbus V Montreal at 10pm UK time and your coach will be Guy Beale.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:52:14

Full Time

MH at 2015-11-08 18:50:47

Sorry correction for the Arsenal substitution it was A8 On, A2 OFF NOT A20.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:49:11

Substitution for Tottenham, T23 OFF, T25 ON.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:48:35

A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:46:02

Another great advantage by Martin.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:45:38

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MH at 2015-11-08 18:43:32

That comes with reading of the game and anticipation of play.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:42:56

Martin’s position today has been first class.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:41:39

Another great save by the Tottenham Keeper.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:39:10

Substitution for Tottenham, T8 ON, T20 OFF

MH at 2015-11-08 18:38:09

I spoke about it at half time about the awareness of what is going on around you, concentration levels and being fully focused, we have seen that in abundance from Martin and his team.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:35:37

GOAL!A3 Gibbs, great ball in by A11. What a substitution by Arsen. Game on….


MH at 2015-11-08 18:32:45

Substitution for Tottenham T11 OFF, T7 ON.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:31:32

Substitution for Arsenal, A28 OFF, A3 ON.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:30:45

Martin making the game look easy to referee that’s because he has the full respect of the players and that comes with his accuracy of his decision making and recognition of foul non foul careless and reckless.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:28:15

Excellent save again by Cech, keeping Arsenal in the game again.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:21:59

Good save by Arsenal Keeper keeping them in the game.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:19:40

Excellent co-operation by Martin and Steve Child’s in awarding Arsenal a free kick.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:18:23

Great chance for A12 to equalize.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:15:51

Another good decision by Martin after a foul on A17.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:14:05

Yellow CardT11 after a reckless challenge on A34. It was coming, a very important caution letting everybody know that those reckless challenges will be a yellow card.


MH at 2015-11-08 18:12:16

T19 has been given his final warning after an offence, good refereeing by Martin.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:09:26

At present Martin’s recognition of foul non foul has been of a high standard.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:06:19

Excellent save by Lloris, Tottenham keeper.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:05:37

Easy foul for Martin to give, A2 on T10.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:04:20

Substitution for Arsenal, A19 OFF A20 ON.

MH at 2015-11-08 18:03:08

Arsenal to kick off the second half.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:58:54

Also remember to tune into our Ref show tomorrow evening where we will be speaking about this weekend’s incidents.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:57:59

Also tonight we have a bonus game coming up at 10pm UK time, MLS Eastern Conference semi final between Columbus and Montreal where your coach will be Guy Beale.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:53:53

In this high intensity North London derby how often is it that you come off at half time with no cautions?

You could say that A28 was lucky that his off the ball incident went unnoticed by the officials and some would say perhaps A12 may have been fortunate to escape a yellow card but in this intense derby I thought Martin managed that incident very well, as I say it’s all about managing the game, the players and the event, and this incident is one that you can manage.

I think the second half is going to be very lively. So the second half for the match officials is about – awareness, concentration and being fully focused.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:48:46

Tottenham lead by 1 goal to 0 at half time.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:48:09

Half Time

MH at 2015-11-08 17:47:20

A minimum of 1 minute added time.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:43:05

The temperature of the game has really gone up and Martin has to make sure he goes with it. It’s all about awareness of what is going on around you.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:41:16

I would say the next time these 2 step out of line these 2 will see a card.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:40:25

Martin calling players together after a coming together in the Tottenham penalty area. Well managed by Martin, showing empathy for the game and common sense.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:38:20

Great advantage by Martin after a foul by Arsenal.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:37:29

Something has happened again off the ball in the box !!!!!!

MH at 2015-11-08 17:35:50

Excellent decision by assistant Steve Child to keep his flag down, showing that he is fully focused but poor defending by Arsenal.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:34:34

GOAL! to Tottenham, T10  Harry Kane.


MH at 2015-11-08 17:33:50

To be fair to both sets of players they are both behaving very well.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:31:43

The officials will have to be aware of what is going on around them as T3 is looking for revenge on A28 after the earlier challenge on him.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:30:06

Martin’s movement around the field is good at present.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:27:39

Also as a referee it is important to keep your gaze vision on those incidents as you do have the time.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:26:16

Off the ball incident between A28 and T3, A28 can count himself lucky that this was missed by the officials as he would of received a yellow card for reckless use of the arm. One has to ask why has he had no help from his assistant referee and 4th official?

MH at 2015-11-08 17:23:56

Something has happened off the ball!!!!!!!!

MH at 2015-11-08 17:21:07

All quiet on the pitch so far

MH at 2015-11-08 17:20:06

Objects being thrown onto the pitch at A11 by Tottenham fans which Martin has informed the 4th official, so that will be noted in his match report..

MH at 2015-11-08 17:18:16

Martin is sticking to a narrow path of control but it is working for him.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:13:02

Good decision by Martin after a foul by T11.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:11:51

Martin stamping his authority on the game by talking to both sets of players before taking the corner. Good game management.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:09:50

The game is being played at a very high tempo.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:08:56

Once again good decision by Martin no foul given.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:07:46

5 minutes gone and not a foul in sight.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:07:05

Already Martin setting the tone of good recognition of foul non foul.

MH at 2015-11-08 17:02:07

Tottenham to get us underway.

MH at 2015-11-08 16:59:44

Let’s all observe a minutes silence to remember all our military.

MH at 2015-11-08 16:52:24

Good afternoon and welcome to our Ref Cam viewers.

They don’t come much bigger than this and I can tell you they are very difficult games to referee as I have refereed many in the past. Martin Atkinson is a good call to oversee another North London derby. It will be a game where Martin will have to set his tolerance level high when challenges are being made. If he does not we could see a string of yellow cards and maybe one or two reds. To date Martin has refereed 10 Premier League games showing 46 yellow cards at an average of 4.6 per game and no reds to date.

He will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey technical area side and Steve Child and the 4th official is Andre Marriner.