Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur


RH at 2018-02-25 15:19:05

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • A high tempo match with Refereeing talking points
  • Tottenham win by the only goal to take the pressure off an early away team penalty not given
  • Inconsistencies with recognition of offences and the bar being set too high on careless and reckless challenges
  • Only one caution issued on a day when more yellow cards should have been brandished

Its always pleasing when you can concentrate on positive aspects of a Refereeing performance but today the post match Refereeing comment cannot help but than to comment on issues in this game. I blogged earlier that Kevin Friend seemed unable to react correctly to Hennessey’s early trip on Davies for a nailed on penalty. We then saw a first half inconsistency on careless challenge recognition that carried on into the second half. However in the second period the problem escalated with a disappointing recognition of Reckless challenges as both McArthur and Fosu Mensah committed illegal challenges, it is perplexing to reflect that in this full blooded high tempo London derby where so much was at stake, that only one caution was issued. Palace defended deep and as the pressure intensified with Spurs late assault, the Referee and his Assistant Matthew Wilkes did deal with Alli’s tumbles well but here again a caution for the Spurs players deliberate 73rd minute simulation would not have gone amiss. Both Assistants had mixed fortunes today, Harry Lennard did well to flag Harry Kane offside in the first half before he won possession and was tripped in the penalty area but interestingly this incident again reminded us of the Lovern/Kane business in the build up as Alli and McArthur challenged for the ball. However Harry appeared to looking elsewhere at an important ball in/out of play touch line incident, which although looked a decent call just didn’t look good in its execution.  Likewise Matthew Wilkes didn’t get into any trouble in the late Spurs onslaught but appeared  to be in error when Kane looking offside failed to score in the 50th minute. Tottenham taking the points will have deflected the post match spotlight from these misgivings but they happened none the less

RH at 2018-02-25 14:52:00

Full TimeSummary to follow


RH at 2018-02-25 14:50:48

Fosu Mensah with a spiteful edge of the penalty area challenge on Lucas which would on days have resulted in a caution, but not in this game it would appear!

RH at 2018-02-25 14:48:16

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RH at 2018-02-25 14:47:46

A minimum of four minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2018-02-25 14:45:55

GOAL!The deadlock is broken by Harry Kane!



RH at 2018-02-25 14:44:53


Some interesting social media comment on Alli’s early tumble ahead of Hennessey’s 73rd minute  challenge


RH at 2018-02-25 14:41:55


The game continues with plenty of Palace penalty area pressure, you just get the feeling in this game that there is another big incident on its way before the final whistle!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:39:22

Sanchez and Townsend go should shoulder to shoulder in a Palace attack, no foul the correct verdict!

RH at 2018-02-25 14:36:52

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RH at 2018-02-25 14:33:58

Riedewald with foot high is rightly penalised in the Spurs penalty area


RH at 2018-02-25 14:32:14

But there is no doubt that Alli takes an early tumble before Hennessey makes contact in the latest incident!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:30:47

Van Aaholt takes a chance with risky contact with Alli in the penalty area, to be fair to the Referee that would was borderline, but it doesn’t stop them both squaring up after!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:27:28

As play is halted for an injury, just time to reflect on why there has only been one caution in this game? McArthur can certainly count himself fortunate!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:25:55

McArthur dumps Alli to ground again, why no caution?

RH at 2018-02-25 14:24:10

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RH at 2018-02-25 14:22:35

The next goal if it comes will be massive in this game which has been played at a high tempo for the most part!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:20:53

Sorloth goes to ground but Auriers penalty area challenge is spot on!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:19:23

Palace defending deeply in their own half means that there will be plenty of penalty area action, so both Referee and Assistant Matthew Wilkes will be very focussed!

RH at 2018-02-25 14:15:24


Steve24 making a good point that surely McArthurs late challenge on Alli in the Kane advantage incident should have resulted in a caution?


RH at 2018-02-25 14:13:14

Harry Kane misses from close range but would squiggly or straight lines ruled him offside? it looked like it!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:11:56

The Referee needs to think about his patrol path at the moment, he’s operating slightly ahead of the action in the left channel which is exactly where Spurs are trying to play!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:08:23

The Referee gets in the way of the ball in midfield and Palace break but fortunately Spurs regain possession to spare any blushes!


RH at 2018-02-25 14:06:50

Good advantage as McArthur brings down Alli but Kane is allowed to play on and shoot

RH at 2018-02-25 14:04:47

Yellow CardTV just getting confirmation that Dembele was in fact cautioned for that challenge on Townsend late in the first half, so in farness to the Referee he dealt with that incident correctly

RH at 2018-02-25 14:03:10

We’re back underway!

RH at 2018-02-25 13:57:44

Referee Kevin Friend has been in the centre of events so far and the game has unearthed plenty of talking points but the two key match incidents involved firstly an obvious trip by Palace keeper Hennessey on Spurs Davies which should have resulted in a penalty kick, the second incident involves Assistant Harry Lennard who flagged Harry Kane offside before he won possession of the ball and was then tripped in the penalty area. Dare I say it but there is shades of the Kane/Lovern incident as Alli plays the ball off McArthur, but in fairness to the Assistant he could not have seen the subtlety of McArthurs touch and got it right.  However the players are getting frustrated at the Referee’s inconsistency in the recognition of offences particularly what is and what isn’t careless contact. If the second half goes the way of the first there is going to be plenty to talk about come the final whistle!

RH at 2018-02-25 13:48:24

Half Time



RH at 2018-02-25 13:48:05

Townsend brought down by Dembele, its a close call but if the Referee felt it was a free kick then why isn’t the Spurs player cautioned for Halting a promising attack?

RH at 2018-02-25 13:45:17


The two big half time talking points will be the Davies penalty incident and was Kane offside before he was tripped in the penalty area?


RH at 2018-02-25 13:43:54

Kevin Friend calming down Palace players after they felt aggrieved that the ball had gone out of play near Harry Lennard, what did not help was that the Assistant didn’t appear to be looking at the incident in question!

RH at 2018-02-25 13:41:34


The two big half time talking points will be the Davies penalty incident and was Kane offside before he was tripped in the penalty?

RH at 2018-02-25 13:39:54


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RH at 2018-02-25 13:38:58

Again Lloris just fielding the ball in his penalty area. Two close calls for Assistant Matthew Wilkes!


RH at 2018-02-25 13:37:53

Lloris just about playing the ball after it hard crossed the goal line so a goal kick looed ok


RH at 2018-02-25 13:32:50

Big offside call from Harry Lennard because if hadn’t have flagged Spurs should have had a penalty kick as Kane was tripped, but how much offside was Kane?


RH at 2018-02-25 13:31:05

Dier goes in hard on Benteke and no free kick. suprising!


RH at 2018-02-25 13:29:37

Which is more than can be said for Benteke’s challenge on Wanyama which despite a free kick being awarded looked harmless


RH at 2018-02-25 13:28:19

Dembele tackles too forcibly on Milivojecvic which rightly results in a free kick


RH at 2018-02-25 13:26:39

Spurs have pressed hard in this opening phase of the game to exploit Palaces vulnerability in conceding early goals, this has resulted in Assistant Harry Lennard being heavily involved in play so far


RH at 2018-02-25 13:23:26

Assistant Matthew Wilkes flags following a careless touchline challenge by Lamela on Townsend


RH at 2018-02-25 13:22:16

Benteke penalised for using too much force in that shoulder to shoulder challenge, its what anyone would have expected


RH at 2018-02-25 13:20:23

I made he point in the Champions League a couple of weeks back, some Premier League Referees just seem reluctant to make big penalty awards early in games


RH at 2018-02-25 13:17:54

Taking a look at that Davies penalty incident, the Referee is well placed and although Townsend is in close attendance Kevin Friend did get a view of it, but no doubt it was a nailed on penalty to Spurs


RH at 2018-02-25 13:14:16

Van Aaholt late on Dembele places more pressure on Palace in their final third


RH at 2018-02-25 13:12:36

A TV replay clearly shows that Hennessey took Davies late and that Tottenham should have been awarded a penalty!


RH at 2018-02-25 13:09:14

A nasty challenge by Fosu-Mensah on Ali that although manageable should have merited a stern warning


RH at 2018-02-25 13:04:32

Kevin Fiend rightly intervening before Palaces first corner as Sanchez and McArthur grapple with each other


RH at 2018-02-25 13:02:36

Wanyama commits a careless challenge for the first free kick of he game

RH at 2018-02-25 13:01:04

If you are watching the game on TV, Harry Lennard is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Matthew Wilkes is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2018-02-25 13:00:44

Our match Referee Kevin Friend gets us underway!

RH at 2018-02-25 12:57:41

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2018-02-25 12:50:53

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

Assistants: H Lennard
& M Wilkes
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

This Sunday noon kick-off for the cameras pits 15th against 5th in the 52nd ever encounter between the clubs. The first came in February, 1907, in the Southern League, and ended 1-0 to Spurs.

Last time they met south of the river was in April, 2017, when it was 1-0 to Spurs with Anthony Taylor in the middle and Christian Eriksen on the scoresheet.

Friend took the reverse fixture this season, yet another 1-0 win for Spurs, as well as Palace’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield and their draw at home against AFC Bournemouth. His only other Spurs appointment was their January draw at Southampton, when he cautioned Sissoko, Dembele and Trippier as well as two players from the home side.

All you need to know about Kevin Friend:

Matches in 2017/18: 14 (9 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 19

Yellows: 35 Reds: 0


RH at 2018-02-25 12:48:07

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RH at 2018-02-25 12:45:20


For today’s Palace v Spurs game the Match Referee is Kevin Friend, His Assistant Referees are Harry Lennard and Matthew Wilkes. The Fourth Official is Chris Kavanagh

RH at 2018-02-25 12:40:11

Refcam brings you a Sunday lunchtime London derby with plenty at stake! The hosts pursue their season long quest for points in order to preserve their Premier League status which is achievable thanks to the miracle working of Roy Hodgson and his team! As for their illustrious visitors, despite their impressive European performances this season the Premiership title looks out of reach and they are still outsiders to win the Champions League, so points are needed for a top four placing at the end of the campaign!