Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur


GB at 2015-01-10 20:39:03

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GB at 2015-01-10 20:38:06

Plenty to talk about again in a game which was not easy for the man in the middle, but I am willing to give Anthony Taylor the benefit of the doubt for most of the big decisions he had to make this evening. The reason I can support him is because he was always in a close proximity when he needed to make the big decisions. The one near the end of the first half is a good case in point for this, as he really did not have the best angle, but he was close enough to sell his opinion of what happened.

Anthony is not the type of referee who is continuously talking to the players and building up a “rapport” with them, but he relies on his positioning and fitness to get close to the action to gain the respect of the players. He certainly moved around well right to the end of this game and seemed to display a much higher confidence level than he did in his last 2 Premier League games. His recent FA Cup game also passed without any major calls for his head, so maybe he is in a better place now – at last!

The assistants both did everything which was expected of them and tuned into Anthony’s tolerance level as well. A fantastic “non-Off-Side” decision by Scott Ledger in the run up to the Tottenham goal will now be forgotten because of the final result, but Scott won’t forget it for a long time!


Lots to talk about in the referee’s performance as I said above, so for me it comes down to if your glass is half full or half empty? And I think Anthony Taylor just about got away with that one. Not brilliant, but certainly not the worst performance I have seen this season.

GB at 2015-01-10 20:23:26

Full Time

And relax!

GB at 2015-01-10 20:22:14

This is going all the way to the wire

GB at 2015-01-10 20:19:52

Yellow CardFraizer Campbell (CP 10)

and Yellow CardFederico Fazio (TH 21) – I think


AT cautioning technique not great there

GB at 2015-01-10 20:17:43

Minimum of 6 minutes of added time to be played

GB at 2015-01-10 20:16:28

No advantage in the centre there with 3 Spurs players around him – just give it Ref!

GB at 2015-01-10 20:15:25

AT needs to be strong now and that outburst by the Spurs player required AT LEAST a public admonishment

GB at 2015-01-10 20:13:59

AT well placed again to make a considered judgement for a penalty shout by Spurs. Once again the players have made a rod for their own back by going down so theatrically

GB at 2015-01-10 20:11:16

I expect the game to be frequently stopped in the last 8 minutes as AT manages the tempo to keep a firm grip on the proceedings

GB at 2015-01-10 20:10:01

AT has been consistent with his managing of the grappling at corners – but they are still doing it

GB at 2015-01-10 20:08:58

Another example of “ball to hand”

GB at 2015-01-10 20:07:58

All going according to the script of Pardew now

GB at 2015-01-10 20:07:14

GOAL! Jason Puncheon (CP 42) 2- 1

GB at 2015-01-10 20:06:47

AT well placed again when the big decision came along

GB at 2015-01-10 20:05:31

I don’t think that was deliberate. YES it hit his arm but he was not even looking at it. There was no need for him to deliberately handle the ball there

GB at 2015-01-10 20:04:15

Yellow CardJason Puncheon (CP 42) for dissent

GB at 2015-01-10 20:03:47

No Hand ball!

GB at 2015-01-10 20:02:26

The officials need to be aware of changes in tactics as the substitutions start to be made

GB at 2015-01-10 20:01:28

Good early off side signal then from SL

GB at 2015-01-10 20:00:17

AT was very alert to the injured player there

GB at 2015-01-10 19:58:08

Expect the last 20 minute to be hectic to say the least

GB at 2015-01-10 19:57:28

I felt AT had a really good look at that big penalty decision and made the correct considered call. The debate would have gone on for ever if he did not give that one

GB at 2015-01-10 19:55:43

Penalty to Palace. GOAL! Dwight Gayle (CP 16)

GB at 2015-01-10 19:54:46

AT well placed to give that

GB at 2015-01-10 19:53:24

25 minutes left for all the officials to stay focussed. So often this season we have seen good performances spoilt by getting the big calls wrong at the end of the game.

GB at 2015-01-10 19:50:08

That is how to impress the Assessor by sprinting and following the ball all the way to the goal line.

GB at 2015-01-10 19:49:22

Great example of sprinting to the goal-line there by GB

GB at 2015-01-10 19:47:58

AT managing the grappling again – see it can be done!

GB at 2015-01-10 19:47:18

Good to see the Spurs player not going down at the slightest touch on the edge of the Penalty Area then This has been one of those games where the players have generally consistently shown respect to each other and the officials so far.

GB at 2015-01-10 19:43:11

Busy period for assistant GB now and he is doing well

GB at 2015-01-10 19:42:24

Yellow CardBenjamin Stambouli (TH 25) AT very calm and correct with the caution there

GB at 2015-01-10 19:41:29

GB doing well again there. As an assistant referee you NEED to give those right under your nose

GB at 2015-01-10 19:40:21

Good call there from GB – no foul. The assistants seem to be on the referee’s wavelength tonight

GB at 2015-01-10 19:39:42

AT showing that he can change pace effortlessly

GB at 2015-01-10 19:38:42

Very tight call for off side for SL in the run up to the goal but an excellent decision – well done.  The commentators talk about “a touch of off-side”. Is that like just being a little bit pregnant I wonder? Great shout SL, you milk it my boy!

GB at 2015-01-10 19:35:44

GB at 2015-01-10 19:35:36

GOAL! Harry Kane (TH 18)

GB at 2015-01-10 19:34:01

Crystal Palace start the second have with more urgency – Coner

GB at 2015-01-10 19:32:23

Game one as second have gets under way

GB at 2015-01-10 19:30:32

For those of you who have just joined us for the second half, today’s officials are:

Referee: Anthony Taylor (AT)

AR1: Gary Beswick (GB)

AR2: Scott Ledger (SL)

4th Official: Kevin Friend (KF)

Concentration will be the name of the game from here on in for all the officials.

AT has not missed much but the players just started to test him near to the end of the first half and he will need to be consistent with his tolerance level right to the end. There have certainly been no surprises so far.

GB at 2015-01-10 19:25:29

Episode 19of The Ref Show certainly does not pull any punches this week with our well qualified pundits telling it how it was over the Christmas period and not holding back on their opinions on what should be done to restore the confidence in refereeing at the highest level in this country.  All the previous editions are still available to view at  so why not take a look later and let us know if you agree with the panel on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

GB at 2015-01-10 19:24:59

A steady and un-fussy first half for all the officials there and I was pleased with the level of alertness and concentration by Anthony Taylor who looked very comfortable throughout.

There was just that one challenge on the edge of the Tottenham Penalty Area that I am sure Anthony would have given as a foul if he had had a better angle to see the Spurs player deliberately knock the Palace man off balance. The offence was probably too far away for Assistant Scott Ledger to make a credible intervention but he may have had the best angle.

Having said all that, it makes a change to be scratching around for things to say about the officials rather than dissecting another major blunder.

Only half way so far though and the way the tempo rose in the last 15 minutes of the first half I would not be at all surprised if there are not a few major calls to come in this game yet.

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GB at 2015-01-10 19:17:05

Good advantage from AT right at the end there

Half Time

GB at 2015-01-10 19:16:39

Yellow CardScott Dann (CP 6) – once again, this is the type of challenge I predicted. AT proving he is aware of what the players are doing

GB at 2015-01-10 19:15:21

That push on the edge of the Penalty Area does demonstrate though how important that best angle is for the refree

GB at 2015-01-10 19:14:11

At was not at the right angle to see that and it is arguable whether he had any chance to make the angle really

GB at 2015-01-10 19:13:19

That looked like a little push to me

GB at 2015-01-10 19:12:23

SL signalling to the players that the Palace man had come back from an off side position to get involved in the play. These types of explanatory signals by assistants are encouraged to enhance communication

GB at 2015-01-10 19:08:08

Yellow CardBarry Bannan (CP 25) – that was the type of challenge I was talking about a few minutes ago. AT spot on to take the right action

GB at 2015-01-10 19:07:17

AT seemed to be “miles away” with his position right on the far edge of the Penalty Area for that corner. Had it gone to the front post he would have no chance to see anything

GB at 2015-01-10 19:05:44

Great chance wasted there by Palace

GB at 2015-01-10 19:03:44

I expect the challenges to start getting feistier in the run up to half time as the players teat the referee to see just how much they can get away with. AT needs to be ready for the change in tempo and temperature and react accordingly

GB at 2015-01-10 19:02:03

Good pro-active intervention there by AT when the grappling started at the corner

GB at 2015-01-10 19:01:04

Another corner to come

GB at 2015-01-10 19:00:44

Good flag there for corner by GB

GB at 2015-01-10 18:59:47

Even that one looked a lot worse than it actually was. AT good side on position to spot infringements

GB at 2015-01-10 18:58:30

The players are being allowed to challenge each other because of the way they are showing respect to each other and the officials. This is just the type of game so far that AT needed to get his confidence back

GB at 2015-01-10 18:56:51

Yellow CardAndros Townsend (TH 17)  mandatory  caution for holding. Well done all round there by AT allowing the advantage early and then recinding it early

GB at 2015-01-10 18:53:48

Would have been interesting if the Spurs player off of the Field of Play had stuck his boot around the goal-post and knocked it in

GB at 2015-01-10 18:52:20

Must go down as a chance!!!

GB at 2015-01-10 18:51:26

AT is looking comfortable so far but he cannot afford to become complacent and get too close to the play and end up getting in the way

GB at 2015-01-10 18:50:13

Good attitude displayed by all the players then following that accidental clash in the Penalty Area

GB at 2015-01-10 18:49:10

Great burst of sprinting demonstrated then by the referee

GB at 2015-01-10 18:47:41

Well done by AT again there not to be duped by the players actions in claiming a foul

GB at 2015-01-10 18:45:50

Just old fashioned “looking for a penalty”

GB at 2015-01-10 18:45:00

In the past there would have been no mention of the actions of the Spurs player, but now everyone want players cautioned when penalties are not given. That was not simulation for me

GB at 2015-01-10 18:43:35

AT well placed to read the actions of the defenders there and correct not to award a penalty

GB at 2015-01-10 18:42:57

AT is moving very smoothly

GB at 2015-01-10 18:42:10

All the officials will be happy that they have been able to settle into this game in the first 10 minutes without needing to raise their profile

GB at 2015-01-10 18:41:06

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GB at 2015-01-10 18:40:35

Not sure that was a wise advantage on the edge of their own Penalty Area?

GB at 2015-01-10 18:39:48

SL breaks his duck with a routine off side with the player coming back from an off side position

GB at 2015-01-10 18:38:23

good example there of how committed all the Palace players will be in this game in front of their new manager

GB at 2015-01-10 18:37:13

Palace will have to improve on that shooting to get anything out of this game

GB at 2015-01-10 18:36:37

First important decision made very quickly – ldefinate foul

GB at 2015-01-10 18:35:32

AT  making his game plan evident with his first opportunity to play advantage there for Spurs

GB at 2015-01-10 18:32:56

AT adjusting his position well there to spot the holding

GB at 2015-01-10 18:31:44

The Crystal Palace lineup as 4-4-2 to start the game with Spurs opening with a 4-2-3-1 formation

GB at 2015-01-10 18:31:21

Gary Beswick (GB) is patrolling the touchline in front of the Technical Areas

GB at 2015-01-10 18:30:18

Crystal Palace  won the toss so it will be Spurs  to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2015-01-10 18:26:22

The teams are on their way out

GB at 2015-01-10 18:21:06

The catalogue of errors made in the Premier League over the festive period has been well documented on the You-Are-The-Ref website recently and whilst Anthony was certainly not alone in the list of those responsible for so many dubious decisions, it could be argued that he had more than his fair share for someone who has been regarded as one of our top officials.


His most recent high profile blunders occurred in the QRP v Swansea game on New Year’s Day when he Sent Off Wayne Routledge for his reaction to a reckless challenge with excessive force made on him by Karl Henry, who was himself fortunate not to receive the appropriate punishment for his act of serious foul play. It is fair to say that the decision to dismiss Routledge was heavily weighted by the intervention of his Assistant Referee on this occasion, but this only highlights the lack of quality teamwork which has been evident far too often so far this season. This theme was later compounded in the same game when a blatant deliberate hand ball outside of the penalty area by the QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, which denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, was not detected by any of the officials on duty.


The above mistakes came hot on the heels of another major talking point in the Southampton v Chelsea game on 28th December, when Anthony misread a careless challenge on the Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and issued a yellow card for simulation instead of awarding a penalty. It was reported in some quarters though that Anthony accepted this mistake on the day and apologised to Jose Mourinho before he left Saint Mary’s.  Of course this does not detract from the original error, but I would really like to believe that Anthony did make this gesture, which should be applauded for its humility and sincerity. Let’s hope that there are no reasons for him to react in the same way after this evening match.

GB at 2015-01-10 18:16:00

Today’s Assistants:


Gary Beswick was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in June 2009 and reached the Premier League level in 2011. He has just completed his first full year as a FIFA Assistant Referee and has so far officiated in 7 UEFA matches.


Scott Ledger was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in June 2007 and reached the Premier League level in 2009. He was appointed to 5 international games in UEFA competitions between 2010 and 2013, but has never been selected for a full FIFA Badge.

GB at 2015-01-10 18:12:49

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Anthony Taylor (AT)

AR1: Gary Beswick (GB)

AR2: Scott Ledger (SL)

4th Official: Kevin Friend (KF)


Anthony Taylor has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2010/11 season, after just an eight-year career officiating non-league and Football League matches. He has refereed 16 Premier League games so far this season and has issued 66 yellows and 3 red cards. Anthony was promoted to the FIFA list of referees at the beginning of 2013 and has already refereed 12 international fixtures in various competitions.

GB at 2015-01-10 18:06:56

There are no easy games in the Premier League these days as we all know, and given the choice, I am sure Alan Pardew would not have chosen a London derby for his first Premier League fixture in charge of the club he used to play for. Particularly as Tottenham are unbeaten in 6 at the moment, including their last league outing which was a massive confidence building annihilation of the league leaders.  We have seen it so many times before though, when a new manager comes in and all the players put in that extra effort to impress their new boss, current form and League positions can count for nothing, so this could turn out to be a very entertaining game – let’s hope so!

Looking back at the history of this match in various League encounters at Selhurst Park, Tottenham hold the honours with 9 wins to Crystal Palace’s 2, with 4 draws since the first time the two teams met here back in 1969. Taking all League games into consideration both home and away, Tottenham have 15 wins to Crystal Palace’s 5, and there have been 11 draws.

The last meeting of these two teams happened just 5 weeks ago at White Hart Lane, when Lee Mason refereed a dull  0 – 0 draw which saw Spurs fail to translate their 67% possession rate into any goals. Only 1 yellow card was issued throughout the contest.


GB at 2015-01-10 18:01:32

Keith Hackett’s first blog on Tuesday this week certainly started a maelstrom in the media, so if you haven’t read what all the fuss was about yet, catch up with what started the pot boiling now at  and see how the You-Are-The-Ref website is not afraid to stand up and be counted! This hard hitting assessment of the of the areas which need to be addressed in the management and governance of the whole structure of Refereeing at the professional game level in England, was followed on Thursday by a tough riposte to the PGMO’s statistically based parry – which brought the well know phrase: “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”, into my mind. With thanks to Wiki, this can be summed up nicely as “a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. It is also sometimes colloquially used to doubt statistics used to prove an opponent’s point”. Enough said? Not quite …., as everyone knows, figures and statistics can be manipulated to say whatever the editor wises the reader to see, so maybe we should not have been surprised that the PGMO choose to use this tactic, given that the current Refereeing Manager is a fully qualified and reputable accountant by profession!

You can catch-up on all the previous blogs at


GB at 2015-01-10 17:59:21

30 minutes to go before KO and welcome to this evenings live Ref Cam coverage of the game between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at