Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Commentary By: Rob Harris
FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1
RH at 2016-01-03 19:08:51
A very entertaining game which was well Refereed! There was much to admire in Michael Oliver’s performance today, I said at half time his involvement level, recognition of offences and final third positioning was very good. He possess a superb level of fitness and possesses presence and impact which always ensured that he had the respect of the players. I just want to highlight two incidents which serve as a lesson for any aspiring young Referee, 1. The calming words to Lamella in the presence of his captain, that was inspired, it took some heat out of the game just as emotions and match tempo was rising and then when Lamella handed off an opponent shortly after, everybody in the stadium knew what was coming next! and 2. Son was pressing high in the closing minutes of this game, he came on as a sub with fresh legs and was penalised for fouling Stones near the goal area, at the next two attack where Son was pressing high Michael Oliver went wide and deep to be near Son if things got out of hand, what great awareness and preventative Refereeing! Just a couple of things for Michael to think about today, firstly this getting ahead of play in midfield when teams are building attacks as I commented at half time. The other thing being the couple of occasions in the second half when he glances into the penalty area whilst play is going on behind him, nothing untoward went on today but that could be costly in future. But in the context of this offering today these are minor points, this was a high quality Refereeing performance from a Referee with a great future! Both Assistants did very well, they were both involved in this end to end game and I was never at odds with any of their actions, well done Scott Ledger and Richard West! A great days work all round.
RH at 2016-01-03 18:52:07
Summary to follow
RH at 2016-01-03 18:50:36
Michael Oliver working hard in these final few frantic minutes as both teams attack looking for the winning goal!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:48:55
A minimum of 3 minutes added time!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:48:23
The Referee keeping Stones and Son in view there as the forward pressured the defender near the goal area, spoting careless contact in doing so!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:46:03
The Referee just getting a little too close to play as Everton built that last attack in midfield
RH at 2016-01-03 18:43:42
We’ve got two attractive premier League games for you on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January, on the 12th we cover a fascinating game at St James Park where Newcastle will be desperate for points when they host Manchester United who simply can’t afford to lose this one! Then the following night on Wednesday 13th Liverpool entertain Arsenal for a game that has much history! The Gunners needing to win themselves to keep the pressure up on Leicester and Manchester City!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:41:35
Well there’s a better sharing of the action between both Assistants this half, the game being played end to end at the moment!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:38:19
The Referee was always well placed in that last Everton attack, going wide left and positioning himself behind the player who shot from around the ‘D’ that’s what Refereeing at this level demands!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:35:33
I’m pleased that Barry wasn’t cautioned for that challenge on Kane, both players were moving in at speed and Kane got there fractionally ahead, but no malice was intended by either party
RH at 2016-01-03 18:32:52
Good preventative Refereeing at that last Everton corner as the Referee made his presence felt as the players lined up for the re-start
RH at 2016-01-03 18:31:19
Carroll earning a caution for hauling back Barkley and breaking up a promising Everton attack!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:30:01
Good to see Alli smiling and not reacting to that last careless tackle on him!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:28:32
No surprise to anyone in the stadium that Lamella was going to see yellow for that arm off, the Referee had sold that caution with his words to player earlier!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:27:28
I’ve noticed on a couple of occasions this half the Referee has glanced into the penalty to view players with the action taking place behind him, he’s then momentarily taken his eye off the action, he needs to eradicate that!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:24:17
Michael Oliver wisely using Spurs captain Vertonghen to make his point to Lamella who had just committed a careless challenge, to be fair the challenge wasn’t worth a yellow card, but we all know that any more of the same will be! took the heat out of the game, great Refereeing!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:18:52
A couple of talking points there, Alli invited the challenge from Funes Mori, I thought there was enough of the ball for the Everton player to go for and the two tangled, Then Funes Mori going shoulder to shoulder with Kane, neither incident a penalty for me.
RH at 2016-01-03 18:14:35
The more confident of Premier League Referees are always willing to squeeze attacking right side play with the active Assistant and then move confidently in the final third to follow the next passage of play
RH at 2016-01-03 18:09:47
Michael Oliver checked his run in that last Spurs attack and in doing so got a great view of Harry Kane’s careless tackle!
RH at 2016-01-03 18:07:44
As Barkley shot there under pressure from Carroll, both players went to ground after the shot went in. Michael Oliver carried on running towards both players in case there was any ‘afters’ , that was great Refereeing
RH at 2016-01-03 18:03:36
The second half is on!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:55:15
A good first half from the Match officials, all three of the on field team have looked sharp in the first period. Michael Oliver has judged his involvement level and recognition of offences well, so its no surprise that there has been little questioning of his actions so far. He looks comfortable and confident. the only yellow card of the game was a great spot as Coleman broke up a promising Spurs attack with a handball, he’s getting into good positions in the final third and is working well with his colleagues. The only point of advice comes with the need to just hold back in midfield as an attack develops, a couple of times when Spurs are building in midfield, he’s needed to check his run as he found himself ahead of play. He can correct this easily as he has the acceleration and explosive sprinting ability to recover his position. Both Assistants are doing well also so far
RH at 2016-01-03 17:47:30
RH at 2016-01-03 17:46:12
Alli makes it 1-1
RH at 2016-01-03 17:45:51
A minimum of 2 minutes added time!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:45:36
Great advantage played by the Referee in the build up in that last Everton attack
RH at 2016-01-03 17:43:14
Credit to Scott Ledger there, as he’s not been involved in the game so much as Richard West but he was focussed enough to correctly judge the closest offside call of the game so far!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:41:40
Kone signalled Offside by Scott Ledger, there wasn’t much in it, great call!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:40:28
We’ve got two attractive premier League games for you on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January, on the 12th we cover a fascinating game at St James Park where Newcastle will be desperate for points when they host Manchester United who simply can’t afford to lose this one! Then the following night on Wednesday 13th Liverpool entertain Arsenal in a game that has much history! The Gunners needing to win themselves to keep the pressure up on Leicester and Manchester City!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:38:34
Alli goes to ground near the Everton penalty area but the Referee is spot on again as no offence was committed!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:37:18
Coleman picks up the first caution of the game for a handball that broke up a promising Spurs attack, I have to say that initially I though Barkley was going to be the recipient for a shirt pull, but TV replays confirming that the Referee was spot on!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:35:07
I do like the Referee’s urgency in the attacking third, he’s always keen to get forward and obtain the best viewing distance!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:33:27
Richard West getting caught by the ball there, may need to work on his ‘duck speed’
RH at 2016-01-03 17:31:50
Michael Oliver has needed to check his run forward as Spurs build in midfield, he just needs to hang back a couple of yards, he has the acceleration and explosive sprinting ability to recover his forward momentum
RH at 2016-01-03 17:29:25
The high pressing action of Spurs results in a number of challenges in the Everton defensive third, this requires alertness and potential involvement of the active Assistant, that being Richard West in this half
RH at 2016-01-03 17:24:59
Michael Oliver leading Assistant Scott Ledger well at that last throw as the final contact on the ball came from midfield, good team work!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:23:45
So will that goal make a difference tactically to the game? I suggest no,t so the Referees game plan should remain unchanged
RH at 2016-01-03 17:22:11
Lennon makes it 1-0 Everton
RH at 2016-01-03 17:18:57
Spurs definitely making the running at the moment so Assistant Richard West seeing more of the early action that his colleague Scott Ledger
RH at 2016-01-03 17:17:12
Free kick Spurs as Barry is penalised for being too high with his challenge
RH at 2016-01-03 17:15:20
Everton’s first free kick as Lukaku is pushed
RH at 2016-01-03 17:12:02
Assistant Richard West will need to be alert as Spurs playing a 4-3-3 formation, are pressing high which will place the Everton back under pressure!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:09:48
A quickly taken first free kick of the game by Tottenham as Alli is felled by Baines see Spurs hit the post through Harry Kane!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:07:20
Boot lace apart, Michael Oliver looking relaxed but focused in the opening minutes of this game
RH at 2016-01-03 17:05:39
Even Premier League Referee’s have to retie their boot laces during a game!
RH at 2016-01-03 17:04:24
Good to see Michael Oliver closing in to get a good view of the action as Walker crooked there
RH at 2016-01-03 17:00:42
As we see the action through the TV Cameras, Assistant Scott Ledger is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Richard West is running the nearside touch line.
RH at 2016-01-03 17:00:13
Our match Referee Michael Oliver gets us underway!
RH at 2016-01-03 16:58:19
Today’s Match Referee is Michael Oliver. His Assistant Referees are Scott Ledger and Richard West, The Fourth Official is Mike Jones
RH at 2016-01-03 16:56:03
My thanks to the Refcam team for the coverage of the Palace v Chelsea game, not sure many of us saw that result coming!
RH at 2016-01-03 16:53:06
It’s always entertaining when Everton are involved, but they’ll have their hands full here as top four outfit Tottenham are on Merseyside in search of Champions League Qualifying points!