Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion


DM at 2017-10-16 22:00:57

Full-Time Summary


Mike Dean and his colleagues controlled this game from start to finish.  The one key-match incident took place in the 46th minute as WBA13 clashed with L9.  The officials had to make a number of judgements;

  1. Did a foul take place?
  2. Was the challenge worthy of further disciplinary action
  3. Was the challenge inside or outside of the penalty area

The referee was a long way from play, in fact this was the only time in the whole game, he was caught out.  AR Long stepped up to the plate and made a world-class decision by correctly indicating that a free-kick should be awarded and a yellow card issued to the WBA goalkeeper.  Refereeing is about fine margins and there could not have been a finer one separating the challenge from the line of the penalty area but the officials made the correct judgement and must be highly commended for doing so.

The officials were cohesive throughout and the Assistants judged their level of involvement very well.

Mike Dean is a really good referee and tonight he showed why he is one of the best.  His control was never in doubt, his decision-making was largely accurate and his recognition of fair and foul was consistently correct.  A first-class team performance and a masterclass in refereeing from Mike Dean.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:52:57

Full Time



DM at 2017-10-16 21:52:40

Good offside flag by AR Lennard and good decision to play the advantage by Mike Dean.  The WBA player was the only attacker who could get the ball and at this late stage of the game it is important not to take any chances.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:50:03

Leicester Substitution:

21 off, 10 on


DM at 2017-10-16 21:47:05

Minimum of 5 minutes added time to be played


DM at 2017-10-16 21:43:25

Mike Dean’s recognition of fair and foul is consistently high.  Great decision to play on as WBA14 falls to ground.  The away team player was on his way down before there was any contact.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:40:59

West Brom Substitutes:

22 off, 23 on

19 off, 14 on


DM at 2017-10-16 21:40:00

Great positioning by Mike Dean to judge a foul challenge by WBA25


DM at 2017-10-16 21:36:50

GOAL! Leicester 26 scores



DM at 2017-10-16 21:34:18

As we enter the last 15 minutes the home side will undoubtedly be pushing for an equaliser with the crowd spurring them on.  The referee will need to manage the tempo of the game and ensure that the away side do not delay the restart of play and slow the game down.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:30:42

Leicester Substitutions:

8 off, 19 on

2 off, 3 on


DM at 2017-10-16 21:28:32

Excellent offside flag by AR Long – superb wait and see technique to ensure that an offence was committed.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:25:53

Yellow CardL11 cautioned for a reckless challenge.

Very good flag from AR Lennard not only to identify the offence but to also gesture to the referee that the offence warranted a yellow card.  Correct decision.

DM at 2017-10-16 21:19:56

GOAL! WBA 22 scores from the resulting free-kick



DM at 2017-10-16 21:19:20

Yellow CardL8 cautioned for a reckless challenge

I thought the Leicester player made a genuine attempt for the ball and it was certainly a foul but he is a little unlucky to be cautioned.  I think the speed of the challenge was the decisive factor for Mike Dean.



DM at 2017-10-16 21:14:30

I am surprised that Mike Dean did not award Leicester an indirect free kick in the centre of the field as WBA18 trapped the ball in between his legs in an attempt to shield it from his opponents.  This could be construed as dangerous play.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:11:54

The match tempo is increasing and Mike Dean sensibly awards a free-kick for a foul by L25 oaround the halfway line.  The referee will need to use his experience to take the sting out of the game and slow it down where he needs to.  No unnecessary risks should be taken.

DM at 2017-10-16 21:07:56

I spoke at half-time about how good the teamwork was between the referee and his colleagues.  Simon Long has made a world-class decision by indicating a free-kick and communicating a yellow card.  The infringement could not have been any closer to the penalty area line but the contact did take place just outside.  Between the referee and his assistant the correct decision was reached.


DM at 2017-10-16 21:05:31

Mike Dean was a long way away from the incident involving WB13 AND L9.  The Assistant Simon Long has helped the referee with a positive directional flag and no doubt there will have been some communication regarding the colour of the card.  Mike Dean was correct to issue a yellow card and on the balance of it the contact looked to be right on the edge of the penalty area.

Yellow CardWB13 Unsporting behaviour.

DM at 2017-10-16 21:01:59

Mike Dean gets the second half underway

DM at 2017-10-16 20:58:07

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DM at 2017-10-16 20:56:08

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DM at 2017-10-16 20:52:22

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DM at 2017-10-16 20:50:06

Half-Time Summary

Superb first-half performance from Mike Dean, Simon Long and Harry Lennard with great support from Paul Tierney.  This really has been a class act so far.  Mike Dean is without doubt one of the best referee’s in the EPL.  He is confident, assured and decisive in his decision-making and he has a high degree of accuracy in his judgements.  He is in full control of this match and his cautioned of WBA26 in the 7th minute was completely correct and reasserted his authority, sending a clear message as to what would not be tolerated.

Mike and his team will need to manage the frustrations of L9 and L11 who on occasions feel they have been ‘targeted’ by the WBA players.  Close proximity and management off the ball with these players will help the referee ensure full control.

More of the same second half please.

DM at 2017-10-16 20:46:30

Half Time



DM at 2017-10-16 20:45:23

Minimum of 1 minute added time to be played


DM at 2017-10-16 20:43:46

Correct foul against L5 for foul on WBA25.  Charging an opponent is a direct-free kick offence.  The referee was correct to award this as the Leicester player charged his opponent in the back.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:41:50

The body language of a referee can have a huge impact on perception.  Mike Dean looks confident and in total control.  He trusts his decision-making and judgement and works really well with his colleagues.  First-class performance so far.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:35:26

WBA25 and L28 both commit to a challenge in an attempt to win the ball.  Although the clash was full blooded it was fair and Mike Dean correctly awards a throw-in to Leicester.  A less confident referee may not have trusted their judgement in this situation.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:30:36

Mike Dean awards a foul against WBA6 and gestures that the foul came before the offside offence.  The ball was played before any contact from the WBA player but the offside offence did not occur until the Leicester player interfered with play, so technically the referee is correct.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:27:10

It is good to see AR Long completely in tune with the referee on the throw-in decisions under the technical area.  Getting these wrong or rushing in too quick could raise the temperature of the match unnecessarily.  The Assistants have been calm, assured and confident and are working very well in unison with Mike Dean.

DM at 2017-10-16 20:21:52

Replays show that the challenge of L11 was a foul challenge and Mike Dean was incorrect to have waved play on.  The referee will need to watch the way in which WBA are targeted L9 and L11, they will want to stop them using their pace and getting space wide to move in-field.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:19:42

Mike Dean plays on following a challenge on L11 close to the touchline.  At first glance that appeared to be a foul challenge.  It is the first incident in the game where I have disagreed with the referee so far.

DM at 2017-10-16 20:17:04

Mike Dean and his colleagues have made a very good start to this match.  The referee is fully in control of the game and has asserted his authority very well.  #LEIWBA


DM at 2017-10-16 20:15:47

Excellent advantage played by Mike Dean as WBA9 is held by L21 in his own defensive third.  The WBA player had the space and skill level to have a genuine advantage and these are two important factors a match official has to take in to account before playing advantage.

DM at 2017-10-16 20:11:05

The first caution of a game sets the tolerance level for the referee.  If Mike Dean had not issued a caution to WBA26 following his second foul in quick succession, it would have caused frustration to the Leicester players (especially L9) and they may have started to take the Law in to their own hands.  The caution was needed and was correct, no matter how early in the game.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:09:06

L9 is going to be in the thick of the action tonight.

WBA26 is shown Yellow Cardas he uses his arm to impede the progress of L9 with contact and prevents an attacking opportunity for the Leicester player.  This coupled with the previous offence correctly results in Mike Dean issuing a yellow card.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:07:11

Free-kick awarded to Leicester for a foul by WBA26 on L9.  The referee doesn’t over-react and manages the challenge sensibly, judging it as careless in nature.  The defender made a genuine attempt for the ball but made contact with his opponent and not the ball.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:05:37

Another piece of good refereeing as Mike Dean is alert and aware to award a goal-kick to WBA as the ball quickly ricochets off L9 before going out of play


DM at 2017-10-16 20:03:08

Good piece of refereeing as Mike Dean awards a free-kick to WBA after a foul by L5 on the touchline.  The referee waited a moment to see if any advantage accrued but so early in the game the free-kick was a sensible option to take.


DM at 2017-10-16 20:01:47

Early offside flag by AR Long as WBA9 interferes with play coming back from an offside position.

DM at 2017-10-16 20:00:14

Mike Dean gets the match underway #LEIWBA

DM at 2017-10-16 19:57:27

Simon Long is a steady Assistant Referee and he is normally considered a safe pair of hands on the high profile games.  Harry Lennard is a first-class Assistant Referee who is beginning to shine as one of the best on the list.  Paul Tierney who must wonder what he has done wrong.  Consistently appointed as fourth official, he is one of the most consistent performers in the middle and he will be keen to prove his worth once again by supporting the experienced Mike Dean from the technical area.

DM at 2017-10-16 19:53:09

During the weekend, the topic of simulation was once again in the headlines.  Watford’s Richarlison committed a clear act of simulation when he initiated contact with an Arsenal player before going to ground and drawing a penalty kick award from the referee.  The incident was referred to the new FA Diving Panel and remarkably they have confirmed today that no action will be taken against the player.  This sends out the wrong message and Mike Dean and his colleagues will need to be alert and vigilant to ensure that they are not deceived in this manner.  The FA has certainly not helped match officials by turning a blind eye to such behaviour.

DM at 2017-10-16 19:49:53

Mike Dean has refereed 5 games this season, in which he has cautioned 19 players and dismissed 1.  He took charge of Leicester’s opening game of this season, a 4-3 defeat at The Emirates against Arsenal.  This is the first time he has refereed West Brom this season but he is no stranger to Tony Pulis’s men having officiated them on 3 occasions in the 2016/17 season, including the last game of the season against Swansea.

DM at 2017-10-16 19:46:50

Appointed Match officials:

Referee – Mike Dean

Assistants – Simon Long and Harry Lennard

4th official – Paul Tierney

DM at 2017-10-16 19:44:08

The referee for this evening is Mike Dean and his Assistants are Simon Long (technical area side) and Harry Lennard (far side), with Paul Tierney holding the boards as fourth official.

DM at 2017-10-16 19:41:29

Welcome to this evening’s ref cam as Leicester play West Bromwich Albion in the EPL.