Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



RH at 2016-04-02 19:39:58

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • High Pressing tactics by both teams dictated not only the match tempo but also the way the game was Refereed
  • Well judged tolerance level of acceptable player contact and consistently applied
  • Good pro-active game management at stoppages
  • Great simulation caution

My half time comments apply also to the second half as this game was played at a fast high tempo pace through out. Both teams pressed high so much of the action was in the final third, this was definitely no mid field slog! The Referee judged his involved level superbly particularly regarding physical contact, in the whole game I was only at odds with him once when Lallana committed a careless tackle on Rose, but that apart Jon Moss did really well with the highlight being the first half caution of Countinho for simulation! I also liked his management of stoppages, considering what was at stake and the significant number of corners, grappling was never endemic as the Referee wisely intervened to have words before the ball was played in. I also liked his management of free kick restarts, buying himself time, the highlight here being a discussion with Henderson who was exercising Skippers rights following a Spurs corner award. The only observation I would make is that Jon needs to penetrate the penalty more, but in mitigation this was a high tempo end to end game and no doubt counter attacking was uppermost in his mind. Both Assistants did very well, they were solid with their offside calls and the Referee must of gained confidence during the game from their performances. All in all an impressive day’s work from the Match Officials in an extremely important game where so much was at stake!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:20:34

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2016-04-02 19:16:37

A minimum of 3 minutes additional time


RH at 2016-04-02 19:15:36

Lovren brings down Kane with a careless challenge, Jon Moss will need to manage this restart well!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:13:41

The game plan and tempo has not changed since we started! make no mistake this really is a demanding game physically for Jon Moss!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:12:23

Stay with us here on Refcam when we cover MLS action at 10.00 tonight where Chicago Fire host Philadelphia  Union, the visitors are looking to make it three wins in a row!  Join us again tomorrow at 1.30 when Spurs title rivals Leicester entertain Southampton, Ronald Koeman’s boys are proving no pushover these days, should be a great game! Then at 4.00 the action comes from the North West as Everton take the short journey to Old Trafford to take on LVG’s youngsters who are playing without fear these day’s!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:11:57

Fortunately Can got the verdict in that free kick decision, as he was giving as good as he got, risky as he’s already on a caution!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:10:30

A goal kick being waded to Spurs when it should have been a corner, but it took a TV replay to confirm that the final contact came from the head of the defender, not an easy call to be fair


RH at 2016-04-02 19:08:28

Jon Moss allowing Lallana’s careless challenge on Rose to go unpunished despite being well placed, a rare error in this game!


RH at 2016-04-02 19:04:41

Kane goes to ground in the final third, the Referee is on the spot and allows play to continue, another example of how the Referee has applied a consistent level of allowable player contact


RH at 2016-04-02 19:02:41

More pushing and shoving at a corner. time for words with Lallana and Alli, again the right thing to do


RH at 2016-04-02 18:59:47

Jon Moss being tested there as Spurs counter attacked the length of the field of play to ear a corner!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:56:38

Great offside call in that Liverpool attack from Simon Long, Danny Rose played the Liverpool attacker onside!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:55:04

Still the tempo is high and the game is being played at a fast pace, this is physically testing for any Referee!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:50:55

Yellow CardCan earns himself a caution for deliberately breaking up a promising Tottenham attack by bringing down Alli


RH at 2016-04-02 18:49:08

GOAL!Harry Kane draws Spurs level!

 


RH at 2016-04-02 18:48:15

More good game management with words to Rose and Milner following the Spurs players careless challenge


RH at 2016-04-02 18:47:21

One feature of this game so far is the lack of tough midfield tackling, with both teams pressing high the teams are playing high up the field of play with much of the action being in the final third. From a Refereeing point of view this is good, hence the one caution so far. However will Liverpool look to protect what they have a drop deeper, that would definitely change the game from a Refereeing point of view!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:42:36

The Referee takes time out to discuss  that Spurs corner decision with the Liverpool Captain. good game management


RH at 2016-04-02 18:41:17

Great team work as Jon Moss looks to Assistant Simon Long to confirm that Sturridge got the final touch so its a goal kick!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:39:05

Jon Moss rightly decides to manage that free kick following a trip on Alli


RH at 2016-04-02 18:38:06

GOAL!Coutinho turns hero with a goal scoring strike!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:35:53

High pressing games really do put an additional level of concentration on all three match officials as there is less ‘switching off’ time. The Assistants need to be aware of attacker/defender challenges in the final third and the non active Assistant need to be aware of a sudden counter attacking pass that will pierce a back four playing high up the field of play that results in a tight offside call.


RH at 2016-04-02 18:31:23

The second half is on!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:24:10

A solid first half from Jon Moss and his team, no controversial moments or key match incidents, but a good foundations have been laid and in particular the Caution to Countinho for simulation, that was a great call and strong Refereeing, the Referee would have earned respect for that decision. The other pleasing aspect of the Referees performance is his tolerance level on player contact and challenges, he’s got it right so far and as a consequence he hasn’t bought undue attention himself, leaving his free kicks when awarded to have more impact, that’s skilful Refereeing! As I commented earlier my only observation being Jon’s reluctance to penetrate the penalty area during attacking play. I suspect that in an end to end high tempo game he’s aware of counter attacking and he’s saving himself for the latter stages of the second half. Both Assistants look solid also so no baggage will be taken into the second half!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:16:18

Half Time

 


RH at 2016-04-02 18:15:34

A minimum of 1 minute additional time to be played


RH at 2016-04-02 18:13:46

Clyne goes in late on Walker and the Referee plays an advantage, the offender receives words of warning from the Referee at the next stoppage, good Refereeing


RH at 2016-04-02 18:10:49

Stay with us here on Refcam when we cover MLS action at 10.00 tonight where Chicago Fire host Philadelphia  Union, the visitors are looking to make it three wins in a row!  Join us again tomorrow at 1.30 when Spurs title rivals Leicester entertain Southampton, Ronald Koeman’s boys are proving no pushover these days, should be a great game! Then at 4.00 the action comes from the North West as Everton take the short journey to Old Trafford to take on LVG’s youngsters who are playing without fear these day’s!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:09:33

My only observation on Jon Moss’s game is that he doesn’t follow through into the final third and penalty area enough, its almost as if he doesn’t want to commit himself should a counter attack materialise


RH at 2016-04-02 18:06:44

Although the physical intensity of the game isn’t particularly high at the moment, the speed and tempo of the play is still demanding from a Refereeing point of view


RH at 2016-04-02 18:02:56

I feel that Jon Moss had got his intervention level about right so far, his threshold level on acceptable player contact has been consistent, a difficult balance to achieve in any game!


RH at 2016-04-02 18:01:02

As Tottenham counter attacked earlier it was noticeable how Jon Moss veered off to the right of his patrol to squeeze play with his Assistant, following games a few weeks ago including Man City v Leicester, where key match incidents centred on challenges on the side perimeter of the penalty area, I’ve noticed Premier League Referee’s are covering this these days!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:58:28

Jon Moss raises Liverpool hopes as it appeared that he had initially signalled a penalty, but he had in fact signalled a goal kick, just as well as Walkers challenge on Milner was good


RH at 2016-04-02 17:55:25

Yellow CardStrong Refereeing there as Jon Moss rightly cautions Coutinho for simulation in a dangerous attacking position, well done!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:52:14

Interesting incident there as Kane attempted to turn Sakho mid way between Jon Moss and Simon Long with neither intervening, if Spurs had gone onto score there I’m sure there would have been a reaction, both Officials had a different viewing angle, to be fair it is consistent with the level of player contact that Jon Moss has allowed so far


RH at 2016-04-02 17:48:35

Jon Moss did well at that last Spurs corner to have words with Clyne and Kane who were getting tangled up with each other, good pro-active Refereeing!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:46:28

This time Son upends Moreno with a careless challenge, obvious free kick!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:44:57

Dembele and Can lock arms with the Spurs man getting the verdict, I’m ok with that, it would have been a controversial attacking free kick in the final third


RH at 2016-04-02 17:43:10

Noticeable how Jon Moss uses short 10 metre explosive sprints to track play at changes of direction


RH at 2016-04-02 17:39:53

Great offside call from Simon Long as the ball came off the cross bar and wide right to where Son who had been offside when the shot came in, played the ball


RH at 2016-04-02 17:35:58

With both teams pressing high in these opening minutes, it may well be a high tempo game and a rigorous physical test for Referee Jon Moss!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:33:55

Alderweireld concedes a pointless free kick with that careless challenge


RH at 2016-04-02 17:31:00

If you are watching the game on TV, Andy Halliday is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Simon Long is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2016-04-02 17:30:11

Our match Referee Jon Moss gets us underway!


RH at 2016-04-02 17:27:07

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


RH at 2016-04-02 17:25:04

Jonathan Moss – all you need to know;  Matches in 2015/16: 21 (10 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 16 Football League appointments in 2015/16: 27 Last refereed Liverpool: 21 November 2015 Last refereed Tottenham Hotspur: 5 December 2015 Honours: 2015 FA Cup Final


RH at 2016-04-02 17:20:28

Today’s Match Referee is Jon Moss. His Assistant Referees are Simon Long and Andy Halliday. The Fourth Official is Mike Jones


RH at 2016-04-02 17:15:02

Plenty at stake for today’s tea time treat! Liverpool are looking to salvage something from this frustrating season with a European competition qualifying finish to the campaign, but for Tottenham the need is obvious as they chase championship rivals Leicester, a win today will see them close the gap to two points!