Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 3 - 2



AM at 2015-02-10 23:14:01

Full Time

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AM at 2015-02-10 23:10:52

Summary;

As mentioned the KMI in the 2nd half saw the award of the Liverpool penalty kick which was correct and there was good support seen by Ledger in the award. As previously mentioned 9 yellow cards were issued and in my opinion some of these could and should have been managed as it left Dowd little movement as we entered the final phases of play. His yellow card technique added little value and the players from both teams never really got the message as the opportunity was lost without any real communication/dialogue during the yellow card process.

Scott Ledger gave good support in the key decision in the 2nd half but he made 2 offside errors, I in each half.

Dave Bryan made I key error with the Spurs goal as Harry Kane was offside in the build up. These key offside errors at this level need to be improved upon and at the end of the day are down to positional play and mental concentration together with judgement/fitness levels being in question. For me this is a big question for training and reviewing these offside decisions through pro zone to analyse why these incorrect judgements are being made and which at this level should not be happening.

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AM at 2015-02-10 22:58:09

Full TimeWhat a marvellous game with Liverpool winning 3-2. Spurs contributed well to make this such an exciting game. 9 yellow cards shown and for me Dowd set his tolerance level too low and this was a surprise tonight as he is seen as an experienced referee who normally allows more in terms of his management of offences / players.

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AM at 2015-02-10 22:53:50

Yellow card No 9 coming up for Harry Kane for a number of minor offences. Dowd has moved in quickly to intervene with Kane and Skirtel and appears to have to shove players apart to keep matters calm. Have all the yellow cards been effective? have they had their desired effect?


AM at 2015-02-10 22:49:44

Free kick to Liverpool awarded from close distance and the spray is out with Spurs players moving forward prior to the kick. Dowd managing and then follows up with a free kick to Spurs and 4th Official shows 4 minutes of added time.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:47:55

Yellow Card8 Spurs reckless he has not been on long, but soon enters Dowd`s notebook.

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but now becomes Yellow card No 8

 

 


AM at 2015-02-10 22:46:18

As we move into the final minutes Dowd is managing matters from a distance how in contrast this is from England`s No 1 Referee Mark Clattenburg. Maintaining close proximity to play and achieving the best viewing angles.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:43:43

Well there we have it! Balotelli with a twisel and flash of Italian magic to make it 3-2 what an inspiration sub from Rogers.

Spurs sub 9 on 19 off


AM at 2015-02-10 22:40:18

Subs can change games and both teams are looking to change formations and win this game. Officials need to be aware of this …………


AM at 2015-02-10 22:39:07

Spurs sub 23 off 22 on.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:38:38

With regards to the Spurs 2nd goal which was offside. Dave Bryan is a very experienced Assistant Referee at this level some 23 years however mental / concentration levels become that much more difficult with age and this is crucial in retaining information in quick phases of play.

Balotelli offside not given

Liverpool Sub Markovic off Lallana on


AM at 2015-02-10 22:34:25

Yellow CardWalker 2 yellow card. Dowd whistles to him and then just shows the card from distance as we move onto 7 yellow cards.

Liverpool sub 15 off 45 on this will be interesting with Balotelli now on can he change things, he will certainly be one for the Officials to be aware of.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:29:45

Ledger with a free kick to Liverpool


AM at 2015-02-10 22:29:12

Close proximity to play and creating the best viewing angles are what Dowd must look to achieve in the final 20 minutes and added time.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:27:37

Spurs sub 38 off 8 on


AM at 2015-02-10 22:27:15

No penalty kick to Liverpool and a corner kick to Liverpool is the outcome. Replays show this to be correct.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:26:10

Yellow CardDembele and he is the 6th yellow card to be shown there has been little leeway from Dowd tonight and you wonder if he has been briefed on his use of cards tonight.

Replays have just shown that Kane was offside in the build up to the Spurs 2nd goal. As Mignolet palmed the ball back into the active area to Kane who was offside when the original free kick was taken. Concentration and mental fitness are key for Assitants to retain phases of play and Bryan has got this one wrong.

 


AM at 2015-02-10 22:22:30

From the resulting Liverpool free kick Kane looks to be in an offside position as the ball is played and the ball is then played across and into the goal. Liverpool appeal in vain for offside at Dave Bryan who walks away sideways a quicker movement away from the dissenting Liverpool players would have been beneficial.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:19:34

Throw in awarded to Liverpool and Dowd speaks to Vertonghen 5 of Spurs during the stoppage

Yellow Cardto Gerrard from Dowd`s side and bearing in mind his previous yellow cards this has to be correct.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:16:45

What are your thoughts regarding the penalty kick decision? Ledger key in this key match incident.

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AM at 2015-02-10 22:14:38

Penalty kick correctly awarded to Liverpool Dowd did not give at first but on this occasion Ledger has signalled penalty kick to Liverpool and after a slight delay Dowd has then awarded a penalty kick after appearing not to want to award?. Did Dowd have the best position / angle to judge in this situation? I don’t think he did.

 

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AM at 2015-02-10 22:09:26

The whistle is blown by Phil Down and there is confusion at the restart for what it is for? Dowd then gives a demonstration of why? a foul throw in by Spurs. Bryan unsure on the touchline?


AM at 2015-02-10 22:06:21

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AM at 2015-02-10 22:04:53

Goal kick awarded to Liverpool is correct


AM at 2015-02-10 22:03:56

Dowd signals kick off 2nd half.


AM at 2015-02-10 22:03:31

Half time summary -

Key Match Incidents – just the early penalty kick which could have been awarded to Spurs – this would have been the Assistant`s on the far side to award. Scott Ledger to judge he very quickly gave a goal kick to Liverpool. There has also been the flag against Kane when he was clearly onside. Position / concentration are in judgement / question here. Otherwise good movement seen along touchline

Dave Bryan all duties at expected level.

Phil Dowd – No chance with the penalty decision not given to Kane he would have been reliant on his Assistant Ledger here who decided no. 4 yellow cards given so far and these players will now been on edge in the 2nd half. Generally little communication whilst Dowd`s issues the yellow cards. They tend to be waved towards the players from some distance and lack effectiveness. Remember a yellow card is a process of slowing things down and this is an opportunity for the referee to apply his management techniques in respect of this. Dowd is using his experience to read play and manage the game. Let us see how the 2nd half develops.

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s see how the 2nd half developes…………

 

 

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Celebrated football journalist Guillem Balagué is also joining You Are The Ref’s panel for a Question Time event in London with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and talkSport presenter Alan Brazil.

Balagué, a Spanish writer and broadcaster, brings vast knowledge of La Liga as a regular pundit on Sky Sports.

Writing for newspapers in Spain and Britain, he has broken major transfer stories involving the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Fernando Torres.

Joining them on the Question Time panel will be Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey.

The show, chaired by Alan Biggs, is to be filmed for transmission on this site and various other outlets.

You Are The Ref will be giving away a number of priority tickets for the event on a first come first served basis. If you will be in London on February 26th and would like to apply email us now at jenny@you-are-the-ref.com 

 

 


AM at 2015-02-10 21:49:00

Sturridge hits the post and the referee brings the first half to an end with his whistle. Things are evenly poised at 1-1.

2 Yellow Cardcards to each teamHalf Time


AM at 2015-02-10 21:47:22

2 minutes added time. Support from Ledger flag and free kick yellow card Sakho  Yellow Cardfor deliberately bringing down Dembele.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:45:44

Good sideways movement seen from Ledger on the far touchline.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:44:48

Replays have just shown that the challenge by Kane on Sturridge was good just outside Spurs defending penalty area.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:43:33

Free kick to Liverpool awarded close to Bryan


AM at 2015-02-10 21:42:53

Kane flagged offside by Ledger and replays show that this decision is incorrect as Kane is level and on side.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:42:09

Yellow CardSkirtel 37 reckless on Kane. Poor yellow card process seen here from Dowd. No management or discussion with player at all!

 


AM at 2015-02-10 21:40:10

Top pundit joins our panel

Celebrated football journalist Guillem Balagué is joining You Are The Ref’s panel for a Question Time event in London.

Balagué, a Spanish writer and broadcaster, brings vast knowledge of La Liga as a regular pundit on Sky Sports.

Writing for newspapers in Spain and Britain, he has broken major transfer stories involving the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Fernando Torres.

Balagué strengthens a star-studded panel including West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil.

YATR experts Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey complete the line-up.

The show, chaired by Alan Biggs, is to be filmed in front of a live audience on February 26th.

* You Are There Ref will be hosting a live panel event in Central London on Feb 26th with special guests Sam Allardye, Alan Brazil and Guillem Balagué. If you would like to apply for a priority ticket email us now at jenny@you-are-the-ref.com

Big Sam and Big Al sign up for live event – apply here for free tickets

Celebrated football journalist Guillem Balagué is also joining You Are The Ref’s panel for a Question Time event in London with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and talkSport presenter Alan Brazil.

Balagué, a Spanish writer and broadcaster, brings vast knowledge of La Liga as a regular pundit on Sky Sports.

Writing for newspapers in Spain and Britain, he has broken major transfer stories involving the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Fernando Torres.

Joining them on the Question Time panel will be Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey.

The show, chaired by Alan Biggs, is to be filmed for transmission on this site and various other outlets.

You Are The Ref will be giving away a number of priority tickets for the event on a first come first served basis. If you will be in London on February 26th and would like to apply email us now at jenny@you-are-the-ref.com 

 


AM at 2015-02-10 21:35:50

Free kick to Spurs correct- Gerrard has arm over the shoulder of opponent.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:34:03

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AM at 2015-02-10 21:33:19

Dowd is managing from some distance and at times he is using his vast experience to make judgements. I hope that he is retaining physical and mental energy for the remainder of this game as it moves quickly end to end.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:30:55

Yellow CardEriksen on 33 of Liverpool. Better technique in the caution process seen here from Dowd. Too often referees just flash the card left right and centre with no communication process at all with the player.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:27:24

GOAL! Kane equalises for Tottenham Hotspur


AM at 2015-02-10 21:25:44

The comparison with movement and close proximity / best viewing angle with tonight`s referee Phil Dowd and England`s No 1 Mark Clattenburg is very noticeable.

Yellow CardRyan Mason 38 on 50 Liverpool. Awarded from a very static position on the half way line.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:22:05

Goal kick awarded to Spurs when it should have been a corner kick to Liverpool. From the referees square position he would not have seen the deflection. Advantage to Spurs twice in close succession


AM at 2015-02-10 21:20:15

Corner kick to Spurs which looks to be outside of the corner quadrant, let us hope that there is no goal from this!


AM at 2015-02-10 21:18:41

Free kick to Spurs so far Dowd is using his experience although at times is getting caught up with play. Advantage to Spurs which did not really materialize, sometimes when there is no clear advantage then stop play and award the free kick.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:15:44

Markovic scores for Liverpool to make it 1-0GOAL!


AM at 2015-02-10 21:14:32

Quick movement at either end and a good non offside flag from Bryan as Liverpool press. Free kick to Liverpool is awarded


AM at 2015-02-10 21:12:30

Kane runs into the Liverpool penalty area and Scott Ledger on the far side very quickly awards a goal kick to Liverpool. Replays show that there is contact from Mignolet on Kane and a penalty kick would have been the correct outcome. Phil Dowd would have been relying on his Assistant for help with this decision.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:06:45

Quick breakaway to Liverpool and Dowd is having to move hard to create the best viewing angle and close proximity. Good non offside flag from Bryan


AM at 2015-02-10 21:03:58

Free kick to Liverpool and from this free kick and move in play a corner kick to Liverpool is the outcome.


AM at 2015-02-10 21:02:49

Early advantage to Spurs with play then moving wide towards the touchline


AM at 2015-02-10 21:01:16

As the referee Phil Dowd blows his whistle to signal the kick off keep in touch with us throughout the night.

Assistant`s Dave Bryan is on the Technical Area touchline and Scott Ledger is on the far touchline


AM at 2015-02-10 20:59:07

What are your thoughts on tonight`s game or any other issues that you may want to discuss then let us know.

Have our 4th Official`s become over tolerant? what are your thoughts?

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AM at 2015-02-10 20:55:28

52 year old Phil Dowd started refereeing at the age of 21 and has enjoyed a lengthy career at the top level of English football since being promoted to the Premier League list in 2001.

He was first appointed as a Football League official in 1997 and quickly progressed. Four years later, he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and took charge of his first Premier League match when Fulham met Everton in December of that year.

Arguably his two biggest honours on the national stage came in major cup finals. Dowd officiated the 2010 League Cup showdown between Manchester United and Aston Villa, then two years later he was in charge as Chelsea defeated Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup Final. The match came in his 11th consecutive season as a referee in the top flight of English football.

So far this season Phil Dowd has refereed 18 matches showing 82  Yellow Card yellow and Red Card red cards


AM at 2015-02-10 20:53:54

Tonight’s Referee is Phil Dowd and he is assisted by Dave Bryan and Scott Ledger with the 4th Official being Football League Referee Paul Tierney.


AM at 2015-02-10 20:50:17

Don`t forget to tune into The REF SHOW and listen to England`s No. 1 interviewer Alan Biggs and Guests as he discusses the GOOD and the BAD following all the weekend’s games. This week`s edition is now available to view and this weeks guests are Keith Hackett and Brian Deane with both discussing the good and the bad and in particular there are some interesting thoughts about how our 4th Officials are dealing with The Technical Areas in comparison with our counterparts abroad. Brian Deane offers some very interesting thoughts from his experiences abroad and as usual let us know what you think? do you think that our 4th Officials have now become over tolerant in respect of their dealings or otherwise with the Management Staff within the Technical Areas?  What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AM at 2015-02-10 20:47:45

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AM at 2015-02-10 20:46:56

Team Line Ups

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 23 Can
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 17 Sakho
  • 50 Markovic
  • 14 Henderson
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 18 Moreno
  • 33 Ibe
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 15 Sturridge

Substitutes

  • 02 Johnson
  • 06 Lovren
  • 09 Lambert
  • 20 Lallana
  • 24 Allen
  • 45 Balotelli
  • 52 Ward

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 15 Dier
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 03 Rose
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 38 Mason
  • 11 Lamela
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 18 Kane

Substitutes

  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Soldado
  • 13 Vorm
  • 17 Townsend
  • 21 Fazio
  • 22 Chadli
  • 33 Davies

 


AM at 2015-02-10 20:41:09

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Liverpool are looking for their fifth consecutive win over Tottenham, having lost just one of their last 20 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W13, D6, L1).
  • The Reds have scored 12 goals without reply in their last three meetings with Spurs.
  • Matches between Liverpool and Tottenham have produced nine own goals, the most in Premier League history, with three of them being scored by Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six league games at Anfield (W3, D3), and are the only unbeaten team in the top flight in 2015.
  • But the Reds have won only four of their last 11 Premier League home matches (W4, D5, L2).
  • They have lost only one of their last 14 Premier League home matches on a Tuesday (W9, D4) – a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in 2012.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored five goals in his last three league appearances on a Tuesday, scoring in each match.
  • Against Everton, Brendan Rodgers won his 184th point in what was his 100th Premier League game in charge of Liverpool. The only Liverpool manager to have won more points in his opening 100 Premier League games in charge of the club was Rafa Benitez with 186.

Tottenham

  • Spurs have won three of their last four away league matches.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won 12 points from goals scored in the final five minutes of Premier League games this season, twice as many as any other side.
  • They have only won one of their last eight Premier League away matches on a Tuesday (D1, L6).
  • In the North London derby against Arsenal, Harry Kane scored his 22nd goal of the season in all competitions – more than any other Premier League player.
  • He now has 11 goals in his last 14 Tottenham appearances and is the Premier League’s top scorer in 2015 with seven goals.
  • Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard are the joint-leading Premier League midfield scorers this season with nine goals each.

 

 


AM at 2015-02-10 20:39:47

Good evening and welcome to tonight`s live You are the ref . com REFCAM game which is being played at Anfield the home of Liverpool in England and is being played between 2 teams who are very much in current good form. Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool currently lying in 7th place and Tottenham Hotspur lying in 5th place.