Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur


GT at 2017-01-21 20:39:23

Thanks again everyone for all your input…I’m off to try to calm down.

at 2017-01-21 20:38:34

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GT at 2017-01-21 20:37:18

#cityvspurs I’m going to leave it there for tonight as I am so angry at this latest clanger

GT at 2017-01-21 20:35:52

Andre was very well assisted by two excellent linos today…Andy Garratt was outstanding.

But why didn’t he give the penalty you may ask?

What you don’t know is what may have been said over the headsets.

Did Andre call ‘No Penalty’ early, this cutting off any help from Andy?

We will never know because Mike Riley is conspicuous by his absence every week, because every week his officials are affecting results.

My assumption is that he is too embarrassed to try to explain, but it remains an assumption as he will not talk to the media.

Enough is enough.

Change is long overdue amongst the Select Group, whose officials are consistently displaying poor recognition and amongst the management and coaches who are not producing talent.

GT at 2017-01-21 20:31:09

If, as a Prime Minister (Harold Wilson) once said, “A week is a long time in politics”…what about football.
For almost 80 minutes it was going fine for referee Andre Marriner.

Yes, there were errors and differences of opinion on cautions missed, but I can live with that.

What really gets to all football fans, players, managers and fellow officials is the continued negative influence Select Group referees are having on the outcome of games.

It has gone on too long and too often.

Today was Andre’s turn.

Everyone in the City of Manchester Stadium, watching the coverage, listening to radio broadcasts and following on line with us at YATR expected a penalty kick for Manchester City and red card for Spurs.

Sadly, just one man disagreed…and that was the man who mattered most, as Andre waved away the penalty claim.

Then, of course, Cirty concentration is broken and Spurs go straight up the other end and score the equaliser.

2-2 instead of a probable 3-1 scoreline.


GT at 2017-01-21 20:24:59

After a pulsating game of football, which lived up to its billing, I’m afraid there is only one place to start summing up…

GT at 2017-01-21 20:23:52

Full Time

GT at 2017-01-21 20:20:49

Thinking back to a recent interview with Pep….tonight’s could be interesting!

GT at 2017-01-21 20:19:51

4 added minutes to go as City make their final change.

Delph on for Silva

GT at 2017-01-21 20:18:32

I’m afraid Twitter is alive …with criticism

@youaretheref Horrendous error from Marriner. How on earth was that not a penalty for Man City. Absolute shocker clear push, OH DEAR!!!

87 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 20:17:28

…and Wanyama is cautioned for a foul on Aguero


GT at 2017-01-21 20:16:45

Meanwhile, Stones takes over for Clichy

GT at 2017-01-21 20:15:52

jjk @neiltipping
I love my footy but it is depressing when officials mistakes are having such direct impact on results.


I could not agree more, jjk.

How much more are supporters, players, coaches, managers, owners, in fact all stakeholders in the game supposed to put up with this?

I have no particular ‘beef’ with today’s referee, Andre, who is a good ref.

But EVERY week we see officials affecting the outcome of games.

GT at 2017-01-21 20:13:02

Andy Garratt…take a bow.

Despite all that is happening around and the pressure you will be under after Andre missed the penalty for City, you correctly disallow a strike by Jesus for offside.

Top lining.

82 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 20:11:41

City make another change as Sterling makes way for Jesus

GT at 2017-01-21 20:10:47

It shows yet again that a referee can be having a good game, as Andre was for almost 80 minutes, but then one huge clanger later and all of the good work is undone.

You must concentrate and stay with play throughout the 90 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 20:08:34

#cityvspurs Sterling was clean through on goal, as he was about to unleash his shot he was pushed in the back.

He stumbled but got a shot (of sorts) away.

Nonetheless that was a STONEWALL penalty kick and a red card

77 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 20:06:38

Oh my word…disaster strikes for as he fails to give the clearest of penalties and what happens?…

Spurs go up the other end and equalise

GOAL! scored by Son

GT at 2017-01-21 20:04:49

How on earth has a penalty and red card not been given there?

GT at 2017-01-21 20:02:39

You know it’s a good game when you check the time and your jaw drops when you see there are only 15 minutes left!

Where has this half gone?

Who will win it?

GT at 2017-01-21 19:59:14

More good work by Andy Garratt who correctly leads Andre into a throw in for Spurs despite it being deep into the referee’s half of the field of play.

This is the best I’ve seen Andy run the line in the past fifteen years.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:55:08

You cannot take your eyes of this one for a moment.

Really good game

65 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 19:54:00

Substitution for Spurs as Harry Winks takes over from the injured Alderweireld

GT at 2017-01-21 19:52:39

Fabulous call by Andre and Andy Garratt after Sterling goes down in the penalty area under a challenge by Danny Rose.

Excellent tackle…no penalty.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:51:18

That is soft, I’m afraid Andre.

A stand out caution for Son who also delayed the restart of play after kicking the ball away following an offside call.

If you are going to caution Otamendi for delaying, then you have to be consistent and do similar for Son

GT at 2017-01-21 19:49:26

An hour has passed.

But who will take the spoils?

Let us know by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

58 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 19:47:03


Game On!!

Dele Alli scores yet again for Spurs.

Here is the goal fest we hoped for and predicted…


54 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 19:43:18


The usually ultra-reliable Hugo Lloris is having a nightmare tonight.

First goal – he failed to clear the ball.

Now this goal – he fumbles a routine cross and drops the ball into De Bruyne’s path.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:41:35

Yellow Cardfor Alli who needlessly pushed over Otamendi

Yellow Cardfor Otamendi for delaying the restart..which I find baffling as he had only just stood up from the challenge

GT at 2017-01-21 19:40:07

Spurs may try to claim a handball by Sane but he had no chance of getting his arm out of the way of that one.

The mistake was their goalkeeper’s not the referee’s

49 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 19:38:25

GOAL! great through ball by De Bruyne and the goalkeeper heads the ball on to Sane who finishes into an empty goal

GT at 2017-01-21 19:33:37

Here we go…City get the second half under way

GT at 2017-01-21 19:33:09

Substitution by Spurs as Son takes over from the (cautioned) Wimmer for the next 45 minutes

GT at 2017-01-21 19:32:18

@youaretheref @no1lino Glenn – very frustrating when pundits give the public incorrect information i.e the offside in man cities own half!

Excellent Tweet from a fellow referee…I give up with them, Shane. What is really disappointing is Howard Webb, who is being employed to (allegedly) educate the viewers. Yet he fails to correct the clueless pundits.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:27:52

Another half like the opening one would be very nice please…just with the addition of a few goals!

GT at 2017-01-21 19:21:51

The real stars for me have been the two assistant referees, Andy Garratt and Simon Beck.

Both have made textbook offside calls throughout the game and both have led Andre into correct cautions.

The teamwork on display in those first 45 minutes has been excellent.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:19:42

For a 0-0 scoreline there has been bags of action in the opening half of this one.

Cautions given.

Cautions missed.

City pressure almost throughout, but it remains at stalemate.


GT at 2017-01-21 19:18:08

Half Time

GT at 2017-01-21 19:17:45

Yellow Cardcaution for Kolarov after he fouls Kane

GT at 2017-01-21 19:17:14

Morten Andersen-Gott @mortenag
@youaretheref @no1lino incidentally both yellows have com when assistants have been involved. Switch on at any time Andre…


It seems I’m not the only one who thinks so after reading this Tweet

GT at 2017-01-21 19:15:42

2 minutes of additional time to go…

GT at 2017-01-21 19:15:16

Big call by Andre as City plead for a penalty kick.

But the Midlands referee is well placed to wave away their appeals.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:14:04

No…the City man has got away without so much as a talking to.

You’re missing too many cautions now, Andre.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:13:04

Ouch! That is late by Otamendi on Rose.

Surely Andre will caution for that?

GT at 2017-01-21 19:11:15

David Sliva is spoken to by Andre for that foul on Wanyama, but there is no card.

Very disappointed, referee.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:10:16

Excellent advantage applied by Andre as Spurs attack…I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t go back and caution though

GT at 2017-01-21 19:06:41

#cityvspurs The only question so far has to be…how is there no score in this one.

City have been all over Spurs, who have been defending with The Bible in one hand!

GT at 2017-01-21 19:04:01

Another good offside call. This time from Simon Beck.

The assistants are making all the good calls in this one!

GT at 2017-01-21 19:01:31

Zabaletta fortunate to escape without a caution after a late challenge.

Andre needs to step up his work rate.

GT at 2017-01-21 19:00:38

Andy Garratt is the start of the show so far and takes no rubbish from City’s Otamendi, who tried arguing he should have got a goal kick despite the ball clearly coming off his own foot and out for a corner.

Nice one, Andy.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:58:00

Andre is fortunate that nothing came of that latest City attack as it came after he turned down a free kick following a clear foul on Spurs’ Kyle Walker.

Come on Andre, don’t let it slip

GT at 2017-01-21 18:55:29

Alli is caught offside once again.

Well done Andy Garratt.

Good to see an assistant who stays in line with the second rearmost defender.

See how much easier it is to make consistently good decisions if you do?

Someone may wish to share a copy of these opening 25 minutes with a certain Mick McDonough

GT at 2017-01-21 18:50:20

Surely it’s only a matter of time before City break the deadlock. They are all over Spurs.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:46:38



What crisis?

It is all Manchester City in these opening 15 minutes.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:44:20

Yellow Cardand Eric Dier quickly follows him into the book after he pulled down Aguero.

Top class teamwork as it was Simon Beck who told the referee to show the card.


GT at 2017-01-21 18:42:47

Caution for Kevin Wimmer following a foul.

Andre played advantage but then came back to it and correctly issued the card.Yellow Card

GT at 2017-01-21 18:40:39

Dele Alli is guilty of not checking his lines and Andy Garratt correctly calls offside against him again.

Good work from the experienced lino.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:37:25

No foul is the call as Eriksen goes to ground.

Well done, Andre.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:34:32

Early offside call by Andy Garratt – good decision

GT at 2017-01-21 18:33:07

Positioning will be an interesting challenge for Andre today as both of these sides move the ball very quickly from defence to attack.

He may need to abandon the idea of staying close to the ball and just move into it when he is needed for a big decision.

GT at 2017-01-21 18:30:22

Spurs take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2017-01-21 18:25:07

It’s almost time for kick-off at The City of Manchester Stadium

GT at 2017-01-21 18:15:53

As for our officials…

Andre Marriner is rewarded for his excellent showings this season with this top encounter.

Andre is a sensible and trusted referee who will let players play if they want to but is not afraid to step up to the mark and deal with anyone who oversteps his mark.

I used to really enjoy running the line for Andre as I knew what to expect, and he delivered.

No surprises.

No shocks.

This is a quality referee who fully deserves his opportunity in this massive encounter.

Those tasked with lining today are Simon Beck and Andy Garratt, two experienced campaigners who should not be phased by this one either.

Mike Jones has the technical areas to patrol and should be given a reasonably quiet evening as neither of the managers is overly critical of referees or likely to play to the cameras as some of theor colleagues do.

This should be an excellent spectacle of attacking football…

at 2017-01-21 18:07:43

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of three live Refcam commentary games of the weekend.

…and this one should be a cracker!

Our opener involves undoubtedly the game of the weekend and a couple of sides with their sights set firmly on a top four finish, and with sides around them dropping points today perhaps even the title itself.

High-flying in second placed Tottenham Hotspur host a Manchester City team who have dipped in form in the past few weeks, but still sit menacingly in fifth position.

Spurs are in great form, with five wins out of five in the League and goal difference of 29, just one behind leaders Chelsea.

Following injury, Harry Kane is back to his best scoring and making goals for fun whilst Dele Alli has already chipped in with ten strikes this campaign which equals his tally for all of last season.

City, on the other hand, have suffered two defeats in their last three outings which has brought scrutiny upon their shaky defence and focus upon their manager, Pep Guardiola.

Those two defeats, interestingly both of which came against Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton, have put a dent in City’s hopes of another title. But don’t be fooled by Guardiola’s claims they are out of the race…that is a well-used tactic for deflecting pressure from his team which we are all used to Pep!

City has not become a poor side overnight, and is still packed with huge talent in De Bruyne, Aguero, David Silva, etc. who are a match for anyone once they ‘click’.

This one has many pundits scratching their heads in trying to predict the outcome, but what do you think?

It has goals written all over it but who will emerge the victors?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref