Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur


RH at 2014-10-18 14:54:34

Well the Referee Jon Moss will certainly be in the spotlight after this game! His decision to award four penalty kicks and send off Tottenham’s Fazio will be the talking points following this game. I said at half time that we witnessed two first half penalties one debatable and one clear cut, the second half produced similar conclusions from two further penalty awards, was the contact on Soldado inside the penalty area? was it the Referee or his Assistant Simon Long who made that call? Television replays show that the initial contact was outside the penalty area. As were digesting that Jon Moss made the biggest decision of the game by awarding a penalty to City for a holding offence by Fazio on Aguero and sending off the offender. In my opinion the close presence of Kaboul should have negated any reason to send off Fazio, yes a penalty and yes a yellow card for the holding offence but not a sending off offence. So Spurs were punished twice and the game fizzled out thereafter. Another talking point was the decision not to penalise Frank Lampard for being offside at the scoring of City’s first goal, i personally think it was  a good call, only the players truly know if Lampard’s presence was affecting the defenders and goalkeeper. The lack of any significant protests support the Assistants call, but this type of decision will always be debated.True Jon Moss’s technical performance was sound, he always got himself into good positions, the teamwork with his colleagues was good. But he let himself down with two disappointing penalty decisions and a sending off that was in my view incorrect

RH at 2014-10-18 14:38:49

The game is over as Jon Moss blows the final whistle!

RH at 2014-10-18 14:37:39

As the game draws to a close i can’t help but be reminded that although a Referee can adopt good viewing positions, this does not guarantee correct decision making

RH at 2014-10-18 14:35:27

The overall shape of the game has been maintained so from a technical perspective the Referees patrol path and positioning has to much extent remain unchanged, even taking into account players introduced at substitutions

RH at 2014-10-18 14:31:35

The pace of the game has noticeably dipped as Spurs seek a damage limitation approach in these closing minutes

RH at 2014-10-18 14:28:12

Michel Platini talked this week about the double punishment of a penalty and a red card for decision given in the penalty area , as opposed to his idea of a penalty and yellow card for penalties and a free kick and red card for offences outside the penalty area, would a yellow card for Fazio and a penalty have been a better outcome?

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RH at 2014-10-18 14:23:19

City take advantage of Spurs ten man team. the questionable send off of Fazio is brought sharply into focus!

RH at 2014-10-18 14:20:47

Goal City! Aguero makes it 4-1

RH at 2014-10-18 14:17:40

So much to talk about here,four penalty decisions, two clear cut and two questionable, plus a debatable sending off, Jon Moss has certainly ducked nothing so far in this game!

RH at 2014-10-18 14:15:44

Jon Moss superbly placed to view the holding offence by the offender, a definite penalty but was the presence of Kaboul a reason not to suppose that there was a probable goal scoring opportunity?

RH at 2014-10-18 14:12:52

Red Card Red card and a penalty to Spurs, for a holding offence on Aguero , who takes the kick himself and scores!

RH at 2014-10-18 14:09:14

Well no shortage of penalty kick incident, was Soldado’s heel clipped inside the penalty area?

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RH at 2014-10-18 14:07:41

Penalty to Spurs! did the contact on Soldado take place inside the penalty area? No effect on the scoreline as he misses the penalty kick, saved by Hart!

RH at 2014-10-18 14:05:33

There is an important training point here for Referees at any level, Jon Moss may not be the quickest Referee on the Premier League list, but he is effectively reading play operating a ‘box to box’ patrol path sweeping up behind developing play and veering off in the final third to either a) get a better view on his own diagonal or b) to squeeze play with his active Assistant. Its effective and it gets him an optional viewing range of each decision.


RH at 2014-10-18 14:01:10

Yellow CardNavas shown a yellow card there for a deliberate trip on an opponent for breaking up a Spurs attack

RH at 2014-10-18 13:59:42

Jon Moss also veering left from his normal patrol path to be on hand to award Spurs their first corner of this half

RH at 2014-10-18 13:58:17

The teamwork really has been good so far in this game, the Officials have demonstrated good practice, important to maintain this standard for the remainder of the game!

RH at 2014-10-18 13:55:33

A positive response from Assistant Simon Bennett in signaling a goal kick following a contended goal kick/corner kick decision

RH at 2014-10-18 13:53:07

The Referee/Assistant co-operation has to benefit from Jon Moss’s policy of moving right off his patrol path in the final third to squeeze play with the active Assistant

RH at 2014-10-18 13:50:08

Our Referee Jon Moss gets the second half underway!

RH at 2014-10-18 13:44:04

So as we prepare for the second half what are you thoughts on the first half talking points?

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RH at 2014-10-18 13:40:27

An entertaining end to end first half which has thrown up some early talking points namely; The soft nature of City’s first penalty, the minimal contact that sent Frank Lampard to ground set a dangerous threshold for any future contact in the penalty area, i hope that this decision does not rebound on the Referee later in the game. The second penalty by contrast was clear cut, a definite penalty . Two other talking points being the Assistants decision not to flag Frank Lampard offside as he hurdled the ball on its way into the goal, interfering? The players didn’t seem to think so supporting a good call. The only other taking point being two ‘racking down the heel’ challenges that cab cause injury and need to be stamped out. But overall the Referee has this game well under control at the moment.

RH at 2014-10-18 13:33:40

The first ends with Jon Moss’s whistle!

RH at 2014-10-18 13:32:41

Well this first half has been ‘end to end’ but the Referees patrol path has seen him effectively sweeping up behind play and not getting in the way of players

RH at 2014-10-18 13:30:46

3 minutes added time

RH at 2014-10-18 13:27:54

Good offside decision by Simon Bennett as he penalises Soldado for offside as he pursued the ball following a shot on goal

RH at 2014-10-18 13:25:43

The TV commentary team are fully justified in commenting on two similar challenges by each team as players rake down the heel of an opponent as they compete for the ball, this appears to be more cynical than accidental contact contact, Jon Moss needs to eradicate this

RH at 2014-10-18 13:23:09

Yellow Card Second caution for Spurs as Dier is clearly  guilty of a Holding offence

RH at 2014-10-18 13:20:36

Credit due to Jon Moss for having the confidence to be decisive in awarding that second penalty, following the marginal nature of his earlier decision

RH at 2014-10-18 13:19:21

Yellow Card Ryan Mason takes the first caution of the day following a reckless challenge

RH at 2014-10-18 13:17:54

Penalty to Spurs! This time the decision looks more clear cut following a trip on Silva, but Lloris makes an all important save

RH at 2014-10-18 13:15:05

Free kick to Spurs It’s time for the spray, for the first time today!

RH at 2014-10-18 13:13:25

Will the early departure of Frank Lampard have any effect on City’s shape and ultimately on the Referees patrol path?

RH at 2014-10-18 13:10:48

The Referee wisely choosing to words with Fernando following a careless challenge

RH at 2014-10-18 13:08:25

There was definitely contact as Frank Lampard attacked in the penalty area, but has Jon Moss applied a low contact tolerance in the penalty area that may place him under pressure later in the game?

RH at 2014-10-18 13:07:37

There was effeminately contact as Frank Lampard attacked in the penalty area, but has Jon Moss applied a low contact tolerance in the penalty area that may place him under pressure later in the game?

RH at 2014-10-18 13:05:25

Aguero scores to make it 2-1

RH at 2014-10-18 13:04:42

Penalty awarded to City following minimal contact on Frank Lampard

RH at 2014-10-18 13:02:15

Looking back at City’s goal a good decision again by Simon Long in not penalising City for van offside decision as a City player jumped the over the ball on its path to goal

RH at 2014-10-18 13:00:42

Eqiualising goal by Eriksen 1-1


RH at 2014-10-18 12:58:21

Goal Sergio Aguero  1-0 City!

RH at 2014-10-18 12:55:31

Good offside decision by Simon Long against Sergio Aguero

RH at 2014-10-18 12:52:44

Jon Moss squeezing play well there between himself and his active Assistant to award that last Spurs free kick

RH at 2014-10-18 12:51:27

Although they have microphones, both Assistants will be pleased that the Referee is wearing a Yellow jersey, this quicken their ability to pick the Referee up early and sharpen ‘eye to eye’ contact

RH at 2014-10-18 12:47:55

Jon Moss has an average so far this season of 4.2 yellows per game, he has also issued three reds.

RH at 2014-10-18 12:46:08

Keith Hackett spoke this week of his concern over the number of red and yellow cards being shown to players in Premier League matches this season. Let’s hope that Jon Moss will use a stepped approach in the disciplinary control of players today by using the following techniques

  • The quiet word running alongside the player and giving him a warning about his behavior.
  • If this did not have the desired effect then it would be a more public warning, which often would involve the captain. Followed by the words “I want an improvement”.
  • If this failed then the yellow card would be used.
  • Hopefully bringing the player under control and reducing the need for the ultimate sanction of a red card.


RH at 2014-10-18 12:45:21

Our match Referee Jon Moss gets us underway!

RH at 2014-10-18 12:41:12

Welcome to our coverage of this game at The Etihad Stadium, as we kick off this weekends Premier League action!