Middlesbrough v Hull City


RH at 2016-12-05 23:13:29

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Middlesbrough home win takes the spotlight off second half key match incidents
  • Livermore treads a fine line and is fortunate not to collect a second yellow card
  • Great first half offside Decision from Simon Long correctly denies Fischer a goal
  • Referee gets it right on a tight second half Boro penalty incident involving Gibson
  • Strong technical performance

Well I said at half time that another half like that will do nicely, but along came the Week 14 factor and we had two controversial second half incidents. The first a potential second caution for Livermore who grounded Ramirez with Dawson in close attendance,  I have to say that Livermore can count himself fortunate there as it could rightly be argued that his actions broke up a promising attack. In the Referees defence he was well placed and decisive in his thinking by not even speaking with Livermore, he must have felt wrongly or rightly that Dawson’s close attendance was a factor in allowing the offender to escape a sanction. The other incident involved Diomande and Gibson in the Hull penalty area, both players were looking upwards at the dropping ball and came together with the Boro player clearly coming off worse. It was a marginal call but I feel that Mike Dean got that right. The other key match incident concerned Simon Long’s excellent first half offside decision to deny Fischer an opener for Boro. Mike Dean did well overall with good  distinguishing between careless and Reckless challenges, his technical game was strong throughout with great movement and positioning, he also worked well with both Assistants who gave solid support. Referee’s need luck like any other sportsmen and women, the spotlight could have been on Mike Dean to a greater extent had the home team not won this game. But they did and the only blight on his otherwise strong performance tonight centres on his decision not to issue a second caution to Livermore

RH at 2016-12-05 22:50:58

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2016-12-05 22:49:32

Foreshaw draws the foul challenge from Huddlestone to gain vital ground for Boro

90+ 1

RH at 2016-12-05 22:48:29

Its nerve racking stuff for the Boro faithful as Hull press hard for an equaliser!

RH at 2016-12-05 22:47:12

A minimum of 4 minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2016-12-05 22:45:19

Bowen gets the benefit of the doubt for a borderline challenge on Fabio , free kick and a warning


RH at 2016-12-05 22:42:05

As Hull seek to get on level terms its good to see Mike Dean coping well with the break away attacks!

RH at 2016-12-05 22:40:25

We’ve got three great Premier League games for you next weekend! On Saturday at 5.30 pm we’re covering the Leicester City v Manchester City game, remember how the two matches between these teams shaped last season’s Premier League Championship! Then on Sunday at 12.00 midday its inform Chelsea hosting West Brom who are no pushover these days! We round off the weekend with a heavyweight clash at Old Trafford when United entertain Tottenham Hotspur at 2.15 pm!


at 2016-12-05 22:39:19

This is probably the most open period of the game as Hull gamble and press forward for the equaliser!


at 2016-12-05 22:37:44

Snodgrass still upset as he gives away a free kick for a careless challenge, he needs to calm down!

RH at 2016-12-05 22:35:14

Snodgrass goes to ground on the edge of the Boro penalty area, the Referee was clearly unsighted and Simon Long not impressed, would need another look at that to be sure?


RH at 2016-12-05 22:33:26

Clucas misses a clear cut chance to level for Hull, how costly could that prove?


RH at 2016-12-05 22:30:45

De Roon goes low and Snodgrass goes high, free kick to Boro


RH at 2016-12-05 22:29:35

Yellow CardFabio picking up a yellow card for a reckless tackle from behind



RH at 2016-12-05 22:28:27

Technically as with the first half the Referee’s positioning and movement is serving well with decent view angles of most incidents


RH at 2016-12-05 22:25:42

One thing that has been constant in this game is the match tempo, much of that is down to the match control of the Referee, yes the goal has helped but the players still have respect for the Referee


RH at 2016-12-05 22:22:40

Looks like Mike Phelan didn’t want to risk it any further by substituting Livermore!


RH at 2016-12-05 22:21:31

Fabio concedes a midfield free kick with a careless challenge


RH at 2016-12-05 22:19:36

Just going back to that Gibson penalty incident, both competing players were looking upwards at the ball, the contact was there for all to see but there was also a coming together of both players


RH at 2016-12-05 22:17:04

GOAL! Ramirez puts Boro ahead!



RH at 2016-12-05 22:16:12

Well two points to clear up, Dawson was close enough to cover for Livermore so I feel that influenced the Referee not to caution/send off Livermore, but on another day he could have walked for a second caution. I also felt that the shove on Gibson would have set the bar low in terms of contact and penalty awards but again we’re talking narrow margins here!

RH at 2016-12-05 22:11:56

Have Hull also escaped a penalty? I’d like to get another look at that challenge on Gibson

RH at 2016-12-05 22:10:34

Mike Dean allows Livermore to escape a caution as he breaks up a promising Boro attack by Pushing Ramirez to the ground, no further action but was that challenge was good enough for a caution?


RH at 2016-12-05 22:07:30

As I said in the first half, you don’t get much if any grappling ina  Mike Dean game! that recent Boro corner confirming that!


RH at 2016-12-05 22:05:27

Marshall the Hull keeper didn’t like that close attention from Negredo, but the Boro man didn’t do anything wrong, if anything the Keeper gave as good as he got!

RH at 2016-12-05 22:01:37

The second half has begun!

RH at 2016-12-05 21:56:19

A classy first half from Mike Dean which has been highlighted by the skilful balance he has established between acceptable and careless contact, the result, just four free kicks one of which was rightly punished with a caution for the games only reckless challenge by Livermore on Barragan. Technically he looked good also by reacting well to a couple of sudden Boro attacks with matching sprints. His positioning has been spot on as he adjusts well in midfield so as not to get sucked into play. He also got close in to view that potentially crucial Gibson on Diomande challenge in a Hull break away attack. Both Assistants look tuned in and Simon Long attuned for a missed corner to Boro with a superb offside decision to deny Fischer a goal for the home team. Keep this up lads, another half like that will do nicely!

RH at 2016-12-05 21:46:41

Half Time


RH at 2016-12-05 21:46:16

A minimum of 1 minute addition time to be played


RH at 2016-12-05 21:45:42

Good advantage following an offence by Livermore in that last Boro attack!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:43:15

Gibson with a timely challenge to deny Diomande a shot on goal, Mike Dean right on hand to view the challenge!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:41:36

TV replays showing also what an excellent offside flag by Simon Long to penalise Fischer before he put the ball in the net, great decision making!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:40:19

Snodgrass is looking sore following a full on challenge by Clayton, TV replays suggesting that the Referee was right not to penalise it

RH at 2016-12-05 21:37:01

We’ve got three great Premier League games for you next weekend! On Saturday at 5.30 pm we’re covering the Leicester City v Manchester City game, remember how the two matches between these teams shaped last season’s Premier League Championship! Then on Sunday at 12.00 midday its inform Chelsea hosting West Brom who are no pushover these days! We round off the weekend with a heavyweight clash at Old Trafford when United entertain Tottenham Hotspur at 2.15 pm, both of these teams will be seeking to build on last weekends promise!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:33:30

I like the way that Mike Dean reads play and takes evasive action by backing off in the early stages of attacking play, particular when the home side are attacking, superb!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:31:54

Fischer gets the ball in the net but is flagged offside by Simon Long, looked close but correct!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:29:12

Davies handles in a Boro attack and the Referee delays his whistle, then sold it well to all concerned


RH at 2016-12-05 21:27:09

Simon Long getting it wrong there as Boro should have won a corner with the last touch coming off the defender


RH at 2016-12-05 21:24:18

Mike Dean is allowing some contact to take place by both sides and its not affecting his control and benefitting the game at present given the current match tempo


RH at 2016-12-05 21:22:19

Fabio dispossesses Snodgrass, gets the ball and the Referee is quite happy with it as Boro force a corner, looked a good challenge to me also!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:18:52

Simon Long with the games first offside flag

RH at 2016-12-05 21:18:03

Pleasing to see that tonight’s Referee chooses not to gamble on his match control and caution where appropriate


RH at 2016-12-05 21:16:02

Yellow CardLivermore reckless on Barragan and Mike Dean rightly cautions the challenge, spot on!



RH at 2016-12-05 21:14:50

Its a Hull corner and a good call from Assistant Holmes with the Boro man getting the last touch!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:12:56

That’s twice so far that Boro have broke at speed from midfield and on both occasions the Referee has responded well with a good sprinting action!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:09:32

The game is opening up and is more end to end


RH at 2016-12-05 21:08:26

First corner of the game and no grappling, well it is a Mike Dean game isn’t it!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:07:12

The Referee shows a good turn of speed as Boro break and Negredo goes close!


RH at 2016-12-05 21:05:50

Mike Dean demonstrating text book positioning in the midfield drop zone to view an aerial attacker/defender challenge

RH at 2016-12-05 21:03:45

Hull ‘siiting in’ during these opening minutes inviting Boro to break them down

RH at 2016-12-05 21:00:50

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

RH at 2016-12-05 21:00:17

Our match Referee Mike Dean gets us underway!

RH at 2016-12-05 20:55:32

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

RH at 2016-12-05 20:51:57

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Mike Dean: Middlesbrough v Hull City                                                                                            

 Assistants: S. Long and A. Holmes Fourth official: M. Clattenburg

Another strange appointment which PGMOL would be wise to expand on.

 Two teams in the bottom five in the league being officiated by one of the best, despite his eccentricities, and ably assisted by Mark Clattenburg!

 Surely such decent resource would’ve been better served being sent elsewhere?

 Or maybe the governing body are in on the joke. They like to see what Mike Dean has up his sleeve just as much as the rest of us.

 If he takes the limelight away from the two teams again, surely someone has to step in and have a quiet word in his shell-like.

 He should at least enjoy overseeing this one for Middlesbrough under Aitor Karanka might not have been getting the results they want, but they are giving value for money in terms of performance.

 Hull have been playing a more robust game for the most part so a clash of styles will need to be accounted for by Dean.

 Theatrics aside, he should sail through this without any problems at all.

Mike Dean – all you need to know  

 Matches in 2016/17: 11 (6 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 4 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 12

RH at 2016-12-05 20:46:56

Today’s Match Referee is Mike Dean His Assistant Referees are Simon Long and Adrian Holmes. The Fourth Official is Mark Clattenburg

RH at 2016-12-05 20:42:10

Let’s face it Premier League week 14 hasn’t been a good one for the PGMOL has it? Some of the Key Match Incident decision making over the weekend has left us all scratching our heads! So it’s good to confirm that we’re in capable hands tonight with Mike Dean taking charge of a game that both teams are desperate to take something from!