Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur


GT at 2015-04-25 14:45:42

As both teams move above Liverpool in the Premier League – but have played two games more than the Merseyside giants – it is all over at St Mary’s.

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GT at 2015-04-25 14:41:52

That’s the end of the game from Saint Mary’s and it’s honours even at 2-2.

An entertaining game with some lovely team goals.

As for our referees.

Stuart Burt caught the eye today as the top performer. All of his contributions were good ones toady. Well done, Stuart.

A much quieter game for Andy Halliday. But, nonetheless, everything in which he was involved was correct.

As for Jon Moss in the middle. Nothing too catastrophic in terms of major errors, more a case of strange decisions at times (Vertonghen’s caution and Bentaleb’s non-caution being the most obvious examples).

He does however need to have a good look at his movement. He isn’t quick enough around the field of play and doesn’t have a decent sprint in him. And at this level of football those failings will find you out. Which explains why his foul recognition and failure to spot simulation was poor…he is simply not close enough to the action to be able to judge accurately.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:40:03

Full Time

GT at 2015-04-25 14:39:51

The Spurs man certainly got value for money with that one…he has been very fortunate so far to escape Jon’s book

GT at 2015-04-25 14:39:05

Yellow Card


GT at 2015-04-25 14:38:17

Three minutes to go, and is there a problem with Andy Halliday?

He seems to be limping along the touchline?

I hope he is ok, but will be reluctant to go off as there is no specialist replacement available.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:34:04

Mossy tried tom play advantage as Ryan Mason was fouled, nothing came so he gave the foul,

Well done, Jon.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:33:17

That’s the end of the normal 90 minutes…SEVEN minutes to be added

GT at 2015-04-25 14:32:39

Morgan Schneiderlin injures a knee and leaves us for Harrison Reed to take over

GT at 2015-04-25 14:31:10

Bentaleb leaves the action for Soldado as Spurs push for a winner

GT at 2015-04-25 14:30:26

Come on Mossy.

Mane buys another free kick with a dreadful dive and Jon falls for it again.

His foul recognition is poor.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:26:37

Good assistance from Andy Halliday who signalled to Mossy that the ball had crossed the line for a goal kick before Mane’s attempted cross

GT at 2015-04-25 14:25:48

Another Spurs’ substitution with Chadli making way for Dembele

GT at 2015-04-25 14:24:49

Mane is again floored by his opponent and this time Bentaleb is cautioned Yellow Card

GT at 2015-04-25 14:23:27

Davis is replaced by Elia for The Saints…

GT at 2015-04-25 14:23:05

Again nothing given by Moss as Fazio clearly brings down Manne just outside the penalty area.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:19:57

Fazio waves an imaginary yellow card at our referee as he wants his opponent to be cautioned.

Come on Jon…let him know who the boss is, and don’t allow that to go unchecked.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:18:10

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) has to leave the field of play through a shoulder injury and is replaced by Vlad Chiriches

GT at 2015-04-25 14:14:00

The ‘keeper won’t be happy with himself as the Spurs man scores from the tightest of angles

GT at 2015-04-25 14:13:14

GOAL! Chadli

GT at 2015-04-25 14:10:31

Stuart Burt right on the mark again with another good offside decision.

He is having a good day at the office today…

GT at 2015-04-25 14:09:39

and Jon called that one correctly this time.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:09:10

Caution for Steven Davis (S 8) Yellow Card

GT at 2015-04-25 14:08:11

It’s that man Pelle again who bullets a header past Hugo Lloris.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:07:14

GOAL! Pelle

GT at 2015-04-25 14:06:14

Lamella makes the most of the tiniest contact and secures a free kick.

GT at 2015-04-25 14:04:35

Change for Southampton as James Ward-Prowse makes way for Shane Long

GT at 2015-04-25 14:03:13

An hour has passed and this one could still go either way.

If it stays this way the only benefactor would be Liverpool, who would have two games in hand on these two clubs.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:58:42

Just watch Jon Moss’ initial movement when he is trying to set off on a run from a standing/walking start.

It takes him 2 or 3 paces to get moving, by which time play is far ahead of him.

Jon needs to work on his sprinting technique and fitness levels.

He wouldn’t be the first match official to use the services of a sprint Coach specialist, and so should not be afraid to do so.

I believe his refereeing would benefit from it.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:55:36

Referees are their own worst enemies when they fail to clamp down on that type of diving.

Whether it’s the first or second yellow card, that was a stand-out caution for Davies which Moss failed to give.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:52:36

Dreadful fall to the ground by Davies (Spurs) as he looks for a penalty.

That is shocking simulation and for a man already on a caution he can consider himself very lucky indeed not to be leaving this game with a red card.

That was simply cheating.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:50:26

Good question from @derbydaniel on Twitter regarding referees officiating their hometown clubs.

Each season match officials have to declare whether they have an allegiance(s) to any particular team(s). They would, obviously, not be allowed to referee those clubs.

Also, the PGMOL should not appoint match officials to games involving their hometown sides.

Do you remember Mike Dean being taken off the FA Cup Final as he was from the Wirral, and Liverpool were involved?

GT at 2015-04-25 13:47:33

Spurs get us under way for the second half.

This one is finely balanced as both sides look for the three points which would move them into 5th position in the Premier League

GT at 2015-04-25 13:38:43

A game which promised much, but didn’t really get going until almost half an hour had passed.

We then had a couple of goals and a couple of strange refereeing decisions. All of which sparked the game into life and saw the final 15 minutes played at a much higher tempo.

Stuart Burt is the outstanding performer thus far, not putting a foot wrong and judging offsides superbly well.

On the other line, Andy Halliday has not had much involvement as most of the attacking play was at the other end of the field of play…his work may come in the second half.

As for Jon Moss…the stand-out strange decision is the caution on Jan Vertonghen. The big Spurs defender made a great challenge but not only saw a free kick given against him, but a yellow card too!

Those surprising decisions are the ones which wind-up players more than most other things.

It also means, of course, that Vertonghen is playing the rest of the game on a knife edge as he cannot afford to receive another caution.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:32:38

Half Time

GT at 2015-04-25 13:32:06

A lovely, hard and committed challenge from two opponents at the half way line and Jon judges it well, allowing play to go on

GT at 2015-04-25 13:30:27

Erik Lamela will claim the goal, I am sure, but it actually went in off the Saints’ defender’s arm!

GT at 2015-04-25 13:29:30

GOAL! Erik Lamela (TH 11)

GT at 2015-04-25 13:28:36

I am sure Mossy played an advantage as Spurs attacked there, but no signal was shown.

If you are playing it, show everyone you are, Jon.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:26:22

Another good offside call from Burt.

People may question why he gave that one as the Southampton forward did not play the ball.

The difference is in this instance the assistant should raise the flag as the forward was bearing down on the goalkeeper, so by giving an early offside decision he allows the referee to stop play and, therefore, PREVENT any possible collisions

GT at 2015-04-25 13:21:40

The game has certainly gone up a few notches in the past 10 minutes.

Undoubtedly some of it as a result of Mossy’s refereeing decisions.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:20:42

Another caution for Spurs as Davies sees yellow for a late challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2015-04-25 13:19:39

Vertonghen is very harshly done by.

That wasn’t even a foul, never mind a caution.

Quite how our FA Cup Final referee gave a caution for that SUPERB challenge is puzzling everyone

GT at 2015-04-25 13:18:13

Jan Vertonghen (TH 5) Yellow Card

GT at 2015-04-25 13:17:45

Ben Davies is puzzled why no foul was given before Pelle struck.

Pelle certainly had his hands on Davies.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:15:31

GOAL! Pelle

GT at 2015-04-25 13:13:11

Another good offside decision by Stuart Burt.

He is right on his game today, which is good to see from one of our FIFA officials.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:11:31

Excellent save by Hugo Lloris as the ball comes through a crowd of players following a corner

GT at 2015-04-25 13:06:30

I would also like to see our referee closer to play.

He seems reluctant to move far away from the centre circle.

Is there a problem with your fitness and stamina, Jon?

GT at 2015-04-25 13:05:33

Come on Mossy…there is low key refereeing, and then there is not carrying out your duties.

You need to get involved…

GT at 2015-04-25 13:04:33

Why was Bentaleb not cautioned for that deliberate and obvious shirt pull?

Those are mandatory cautions.

GT at 2015-04-25 13:00:45

Low key refereeing by Mossy as Pelle fouls his marker.

Well backed up by Stuart Burt.

Keep this standard going, Stuart.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:59:44

No offside given by Stuart Burt there.

Most pundits would be asking why not, but that is excellent lining work under the current guidelines, as the Southampton forward was a long way offside but did not become active as he did not touch the ball.

Well done, Stuart Burt.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:53:41

Good spot by Mossy there as Kane needelessly pushes over his marker.

Well done.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:51:10

The usual argy-bargy in the penalty area at a corner…Mossy needs to get a check on that early before it escalates.

Prevention is always better than cure.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:47:42

Good early offside call there, just the sort an assistant likes to settle into the game.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:46:30

Southampton take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-04-25 12:39:20

It’s almost time for kick-off at St Mary’s.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:25:29

As for our referees today, Jon Moss leads a team which includes Stuart Burt and Andy Halliday as his assistants, with Lee Probert making up the team as 4th official.

‘Mossy’ has plenty to live up to today following the surprise announcement this week that his is to take charge of this season’s FA Cup Final on 30th May.

Many see his appointment as a ‘political’ one rather than being based upon merit as Jon has not enjoyed the greatest of seasons. However, he is going to be there on the domestic season’s final game so those people need to accept it and look forward to an entertaining afternoon. And, rather than list the high profile errors he has made this season, I would prefer to offer my own congratulations to those Mossy will have received so far.

The West Yorkshire based Headteacher should have taken charge of his first Premier League encounter in December 2010 (Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa), but after a false start due to snow he actually took to the field for his inaugural outing in January of the following year (Birmingham City v Blackpool).

Since then the man who shares his West Riding FA base with PGMOL Head of Refereeing Mike Riley has overseen 85 top flight games in which he has produced 277 cautions and 13 dismissals.

Talking of West Riding, that particular County FA must be glowing with pride as they boast not only Riley and Moss amongst their residents, but also Martin Atkinson, another referee who has received some very favourable appointments this season. Well done you West Riding boys, I am sure you deserve everything you have been given.

Running the lines for Mossy today are Stuart Burt and the experienced Andy Halliday.

Burt needs to treat the final half a dozen games of this season as an opportunity to ‘kick-on’ and prove his value to the Select Group list. The opportunities are there for him to cement a place as one of the best amongst a group of assistant referees many of whom have failed to impress again this season.

Andy Halliday knows exactly what it takes to survive at this level of football, and his abilities are unquestionable. Having been a part of previously much stronger groups of assistants Andy has taken on board much of their good practice, carried it into today’s weaker environment and as a result he remains a valuable part of the group.

It is great to see Lee Probert fit and back in action again, albeit as fourth official today, before he takes charge of Hull City v Liverpool on Tuesday.

May you all enjoy great games gents, and let us hope the football is the topic of our post-match debrief today rather than any refereeing blunders.

GT at 2015-04-25 12:15:16

Hi everyone and welcome to the first of FIVE live Refcam commentary games for this weekend.

This one sees 7th placed Southampton host a Tottenham Hotspur team which sits one place above them in the Premier League.

Only one point separates the two sides as they battle for a place in the European competitions for next season.

For so long this season many football pundits and supporters saw The Saints as a ‘flash in the pan’ whose bubble would burst sometime soon. But under the skilful guidance of Ronald Koeman they continue to show they have the staying power needed to sustain a position at the ‘top table’ of English football.

And, with Graziano Pelle continuing to smash in the goals (he already has 13 for the season) coupled with the finest defence in the Premier League (only 24 goals conceded) there are no signs to indicate that is going to change at any time.

Lining up against them today is a Tottenham team for whom European football is a ‘must’ for their loyal supporters.

Their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, returns to his former employers for the first time since he left Saint Mary’s last summer to take up the reigns at White Hart Lane, something which I am sure will not be lost on the Southampton crowd!

Of course mention Spurs this season and you have to mention the unbelievable form of Harry Kane. Having already netted 30 times this season Kane continues to re-write Spurs folklore (he is the first player to reach that milestone since one Gary Lineker some 23 years ago), and the young man will surely severely test that tight Saints’ defence today.

However, Kane is not alone in his brilliance. Christian Eriksen too has been sensational. In particular his ability to strike from free kicks has seen this Spurs side win on eight occasions away from home (only Chelsea and Arsenal have better records).

So, this is set up superbly to be a really great game as both sides go in search of three points, which would see the victor move into fifth place above Liverpool.

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