Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur

Commentary By: Andy Martin


Summary at 2015-09-13 15:36:12
We talk about the big decisions in the games and Sunderland will feel that they should of had a penalty kick in the 42nd minute (foul on Defoe) as we discussed at half time. There was also the other penalty kick which could easily had been awarded to Spurs following grappling by Jones on Vertonghen. This was missed due to the position/viewing angle that Craig had at the time. Otherwise Craig has managed the game well with 3 yellow cards and pitched his level of involvement well. Both ARs supported CP well with good offside judgements. Over to The Ref Cam team now for the Midlands Derby Leicester v Aston Villa have a good afternoon. Kind regards Andy Martin

Full time Summary to follow AM at 2015-09-13 15:24:14

Full Time AM at 2015-09-13 15:23:01
Full Time 0-1  

90+4 at 2015-09-13 15:22:03
Goal kick to TH. good concentration and judgement by CP here late in the game

90+2 at 2015-09-13 15:21:00
As we enter the final moments S. now press hard for an equaliser

90 at 2015-09-13 15:18:04

88 AM at 2015-09-13 15:16:49
S. offside as the player moves back to become active and he is then flagged offside by AH

88 at 2015-09-13 15:16:02
S. fk spray is out as CP manages the free kick well

86 at 2015-09-13 15:15:10
Lamela moves in with a well timed run to head just wide again another good non offside judgment with DC well positioned on the touchline

85 at 2015-09-13 15:13:06
Spurs sub 8 off 28 on

84 AM at 2015-09-13 15:12:14
Rodwell S. sub is now on as S. now search an equaliser – Rodwell rattles the TH. cross bar

81 at 2015-09-13 15:10:35
GOAL!   0-1 excellent non offside judgement from DC as Mason scores to give Spurs the lead. Watch the tempo increase now!!  

80 at 2015-09-13 15:09:05
Final 10 minutes and added time this is crucial as both sides seek a desperately needed winner, full focussed and concentration needed by all match officials

79 at 2015-09-13 15:07:31
Kane`s shirt now changed as Mason fires in a low shot well saved. S. sub 20 off 8 on

77 at 2015-09-13 15:06:25
Harry Kane needs a new shirt as half of it is missing!  – as part of players equipment this needs to be changed

76 at 2015-09-13 15:03:56
TH. increasing the pressure on S. as the ball outs of play for a ck to TH.

73 at 2015-09-13 15:02:06
S. subs 14 off 6 on 9 off 41 on This will be interesting as the pattern of S. play will change, in particular with Cattermole now on in midfield

71 at 2015-09-13 15:00:26
Borini following treatment leaves the field of play and returns on the signal of CP

70 AM at 2015-09-13 14:58:51
  CK to Spurs with 20 minutes remaining and a very important part of the game enters – Davies catches Borini in the challenge with S. considering subs

67 at 2015-09-13 14:56:25
Good flag from DC free kick to S.

66 at 2015-09-13 14:55:49

Spurs sub 20 off 11 on

65 at 2015-09-13 14:55:14
Well that was a great chance for Kane and replays show an excellent non offside flag by DC. Great judgement here seen

64 at 2015-09-13 14:53:07
A quick S. breakaway sees CP put in a very good acceleration and he moves wide towards the penalty area to achieve the best view / angle

62 at 2015-09-13 14:51:06
Free kick to TH. foul on GK

61 at 2015-09-13 14:50:13
TH. sub 7 off 17 on

Up and coming games at 2015-09-13 14:49:28
The 2015/16 season is in full swing and we have an action-packed week coming up on Ref Cam. Our team of experts will be covering seven games over five days, with Premier League, Major League Soccer and UEFA Champions League officials all coming under the microscope. Andre Marriner was the first focus when he refereed Everton versus Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime, the first of four English top-flight fixtures. Toronto FC meet New England Revolution in a Sunday night MLS encounter, and the return of the Champions League will see our team analyse referees from the continent when Manchester City face Juventus and Chelsea play host to Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Here’s a full list of what’s coming up on Ref Cam this week: Sunday 13th September Toronto FC v New England Revolution ( Referee Baldomero Toledo) – 10pm Monday 14th September West Ham United v Newcastle United (Referee Anthony Taylor) – 8pm Tuesday 15th September Manchester City v Juventus – 7:45pm Wednesday 16th September Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv – 7:45pm        

57 at 2015-09-13 14:46:15
There are a number of challenges coming in and all officials need to be focussed and aware that this game could easily rise and become difficult to control / manage if not detected

55 at 2015-09-13 14:44:17
Mason is then fouled and a free kick awarded as CP then speaks to 3 of S. to calm him down

53 at 2015-09-13 14:43:07
Mason reckless on Borini no free kick awarded and Mason is fortunate not to get a yellow card here. Could AH have assisted CP – it is about viewing angles I know but this was a reckless challenge and needs to be seen Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at      

50 at 2015-09-13 14:39:33
CK to TH. awarded by DC who had a better view on this than the referee.

49 at 2015-09-13 14:38:09
No free kick awarded to S. following a foul on Lens 17 of S. Free kick then awarded to TH. Lens this time late on Walker

47 at 2015-09-13 14:36:33
Advantage to S. followed by another which was tight and really did not turn out that way

46 at 2015-09-13 14:34:55
Early free kick to S. Good monitoring  by DC for free kick placement. Did you notice his position in line with the free kick?

2nd half underway at 2015-09-13 14:33:10

Half time summary at 2015-09-13 14:32:53
Half time summary – I know we talk about expectations and we expect the highest at this level of our game. There have been 3 big match penalty incidents – 48 seconds – no penalty kick to Spurs as Walker over runs and into the Sunderland defender – correct 31 minutes a penalty kick could easily have been awarded to Spurs following grappling by Jones on Vertonghen in the S. penalty area. 42 minutes – a penalty kick would have been correct as Alderweireld has clearly pulled back Defoe`s arm in the TH. penalty area. No penalty kick awarded could DC have assisted CP here? one for discussion otherwise yellow cards have been correctly issued and CP has worked hard in his movement and viewing angles. I would like to see him work on his sprint particularly for those quick breakaways as I feel he has it and needs to produce. CP looks calm and composed and has managed the players well. This is a must win game for both teams and the game needs a goal. Both ARs have supported CP well good offside judgement throughout.    

Half time AM at 2015-09-13 14:18:16

at 2015-09-13 14:17:48
S. increase the pressure with another CK as we move deep into added time

45 at 2015-09-13 14:16:49
2 minutes add time

45 at 2015-09-13 14:16:19
A quick S. breakaway Defoe is offside but CP plays an advantage from this. CP is having to work hard on his sprints in particular for the S. breakaways.

43 at 2015-09-13 14:14:25
Billy Jones yellow card for S. reckless challenge – correct as the tempo ups towards half time and S. feel they should of had a penalty kick. Looking at the replays could and should of DC assisted CP here? he appeared to have a good view.. Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at .        

40 at 2015-09-13 14:12:12
Defoe then moves into the penalty and is pulled back by Alderweireld who has hold of Defoe`s arm NO PENALTY KICK IS AWARDED and I wonder what view CP had? AND WAS IT NOT AWARDED BECAUSE DEFOE DID NOT GO DOWN? either way it was penalty kick

37 at 2015-09-13 14:08:34
No free kick correctly awarded to Spurs as Davies look to the referee to make up for his mistake in loosing possession

35 at 2015-09-13 14:06:46
CP is just invading player space at times and needs to move wider as he then awards a free kick to S.

34 at 2015-09-13 14:05:15
Claims for a back pass by some S. players but for me not as obvious as the John Terry back pass yesterday in the Everton v Chelsea game which was not awarded and should have been.

32 at 2015-09-13 14:03:08
Throw in to S. and AH indicates who it last came off in a communication to players around.

30 at 2015-09-13 14:01:51
During a stoppage and treatment to Davies of TH. It is a time for all match officials to remain focussed and not take their eye off the players – awareness

29 at 2015-09-13 13:59:31
The game is really opening up now and is an exciting contest as both teams look for a win

28 at 2015-09-13 13:58:17
We have just seen the replay of Defoe`s run on goal and did you notice DC in the optimum position in line with the 2nd rear most defender to judge onside.

25 at 2015-09-13 13:56:33
Defoe is through on goal and hits the post!

25 at 2015-09-13 13:55:41
What are your thoughts so far on the referee`s performance?       Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at    

22 AM at 2015-09-13 13:53:54
Borini is correctly shown a yellow card following his reckless tackle then a missed free kick to S. following a foul on Defoe then sees CP award a S. free kick. The tempo is rising and CP will need to up his concentration levels and movement to achieve the best viewing angles

20 at 2015-09-13 13:50:31
CP is utilising his energy levels well in warm conditions and is close at hand to award S. a free kick

16 at 2015-09-13 13:47:25
Vertonghen is correctly cautioned for a reckless tackle

13 at 2015-09-13 13:46:02
Jones is grappling with Vertonghen in the S. penalty area and if seen by the referee then I am sure a penalty kick would have been awarded as Jones is clearly pulling Vertonghen`s shirt

11 at 2015-09-13 13:44:08
Spray out for first time as Spurs take a free kick then 9 of Sunderland is late on Kane and no free kick awarded? I don’t think the referee had the best view here could his AR have assisted him here?

10 at 2015-09-13 13:41:56
Goal kick awarded to Spurs and a quiet word from Craig to players close by

7 at 2015-09-13 13:38:38
Kaboul with a careless challenge from behind will need to be careful, CP has managed this situation with a calming word to Kaboul

6 AM at 2015-09-13 13:36:22
Good early non offside flag from DC – good early concentration

4 AM at 2015-09-13 13:35:06
Darren Cann is on the near touchline and Andy Halliday is on the far touchline

1 at 2015-09-13 13:34:06
Early shouts for a penalty for Tottenham but for me I feel that Walker has slightly over run and into Van Aanholt who has pulled out of the challenge

Kick Off AM at 2015-09-13 13:30:15
Match Referee Craig Pawson gets the game underway with the blow of his whistle

We are moments away from kick off AM at 2015-09-13 13:28:41
We wish all the Match Officials all the very best today!

Pre Match Handshakes AM at 2015-09-13 13:27:28
Craig Pawson is today`s referee he was born in 1979 and his parent county is Sheffield and Hallamshire FA. Craig refereed his first Premier League in the 2013/14 season and this was between Swansea v Newcastle on 02.03.2013. Craig has been a referee since 1993 and a Football League Referee since 2012/13 season. So far this season he has refereed 4 games showing a total of 17 yellow and no red cards.

Match Officials Today AM at 2015-09-13 13:26:10
The Match Officials selected by the PGMOL Management Team for this afternoon`s game are as follows:   Referee: Craig Pawson (CP) AR1: Darren Cann (DC) AR2: Andy Halliday (AH) 4th Official: Andre Marriner (AM) refereed yesterday`s game between Everton v Chelsea which kicked off at 12.45pm and can be viewed through our REF CAM. Let us hope that Andre is not required to referee today, how can a Match Official be called upon to potentially referee 2 Premier League games in 2 days? See Hackett`s BLOG in which he discusses “The PGMOL require more Officials”   PGMOL require more officials

Pre Match AM at 2015-09-13 13:24:56
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Pre Match AM at 2015-09-13 13:19:23
  A very good afternoon and welcome to this REF CAM Commentary game. The game is being played at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland based in the North East of England in the larger metropolitan area of Tyne and Wear. As the Players and Match Officials enter the Stadium they play Dance of the Knights/ Elevation” it is really uplifting and creates a marvelous atmosphere pre match.