Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

Commentary By: Guy Beale

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 2



GB at 2014-12-14 19:07:48

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GB at 2014-12-14 19:06:54

This week’s Episode 15 of The Ref Show at http://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-tv/the-ref-show/  has some strong words and condemnation for some of our top flight referees, along with credit and plaudits where they were due in response to some of the decisions and performances on display last weekend, so why not take a look and let us know if you agree with the panel on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

All the previous editions of these frank weekly debates are still available at http://you-are-the-ref.com/ where you can also find lots of other articles and interviews on all matters concerning refereeing from both home and abroad.

You can also catch up with the latest Cards On The Table interview by Alan Biggs, in which he has a very cordial and interesting chat with Sky Sports Football presenter Tony Gale.


GB at 2014-12-14 19:06:32

Keith Hackett’s latest Blog raises the issue of the amount of diving going on in the Premier League ONCE AGAIN following the debacle at Stamford Bridge yesterday with players going down all over the place putting extra pressure on the officials to always be able to catch the cheats in the act!  Catch up with it now at http://yatr.wpengine.com/the-start-of-pantomine-season/


GB at 2014-12-14 19:05:37

What a pleasure it is to be able to summarise on a very solid performance by all the officials in this game. Robert Madley can afford to be very pleased with the way he managed that game. I felt he displayed empathy with the way the players wanted to play the game right from the start and utilised the strongest characteristics he has in the locker in respect to his personality and communication to keep a firm grip on the proceeding without becoming the centre of attention. Has put in a really decent shift with no real surprises and generally responded well to all incidents of foul play which occurred.

 

I mentioned a couple of isolated incidents in the first half, but as a coach I think you should stand back and look at the bigger picture and there is no doubt that Robert Madley will hardly be mentioned in any of the reports on this game and that is all down to the way he handled this encounter.

 

One of the things which impressed me the most was the way he responded to the changing tempo and temperature of the game and seemed to remain one step ahead of the players by clamping down appropriately whenever required instead of playing catch-up when the mood changed.

 

Fitness and positioning were also demonstrated very well and the sprinkling of advantages in the most dreadful weather conditions I have seen this season put the icing on the cake.

 

Well done to the assistants as well. I felt that Robert led a good team by example but the assistants did very well to tune into the referee’s tolerance level and generally intervened precisely when it was appropriate to do so.


GB at 2014-12-14 18:52:09

Full Time

 


GB at 2014-12-14 18:51:59

Another good example of maintaining standards right to the end Yellow Cardfor Kyle Bartley (SW 27)


GB at 2014-12-14 18:51:05

That shows how confident RM is refereeing this game. It would have been easy to stop the play for that legitimate off-side flag but he kept the game going


GB at 2014-12-14 18:48:54

RM displaying there that he still has plenty in the tank as he put in a really good spring as Spurs counter attacked again


GB at 2014-12-14 18:48:06

minimum of 4 minutes added time to be played


GB at 2014-12-14 18:47:14

Come on You Spurs!


GB at 2014-12-14 18:46:47

GOAL! 1 – 2


GB at 2014-12-14 18:44:46

Concentration required from all the officials now to get across the line with no major talking points


GB at 2014-12-14 18:40:53

RM is doing what I said – boss it now my fellow another fully justified Yellow Cardfor Benjamin Stambouli (TH 25)


GB at 2014-12-14 18:39:53

Good positive flag there from MS adds credibility to the Yellow Cardfor Neil Taylor (SW 3)


GB at 2014-12-14 18:38:13

RM is clearly going to boss it all the way to the end now.  You don’t want to spoil all the good work which has gone before by taking chances now. Safe refereeing is the order of the day for here on in


GB at 2014-12-14 18:35:55

I have a funny feeling that these conditions could play a big part in this game as we approach the last ten minutes


GB at 2014-12-14 18:34:13

That was an example of the importance of being so close when that careless challenge went in. RM was able to manage it because of his proximity. That said, he will need to make sure that he does not get complacent as I was saying a few minutes ago


GB at 2014-12-14 18:32:21

Another good advantage in the centre of the field of play. RM obviously feels comfortable with the way things are going at the moment – and so he should. But he must not get complacent.


GB at 2014-12-14 18:30:54

Swansea seem to be playing with the tide behind them in the second half!


GB at 2014-12-14 18:29:02

Swansea are increasing the pressure now


GB at 2014-12-14 18:28:29

Good explanatory signal there from DC to indicate that the player had returned from an off-side position. These types of helpful signals are encouraged


GB at 2014-12-14 18:26:29

RM just continuing with his pro-active words before the corner was taken again then. Good refereeing. He works so hard to interact with the players and they are generally responding very well to him


GB at 2014-12-14 18:24:38

Brilliant advantage played there by RM. There has not been a lot of chance to do that in this game, particularly because of the conditions


GB at 2014-12-14 18:22:54

The first 20 minutes of the second half have gone really well for the referee and he has worked really hard to keep control in his own calm collected style. All the officials need to remain focussed now so that they do not suddenly become the centre of attention.


GB at 2014-12-14 18:19:41

When you see this much rain it makes you appreciate the vast improvements in the playing surfaces from back when I started officiating in the professional game


GB at 2014-12-14 18:17:32

Good injection of speed there by RM to make that tight goal-kick / corner decision in the corner


GB at 2014-12-14 18:16:13

Miles off-side, but they still need to be given. Beautiful technique there from DC


GB at 2014-12-14 18:14:23

RM staying close to play and giving decisions with confidence and from a credible distance


GB at 2014-12-14 18:13:08

There were plenty of shirt pulls there for DC to pick one out and stop play there


GB at 2014-12-14 18:10:29

Good sweeping movement there by RM to maintain his optimum viewing position


GB at 2014-12-14 18:09:13

Yellow CardKi Sung-Yueng (SW 4) quite right for a reckless challenge. RM is doing just what I suggested he should do early in this half


GB at 2014-12-14 18:06:27

Now just watch the tempo rise – go with it officials please


GB at 2014-12-14 18:05:51

No more than Swansea deserve to get the game level


GB at 2014-12-14 18:05:22

GOAL! 1 – 1


GB at 2014-12-14 18:04:49

That’s a good start. Good to see RM not allowing that holding to go unpunished. Those little ones were slipping by early in the first half so let’s hope that signals a rise in profile for the referee


GB at 2014-12-14 18:02:34

Off we go again


GB at 2014-12-14 18:01:38

I think this could be a totaly different game for the officials in the second half so I hope they will all come our fired up and ready for it


GB at 2014-12-14 17:59:28

This week’s Episode 15 of The Ref Show at http://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-tv/the-ref-show/  has some strong words and condemnation for some of our top flight referees, along with credit and plaudits where they were due in response to some of the decisions and performances on display last weekend, so why not take a look and let us know if you agree with the panel on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

All the previous editions of these frank weekly debates are still available at http://you-are-the-ref.com/ where you can also find lots of other articles and interviews on all matters concerning refereeing from both home and abroad.

You can also catch up with the latest Cards On The Table interview by Alan Biggs, in which he has a very cordial and interesting chat with Sky Sports Football presenter Tony Gale.


GB at 2014-12-14 17:58:29

Robert has worked hard to try to keep a low profile in this game and to use his personality and communication skills to control the game and gain the respect of the players. Generally speaking that tactic worked well for him during the early exchanges, but as this game has developed, the players are really beginning to test his resolve.

 

When the going gets tough, the tough need to get going and the interval could not have come at better time for the officials. The assistants and the 4th official should be giving Robert their opinions now about how he needs to come out focussed in the second half.

 

I spoke last week about the term “having something to hang it on”, and for me the raised arm by Erik Lamela (TH 11) which went totally unpunished may be the point at which the game changed and the early respectful challenges suddenly got more feisty.  I felt Robert was not caught unawares by this, but I would have liked to have seen him visibly taking a stronger grip and managing the tempo.

 

I also think the blatant diving by the Spurs player in the Penalty Area did not help Robert to stay out of the game in the way he had done earlier.

 

The assistants have been relatively quiet with just one incident where I felt Darren should have given a signal for a foul following a push in the back and a poor off-side call from Mark


GB at 2014-12-14 17:48:15

Good flag by MS. Good for him to go in at Half Time

with a credible off-side decision to his name


GB at 2014-12-14 17:47:01

Nothing in that one, but once again I think we can go back to the earlier illegal use of the arm which went unpunished to hang any aggressive attitude on between those two players


GB at 2014-12-14 17:45:20

2 minutes of added time before all three teams out there will be able to regroup and plan their strategies for the second half


GB at 2014-12-14 17:43:26

On reflection, it appears that we have yet another blatant dive to discuss after the game and the frustrating thing is that the officials will be dragged in for not issuing a yellow card – when the main factor is that the players should not be cheating in the first place


GB at 2014-12-14 17:41:31

Yellow CardRyan Mason (TH 38)  earns a yellow card for that reckless challenge


GB at 2014-12-14 17:40:36

Just a dreadful slip I HOPE


GB at 2014-12-14 17:37:29

The last 10 minutes have certainly been played in a different tempo to the early exchanges


GB at 2014-12-14 17:36:25

The temperature is clearly rising and RM will need to ensure that his profile raises with it


GB at 2014-12-14 17:35:28

I did predict that the tackles could start sliding in in these conditions and it was important for RM to react to that one with a Yellow Cardfor Jan Vertonghen (TH 5)


GB at 2014-12-14 17:34:03

I think Erik Lamela (TH 11) can count himself very lucky not to receive a yellow card for that. It will be interesting to see if we are referring back to that offence later


GB at 2014-12-14 17:32:23

RM was very close to that illegal use of the arm


GB at 2014-12-14 17:31:35

Good example of “ball to hand” MS did well not to flag as that was not a deliberate attempt to handle the ball


GB at 2014-12-14 17:30:20

There is no obligation for Swansea to give the ball back after it was put out then


GB at 2014-12-14 17:29:25

The conditions are getting worse as the rain gets heavier and the officials will need to be conscious of how this could affect the way the players start sliding in


GB at 2014-12-14 17:27:54

RM doing well to be pro-active with the grappling there at that corner


GB at 2014-12-14 17:27:10

MS got lucky there! If Swansea had scored the drains would have been well and truly up following that poor off-side call


GB at 2014-12-14 17:25:00

No foul there in the penalty area. Good reaction from the players reflects their general approach to this game so far


GB at 2014-12-14 17:24:11

RM was always going to step in on a throw-in sooner or later after the way he has been watching them


GB at 2014-12-14 17:23:02

RM has been happy to let the odd pull and push go so far and to keep a low profile in this game


GB at 2014-12-14 17:21:11

Wonderful tackle there by Ben Davies (TH 33). That had to be timed to perfection


GB at 2014-12-14 17:19:18

Good to see RM indicating that he saw that slightly late contact in the challenge there. This gives the players confidence that the referee is not just ignoring things – even the little ones


GB at 2014-12-14 17:17:24

More evidence of RM game plan to use his communication skills to manage the early exchanges in this game


GB at 2014-12-14 17:15:57

Yellow CardKyle Walker (TH 2) for unsporting behaviour following that deliberate hand ball. You can’t manage those!


GB at 2014-12-14 17:14:38

RM setting his tolerance level on that careless challenge. I think that was good refereeing considering the way the players have challenged each other so far


GB at 2014-12-14 17:13:21

The opening 10 minutes have been a very quiet affair with both teams showing respect towards each other. May be that is why DC did not get involved with that push in the back


GB at 2014-12-14 17:11:45

I think DC could have done much better then and helped RM with a signal for that clear push in the back


GB at 2014-12-14 17:09:56

Hugo Lloris (TH 1) gets his first good save in his 100th game for Spurs today


GB at 2014-12-14 17:09:00

For all you new referees out there you can learn a lot from the crisp confident way RM delivers all of his directional arm signals


GB at 2014-12-14 17:06:37

RM still watching the encroachment at the throw-in with an eagle eye – the player was just about to get sent back


GB at 2014-12-14 17:04:58

Great start for Spurs – all came from some great teamwork from the officials in giving that free kick. The omens are looking good


GB at 2014-12-14 17:04:04

GOAL! 0 – 1

 


GB at 2014-12-14 17:03:47


GB at 2014-12-14 17:03:25

Great assistance there – well within his area of credibility. RM did well to invite the assistant to help


GB at 2014-12-14 17:02:18

RM taking the opportunity to boss the position of that first throw-in


GB at 2014-12-14 17:01:25

RM taking the opportunity to boss the position of that first throw-in


GB at 2014-12-14 17:00:12

Swansea  won the toss so it will be Spurs to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


GB at 2014-12-14 16:57:18

Spurs line up in their change kit of all black


GB at 2014-12-14 16:55:18

The teams are in the tunnel and the final equipments checks have been carried out


GB at 2014-12-14 16:47:26

Robert joined the Premier League list of referees in 2013 and refereed 5 games in his first season. This will be his 4th game of this campaign and so far he has issued 10 yellow cards and has yet to administer the ultimate sanction.

 

Martin Atkinson has set the bar high once again in the first Ref Cam game of the day so let’s hope Robert Madley can keep up the standard in this game.

 

Robert should be ably assisted this afternoon with arguably one of the best Assistant Referees in the world in Darren Cann, accompanied by Mark Scholes who is in his 5th season in the Select Group. We have already seen one major off-side error earlier today and we certainly don’t want to see another one in this game.


GB at 2014-12-14 16:45:30

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Robert Madley (RM)

AR1: Darren Cann (DC)

AR2: Mark Scholes (MS)

4th Official: Anthony Taylor (AT)


GB at 2014-12-14 16:43:47

I mentioned consistency during my Ref Cam session last week and, I really hope that today’s officials will be bringing lots of that to the table. When we hear managers asking for consistency, they often refer to decisions in other games which may or may not have even involved their team. It is not realistic to think we will ever achieve consistency across the board from every referee in every game, as they are all individuals, but what everyone is entitled to, and certainly what every referee should be striving for, is consistency throughout the full 90 minutes of each game.


GB at 2014-12-14 16:42:33

Looking back at the history of this match, the honours are even at Swansea with 6 wins a-piece and 4 draws in the various League encounters since the teams first met here back in 1928. Taking all League games into consideration home and away, Tottenham have 20 wins to Swansea’s 6, and there have been 6 draws.

 

Last season’s meeting at the Liberty Stadium was refereed by Martin Atkinson and was a relatively quiet affair which ended 1-3, with just 3 yellow cards (Swansea 2, Spurs 1).

 

Today’s hosts will be aiming to continue with their recent sound Home form which has seen them take 11 points from their last 5 games with 3 wins and 2 draws. Tottenham fans on the other hand are well used to seeing their team blow hot and cold from week to week and will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of last season’s fixture and to start to show some consistency in their results.


GB at 2014-12-14 16:40:49

20 minutes to go and welcome to this afternoon’s live Ref Cam coverage of the game between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at info@you-are-the-ref.com


GB at 2014-12-14 16:27:11