Tottenham Hotspur v Everton


RH at 2018-01-13 20:35:22

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Not a difficult game to officiate where the only KMI is called wrongly as Kane nets the important second goal from an offside position
  • Craig Pawson will not make the headlines but he does need to reflect on his positioning
  • The game will be remembered for Kane’s Spurs scoring record

The main Refereeing talking point from this game will be Harry Kane’s scoring Spurs second goal from an offside position, I believe that my comments at the time get to the root of what went wrong there;

The start of the second half is always a difficult time for Match Officials, you’ve got to tune in again, when I was officiating as an Assistant I always worked in the early minutes of the second period to make sure that I was completely focused . I don’t think that Lee Betts was in the zone there and as a result he paid the price with a Key match Incident error.

The other talking point was Craig Pawson’s positioning in this match, especially in the first half hour before the opening goal, Craig looked uncomfortable on occasions as he got too close to the action and found himself selecting reverse gear on more than one occasion! Better to hang back more and then follow up in the channels. I also felt that Craig’s first half choice of opening caution was questionable which I raised at half time. Overall though Craig did enough in this match but there are aspects of his game that he can improve on. Whilst Lee Betts has much to reflect on I thought that Dan Cook did well, his tight offside flag on Tosun was spot on. But other than the issue of Spurs second goal I feel that Refereeing decisions from other games today will overshadow anything that occurred here today.




RH at 2018-01-13 20:19:24

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2018-01-13 20:19:03

Rooney hacks away at Lamela and he’s already on a yellow card, ok it would have been a harsh second yellow/red but you expect better from such an experienced player!


RH at 2018-01-13 20:17:37

A minimum of two minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2018-01-13 20:16:34

An obvious free kick as Schneiderlin fells Vertonghen

RH at 2018-01-13 20:14:47

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RH at 2018-01-13 20:08:47

GOAL!Eriksen with the best goal of the game!



RH at 2018-01-13 20:06:12

Good battle there  between Holgate and Alli with the Everton man winning the free kick, good stuff!


RH at 2018-01-13 20:04:55

Again its worth making the point that as this game has become more open in its structure, the Referee has found it easier to track play without getting caught up in the action, both teams lined up 4-2-3-1 but where as now the wing backs are pressing forward and space is being created, in the early part of the game they were condensing the midfield, I feel that the PGMOL don’t do enough work on this aspect of Refereeing in their coaching


RH at 2018-01-13 20:02:19

Yellow CardNo doubt about that being a caution as Rooney legs down Vertonghen!

RH at 2018-01-13 19:58:44

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RH at 2018-01-13 19:57:15

Alli throws himself to the ground under pressure from McCarthy, Lee Betts flags and the Everton player quite understandably is not impressed!


RH at 2018-01-13 19:54:10

I like the way that when Dan Cook presents his flag that he clearly keeps sight of the competing players, so many times you see Assistants using the flag and looking straight out at the field of play, well done Dan!


RH at 2018-01-13 19:51:21

Reminded me of American Football there as Dembele shoves Rooney over the touch line, free kick Everton!


RH at 2018-01-13 19:49:59

Dan Cook in the action again to flag Kenny’s rash careless challenge on Dembele before the Referee blows up for it


RH at 2018-01-13 19:48:36

Dan Cook with a great offside flag to signal that Tosun was just offside!


RH at 2018-01-13 19:46:34

GOAL!Kane again but this time there is no doubt about him being offside!



RH at 2018-01-13 19:45:09

The start of the second half is always a difficult time for Match Officials, you’ve got to tune in again, when I was officiating as an Assistant I always worked in the early minutes of the second period to make sure that I was completely focused . I don’t think that Lee Betts was in the zone there and as a result he paid the price with a Key match Incident error.


RH at 2018-01-13 19:40:22

Holgate penalised for elbow on Vertonghen, the TV replay shows that he looked at the Spurs player before he challenged, now that would have been a better case for a caution than Jagielka’s first half yellow card


RH at 2018-01-13 19:38:18

I’ve just played that Kane goal back again at the point where the ball is played in and Lee was about 2 metres behind play so he would have seen that incident differently which explains the error


RH at 2018-01-13 19:35:47

TV pictures showing that Kane was marginally offside as he netted there

RH at 2018-01-13 19:34:38

GOAL!Kane with a great start for the home team in the second period!

RH at 2018-01-13 19:31:58

The second half has commenced!

RH at 2018-01-13 19:25:20

Not that much to talk about so in Refereeing terms, Craig has settled into the game more as play has been stretched, I felt early in the game when it was tighter that he didn’t always read play and had to take evasive action to get out of the way on occasions, the goal has changed that somewhat and he now seems to be settling in behind the attacks as they build. His general tolerance level on careless contact has been satisfactory but I felt that he didn’t go for the obvious opening caution as Dembele clearly halted Rooney’s attacking progress but instead choosing to caution Jagielka’s lunge on Alli which at best was only borderline reckless. Both Assistants have been involved with Lee Betts clearly the busier and rightly flagging Rooney’s ‘goal’ offside. Not a classic game so far but that’s not the officials fault!

RH at 2018-01-13 19:17:51

Half Time



RH at 2018-01-13 19:16:39

A minimum of one minute additional time to be played


RH at 2018-01-13 19:16:04

Yellow CardJagielka receives a yellow card for his lunge on Alli



RH at 2018-01-13 19:14:58

Harry Kane presents Dan Cook with an easy offside decision, I didn’t think the ball would be passed to him!


RH at 2018-01-13 19:12:51

Tosun in the action again but this he concedes a free kick as pushes Vertonghen to the ground


RH at 2018-01-13 19:11:14

Lee Betts busy again but this time Tosun who had been offside pursues the ball deep in the Spurs defensive third


RH at 2018-01-13 19:09:38

Lloris balloons the ball into the crowd but he needn’t have bothered as Lee Betts had flagged Bolasie offside!

RH at 2018-01-13 19:07:21

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RH at 2018-01-13 19:06:43

Holgate does well to snuff out Kane who goes in late after the Everton defender clears, an obvious free kick, but no more


RH at 2018-01-13 19:03:41

Lee Betts delays his flag and brings that last Everton attack to a halt

RH at 2018-01-13 19:02:30

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RH at 2018-01-13 19:01:22

Dier the guilty party again but this time he grounds McCarthy with a careless challenge


RH at 2018-01-13 19:00:13

Dier fells Rooney and is quite rightly penalised


RH at 2018-01-13 18:56:07

GOAL!Son breaks the deadlock 1-0 Spurs!


RH at 2018-01-13 18:54:26

With around half of the first period gone, its noticeable that Craig Pawson seems to be taking evasion action to get out of the way of play in midfield on occasions


RH at 2018-01-13 18:52:34

Rooney nets but is flagged offside by Lee Betts, looked a good call!


RH at 2018-01-13 18:50:54

Tosun manufactures a foul challenge against the unlucky Sanchez and the Referee buys it!


RH at 2018-01-13 18:49:15

Dembele clearly halts a promising Everton attack by holding Rooney and no caution?


RH at 2018-01-13 18:47:57

Craig Pawson plays an advantage from Lee Betts flag as Demebele was tripped


RH at 2018-01-13 18:45:47

Gueye makes a complete mess of a challenge on Alli and concedes a free kick in a dangerous position


RH at 2018-01-13 18:44:38

Good advantage played in that last Spurs attack as McCarthy dived in on Dier


RH at 2018-01-13 18:39:36

Tosun trips Sanchez and Craig Pawson stops play before anything else takes place in the Spurs penalty area


RH at 2018-01-13 18:37:45

Eriksen goes to ground under a challenge right in front of Dan Cook but the Assistant is unimpressed and quite rightly its a goal kick


RH at 2018-01-13 18:33:46

If you are watching the game on TV, Lee Betts is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Dan Cook is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2018-01-13 18:33:09

Kenny concedes Everton’s first free with a foul challenge on Son


RH at 2018-01-13 18:32:08

Alli gets grounded and then responds with a careless challenge on Holgate

RH at 2018-01-13 18:30:18

Our match Referee Craig Pawson gets us underway!

RH at 2018-01-13 18:26:56

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

RH at 2018-01-13 18:25:18

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RH at 2018-01-13 18:20:19

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Assistants: L Betts
& D Cook
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

1730 kick-off for BT Sport

Senegal’s Evertonian, Idrissa Gueye, could face Colombian Davinson Sanchez in a rehearsal for their group H clash of June 28 in Samara in the only group not containing a previous former World Cup winner.

Back on the home front, Alex Young, Gary Lineker, Aaron Lennon, Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar, Simon Davies, Bobby Mimms, Pat van den Hauwe, Vinny Samways, Richard Gough, Paul Gascoigne, Nick Barmby, David Ginola and Espen Baardsen have all played for both clubs.

They first met at White Hart Lane in the First Division in January, 1910, a 3-0 Division One home win at White Hart Lane. The last time Spurs hosted, it ended 3-2 in March, 2017, when Mousa Dembele, Ashley Williams and Gueye were cautioned by referee Michael Oliver and the goals came from Harry Kane (two) and Dele Alli; Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia.

Craig Pawson has refereed just the one Spurs game this season, their 4-1 defeat at the Etihad in December, but has been in charge of two Everton fixtures, one of which came at Anfield and included a push on Dominic Calvert-Lewin by Dejan Lovren.

All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 16 (11 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 14

Yellows: 61 Reds: 4

RH at 2018-01-13 18:14:59

Today’s Match Referee is Craig Pawson, His Assistant Referees are Lee Betts and Dan Cook. The Fourth Official is Stuart Attwell

RH at 2018-01-13 18:09:54

Big Sam’s Everton are in town this Saturday tea time looking to regain their pre-Christmas form that has taken them from the lower reaches of the Premier League table to ninth position. But Spurs have an agenda of their own as they seek to maintain recent form which in contrast to tonight’s visitors has seen them close in on a top four placing and that’s a requirement at the end of this season to ensure that Champions League football will grace their new Stadium next season, there much to play for here!