Tottenham Hotspur v Everton


good night

GB at 2015-08-29 19:40:36

I hope you can tune in again tomorrow

full time summary

GB at 2015-08-29 19:38:33

To be fair to Mike Jones he seems to have come through that one unscathed! Apart from that one challenge at the end of the first half which left Tom Cleverley (EV 15) looking badly injured (which I felt warranted a free kick and a caution), there were very few surprises in the decisions made by the referee tonight.


He did what he needed to do and raised his profile at times in the second half when he needed to by picking off the mandatory cautions which needed to be administered for technical offences.


There was still something about Mike Jones’s body language though which does not instil a great deal of confidence at times as the players occasionally seem to give the impression that they are one step ahead of him, rather than the referee demonstrating a presence which says “I am in charge of this game, so don’t even think about putting that reckless challenge in”.


That said, Mike Jones can bank that one and add it to his first two satisfactory performances this season and move on, on a day when a few of his colleagues will get far more of the headlines tomorrow than him!


It was also a pleasure to see two competent lining performances by two Assistants who also went largely un-noticed.


full time

GB at 2015-08-29 19:24:22

My final summary will follow in a few minutes.


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GB at 2015-08-29 19:23:49

Full Time


Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Everton


GB at 2015-08-29 19:23:13

the final free kick of the game and once again MJ right on the spot


GB at 2015-08-29 19:21:18

Yellow Card for Nacer Chadli (TH 22) blatent dissent by action


GB at 2015-08-29 19:20:15

minimum of 3 added minutes at the end of the game


GB at 2015-08-29 19:16:54

MJ doing just what I suggested and getting in close to give all these routine free kicks to close this game out and bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.


GB at 2015-08-29 19:14:01

As we always say, substitutions can change games so the officials need to be alert to the tactics sent on with the new player


GB at 2015-08-29 19:09:53

Your “diagonal” goes out of the window now – just get as close as you can to the play without being too close


GB at 2015-08-29 19:08:59

MJ needs to press in closer to the play in the last 10 minutes as the game feels like it has one more big call in it


GB at 2015-08-29 19:07:51

This does have the potential to get away from the referee if he does not keep his concentration. What on earth was he doing trying to play an advantage there for with a clear foul right out on the touch line?

Good flag by Andy Garett


GB at 2015-08-29 19:05:58

MS had the help of the grass cuttings then to see Haryy Kane clearly offside


GB at 2015-08-29 19:04:50

Just when I praised Mike Jones for raising his profile, he seemed to be far too laid back then as he approached the players following that altercation out on the touchline. He needs to read these last 15 minutes and be firm with the players otherwise they will take advantage of him.


GB at 2015-08-29 19:01:53

Still just under 20 minutes to go yet though for all the officials to keep their alertness and awareness full on


GB at 2015-08-29 19:00:35

MJ is definitely raising his profile as the game requires the longer it goes on


GB at 2015-08-29 18:59:14

MJ well positioned to spot that there was no penal offence committed as the Spurs player fell in the Everton penalty area


GB at 2015-08-29 18:57:52

MJ seemed to drop anchor on the edge of the penalty area then as the Spurs players continue to fail in front of goal. I was watching Michael Oliver the other day and he would have been on his toes and twitching and adjusting his position all the time. Some of the Select Group referees need to learn from their colleague and copy best practice.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:53:44

That was interesting to see MJ go over to speak to Roberto Martinez – it clearly looked like he did not believe the 4th official as to who had been cautioned so far. Mike Jones needs to ensure that does not effect his concentration when something extraordinary like that comes along.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:51:39

This is where Mike Jones needs to earn his money. As I said at half time, anyone can look good when there are no decisions to make and now we have the 3rd Yellow Card in 4 minutes for Eric Dier (TH 15)


So far MJ is not shirking his responsibilities


GB at 2015-08-29 18:49:13

Yellow Card for Nabil Bentaleb (TH 6)

A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position



GB at 2015-08-29 18:47:06

another mandatory Yellow Card for Dele Alli (TH 20) for delaying the re-start. Good refereeing, you cannot be weak and try to manage those. Just do it


GB at 2015-08-29 18:45:06

Very tight offside call then for MS in the Everton penalty area – looked to be spot on again


GB at 2015-08-29 18:41:15

Sometimes we talk about making an easy game look hard and MJ needs to keep his wits about him tonight so that that does not happen


GB at 2015-08-29 18:39:47

MJ keeping his tinder dry again then as the players continue to “pick each other” up after their challenges, but he needs to make sure that he carries out that “last warning” otherwise this could become more of a challenging game than is deserves to be.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:38:10

MS getting his first routine offside under his belt, he will be happy with that


GB at 2015-08-29 18:37:28

MJ did not seem to “pick” where that last corner was going as he was positioned far too far to the back of the penalty area.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:34:54

Second half underway

web site

GB at 2015-08-29 18:33:14

As if by osmosis on Monday night, just as the latest edition of The Ref Show was in the process of being posted to the website, another major offside error was dished up in the live Sky game which was being covered by RefCam. I say this because this latest edition provided expert opinions from both Glenn Turner and Mark Halsey on the reasons why the higher echelons of the game in this country is currently being plagued by poor judgements from the touchlines.


The recurring theme was carried on in our NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD section of the website this week, where the possible reason behind FIFA’s decision to issue new guidelines for the interpretation of the unchanged Law Eleven, is laid bare in the article which suggest that England was made to get in line on offside.


As always, YATR values your opinions on all the points raised by out experts via Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

hackett’s blogg

GB at 2015-08-29 18:30:02

All the talk after Week 3’s fixtures surrounded the number of offside errors in the Premier League so far this season. I do not have the precise statistics to hand, but I would hazard a guess that the reason the amount of errors seem to be above average already this season is because there have been at least 3 which arguable changed the result of the game. Keith Hackett covered this topic in his headline blog on Monday and pulled no punches as he summarised that the standard of lining is letting the game down.


All of the regular blogs compiled by the former Head of Premier League Referees in England are still available to read now at Hackett’s Blog


The You Are The Ref Facebook page is also proving to be a great place to keep track on what’s new and is well work a “like” at


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half-time summary

GB at 2015-08-29 18:29:15

For the vast majority of that first half, Mike Jones was far from the centre of attention and just went about his duties in an un-fussy manner without bringing attention to himself.


His positioning was generally sound and he managed to keep the game flowing with some credible advantages.


But it has to be said that this was not a difficult game to referee, and anyone can look good when there are no decisions to be made. I mentioned a few times that the official needed to maintain his concentration for when a big call could come along and for me that was a poor challenge at the end which deserved to be punished by at least a yellow card. Mike was well placed and must have seen the Spurs player’s trailing leg catch Cleverly from behind. If this was a tennis match then I am sure the commentators would be calling that an “unforced error” by the referee. I don’t like making statements like “in another game …” but there would have been an expectation for disciplinary action to have been taken if this was a “feisty affair” – one that got away for me.


Setting that one incident aside, Mike Jones needs to focus for the second half and not let the game get away from him by becoming too complacent.


As for the Assistants, they have had a very quiet half each, with just one big “not offside” call for Andy Garret which he got right.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:19:49

Half Time

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Everton


GB at 2015-08-29 18:17:19

Well Lawrence – I thought is WAS a foul!

Lawrence Segal @RubberCheque

@youaretheref please explain why that tackle on Cleverley was not a foul.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:16:04

minimum of 4 added minutes


GB at 2015-08-29 18:15:37

This game has so far been played in a very “friendly” manner between the two teams but that does not mean that reckless challenges should go unpunished. Replays of the challenge which has injured Cleverley shows the contact from behind left the player with no possibility of being able to prepare himself for the contact.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:13:12

MJ well placed to see that challenge on Tom Cleverley (EV 15) and I have to say that is the type of challenge which might have received a reaction from the referee in a game which was 100 miles and hour with challenges “flying in everywhere”.


GB at 2015-08-29 18:10:26

Good refereeing again as MJ did not over-react to those two players out on the touchline – the main thing is not to ignore it


GB at 2015-08-29 18:09:18

MJ is looking far more comfortable and confident this season and that mandatory Yellow Card for Gareth Barry (EV 18) following that holding offence is just what he needs to do.




GB at 2015-08-29 18:06:03

Because of the tempo of the game so far, MJ has been able to anticipate the play and get himself into some satisfactory positions – being side-on to that aerial challenge was a good example


GB at 2015-08-29 18:04:06

good advantage played there by MJ as Harry Kane deliberately handled the ball on the ground


GB at 2015-08-29 18:02:07

Comment from Matthew Kirby @m_kirby95

on Twitter:

I hope you assess Michael Oliver’s performance on @youaretheref. Lacked game control from early stages for me.

Don’t worry Mathew, I am sure our experts will be dissecting all the big calls on the Ref Show on Monday night


GB at 2015-08-29 17:59:28

Holding up that corner for a clear public warning is a GOOD example of the referee being pro-active and managing the tempo before things start to boil over.


GB at 2015-08-29 17:58:22

Picking out that first reckless challenge is the difference between the good and the great referees. It is often what Assessors are looking for a referee who is pro-active as the temperature starts to rise, rather than being re-active.


GB at 2015-08-29 17:56:47

First poor challenge of the game then and MJ could not have had a decent view of that otherwise there would have been a yellow card because of the reckless nature. Straight away the next challenge is a bit “tasty” as well, which proves what I said earlier about how important it is to keep concentrating when the game is very quiet. Things can change so quickly at this level


GB at 2015-08-29 17:54:32

Great decision on the line of not offside by AG as Kane broke through for that chance


GB at 2015-08-29 17:53:39

Oh dear – what a miss by Harry Kane


GB at 2015-08-29 17:51:23

20 gone and this is still a very routine game for the officials so far, however, they need to maintain their concentration fully, as it only takes one poor challenge of poor decision to change everything


GB at 2015-08-29 17:49:27

AG showing good positive lining technique as he constantly adjusts his position by crabbing up and down the line even just a few inches or so at a time to stay in line


GB at 2015-08-29 17:47:47

A sign of how well the players are respecting each other as there was absolutely NO grappling at all at that last corner


GB at 2015-08-29 17:46:00

Another safe free kick for that “little” holding offence – nothing wrong with thta. Good to get the little ones right at the start to help the players have confidence in the referee for when the big ones come along later


GB at 2015-08-29 17:44:27

MJ taking up the desired position then as the play entered the left side of the Everton penalty area, he was adjacent to the edge of the penalty area line just in case there was an in/out decision to be made


GB at 2015-08-29 17:42:18

11 minutes gone and already the officials should have a feel for how this game is going to pan out. The tempo is very cagey and the challenges are not exactly being made with much force, so the referee can allow the game to flow and does not need to intervene unnecessarily


GB at 2015-08-29 17:39:30

MJ nicely placed to award the second free kick of the game as the Spurs player pushed his opponent. MJ was close enough to speak to the players to help sell his call.


GB at 2015-08-29 17:37:06

The way the field of play has been mown for this game should provide help for the assistance as they look across and stay in line with the second rearmost defender


GB at 2015-08-29 17:35:40

First 5 minutes have been very steady for the referee to just sit back and watch as the players settle into this game


GB at 2015-08-29 17:34:18

I don’t like the way MJ has his spray attached to his back. It seems to be jumping around and not secured tightly enough.


GB at 2015-08-29 17:31:30

Good to see MJ hitting the ground running and not trying to be clever with that clear careless challenge


GB at 2015-08-29 17:30:35

AR1: Andrew Garratt (AG) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.

kick off

GB at 2015-08-29 17:30:12

Tottenham Hotspur won the toss so it is Everton to kick off.


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


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GB at 2015-08-29 17:26:04

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2015-08-29 17:17:16

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Mike Jones (MJ)

AR1: Andrew Garratt (AG)

AR2: Mark Scholes (MS)

4th Official: Charles Breakspear (CB)


Mike Jones takes charge of his 3rd Premier League game of the season and has managed to stay clear of any controversy surrounding his performances so far, with two decent shifts under his belt.


Having established himself in the top flight back in 2008, it can still be a bit of a lottery which Mike Jones will turn up each week though, as he has yet to demonstrate the maturity and consistency which his experience really warrants. May be this will be the season for the Cheshire based official to put in a credible run matches without hitting the self-destruct button, which he has had a habit of doing in the past. This is probably the reason why he does not get the high profile appointments you would expect an official who has been a member of the Select Group for so many years to receive.


It falls upon one of the longest serving Assistant Referees on the Premier League, Andy Garrett, who joined the Select Group back in 1999 and his fellow wing-man Mark Scholes, to restore the reputation of their profession by ensuring that we do not have any errors in offside judgments in this game.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2015-08-29 17:10:47




Hugo Lloris (TH 1)

Kyle Walker (TH 2)

Danny Rose (TH 3)

Toby Alderweireld (TH 4)

Jan Vertonghen (TH 5)

Nabil Bentaleb (TH 6)

Ryan Mason (TH 8)

Harry Kane (TH 10)

Eric Dier (TH 15)

Mousa Dembélé (TH 19)

Nacer Chadli (TH 22)


Erik Lamela (TH 11)

Michel Vorm (TH 13)

Kieran Trippier (TH 16)

Dele Alli (TH 20)

Alex Pritchard (TH 24)

Tommy Carroll (TH 28)

Ben Davies (TH 33)





Tim Howard (EV 24)

John Stones (EV 5)

Phil Jagielka (EV 6)

Bryan Oviedo (EV 8)

Arouna Koné (EV 9)

Romelu Lukaku (EV 10)

Tom Cleverley (EV 15)

James McCarthy (EV 16)

Gareth Barry (EV 18)

Ross Barkley (EV 20)

Séamus Coleman (EV 23)


Joel Robles (EV 1)

Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

Steven Naismith (EV 14)

Muhamed Beši? (EV 17)

Gerard Deulofeu (EV 19)

Tyias Browning (EV 27)

Matthew Pennington (EV 38)


GB at 2015-08-29 17:07:01

As for tonight’s game, the Home team will be desperate for a win today in front of their unforgiving loyal supporters, having already failed to take all the points away from a game in 3 attempts this season. The pressure already seems to be mounting for Mauricio Pochettino and with 3 wins and two draws in their last 5 Premier League meetings with the Toffees, he will not be looking forward to the after match press conference if Spurs come up short today. If that is the case, he will face the inevitable grilling around his stuttering attempts to secure a striking partner for Harry Kane, who is looking a shadow of the prolific goal scorer who set the League alight in the last campaign.


Roberto Martínez on the other hand will have looked long and hard at his 43 man squad and should have selected the team and tactics best suited to come away from North London with at least a share of the spoils. All the speculation about the transfer request by John Stones and the insistence by the club this week that “he is not for sale”, is not the ideal preparation for a settled defence, which is the first thing any manager is looking for in a trip away from home.


Something has to give today so I am expecting a fast and furious exciting encounter which I hope all the officials are “up for”!


GB at 2015-08-29 17:02:16

Thanks to Rob Harris for keeping the seat warm at lunch time. What a game that turned out to be? Seven Yellow cards, and a Red card which sent our Twitter Feed into overload, plus a nailed on Penalty Kick not given. With another two Red Cards at Stoke and two more at Anfield, plus reports of just a Yellow for deliberately kicking the ball into a player’s face at Bournemouth, it seems like there has already been plenty of incidents for the YATR Team to comment on this weekend.


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GB at 2015-08-29 17:01:20

Welcome to this early evening’s RefCam coverage of the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

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