Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United


RH at 2017-05-14 18:40:26

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Jon Moss doesn’t make the headlines on the White Hart Lane finale!
  • Steady Refereeing performance
  • Another liberal first half interpretation of Law 12
  • Learning point for aspiring Referees

As I write this summary the party is beginning at the Lane, Jon Moss certainly wasn’t the spoiler today and overall he pitched his game about right . The main talking point for me was the first half Reckless Wanyama challenge on Bially, whilst Jon Moss is not the only transgressor by any means, what is going on these days with Premier League Refereeing? it seems that any challenge committed before the half time cuppa has got to be bordering on endangering the safety of an opponent before a caution is issued. Come on PGMOL Law 12 hasn’t been re-written yet? The other talking point being Sons 19th minute run on the United goal, Jon Moss works the channels a lot as his game has a strong element of box to box running. Unfortunately as Son was about to strike Jon had to veer left quickly to get a decent view. A better option would have been to angle his run and track the emerging action more effectively. But in overall terms it was a steady display from Jon and his team, Eddie Smart showed alertness to get involved on careless challenges and Andy Halliday did not let the Referee down. As the Champaign corks pop they won’t be talking about the match officials and we would all settle for that!

RH at 2017-05-14 18:22:48

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-05-14 18:22:18

Yellow CardTV confirming that Bailly received  a caution presumably in recognition of the number of offences that he has committed in this game



RH at 2017-05-14 18:20:45

It was always going to be a big ask for Jon Moss to track that Rashford break on goal, he wasn’t in the frame but he was pumping those legs as hard as he could bless him!


RH at 2017-05-14 18:17:20

A minimum of five minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-05-14 18:16:06

Wanyama bundles into Mkhitaryan for an obvious midfield free kick to United

RH at 2017-05-14 18:12:26

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RH at 2017-05-14 18:11:32

Ali impedes Bailly and the home faithful don’t like it, but the call is spot on!


RH at 2017-05-14 18:09:32

Rooney brings down Davies and Eddie Smart intervenes with a strong flag, Rooney more astutely keeps his head down this time!


RH at 2017-05-14 18:06:33

Martial gets under Trippier on an aerial challenge and the Spurs man falls heavily, the Referee sensibly halts the game for player safety


RH at 2017-05-14 18:02:05

Yellow CardWanyama see’s yellow this time for ending Martials promising attack, would he have done that if he hadn’t escaped a caution in the first half I wonder?



RH at 2017-05-14 18:00:19

Time then for the Referee and his team to re-focus,the away team will have been boosted by that goal so there’s no time for complacency!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:58:59

GOAL!A goal by Rooney, a reminder that United aren’t finished yet!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:56:53

The tempo has slowed overall and as you would expect the Match Officials aren’t being too stretched at the moment


RH at 2017-05-14 17:52:54

Two good advantages involving Herrera played by the Referee during that last United attack


RH at 2017-05-14 17:50:13

There’s half an hour left in the game, Jon Moss just needs to do what everyone expects, Referee safely, no surprises and take no risks!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:48:16

Kane halts Bailly’s progress with an outstretched leg, no complaints with the free kick awarded


RH at 2017-05-14 17:46:35

Trippier attempts to draw a foul following contact with Blind that would have led to a penalty, not awarded which I agree with


RH at 2017-05-14 17:44:23

A TV replay showing that Bailly pushed an arm in the direction of Ali which was correctly penalised with the free kick that led to Kane’s goal


RH at 2017-05-14 17:42:19

Rooney much more accepting of the handball decision against him, which was spot on!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:40:01

Well Jon Moss was certainly in a much better position for that latest Son strike on goal, well done!

RH at 2017-05-14 17:38:37

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RH at 2017-05-14 17:36:09

GOAL!Kane doubles the lead for Spurs 2-0



RH at 2017-05-14 17:35:30

Ali attempts to break between Bailly and Smalling and Jon Moss awards the first free kick of the half

RH at 2017-05-14 17:32:08

The second half has started!

RH at 2017-05-14 17:24:42

Jon Moss not making the headlines so far in a game that the home team have looked largely on top in. Just a couple of points to make though, firstly it seems that Law 12 is seeing a very liberal first half interpretation by Premier League Referees these days, in fairness to Jon Moss he’s by no means alone in this but players seem to getting away with a lot under the notion of game management, the 27th minute challenge by Wanyama on Bailly being the latest example, no Referee can honestly feel comfortable when such challenges do not receive a caution. The second point being the Son run in on goal, Jon Moss needs to take care in situations like that because he only created a clear view  of the strike on goal at the last moment. Other than no problems and I was pleased that the Reckless Rooney tackle on Eriksen received a caution, but so far its the players and the occasion that people are talking about

RH at 2017-05-14 17:16:21

Half Time


RH at 2017-05-14 17:15:20

A minimum of one minute additional time to be played


RH at 2017-05-14 17:14:25

Rooney drags back Dier and then has the arrogance to gesture defiance towards Jon Moss, that’s risky seeing that he is already on a caution!

RH at 2017-05-14 17:10:57

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RH at 2017-05-14 17:09:33

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RH at 2017-05-14 17:09:08

An indication of the balance of play is that Assistant Andy Halliday hasn’t been in the game much so far


RH at 2017-05-14 17:06:52

Yellow CardRooney reckless on Eriksen, a nailed on caution


RH at 2017-05-14 17:05:45

Trippier grounds Blind and Assistant Eddie Smart flags strongly to support the Referee, good work!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:04:11

Its not been a particularly troubling first half hour for Jon Moss but with the game under his control you could argue why no caution for that Wanyama challenge, it would have set the bar and cemented the Referees first half control, as I said it seems that the game has to kick off before such challenges earn a yellow card!


RH at 2017-05-14 17:00:11

Mata concedes a straight forward free kick but Rooney gets involved to no good purpose


RH at 2017-05-14 16:58:32

Wanyama with a borderline challenge on Bailly that would have earned a caution at a more emotionally charged point of the game


RH at 2017-05-14 16:56:51

Assistant Eddie Smart and Jon Moss in accord as Eriksen fouls Tuanzebe


RH at 2017-05-14 16:54:35

Bailly with a careless lunge on Son earns Spurs a free lick, rightly so


RH at 2017-05-14 16:51:38

As Son broke through there into the United penalty area Jon Moss was a bit central as he pursued play, fortunately he did move left to create a viewing angle as Son pulled the trigger, he’s needs to be moving wider earlier than that


RH at 2017-05-14 16:47:55

Dier grounds Rooney for the second free kick of the game


RH at 2017-05-14 16:45:14

In this opening quarter of an hour the tempo is steady and play for the most part concentrated in midfield with steady attacking build ups, not particularly taxing for the Match Officials so far


RH at 2017-05-14 16:38:22

First free of the came as Rooney commits a careless midfield challenge on


RH at 2017-05-14 16:36:30

GOAL!It ends with a goal to Tottenham through Wanyama



RH at 2017-05-14 16:35:34

First corner and set piece of the game to Spurs!

RH at 2017-05-14 16:32:32

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RH at 2017-05-14 16:30:59

If you are watching the game on TV, Eddie Smart is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Andy Halliday is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-05-14 16:30:12

Our match Referee Jon Moss gets us underway!

RH at 2017-05-14 16:26:53

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

RH at 2017-05-14 16:20:20

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Jonathan Moss: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United                                                           Assistants: E. Smart and A. Halliday Fourth official: L. Mason

Strong and stable leadership aren’t words that are readily associated with Jon Moss, so why on earth he’s been handed this game, and on TV to boot, is a mystery.

Spurs’ title challenge may well be moribund by the time this one kick’s off, but it is the last game at the old White Hart Lane so we can expect a rollercoaster of emotions in the stands and on the pitch.

United were the visitors to Upton Park for West Ham’s last game there at the end of 2015/16, and they’ll want to go one better and not be overawed again by the sense of occasion.

With fourth place still not out of reach, Jose Mourinho’s side will be well up for a game that promises to have everything from beginning to end.

I’m not sure that Moss is the right person to handle all that this match entails.

Jonathan Moss – all you need to know

Matches in 2016/17: 27 (11 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 16 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 2

RH at 2017-05-14 16:15:56

Today’s Match Referee is Jon Moss His Assistant Referees are Eddie Smart and Andy Halliday. The Fourth Official is Lee Mason

RH at 2017-05-14 16:10:46

History in the making at this game as Refcam follows the last Tottenham league game at White Hart Lane! It’s not to be the League Championship this season but a credible second place and a victorious signing off at their great old stadium will mean that Spurs still have much to play for today. As do the visitors Manchester United, while it’s still possible they will be seeking the insurance of a top four spot so that they can play the Europa League Final without any question mark over their Champions League qualification next season, oh yes there is plenty to play for today!