Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United


RH at 2014-12-28 15:06:10

They say that in politics ‘its all about the economy stupid ‘ Well in Refereeing decisions ‘its all about the Major decisions’  what we call the Key Match Incidents. On that score its pleasing to report that Jon Moss and his team showed up well. Yes Rooney held Kane and if spotted it would have been a penalty, but we have to be fair here and say that it was a difficult spot in a crowded penalty area. Van Persie was lucky not be cautioned and maybe Falcao was unlucky to see yellow. But the two big decisions, those being the first half double offside/ball over the goal line, and the coming together between Young and Townsend in the second half when the latter went to ground and a sending off would have resulted, were called correctly. So the happy conclusion is that the big decisions were right and when they are correct we don’t mind the minor stuff not being perfect, yes we could harp on about positioning etc, but we’re not into the business of counting correct goal kicks and throw-ins, what we’re pleased about is that Jon Moss and his team are not the talking point after this game. In fairness Simon Bennett did really well with that first half decision.  Good team work guys!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:51:51

Full Time


RH at 2014-12-28 14:50:06

Simon Bennett supporting Jon Moss well with that careless challenge on Luke Shaw

RH at 2014-12-28 14:48:55

We are now half way through the three minutes added time

RH at 2014-12-28 14:48:02

Spurs fitness much in evidence in these latter stages, helpful to the Referee as play is concentrated and not over demanding physically, this is good for maintaining a good viewing range

RH at 2014-12-28 14:44:40

TV pictures showing that Rooney was lucky not to concede a penalty for holding Kane , difficult spot for the Referee mind!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:43:10

Yellow CardRafael rightly cautioned for a reckless challenge on Eriksen

RH at 2014-12-28 14:42:28

As Spurs finish strongly both Rooney and Smalling dabbling in grappling!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:41:30

Yellow CardFor Falcao as Dembelle is tripped, looked a bit harsh

RH at 2014-12-28 14:39:26

Spurs proving that its still anyone’s game as Kane sets up Ryan Mason for a great chance on goal

RH at 2014-12-28 14:37:48

With the introduction of most of the substitutes, play has become more concentrated and less end to end, this has benefited the Referee who has not needed to pursue that ‘box to box’ patrol path, just as well because the game has got more physical and his close presence has aided his match control.

RH at 2014-12-28 14:33:58

Davies ‘playing’ for a free kick and going to ground under minimal contact from Van persie

RH at 2014-12-28 14:32:49

This is a quieter period of the game, important that no complacency creeps in during the final fifteen minutes or so

RH at 2014-12-28 14:29:46

Just going back to Andros Townsend going to ground under Young’s challenge, Young would have been off of course, but pictures suggest that Jon Moss got it right!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:28:09

Yellow CardFor Paddy McNair as he is caught out by Kane’s pace, spot on!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:26:54

Play is not so fluid at the moment, Jon Moss is using the channels much more and keeping play between himself and the active Assistant, he’s therefore a calming presence as play develops

RH at 2014-12-28 14:23:36

Jon Moss signaling an advantage as Townsend shot on goal, not sure how much contact there was?

RH at 2014-12-28 14:22:26

Well this first fifteen minutes of the second half not showing the same playing quality of the first half. There is a warning in that player frustration may boil-over. Concentration and focus from the Match Officials is crucial!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:20:41

Simon Bennett signalling strongly to assist Jon Moss in selling a careless challenge by Stambouli on Jones, good team work!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:18:13

A nasty late challenge earns Van Persie a talking to from Jon Moss, looked a caution to me, because it was so late, credit to the Spurs player Vertonghen  for not making too much of it!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:15:46

Assistant Simon Long being more involved as United counter attack at the moment

RH at 2014-12-28 14:14:42

A robust but no more than careless challenge by Kane on Jones

RH at 2014-12-28 14:13:27

Ashley Young suffering the school boy error of a foul throw!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:12:49

This half being played similarly to first, in that goal-scoring chances are being created regularly at both ends!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:10:43

TV Pictures proving that Kane was not fouled!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:09:46

Kane goes to ground in the penalty area but quickly gets up!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:09:12

Pleasing to report that the three corners in this half and those in the first period,have largely been free from Grappling!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:07:50

Yellow CardFor Ashley Young as he upends Stambouli in full flight!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:06:34

Good call to award United a second!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:05:48

First corner of the second half to United!

RH at 2014-12-28 14:03:49

First caress challenge of the half as Rafael is the guilty party

RH at 2014-12-28 14:01:55

The second half has started, with everything to play for!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:56:45

Good to report at the half way stage that the heroics of Hugo Lloris are as much a talking point as any decision of the Match Officials. Only one Key Match Incident to talk about and that being the ‘double offside’  of Jones and Falcao before the ball crossed the Spurs Goal line, a great call by Assistant Simon Bennett. This is what Materiality is all about the need to get the major incidents correct manage the game  and not focus on counting correct minor decisions. The result is what we have so far in this game, a solid first half from Jon Moss and his team, but crucially  they are not the main talking point.  Yes needs to be careful with his final third positioning and he’ll need to be on the front foot with any high profile protests from such protagonists as Wayne Rooney. But all in all no  major concerns, but we all know the harder half is yet to come!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:46:23

Half Time

RH at 2014-12-28 13:45:57

Good advantage by Jon Moss as Spurs break from their penalty area!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:45:20

1 minute added time

RH at 2014-12-28 13:44:13

We  hasn’t the first half flown by, this has been an absorbing first period!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:43:21

Simon Bennett delaying his offside flag to good effect to signal Valencia offside, as he attacked the ball.

RH at 2014-12-28 13:42:14

From a Technical view point Jonathan Moss is moving box to box, understandable on an end to end game such as this, however he needs to judge his movement well because he is prone to get caught up with play as it builds in the final third, the option is to cross over in midfield to move into the final third in the left hand channel behind play.

RH at 2014-12-28 13:37:43

Simon Bennett intervening as Van Persie clashes with Davies, again good work!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:36:54

Mason taking no prisoners with that last challenge on Falcao, ok though!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:35:04

Jon Moss just needs to be careful with his positioning in slow attacking  build ups when  a cross field ball is played. He got caught up again in that spurs attack

RH at 2014-12-28 13:32:45

Well an incident packed end to end first half hour! taxing both physically and mentally for the Referee!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:31:26

In talking about key match incidents, that’s one up for the Match Officials, lets hope that continues!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:30:12

Looking back at that great offside decision by Simon Bennett, both Jones and Falcao were offside, the ball did cross the goal line during the attack but the offside decision preceeded that, great work Simon, well done!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:28:11

Yellow Card Poor judgement by Townsend as his reckless challenge on Young earns him a cheap caution

RH at 2014-12-28 13:27:02

Some good midfield advantages being played by Jon Moss, Yellow Card to Stambouli for the challenge on Carrick

RH at 2014-12-28 13:25:31

Simon Bennett with a superb decision to identify Jones being offside as he attacked the ball, great call!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:24:10

This is a tight game at the moment with play fluctuating from end to end with good goal scoring chances being created, the major decisions are what the Match officials will be remembered for today, minor decisions are not what matters here, if an insignificant error is made we’ll all forget that, everyone needs to be focused on the  key match decisions!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:18:59

From a match control perspective Wayne Rooney is certainly making his point to the Referee at the moment, not ideal this early in the game but better than being shouted to from distance as occurred recently at Southampton

RH at 2014-12-28 13:17:04

Obviously he’s letting some slack out as Falcao and Davies clash!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:16:03

Jon Moss establishing a tight threshold on physical contact at this stage, will he be able to maintain this in the latter stages of this game?

RH at 2014-12-28 13:13:42

No complaints though as Jones trips Davies!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:13:04

Van Persie getting impeded there, but no free kick, surprising!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:12:06

Jon Moss getting tangled up in that last United attack, he’ll need to hang back a bit if United are building slowly through midfield

RH at 2014-12-28 13:08:23

Good to note that Jonathan Moss made up ground in the closing few metres during that recent Spurs attack to get a good viewing angle has Harry Kane was tackled, good Refereeing!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:06:18

United attacking down the left and right hand side early, both active Assistant and Referee will need to create good viewing angles in the final third of the field of play

RH at 2014-12-28 13:04:20

Good call from the Referee as the last nick of the ball was from Ashley young, goal kick to Spurs!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:02:47

Important for both Assistants to ‘tune in’ here, White Hart Lane is an imposing stadium where the stands rise tall at a steep angle, lots of noise in a confined atmosphere!

RH at 2014-12-28 13:00:16

Our match Referee Jonathan Moss gets us underway!


RH at 2014-12-28 12:55:04

Lots of talking points over this Christmas holiday period, Hackett’s blog has raised issues such as accountability, it’s not been a good season for major Refereeing decision making has it? Diving, it really is blighting our game at the moment isn’t it? Referees  Assistants, are they supporting the Referee’s when they need to? Lots to talk about!

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RH at 2014-12-28 12:50:02

Welcome to our latest festive period offering from REFCAM, the mouthwatering encounter between host’s Tottenham Hotspur and the inform Manchester United!

Our Match Referee is Jonathan Moss, his Assistant Referees are Simon Bennett and Simon Long and the Fourth Official is Lee Mason