Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland


GT at 2016-01-16 15:38:11

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GT at 2016-01-16 15:36:44

After a close opening 45 minutes it ended up being an elementary win for Spurs.

Following Big Sam’s decision to replace Danny Graham with Jan Kirkhhoff it all went pear-shaped for the Black Cats.

Spurs ended up running in 4 goal and it was all too easy in the second half.

As for the officials…

Deano was good in a game which rarely challenged him.

He remained calm and composed throughout, and his decision making was excellent….with the exception of that missed shirt pull on Harry Kane in the first half when a penalty should have followed. He may well have been poorly sighted for it though.

Simon Bennett was the busier of the two assistants with three very good offside calls.

I don’t recall Edward Smart being involved at all to any great degree.

So, well done referees…no unwanted back page headlines for you tomorrow!

GT at 2016-01-16 15:35:38

Game over.

A regulation win for Spurs who didn’t need to be at their best to beat a disjointed and poor Sunderland team.

Full Time

91 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:34:06

Excellent sprint work in additional time by Deano…he is right on the spot to wave away Dele Alli’s appeals for a penalty.

Correct decision, referee.

GT at 2016-01-16 15:33:00

That’s the end of the 90 minutes…just 3 more added minutes to go on.

Sensible additional time Deano….don’t invite trouble by adding on too long in a game which is all but over

GT at 2016-01-16 15:31:57

Both sides. along with the officials, all look happy to call an end to this one and go home now.

It is petering out to its conclusion.

87 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:30:07

We are almost at the end of the regular 90 minutes as Spurs make their final change.

Harry Kane makes way for Heung-Min Son

80 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:23:22

Spurs make another change…Dembele is replaced by Carroll

GT at 2016-01-16 15:22:35

Jan Kirkhhoff is having a nightmare debut for Sunderland as he gives away the penalty with a poor challenge on Rose.

Correct decision, referee

79 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:21:41

GOAL! as Kane scores from the penalty mark

GT at 2016-01-16 15:21:02

What was Dele Alli thinking of there?

He collects the ball when it was clearly a Sunderland throw in, then needlessly throws it at the head of van Aanholt.

He could not have complained if Deano had shown him a card for that one, but leniency is shown and only a ticking off follows

76 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:18:40

Another Sunderland change with Duncan Watmore taking over from Lens

GT at 2016-01-16 15:17:46

Danny Rose takes a blow to the face from the boot of Lens.

Nothing more than a foul for me though, as the Spurs defender was bowing into the challenge whilst Lens was clearly only intent on playing the ball. He had no intention of kicking Rose

74 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:15:59

Spurs make a change as Josh Onomah replaces Lamela.

GT at 2016-01-16 15:14:48

Sunderland appeal for a penalty as the ball strikes Trippier.

For me, it’s not a penalty though as the ball hit the Spurs man on the chest.

Good call Deano.

GT at 2016-01-16 15:12:48

20 minutes to go, and Deano has read this one excellently.

He has largely stayed out of the way and simply allowed the players to get on with it.

That kind of arena is where the Wirral whistler shines as a referee.

66 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:10:34


and you sense that is game over as Eriksen’s strike deflects off a pathetic attempt by Kirchoff to block the shot


66 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:09:08

Correct offside call by Simon Bennett. The Spurs man’s legs were level but his torso was slightly forward of the defender…and as he can legitimately score a goal with his body, that makes it a very good call.

Well done lino…

GT at 2016-01-16 15:05:45

Foul for Sunderland as Lens has his legs taken from under him.

Another correct decision

GT at 2016-01-16 15:03:13

Deano is not buying into Defoe’s theatricals, as the Sunderland man throws himself to the ground.

Good decision referee.

60 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:02:16


and Spurs take the lead through Dembele

58 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 15:00:51

Sunderland’s recent signing Jan Kirchoff joins the action at the expense of Danny Graham.

Looks like Sam Allardyce is happy to protect the draw with the introduction of the centre half for a striker

55 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 14:58:06

Deano issues the second caution of the game.

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson stupidly pulls back Danny Rose in an area where there was no particular attacking danger.

Good decision, Deano.

Yellow Card

53 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 14:55:40

The first change of personnel as Jack Rodwell replaces Lee Cattermole for Sunderland.

Is that a further sign that Big Sam wants to keep the midfield area the place where the football is being played?

GT at 2016-01-16 14:53:20

The second half has begun much as the first did.

Most of the play is with Spurs but they are not doing so in areas which hurt Sunderland.

Deano continues to stroll through the game, totally unflustered.

46 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 14:49:24

Deano opens up with a good decision.

No surprise that it is a caution for Lee Cattermole though!!

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-01-16 14:47:36

Here we go for the second half, and it’s Sunderland who get us going.

Will there be a winner?

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GT at 2016-01-16 14:35:55

A game which looked like it was heading for a lethargic 0-0 opening half suddenly sparked into life on 40 minutes when Sunderland took an unexpected lead through van Aanholt.

It then lit up a minute later as Spurs equalised through a Cattermole blunder, seeing him put the ball into his own goal.

The one discussion point of the first half is the missed shirt pull on Harry Kane in the Sunderland penalty area.

It was a foul and a penalty should have been given.

With that exception, Deano and his troops have had a good first 45 minutes.

No more major errors though please lads…

GT at 2016-01-16 14:32:36

That’s our lot for the first half as Deano brings it to an end

Half Time

GT at 2016-01-16 14:30:27

That’s the end of the regular 45 minutes….2 added minutes to go on

GT at 2016-01-16 14:29:10

What on earth Lee Cattermole was thinking, only he will know.

The ball just needed clearing off the line, but instead he managed to use his knee to guide it into the roof of his own goal.

Farcical defending by the Sunderland man.

41 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 14:27:29

Spurs hit straight back…


GT at 2016-01-16 14:26:50

What a pass by Adam Johnson as he played in van Aanholt to slot home for the Black Cats

40 minutes

GT at 2016-01-16 14:26:05

…and Sunderland take a surprise lead !!


GT at 2016-01-16 14:25:14

We move into the final 5 minutes of the first 45

GT at 2016-01-16 14:22:40

Lee Cattermole does what Lee Cattermole is good at…he breaks up play, and if he can’t do it legitimately he will foul his opponent.

Free kick to Spurs, and Deano must be counting up how many times the Sunderland captain is the cause

GT at 2016-01-16 14:16:31

30 minutes in, and it’s so far so good for our officials.

With the obvious exception of the shirt pull on Harry Kane they have got pretty much everything else right.

GT at 2016-01-16 14:13:41

Good decision as Sunderland are awarded a free kick following a foul on Danny Graham

GT at 2016-01-16 14:08:31

Not sure how good a view Mike had of that shirt pull by Billy Jones on Harry Kane. But if he had seen it I am sure he would have given a penalty.

People can talk about whether Kane could have reached the ball anyway, but that is not the point.

A shirt pull is a shirt pull…and it’s a foul. Just because it’s inside the penalty area does not mean excuses can be made for not giving it…unless, of course the officials are unsighted!

GT at 2016-01-16 14:05:52

…and there were two classic examples of exactly that in action.

Firstly, he allowed play to continue despite a handball by Jermaine Defoe as Spurs had the advantage.

He then delayed a whistle for a small foul on Harry Kane, but eventually gave the free kick as the hosts did not retain the ball.

Quality refereeing.

GT at 2016-01-16 14:03:32

Knowing Deano as I do, this is the type of game in which Deano usually excels.

He glides through matches when players are playing rather than kicking, and is superb at delaying his whistle for minor offences…instead allowing play to develop and advantages to accrue.

GT at 2016-01-16 14:00:02

The game has settled down as we reach 15 minutes gone.

It is a comfortable one to manage so far for Deano…and he is doing well.

GT at 2016-01-16 13:57:18

It’s all Spurs, as expected, and Deano has wisely adjusted his positioning by remaining in the Sunderland defensive half of the field of play most of the time.

That way he isn’t chasing play all of the time…it is coming to him.

GT at 2016-01-16 13:53:50

There were all manner of offences taking place in the penalty area when that corner came in.

Having set his standard in midweek with the penalty for Newcastle United, I hope Deano doesn’t slip back into allowing players to do as they please.

One swallow does not make a summer, Mike!

GT at 2016-01-16 13:51:46

Once again Sunderland take a long time at a throw-in…the Spurs fans have already picked up on the tactic.

Let’s hope that Deano does too very soon.

GT at 2016-01-16 13:50:25

Sunderland take an age at a throw-in.

Is that a sign they have come for a draw and are happy to waste time whenever they can?

It’s something for Deano to keep a check of

GT at 2016-01-16 13:48:18

Good decision by Simon Bennett as he leads his referee into a correct decision for handball…free kick to the hosts

GT at 2016-01-16 13:46:24

30 seconds in and Deano makes his first decision…and it’s a good one.

Free kick to Sunderland following a foul close to the halfway line

GT at 2016-01-16 13:44:59

Spurs take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-01-16 13:39:04

It’s almost time for kick-off at White Hart Lane

GT at 2016-01-16 13:28:58

As for our referees today…

Mike Dean is the man in the middle.

The normally impressive Deano showed in midweek (Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United) that he is prepared to lead his referee colleagues in dealing effectively with grappling and holding in the penalty area when he correctly awarded a penalty kick to The Toon as Chris Smalling wrestled with Mitrovic during the taking of a corner kick.

Deano has set down a marker now, and all eyes will be upon him to maintain that standard.

It will be surprising if both teams have not done their homework on Deano…if they commit a similar offence then they will have only themselves to blame should it be met with similar punishment.

Simon Bennett and Edward Smart are running the lines for the Wirral-whistler, with Craig Pawson making up the quartet as fourth official before he takes up the whistle tomorrow at Stoke City v Arsenal…a game we shall also be covering on Refcam.

Our very best wishes go to Deano and his troops in this crucial game for two teams occupying opposite ends of the table.


GT at 2016-01-16 13:18:18

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary.

This is the first of five live Premier League games we shall bring to you over the next three days.

It’s Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland which opens up our action-packed weekend of top Premier League coverage.

Spurs are enjoying a fantastic season so far and, despite their loss on Wednesday at home to this season’s surprise outfit Leicester City, they will be looking to take all three points against a struggling Sunderland side.

Harry Kane has found his scoring boots again, whilst 19 year old Dele Alli is proving to be a stand out performer for the Londoners.

The top four is a very realistic finishing goal for Spurs.

Today’s opponents Sunderland have found some good form of late, most recently in midweek when they travelled to fellow relegation battlers Swansea City and came away with all the points.

That victory owed a lot to former Spurs hero Jermaine Defoe as he hit a hat trick, and who will surely be acknowledged by the White Hart Lane faithful for all he achieved on behalf of his previous employers.

If Sunderland were to win today it would be first time since 1950 they have begun a new year with three successive top-flight victories.

However, the Black Cats may find Spurs in no mood to lose twice in a week.

What do you think?

How will this one go?

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