Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United


GT at 2016-11-19 20:40:47

Many thanks again for following the game with us, and for all of your Tweets.

I would have liked to show more on the commentary but there was so much action to cover, there simply was not the time!

Hope you all enjoyed the coverage…and I look forward to being with you again soon.

Enjoy your weekend…

GT at 2016-11-19 20:38:42

,,,but it doesn’t end here:

Stay with us on YATR for further live commentary on Refcam, as we have yet more action coming up for you in this football-packed weekend.

Tomorrow sees even more Premier League action with the game Middlesbrough v Chelsea (Jon Moss is supposed to be refereeing that one, so the likelihood is that something will happen!) followed on Monday evening with West Bromwich Albion against Burnley.

If all of that still leaves you asking for more, head over to our website where you will find some great articles including a critique of the referee from England’s latest international, the hugely entertaining and insightful ‘Runners and Riders’ section by Jason Pettigrove and the fascinating and ever-popular Hackett’s Blog.

There is of course also our regular and much admired ‘Refshow’ where experts from within the game give their views on refereeing performances.

All of this and much more shows why YATR followers know this is the place for all referees to improve their knowledge, understanding and performance.

Keep it here on

GT at 2016-11-19 20:37:39

Hope you have all enjoyed that London derby…

5 goals

2 penalties

1 red card

it had the lot !!

GT at 2016-11-19 20:36:29

If we want players to challenge fairly,and without taking the opportunity to drop a sneaky arm into an opponent then there can be no argument with his second yellow for Winston Reid.

The West Ham man did not need to lead with his arm when going into that headed challenge with Harry Kane, so a second caution was correctly given.

Brave and correct refereeing.

GT at 2016-11-19 20:33:53

Both sides have themselves to blame for conceding those penalty kicks…this is not a referee to test in those situations as he will – and does – give them.

Deano was excellent again today and showed again why he has been up in the top two referees positions for so many years.

Simply superb, Deano…

GT at 2016-11-19 20:31:46

Mike Dean, you were superb.

Two penalty kicks.

A red card.

Everything he did today was right out of the top drawer.

Here is a man refereeing at the top of his game, who does so without fear of favour

GT at 2016-11-19 20:30:12

West Ham will feel ‘robbed’ having led twice and for so long, but they can only look inwards and not at the referee.

Spurs are delighted to hold on to their unbeaten League record and close the gap on the leaders to just three points

GT at 2016-11-19 20:28:19

What a game

What a refereeing performance.

GT at 2016-11-19 20:27:29

Full Time


GT at 2016-11-19 20:27:01

Having already been cautioned, Winston Reid gets a second caution and is correctly shown a second yellow – and therefore a red – for use of the arm.

Excellent again, Deano…Yellow CardRed Card

GT at 2016-11-19 20:25:28

Just one of the additional six minutes to go…

What a game!

GT at 2016-11-19 20:24:48

He has given a third of all the penalties in the Premier League this season.

Top referee, who does not shy away from the big decisions.

Absolutely 100% correct again as the West Ham substitute Nordtveit slid in and brought down Spurs’ substitute Son Heung-Min

GT at 2016-11-19 20:22:09

Deano does not bottle penalties…you were warned!


GT at 2016-11-19 20:21:36

GOAL! second for Kane…this one from the penalty mark

GT at 2016-11-19 20:20:50


To Spurs…


89 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 20:19:20

GOAL! It’s that man…Kane

GT at 2016-11-19 20:18:08

There is some rubbish spoken by so-called expert pundits.

They want to chew over the first half penalty claim by Harry Kane and are asking why that challenge was different to the one he gave?

It’s easy to answer…Kane was also holding his marker in the first one, whereas Janssen was the only miscreant for his.

If they are going to question decisions I wish they would learn the Laws of the Game

84 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 20:14:58

Change for West Ham…

Payet goes off for Nordtveit

GT at 2016-11-19 20:13:14

Will Spurs get back level, or can West Ham hang on to three precious points?

Let us know how you think this one will work out by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-11-19 20:10:34

It has to be a penalty when the Spurs fans are tweeting…

@youaretheref Nailed on penalty to West Ham & Deano was absolutely correct to award it. Consistent is what he is.Not good for my fav team!

GT at 2016-11-19 20:08:36

Good work from the already cautioned Danny Rose…and well spotted by Deano.

A clean, if not risky, challenge by the Spurs man.

Fortunately they both got that one correct

GT at 2016-11-19 20:06:02

Just 15 minutes to go…

A cracking game.

GT at 2016-11-19 20:05:30

Spurs make another change as they chase an equaliser.

Heung-Min comes on for Dembele

GT at 2016-11-19 20:02:58

Just a flavour of the Tweeted support coming in for Mike Dean tonight.

He is having an excellent game…

@youaretheref Excellent call from Mike Dean.

GT at 2016-11-19 20:01:10

Dele Alli comes on for Spurs, with the man who gave away the penalty leaving the action to make way for him

GT at 2016-11-19 19:59:54

What a ridiculous piece of play by Janssen, especially with a referee who everyone knows will give penalties.

He grabbed his opponent right in front of Deano, with the ball in play, and the penalty kick was correctly given

GT at 2016-11-19 19:58:17

GOAL! Lanzini from the penalty mark


GT at 2016-11-19 19:57:45

I did warn you!!


64 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:55:31

Yellow Cardthe cautions are racking up.

This one is for Antonio who took revenge on Danny Rose.


GT at 2016-11-19 19:54:37

Deano correctly calls a foul for Spurs, but where was Simon Long?

That was a simple call for him to make, he could and should have supported his referee with a flag.

Poor, weak lining.

63 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:53:11

Yellow Cardfor Danny Rose.

He can’t complain about that one, having taken out Antonio

60 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:50:45

First change of personnel.

West Ham take off Sakho and Ayew

On come Zaza and Fernandes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:48:52

Again, Spurs want a penalty for handball.

Again Deano waves away the appeals.

GT at 2016-11-19 19:47:27

Kane squeals for a penalty, claiming handball.

Deano is having none of it and tells Spurs to get on with it.

Another good decision, referee.

The ball hit the West Ham man’s hand…absolutely no intention whatsoever

GT at 2016-11-19 19:44:59

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the goals here.

Both teams are going for it…

52 minutes for

GT at 2016-11-19 19:43:59

Yellow Card

for Kyle Walker following a cynical, late challenge on Payet.

Fully deserved a caution.

GT at 2016-11-19 19:42:56

What a week for young Harry Winks.

Debut for England U-21s.

Now a League debut for Spurs…and he scores the equaliser.

50 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:41:47


They are not one down now though!

GT at 2016-11-19 19:40:55

Deano must be doing well…

Even the Spurs fans are high in praise despite being one down at home…

@youaretheref Deano was assured impressive and intervened when necessary and was not the centre of attention in the first 45

GT at 2016-11-19 19:39:30

Excellent call by Deano.

Definitely no penalty as Vertonghen takes the ball away from Payet

GT at 2016-11-19 19:38:10

Delayed offside flag from assistant Long.

He could have held on to that a moment longer as Spurs were in possession and heading forwards.

He looks like an official low on confidence who is searching for a decision instead of letting them come to him

GT at 2016-11-19 19:35:32

Time for the second half.

West ham get us going.

More of the same please, Deano.

GT at 2016-11-19 19:26:06

There is the end of the opening half.

West Ham are good value for their lead.

Spurs have enjoyed much of the play, but the Hammers are ok with that. They are happy to let Spurs enjoy possession, but then break quickly when play breaks down.

Deano has cruised through that half, using all of his skills and experience to make a feisty London derby game look easy.

A quality performance from a quality performer.

Only one error of any note from the officials, and that was Simon Long’s poor offside call on 30 minutes.

His partner, Ian Hussin, showed him how it should be done by keeping his flag down when West Ham took the lead.

Many were looking for the flag, but Antonio was definitely onside.

Good work from two of the three officials.

GT at 2016-11-19 19:19:24

Well done again Deano…

The half ends with 49 minutes of play having expired

Half Time

GT at 2016-11-19 19:18:10

That injury assessment used all of the two additional minutes, so we should now play 49 in this half


GT at 2016-11-19 19:15:30

That’s the end of the regular 45 minutes.

Just 2 additional minutes to go on

GT at 2016-11-19 19:13:19

Payet is floored again under challenge by Dembele.

The Spurs man is walking on thin ice

GT at 2016-11-19 19:10:55

Just 5 of the opening 45 minutes to go, and they starts with a free kick to Spurs following a foul on Kane.

Correct again, Deano

GT at 2016-11-19 19:07:41

Spurs, particularly, need to be careful of holding and blocking in their own penalty area.

Deano is not a referee afraid to award penalty kicks….7 in his last 9 games bears that out!

35 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:05:59

Clear and obvious dissent by Dembele who acts like a petulant child after Deano correctly awards a free kick against him.

More good work from the referee

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-11-19 19:03:55

Kevin Friend needs to get to work quickly as Slaven Bilic is unhappy at a challenge right on his toes on Kouyate by Janssen.

A 50/50 for me.

30 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 19:02:06

Yellow Card

for Lanzini who slides in and takes out Danny Rose.

Clear caution…well done, Deano

GT at 2016-11-19 19:00:57

This is a true end-to-end encounter with Spurs pushing for a quick equaliser, but the Hammers then breaking quickly.

What a good game…and being well refereed by Deano

GT at 2016-11-19 18:56:13

West Ham rattled the bar but their number 30 followed in to put the ball into the back of the Spurs goal.

Game on…

24 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 18:54:31

GOAL! Antonio

GT at 2016-11-19 18:52:55

Simon Long gets that one wrong, I’m afraid..and it was his poor positioning which meant he wrongly called offside on Janssen.

Long was too far ahead of the second rearmost defender…is he trying to pinch a few meters as he is worried about his own lack of pace?

GT at 2016-11-19 18:51:10

Two excellent calls by Deano in quick succession.

Both involved Payet…

The first was correctly called as no foul.

The second resulted in a free kick for the West Ham play maker.

Very good again, referee

GT at 2016-11-19 18:48:29

Watch the discreet signals Deano gives his two assistants…they all help with the match control.

There, on the Spurs corner, he gave a signal to the assistant on the halfway line to let him know the ball was correctly placed within the quadrant.

All good tips for up-and-coming referees to use.

GT at 2016-11-19 18:45:48

Free kick to Spurs for a push on Jansenn.

Good positioning by Deano ensured he saw that one clearly.

GT at 2016-11-19 18:42:28

The game is opening up nicely, and Deano is staying out if it where he can.

It looks like these two sides want to play so he is happy to let them play on and do so.

Good match reading and awareness from the man in black

GT at 2016-11-19 18:40:14

Harry Kane and Pedro Obiang tussle each other in the West Ham penalty area.

Kane wants a penalty kick, but they had hold of each other.

Well done Deano…play on…

GT at 2016-11-19 18:38:47

My word…Monday’s ‘Refshow’ should be interesting if the volume of tweets criticising Roger East’s performance at Stoke v Bournemouth is anything to go by!

There are lots of highly critical messages coming in from, particularly, Bournemouth followers

6 minutes

GT at 2016-11-19 18:36:56

Eriksen has the ball in the net for Spurs but Simon Long calls offside correctly, and effort is ruled out.

Well done, lino…

GT at 2016-11-19 18:34:15

Harry Winks almost marks an incredible week for himself with a goal on his Spurs’ Premier League debut, but his effort goes just wide of the post

GT at 2016-11-19 18:32:05

30 seconds in, and Deano sets out his stall with a ‘small’ foul resulting in a free kick to the home side.

Sensible refereeing…sit tight early, then let the rope out as the game unfolds if the players are responding well to your refereeing

GT at 2016-11-19 18:30:19

Tottenham Hotspur take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-11-19 18:24:00

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

GT at 2016-11-19 18:11:04

As for our officials…

Today’s referee is like Marmite…you love him or loathe him!

And I’m in the former category.

Mike Dean brings not only a wealth of talent and experience into every game he controls, but also a large dash of entertainment, and all too often we forget this is supposed to be an entertainment industry.

When he isn’t sniffing his assistant’s shirt in the line-up, he’s ‘celebrating’ goals being scored, and I love him for it!

Deano is one of our very best performers and a safe pair of hands, so his appointment to this big game came as no surprise.

Here he is back at the scene of one of his most famous ‘celebrations’ where he leads a team of Simon Long and Ian Hussin as assistants and Kevin Friend as fourth official.

There’s no reason to doubt Deano’s ability to perform once again in front of the cameras, and so long as he is at the top of his game, I’ll enjoy the odd pirouette or wave to the crowd!

Good luck to all the team from everyone at YATR.

GT at 2016-11-19 18:03:29

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second of the today’s live Refcam commentary games.

Following the earlier Man United v Arsenal match we now bring for you the clash between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, being played at White Hart Lane.

After the third international break in the last 12 weeks we are at last back to business in the Premier League, and this all-London affair should be a cracker.

Fifth-placed Spurs will be in search of three more valuable points in their search for Champions League football next season.

Whilst West Ham sit perilously close to the relegation places – just one place and one point separates them from the drop zone.

Fresh from their ‘derby game’ with bitter rivals Arsenal, which ended 1-1, Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino is backing his team and remains “proud of their strong performance”. Nonetheless, he and the Spurs’ faithful will be expecting nothing less than a win today.

West Ham are in a curious position right now. This time last season they were regularly beating all the top sides and looking good for a European slot. Yet this campaign they have begun with six losses and just three wins from their opening eleven league games, and in the process have conceded twenty goals.

Hammers’ supremo Slaven Bilic knows this a results-driven industry and another defeat today could see the vultures beginning to circle over the London Stadium.

Let us know how you think this one will work out by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

This one has all the pundits guessing, so don’t go anywhere…it could go either way.