Tottenham Hotspurs -v- Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspurs -v- Liverpool

Commentary By: Trevor Simpson

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 3


T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:23:11
Was it a positional issue or fitness related that allowed that penalty appeal to go undetected? Liverpool deserve their win and Phil Down might reflect on the undetected late penalty appeal which although not affecting the result, was an example of how the holding issue could have been further underlined. Stay connected to us for the next match this afternoon which Roger Dilkes is bringing to you right herein you are the ref as Leicester host Arsenal. The analysis of this game will be provided by Roger in his pre-match blog as I hand over to him. How do you rate this referee? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com   Thanks for for you company and comments which are appreciated.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:18:37
Offside rightly awarded by AR2 as Sterling is replaced by Enrique. Ed Bellion is drinking tea – not beer in Texas as it’s only 8 in the morning! Another good tweet from Ian M regarding playing advantage on a caution which Roger will expand upon in the lead up to the Leicester v Arsenal game. Good stuff Ian. Into the last minute and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’rings out amount White Hart Lane. Elvis even recorded that!! 3 minutes time allowed as there a shirt pull goes un detected in the penalty area.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:12:12
Did you notice that the last blog was on twice? What happened?

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:11:17
Sterling and Sturridge (SAS) look threatening for Liverpool who look like adding to the score. 80 minutes gone and let’s hope the fitness level of Phil Dowd is not found wanting in the final 10 minutes. Early season games in warm conditions can represent a fitness problem for referees in the later stages of the game. Fatigue at around 80 minutes for referee Jon Moss last week in the Hull City –v- Stoke game was probably the cause of a loss of concentration when he awarded an incorrect throw-in to Stoke. Although the error was committed around 7 touches before the equalising goal – Hull manager Steve Bruce blamed Jon – not his defenders!! This proves the old football saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but who you blame!!” We’ll be watching for any signs of referee tiredness today in this game.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:08:33
Sterling and Sturridge (SAS) look threatening for Liverpool who look like adding to the score. 80 minutes gone and let’s hope the fitness level of Phil Dowd is not found wanting in the final 10 minutes. Early season games in warm conditions can represent a fitness problem for referees in the later stages of the game. Fatigue at around 80 minutes for referee Jon Moss last week in the Hull City –v- Stoke game was probably the cause of a loss of concentration when he awarded an incorrect throw-in to Stoke. Although the error was committed around 7 touches before the equalising goal – Hull manager Steve Bruce blamed Jon – not his defenders!! This proves the old football saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but who you blame!!” We’ll be watching for any signs of referee tiredness today in this game.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:04:08
15 minutes to go as Spurs push for their first goal. Concentration and awareness are required by the officials to see this game to a safe conclusion.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 15:02:00
More substitutions as Spurs look to get a foothold in the game in the last 20 minutes. Will the heat take it’s toll on the referee as he’s starting to look a bit laboured. He’s slowed it down with a caution for Sterling In mid-field. Yellow Card

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:57:58
Wonder dribble by Sterling and interesting that nobody held him back! His shot at the end was tame!

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:56:51
Apparently Twitter is ‘red hot’ this afternoon so come on you Spurs fans why not add to the debate?

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:54:58
I just love this new word for holding which is ‘grappling’ and how the penalty awarded by Phil Dowd should send shock waves across the Premier League that it will result in Penalty kicks being awarded. Let’s hope that the powers in charge encourage more referees to apply Law and make the correct awards in these situations.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:51:19
Ed Bellion in Texas has just emailed to say are we getting the messages. Keep them coming boys as we just love everything you have to say. As a red, Ed will be delighted with this game.!

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:49:15
Substitutions can be another area where added attention is required from the officials as the teams attempt to change the game and possibly the pattern of play. It’s a good ploy for a referee to slow the game down at substitutions if the tempo has increased and control can be threatened.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:48:08

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:47:47
Close-up of Phil Dowd showed him perspiring freely due to his efforts in the game and the warm day in London. It’s important that he took on additional fluids during the half-time break so that his mobility does not suffer in the later stages. Three nil – Liverpool break and it’ in the net.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:43:39
Offside decision against Liverpool and the AR 1 correctly showed that the attacker was coming back from an offside position. Do you like the signal used to indicate that offence?

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:41:02
Fitness and work rate are the basis of the modern game today so that the referee remained close to play and is able to sell his decisions from close proximity. This is particularly important in, and around, the penalty area where the ‘big decisions’ in the game have to be made. Phil Dowd got that absolutely right!

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:39:22
Great to see the holding offence penalised with a penalty. Will it help stamp out the trend over recent seasons which the authorities have allowed to develop? The next area to grip is a corner kicks! A few weeks of penalty kicks being awarded would stop the ploy. Will it happen?

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:36:08
First foul inside 15 seconds! Both teams will be up for the next 45 minutes in the sunshine at White Hart Lane. Penalty to Liverpool correctly awarded from a great position. Gerrard’s takes – goal Liverpool.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:32:26
Second half under way as Liverpool kick-off still a goal ahead. What changes will the managers have made to their tactical formations? Adjustments to the referee’s positioning might be necessary as he watches to see what changes have been made by the managers. Remember that the tactical formations of the teams (4-4-2 or 5-3-2-1) have different positional requirements for the referee to get the best viewing angles without being in the way of play.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:23:22
I enjoyed the half-time Heineken advert on Sky where they used the Elvis Presley version of Bossa Nova Baby. Top stuff from the ‘King’.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:21:03
It’s Yorkshire cuppa-tea time after an entertaining first half where Liverpool will feel unlucky not to have been further in the lead. We always appreciate your views on the game and the performance of the officials. Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:17:15
Half time and both cautions issued were correct but should have included a 3rd for the ‘managed’ reckless challenge by Dier on Balotelli. There was a risk to control on the second caution which followed an advantage. What are your views on playing advantage on a cautionable offence?

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:14:03
Five minutes to half-time and the tempo is up as Spurs look to get a goal and go to half-time level. Extra work rate is required to get closer to play with a shot tipped over the Liverpool bar as the referee was well outside the penalty area. Better there to give a handling offence fro quite close to the incident.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:08:59
In the modern game challenges from a distance that take the standing leg are reckless (at least!!)  and should be punished with a card. It’s also the trailing leg that needs to be watched. Advantage played from a foul by Liverpool 19 which is cautionable! He’s now lost his man but thanks to the communication system has now issued the caution. Should referees play advantage on a cautionable foul? Yellow Card

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:03:51
30 minutes gone and lLiverpool almost double their lead. Phil Down and his team will be pleased with the first third of the game but need to maintained concentration and focus to see the game to half time without any threat to their control.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 14:00:39
Another correct but marginal offside decision by AR 1. What are your views on the standards of decision making by assistant referees since the start of this season? There are feelings within the game that standards have slipped in recent times and that the PGMOL have not made any public appointment for someone of the quality of Paul Rejier to continue the wonderful work he did in the past. Let us have your views on Twitter @youaretheref or email to info@you-are-the-ref.com

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:59:17
The caution after 25 minutes was issued at a perfect time in the game as the referee clearly defines his tolerance level. He might have done it minutes earlier to Dier!

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:56:55
Dire lets Balotelli know he’s there but no card issued for the first contentious challenge of the game. Followed by a caution for Allen of Liverpool for holding. Yellow Card

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:54:39
The quietly effective control during the first,20 minutes has given the officials a firm foundation  upon which to build their control. Good offside judgement by AR

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:49:46
I’m delighted to see Phil Dowd clearly signalling throw-in direction in the midfield areas. There has been a trend to leave it to the assistant but in terms of ‘selling decisions’ the arm signal from the referee adds credibility.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:46:18
Corner to Spurs correctly awarded and The AR sold the decision with good movement and a clear signal.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:44:28
Sterling goal divides the teams after 13 minutes and Liverpool have started the brighter. No problems for the referee so far as his quiet control is effective.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:42:46
Midfield free-kick to Spurs awarded from very close proximity followed by an appeal by Spurs for a foul that brought no reaction from the referee.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:40:21
Goals change games and in the period of play after a goal has been scored there needs to be extra vigilance from all the officials. A Spurs effort on the counter-attack but it just clears the crossbar.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:38:34
No excessive holding at the first corner kick. Liverpool score as they hit Spurs on the break.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:35:29
First foul by the technical area which ended in hugs fro both players to demonstrate a good attitude. Second foul well managed – free kick Liverpool defended well.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:33:21
Good judgement by referee Dowd of the early challenges as Liverpool press with Balotelli forcing a good save from Lloris.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:31:22
It will be interesting if Liverpool are awarded a penalty kick as Steve Gerrard’s is their tried and tested Penalty expert. But Mario Balotelli is equally proficient, scoring, I believe, 24 times in 24 penalty attempts. Join in the debate as the game progresses. What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:30:26
The whistle blows and we’re underway. The referee will have done his homework on both teams in an attempt to be in total control. He’ll be aware of where his problems might arise and let’s hope that he will be able to get into the best viewing positions to judge incidents.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:25:11
The teams are in the tunnel ready to enter the arena for today’s game as the Assistants carry out the equipment check in readiness for the contest.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:22:59
Good afternoon and welcome to this eagerly awaited contest between these great rivals in the Premier League. Perfect conditions for football with the field of play looking immaculate. My two great friends from Texas, U.S.A – Alan Sandler in Dallas is a big Spurs fan and Professor Ed Bellion from Corpus Christie on the Gulf of Mexico is a ‘red from Liverpool’. Both are watching this blog in America today as they sip beer in the sunshine so I have guaranteed them an entertaining afternoon on You-Are-The-Ref.com. Referee Phil Dowd officiated at the Dallas Cup when I took officials to Texas on behalf of The Football League several years ago and when he returned to the U.K. was promoted to the Premier League the following season. He’s slimmed down considerable over the past 12 months and normally displays excellent body language and facial expressions to aid his control of the game. Something to watch for today.

T.S. at 2014-08-31 13:07:05
Tottenham Hotspurs -v- Liverpool Referee : PHIL DOWD Assistant 1: S. LEDGER Assistant 2: D. BRYAN Fourth Official: NEIL SWARBRICK Following their defeat by Manchester City on Bank Holiday Monday, Liverpool will be attempting to prove to their fans that they can still be a force to be in contention for winning the League. The signing of Mario Balotelli will attract media attention but it will need a full team effort today to beat an in-form Spurs team who have had a great start to the season. Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old centre-half, who won Olympic gold for Argentina in Beijing in 2008, becomes Tottenham Hotspur’s fifth summer signing after agreeing a four-year contract. He is a replacement in Spurs’ defence for Michael Dawson, who joined Hull City 24 hours earlier. “I know Spurs is a historic club in this country and league,” he toldwww.tottenhamhotspur.com. “This is a great club and I am very happy to be here.” Fazio joined Sevilla in 2007 and made 194 appearances for the La Liga side, helping the club win the UEFA Europa League title in May. He joins a club who have made an impressive start to the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign, winning against West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers without conceding a goal and beating Limassol on Thursday in the Europa League. The other signings made by new head coach Mauricio Pochettino are Ben Davies, Michel Vorm (both Swansea City), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) and DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).