Tottenham v Sunderland


Full Time

AH at 2016-09-18 18:35:03

Full Time

In summary:

Refereeing is about remaining focused for the full 90+4 minutes.  I am a great admirer of Mike Dean and his overall empathy for the game, but his decision not to dismiss Djilobodji in the closing stages tarnished what was, up to that point, a text-book performance.


Prior to that incident, the referee used his cautions wisely – none of the Sunderland offenders can have cause for complaint when receiving yellow cards – all of them were totally justified and Mike Dean, up to that point, was consistent in his application of law.


One of the key attributes of the referee’s performance was his positioning and movement, meaning that he was invariably well placed to make many correct decisions.


A word of praise for the Assistant Referees. They had very little involvement in terms of direct interventions, however their concentration and focus was commendable; knowing when and how not to get involved.


Full Time

AH at 2016-09-18 18:32:34

Full Time Summary to follow soon


AH at 2016-09-18 18:28:56

I have not yet as seen the replay, but in my minds eye, Dijobodji is a very lucky boy indeed. Although Jansen is moving slightly away from goal, there are no Sunderland defenders in the vicinity and surely the Spurs #9 had a clear goal scoring opportunity.  In my view, a poor decision amongst a whole host of excellent decisions.


AH at 2016-09-18 18:23:16

Yellow CardPapy Djilobodji receives a caution for pulling back Janssen as he moved towards the penalty area, Mike Dean shows a degree of leniency in deciding that his challenge was not DOGSO. Was he right to do so?


AH at 2016-09-18 18:18:41

Red CardA 2nd yellow for Januzaj for a reckless challenge – his manager will not be pleased as his actions gave referee Mike Dean no choice but to dismiss his from the field of play


AH at 2016-09-18 18:15:02

Is there a sting in the Black Cats tail ……. doesn’t look like it ……


AH at 2016-09-18 18:09:56

Yellow CardJanuzay shows unacceptable levels of dissent and is justifiably cautioned  by Mike Dean.  That is the 5th yellow card for the Away Team, a reflection of how much pressure they have been under for the entire game.


AH at 2016-09-18 18:04:33

The game is starting to drift to a 1-0 conclusion, time for the match officials to keep their focus in the closing stages.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:59:57

The White Hart Lane faithful will be looking for a second goal to make the game safe, Deli Alli almost obliges.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:58:00

20 minutes to go – 20 minutes for the referee and his team to retain their standards and to bring the game to a safe and successful conclusion.

AH at 2016-09-18 17:52:34

Advantage applied by MIke Dean – will he return to caution Ndong – the answer is yesYellow Card


AH at 2016-09-18 17:51:00

Yellow CardLee Cattermole joins the list of Sunderland players to be cautioned, once again there can be no doubt that Mike Dean’s decision was correct as the Sunderland skipper had committed 3 offences in close succession.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:48:46

Goals are often ‘trigger points’ for a change in the patterns of games.  There is no point in the Away Team sitting back and defending, the game will change, the match officials will need to adjust their involvement accordingly.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:46:33

GOAL! Harry Kane finally breaks the deadlock from 4 yards – the goal has been coming ….


AH at 2016-09-18 17:44:40

Yellow CardDenayer receives a justified caution as the pressure increases against the Away Team


AH at 2016-09-18 17:38:23

The first 5 minutes of the 2nd half has very much followed the pattern of the first-half – Sunderland are playing a dangerous game, with the Home Team so far having 78% of the possession.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:35:44

Will Sunderland continue to park the bus – which is a whopping great North East double decker – in an attempt to earn a point – can Kane and Company break them down ….


AH at 2016-09-18 17:32:12

Here we go as the 2nd half gets underway

AH at 2016-09-18 17:27:59

Half Time

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AH at 2016-09-18 17:24:58

Half Time

I still however wish to focus on Sunderland’s decision to replace van Aanholt, pre-match, with Denayer.  It is clear from the pre-match warm-up that the former was not injured, so why was he allowed to be replaced – tactical changes are not allowed once the team-sheets have been submitted.  If you have any thoughts on this, please let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref

Half Time

AH at 2016-09-18 17:21:59

Half Time

There are very few times during RefCam coverage when I have no criticism for the referee during the first 45 minutes, but this is the case today.  In light of recent poor Premiership and Championship performances, watching Mike Dean and his team produce a so far faultless performance is refreshing and is great to see.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:16:56

Yellow CardManquillo earns the first caution of the game for his cynical challenge, the referee taking the opportunity to assert his authority just before the half-time interval.



AH at 2016-09-18 17:14:36

Surely this constant Spurs pressure will reap it’s reward before half-time, spare a thought for Simon Long who is the Technical Area Assistant Referee and needs to keep focused whilst being ‘inactive’ for most of the half






AH at 2016-09-18 17:11:12

Text-book movement yet again from the referee as he sprints through the centre-circle and then moves in the wide inward ‘S’ as Son cuts inside and gets his strike on goal away


AH at 2016-09-18 17:08:17

Consecutive offences by Kirchohoff earn the Black Cats defender a final rebuke, there can be no doubt that further offences would lead to the first caution of the game for Sunderland’s #27


AH at 2016-09-18 17:03:43

15 to go in this half, and Mike Dean continues to show authority with the accuracy of his penal offence decisions and his management of the players.  Respect is a two-way process here, with the referee respecting the player’s ability and the players respecting his decision making.


AH at 2016-09-18 17:00:28

Surely it’s only a matter of time before Tottenham break the deadlock, or is there a sting in the tale moment from Jason Defoe on the cards ?


AH at 2016-09-18 16:56:06

Half-way through the first half and no concerns at all with regard to the refereeing team.  Mike Dean and his team are performing well and have, so far, produced a very professional performance


AH at 2016-09-18 16:52:39

Good man-management as Mike Dean explains his free-kick decision to Djilobodgi, a decision which appears to be accepted by the former Chelsea man


AH at 2016-09-18 16:50:32

Have you noticed how Mike Dean is staying away from the area 10 metres from the touchline in the final third of the field?  This is an instruction to the Premier League and Football League Referees, do you agree with this?


AH at 2016-09-18 16:46:52

Thank you to @42BriLee and @Jonatha55775464 for your tweeted comments regarding Roger East’s performance …….. How do you think Mike Dean and his team are doing so far, let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref


AH at 2016-09-18 16:44:09

For the 3rd time in the first 10 minutes, Mike Dean’s fitness and positional sense means that he has the optimum view of penal offence decisions – an object lesson for any young referee on how to read the game and utilise your fitness.


AH at 2016-09-18 16:39:41

Perhaps not unexpectedly, Tottenham are dominating the early exchanges as Kane goes close from close range


AH at 2016-09-18 16:37:17

Good positioning once again as Karl Walker offends, no complaints from the Spurs & England defender.


AH at 2016-09-18 16:36:06

Mike Dean will be supported by Assistant Referees Simon Long and Ian Hussin.  4th official duties this afternoon are with Andre Marriner, wisely taken out of the limelight following some poor decisions in recent matches..


AH at 2016-09-18 16:35:25

Good early positioning and movement from Mike Dean, tracking Son Heung-Min as he mover swiftly into the penalty area


AH at 2016-09-18 16:33:43

Here we go – expect at fast and furious start ….

AH at 2016-09-18 16:33:11

Interesting – Sunderland replace van Aaholt pre-match with Denayer – but the Sunderland #3 did not look at all injured, and i fact looked very surprised at the news.  Have Sunderland changed based on viewing the Spurs teamsheet I wonder – I don’t think it will be the last we hear of this.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:27:34

Well, what do you make of Sunderland’s away kit today – I know it’s the ‘Great British Bake Off’ at the moment, but why are Sunderland wearing a cake resembling a birthday party cake?

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:24:45

East’s appointment, wise or not, is discussed in Keith Hackett’s excellent blog at


Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:23:41

I make particular reference to Roger East, who has not had the best few days of is refereeing career, illustrated by the indecisiveness during the Hull City v Arsenal game when experienced Assistant Referee Darren Cann ‘rescued’ his colleague and awarded a penalty kick when Petr Cech offended.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:22:46

Luke Jack Conlaund @LukeConlaund supports my thoughts by praising Michael Oliver on our twitter feed, thanks Luke.  Let us know your thoughts on any matters refereeing by tweeting us @youaretheref

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:20:51

Overall however, Mike Dean does produce commendable performances which left us wondering here at You Are The Ref, who will replace the likes of Mike Dean and Martin Atkinson when they retire.  There are some very promising individuals on the Premier League, for example Craig Pawson has just produced a solid performance at the Palace v Stoke game which has just concluded, but is their strength in depth?

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:17:59

Mike Dean is the man in charge this afternoon, still one of the most respected and experienced referees in the Premier League, although prone to the odd moment of madness. This was illustrated by his ‘celebration’ of Spurs goal against Aston Villa here at White Hart Lane, a match we covered on RefCam which bought much social media comment regarding this particular incident.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-09-18 16:13:23

Welcome to the White Hart Lane  for our coverage of Spurs v Sunderland, kick-off is in around 20 minutes time at 4.30pm.