Tottenham v West Brom


RCT at 2016-04-25 22:05:33

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Thanks for joining us this evening – we are covering 4 games over the weekend, starting with Arsenal v Norwich on Saturday and 3 games on a ‘bumper’ RefCam Sunday, so we look forward to your company for those game here at You Are The Ref.  Bye for now.

RCT at 2016-04-25 22:04:24

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RCT at 2016-04-25 22:02:25

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Just before I close, we are getting ‘ Hot Off The Press’ news here at You Are The Ref regarding an off-the-ball incident involving Alli and Yacob when Alli has punched Yacob, which was picked up by an alternative broadcaster and not seen by the match officials.

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RCT at 2016-04-25 21:57:26

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That was a commendable performance by Mike Jones, he was assured and consistent and did very little wrong all evening, when he would have been under pressure to perform. He chose to control the game with only one yellow card, which, on the night, had done the trick.  Well done to Mike and his team …

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RCT at 2016-04-25 21:54:13

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Leicester celebrate as West Brom take a point from White Hart Lane …..


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:51:44

Mike Jones continues to be positive and assured in his decision making ……


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:50:23

5 additional minutes, keep it tight …


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:46:23

Keep focused Mike – 2 to go …..


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:40:14

Interesting, I think Mike Jones gave the free-kick for the pulling offence by Fletcher. it just didn’t look good from Yacob’s point of view and Olsson was not a happy bunny ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:36:53

Mike Jones needs to aware of West Brom starting to waste time to keep the point they have ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:35:38

No time for leniency now, the referee has to use every tactic in the book to slow the game down and retain control – one of these could be issuing of cautions as and when needed.


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:33:29

This is a MASSIVE 15 minutes for Mike Jones and his team – Spurs will go for it – focus and concentration required


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:31:36

GOAL! West Brom equalise from a set-piece – that has put the cat (and the Leicester Fox) amongst the Premiership pigeons ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:28:15

Isn’t it good to see the referee enjoying a lighter moment with the players in the heat of battle – shows how relaxed he is and enjoying his work this evening.  In the past Mike Jones has had an Achilles heel mistake per game, let’s hope I am not tempting fate ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:21:28

I am increasingly impressed by Mike Jones’s body language and positivity, he is giving his decisions with clarity and confidence, let’s see if he can sustain this for the final quarter of the game?


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:17:56

Yellow CardWell timed and an appropriate caution for Evans as his challenge on Lamela was cynical



RCT at 2016-04-25 21:16:15

The woodwork is turning out to be the Away Team’s friend so far this evening ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:12:41

Once again the referee is well positioned to award a free-kick to West Brom


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:11:12

Mike Jones is showing commendable consistency with regard to his penal offence judgments, assisted by his reading of the game and fitness / positioning – keep going Mike

RCT at 2016-04-25 21:08:21

Good positive intervention by Peter Kirkup as he indicates a penal offence committed by Danny Rose


RCT at 2016-04-25 21:02:38

So, if you were in Mike Jones’s shoes, would you continue with the lenient approach, or is it time for a card in the first 10 minutes or so ? Let us know what you think by tweeting us @youaretheref

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:56:35

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The host broadcaster is highlighting the Spurs goal, from our perspective, this shows commendable judgement by Assistant Peter Kirkup with regard to his reading of offside

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RCT at 2016-04-25 20:54:46

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Mike Jones also needs to spend a brief time at half-time with Con Hatzidakis as he made 2 errors in a 3 minute period and needs a confidence boost at half-time

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RCT at 2016-04-25 20:52:40

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Interesting stuff again – has there been a ‘leniency’ directive from the PGMO with regard to man-managing the games. Obviously not. but this game is certainly following the pattern of our last Monday night Ref Cam coverage when Neil Swarbrick kept his cards in his pocket and managed the game – is this the correct approach ? Let us know what you think by tweeting us @youaretheref


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:45:33

More leniency from Mike Jones as Walker and Rondon clash – same as Neil Swarbrick last week – Mike Jones’s chooses not to issue a card or two – but was that his opportunity to assert his authority just before half-time?


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:43:11

Mmmm – are you watching Jamie Vardy and Jon Moss, just because there is contact in the penalty area, it does not mean simulation, smart refereeing by Mike Jones, invite the player to get to his feet and get on with the game – no further action needed.


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:40:28

How quick is Karl Walker – wow – it shows how physically fit the referees need to be in the modern game ….


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:38:17

West Brom will be looking at hold on until half-time as the Home team turn the screw.


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:35:46

GOAL! Tottenham open the scoring – an own goal by Dawson relives the tension around White Hart Lane – not the most dynamic goal we will ever see, but at this stage of the season, who cares ….



RCT at 2016-04-25 20:34:00

Mike Jones continues to show authority and confidence – keep going Mike – but beware of the West Brom foul count …..

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:32:30

An excellent counter argument from Morten Anderson-Gott on our twitter feed with regard to the referee’s lenient approach, have a look at @youaretheref and let us know if you agree with Morten @mortenag


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:30:45

Good positive intervention by Mike Jones, over-ruling the Assistant for the good of the game to ensure the correct decision in reached – unfortunately a second error in the space of a few minutes for Con Hatzidakis – he needs to focus and ensure no further errors


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:27:18

The first error by the refereeing team as near side Assistant Peter Kirkup fails to recognise a penal offence against Fletcher – one tip for the Assistant Referee, move back from the incident to give yourself a wider cone of vision.


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:22:06

The same pattern continues as Myhill saves from Kane – surely a goal is due ….

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:19:50

Thank you to @mortenag from Scandinavia, who is a friend of You Are The Ref , for his tweet regarding Sessegnon’s challenge on Rose in the 12th minute. Morten is questioning if this challenge deserved a yellow card – I believe that the referee is adopting the lenient policy adopted by Neil Swarbrick at last week’s Tottenham game and seeking to retain control without using formal sanctions

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:15:56

6 penal offences committed by the Away Team so far, none for the Home Team, how long before the referee decides that the offences are becoming persistent ?


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:08:48

Yacob offends – again – something for the referee to be aware of, perhaps we could have predicted the Away Team’s physical approach ….

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:06:50

Early pressure, as expected, from Spurs as West Brom find themselves on the back foot …


RCT at 2016-04-25 20:05:45

A good, confident, first penal offence decision by Mike Jones and he was well positioned to judge

RCT at 2016-04-25 20:01:02

My apologies  – Mike Jones is in charge this evening, a change from the originally published referee. The Greater Manchester based official is having his best season in recent times, we wish him well ….

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:52:25

The YATR expert said: “Having watched the latest clip, for me it is a clear foul. My advice to referees is to take a moment’s reflection and to not go looking for trouble, even if you think a player may have gone down too easily, which was certainly not the case here. What is wrong with either giving the foul of just playing on? There doesn’t have to be a card.”

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:50:04

Whilst waiting for the game to start, why not visit our website to view mark Halsey’s view of ‘safe refereeing’ (, it’s a great read, which, as always from Mark, tells it as it is and offers some great advice for referees at all levels.

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:48:51

Thank you to @englishtom and @Dave_866 for their recent tweets, please keep posting throughout the game to let us know your thoughts

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:46:35

It is surely no coincidence that the senior officials returned from UEFA duty were assigned to the key games, having not been available on the previous weekend, when chaos reigned. Should the PGMO have a concern about the depth of ability on the Select Group list outside of the FIFA list – let us know what you think by tweeting us @youaretheref

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:43:56

So, apart from Van Gaal’s comments concerning the FA Cup Semi-Final referee Anthony Taylor, not too much controversy from this weekend’s fixtures.  As stated on our RefCam coverage of this game, and on the Ref Show, the Manchester United Manager’s comments were unjustified as Anthony produced another commendable performance.

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:40:14

The spotlight this evening in refereeing terms falls upon Bobby Madley, his Assistants Peter Kirkup and Con Hatzidakis and 4th official Roger East.  The Yorkshireman will need to be strong in the face of the West Bromwich physical approach and the first 15 minutes will be key to his match control.

RCT at 2016-04-25 19:34:38

All eyes this evening from a playing point of view will be on Spurs’ young guns Kane & Alli (don’t they sound like pair of 1930’s mobsters!), recently named in the PFA team of the year, who have been nothing short of superb all season – I suspect that West Brom will not have the answer to their attacking prowess, but Tony Pullis’s team are always resilient.


RCT at 2016-04-25 19:29:10

Welcome to White Hart Lane – if this is not a key game in the race for the Premier League, then I don’t know what is.  Have the Leicester City fans ever supported West Brom so much, I doubt it very much …..