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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Bolton Wanderers 1 – 4 Tottenham Hotspur. Dean stars as… “Dean”

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Today’s referee is Mike Dean

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Mike Dean (2012-05-02)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
2 PENALTY Wheater Kaboul N/C “Pulls him from behind away from the flight of the ball, a definate penalty missed by Dean” 3
6 OTHER Gallas Ngog C 1
13 OTHER Sandro Eagles C 1
18 OTHER Adebayor C Handball 1
21 OTHER C Good advantage played after holding by Sandro 1
21 OFFSIDE Ngog C 1
29 OTHER Davies Modric C 1
31 OTHER Davies Sandro C 1
36 GOAL Modric C 3
38 OTHER Ngog Sandro C 1
41 OTHER Kaboul Davies N/C “Comes through from behind and knees him in back, nothing given” 1
41 OTHER Davies Spurs N/C Davies jumps into a player and the game is allowed to continue 1
41 PENALTY Gallas C “A big Bolton shout for a penalty, there is all sorts going on and the ball is knocked against Gallas hand, Kabould also has hold of a shirt, but it is all to messy to see and the game should have been stopped for the first and easy to spot foul by Davies” 3
42 OTHER Kaboul Ngog C 1
45 OTHER Sandro Ngog C 1
46 OTHER Sandro Davies C 1
46 YELLOW Sandro N/C He should have been cautioned for deliberately grabbing Davies foot as he fell to stop a Bolton break 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OTHER Lennon Rickets C 1
47 OTHER Rose Eagles N/C Jumped into man 1
47 OTHER Davies C “He puts his leg into Sandro and falls to the floor in a blatant attempt to win a foul just outside the box, Dean tellshim no way and get up” 1
47 YELLOW Davies N/C “So the Ref sees the simulation, acknowledges it, does not give it, but no caution, apply the laws please Mr Dean it is what you are there for” 2
48 OTHER Gallas Davies N/C Elbow to the back of head not given 1
50 OTHER Rose Eagles N/C Held him off with arm 1
50 GOAL Reo Coker C 3
52 OTHER Walker Petrov C 1
52 YELLOW Walker C “There has been worse than this in the game, much worse, it is also Walkers first foul, Dean continues to confuse me “ 2
56 OTHER Walker Petrov C 1
59 GOAL VDV C “Has to be said, a great break from Spurs who were under the cosh a bit” 3
61 GOAL Adebayor C correct 3
67 OFFSIDE Davies C Just 1
68 GOAL Adebayor C correct 3
69 OTHER Vela Lennon C 1
69 YELLOW Vela C Easy yellow 2
71 OFFSIDE Adebayor C Assumed 1
73 OTHER Eagles Rose C 1
73 YELLOW Eagles C Easy yellow 2
77 OTHER Ream Adebayor C 1
82 OFFSIDE Adebayor C Assumed 1
88 OFFSIDE Rose C Assumed 1
89 OTHER Davies Sandro N/C Puts his elbow in 1
89 YELLOW Davies N/C “It at least was a yellow mr Dean, Sandro is down with a head injury” 2

Just when Bolton were on top Spurs managed to end the game with two quick breaks, it was incisive football of the type we have become accustomed to. Dean was his usual self, in strange positions, missing the blatant, penalising the trivial, and as usual, failing to apply the Laws of the Game in the manner that he is employed to do.

A few controversial moments, Spurs should have had a penalty in the 2nd minute as Wheater just pulled Kaboul away from the flight of the ball at a corner. Kaboul did not even appeal, perhaps being a centre half himself he just knows that is the way it is. Bolton too had a similar situation in the 58th minute when Adebayor appeared to barge Boyata from a corner, but the angle was poor and I could not be sure if it was as I suspected, so I have not marked it.

Bolton had a big Pen shout in the 41st minute, but it all resulted from a Davies foul not given by Dean, so he got away with that one. A penalty to Bolton at that stage would have been nice, me being a Gooner, but the review is free of bias so therefore,  it would have been harsh

The first two goals had moments of controversy preceding them, Modrics goal,  (great strike) was from a corner disputed by Bolton for a handball by Sandro, but the ball was knocked onto Sandros hand by Ream from about 6 inches, so whilst contact was definite, it was certainly not deliberate, and then the corner should have been defended better.

The Bolton goal was from a throw in when Bolton fans were screaming for a foul by Rose on Eagles. They were right it was a foul, but they scored from the throw. This was in another phase of play and again should have been defended better.

Finally Kevin Davies, English players don’t dive do they? Well Kevin Davies did in the 47th minute, Dean said get up, but did not caution him. At that moment Dean was selective in his application of the laws. It was irresponsible and a poor reffing. The Laws of the Game are meant to be applied, and Dean is well paid to perform that task. Every time a Ref acknowledges a dive and does not caution, they encourage the next dive, and thus, make their own job harder. PLEASE APPLY THE LAWS OF THE GAME!

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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-05-02)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 1 1 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 10 12 83.33
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
YELLOW 0 1 0.00
TOTAL 13 17 76.47
WEIGHTED 17 24 70.83
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 4 4 100.00
OFFSIDE 4 4 100.00
OTHER 7 11 63.64
YELLOW 3 5 60.00
TOTAL 18 24 75.00
WEIGHTED 29 37 78.38
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 5 5 100.00
OFFSIDE 5 5 100.00
OTHER 17 23 73.91
PENALTY 1 2 50.00
YELLOW 3 6 50.00
TOTAL 31 41 75.61
WEIGHTED 46 61 75.41

A score above 70% so not bad in total for Dean.

BIAS SUMMARY – Mike Dean (2012-05-02)
Period 1 Bolton Wanderers % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 7 53.85 6 46.15 13
Correct For Weighted 7 41.18 10 58.82 17
Incorrect Against 2 50.00 2 50.00 4
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 42.86 4 57.14 7
Fouls Commited 5 41.67 7 58.33 12
Fouls Penalised 3 60.00 6 85.71 9
Period 2 Bolton Wanderers % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 8 44.44 10 55.56 18
Correct For Weighted 11 37.93 18 62.07 29
Incorrect Against 3 50.00 3 50.00 6
Incorrect Against Weighted 3 37.50 5 62.50 8
Fouls Commited 4 40.00 6 60.00 10
Fouls Penalised 3 75.00 3 50.00 6
Totals Bolton Wanderers % Tottenham Hotspur % Total
Correct For 15 48.39 16 51.61 31
Correct For Weighted 18 39.13 28 60.87 46
Incorrect Against 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Incorrect Against Weighted 6 40.00 9 60.00 15
Fouls Commited 9 40.91 13 59.09 22
Fouls Penalised 6 66.67 9 69.23 15

The same numbers of wrong calls for both teams. If we put weight on it, the numbers become negative for Tottenham. But as Tottenham ran out as winners nobody will moan about it I guess.


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2 comments to Untold Ref Review: Bolton Wanderers 1 – 4 Tottenham Hotspur. Dean stars as… “Dean”

  • doanythingformoney

    Excelent review and thanks. Good seasons work -and much appreciated.

  • Micko

    What happened to Dean at half time in the Arsenal v Tottenham game because ever since he seems to have been reffing games without his usual bias !