Southampton V Chelsea – Stuart Martin


SM at 2014-12-28 17:09:00


A close game which was to be expected from teams who are 1st and 4th in the league. The game was punctuated by numerous careless fouls which were all recognised and penalised by the Referee who worked hard to adopt positions which were always appropriate. All the yellow cards and the red card were completely warranted; hence it is a shame that the one “big” decision that needed to be made was judged incorrectly. This seems to be very prevalent this season and is something that surely needs addressing as a matter of urgency. If FIFA Referees’ can’t get these type of decisions correct what message does this send out to their colleagues and does nothing to regain our former  reputation  of being the best in the world.

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SM at 2014-12-28 16:58:00

Another Chelsea free-kick.

The Referee blows the whistle to end the game at 1-1

SM at 2014-12-28 16:57:20

Foul by Pelle of Southampton. Yellow cardYellow Card

SM at 2014-12-28 16:56:24

Foul by Ivanovic on Long. Free-kick given.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:52:56

4 minutes of added time.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:51:20

Scheiderling fouls Fabregas and receives a second yellow card and hence isYellow CardRed Card dismissed

SM at 2014-12-28 16:50:25

Corner kick to Southampton. Not to much jostling which is good

SM at 2014-12-28 16:49:02

Good offside judgement by Assistant Beswick.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:48:33

Corner kick to Southampton.  Was any part of the ball in the corner arc?


SM at 2014-12-28 16:46:33

Referee Taylor still showing good positional movement to keep as near to play as possible. Good advantage applied by Referee but quickly stopped play when this did not accrue.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:41:13

Fonte gets head injury in collision with his own goalkeeper.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:39:41

Sub for Southampton. Long for Davis

SM at 2014-12-28 16:38:09

Another minor careless offence leads to a Chelsea free-kick.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:36:59

Sub for Chelsea. Drogba for Mikel.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:35:33

Foul by Wanyama on Cost. Free kick given.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:34:17

Another foul by Schneiderling brings him a yellow card Yellow Card

SM at 2014-12-28 16:33:13

Foul by Schneiderling on Hazzard.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:31:17

Constant pressure from Chelsea as they seek a goal to put them ahead. The Officials need to maintain high concentration and composure particularly after the earlier error of judgement.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:29:08

Well the first “big” decision gone and an error of judgement. The replay shows the Southampton full back slipped but definately made contact with the Chelsea players’ leg which caused him to fall. Certainly not simulation by the Chelsea player!

SM at 2014-12-28 16:24:47

Sub for Southampton Gardos for Yoshida. 4th Official supervises.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:21:50

Sub for Southampton No16 for No11

SM at 2014-12-28 16:21:20

Could Darren Cann have helped the Referee with the decision?

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Caution for Yashida Yellow Card

SM at 2014-12-28 16:18:41

FABREGAS receives yellow card for simulation but replay clearly shows he was tripped by Southampton No33 and hence a penalty kick should have been awardedYellow Card

SM at 2014-12-28 16:15:21

Hazzard wants a free kick for alleged offence by Wanyama. Slight contact which could have been penalised but nothing given.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:12:59

Foul on Willian. Referee again in close proximity.

Foul by Wanyama on Fabregas. Referee again on the spot to give the decision.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:11:08

Foul by Ibranovic on Targett and so free kick to Southampton.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:08:24

An immediate free kick to Southampton.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:07:59

Chelsea substitute indicated by 4th Official Andy D’Urso. Willian for Schurrle.

The Referee gets the game under way.

SM at 2014-12-28 16:05:04

It does appear that the powers that be are more concerned with the accuracy of throws and goal kicks rather than on getting the “big” decisions correct.l It is these “big” decisions that seem to be  incorrect on a regular basis and this is not acceptable from any Referee let alone our “top” Referees Today we have so far no complaints. Let’s hope I can still say that at the end of the game.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:59:32

Half time summary.

A good game which has been punctuated by many minor careless challenges which the Referee had always detected. However, the Referee has shown the confidence in allowing good advantage on a number of occasions to add flow to the game when possible and always uses a clear arm signal. His positioning has ensured he his always credibly positioned  when making judgements and hence control has not been threatened. Good use of the “quiet word” has also  been noted but this may not always be appropriate in close games such as this. We shall see how the second half pans out.

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SM at 2014-12-28 15:52:37

Referee Taylor brings the first half to a close.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:51:17

2 minutes of added time to be played and Chelsea equalise as this is indicated.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:48:05

Foul by Southampton No19 brings him a serious verbal rebuke from the Referee.

Two more minor offences is making the game a little stop-start.  Yoshida commits a careless challenge jumping into an opponent. Again the Referee is well positioned to award the free-kick.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:44:04

Chelsea No12 commits foul. Perhaps Chelsea players becoming a little frustrated . The Referee is keeping control at a good level and has missed little so far.  Offences by Chelsea racking up and the Referee has spotted everyone. No arguments from players at decisions given. This indicates a degree of respect for the Referee.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:41:08

A late tackle by Fabregas leads to another Southampton freekick.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:38:07

Things hotting up with another foul by a Chelsea defender. The Referee needs to keep a close eye on some of these strong challenges when players are brought to the ground. So far his authority is being maintained well.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:36:38

Matic commits late illegal challenge on Pele and correctly receives a cautionYellow Card

SM at 2014-12-28 15:35:37

Good man-management by Referee following minor clash between Pele and Fillipe Luis

SM at 2014-12-28 15:33:38

Foul on Chelsea No3 spotted and signalled by Assistant Cann. Good Referee/Assistant co-operation.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:31:38

Good crabbing movement by both Assistants to maintain position while keeping the field of play in view at all times.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:30:04

Good detection of offence of “backing into an opponent” by Tadic. Once again no complaints by players as Referee wel positioned.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:28:39

Good offside detection by Assistant Beswick and a prompt flag signal.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:27:29

Corner kick to Chelsea. Referee well placed on the edge of the penalty area to obtain a clear view of any incident.  The Referee continues to work hard to remain in close proximity to play at al times.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:24:29

Another god advantage played by the Referee and then a positive sprint to be on the spot to award a free kick for another Chelsea foul.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:22:36

Notice how the Referee introduces backward running to keep moving while keeping play within view.

First goal goes to Southampton. Assistant Cann well positioned to see there was no offside offence.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:19:50

Southampton corner. Once again not to much jostling seen.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:18:56

Good advantage applied by the Referee following a minor offence by a Chelsea player.An immediate arm signal makes everyone aware of the Referee’s attitude.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:17:59

The Referee is once again on the spot to detect a foul on Schurrle.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:16:38

The Referee stops play immediately following a head injury to Terry. The game correctly restarts with a drop ball.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:14:55

Corner kick to Chelsea. Not too much jostling apparent. Let’s hope this situatiuon remains throughout. Another corner for Chelsea. The low sun is causing Assistant Beswick difficulties but he maintains a watchful brief by shading his eyes with one hand.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:11:39

The Referee is working hard in these early stages to ensure he is always very close to play.  A sensible way to assert authority in a very unobtrusive manner.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:10:04

Goos flag signal by Assistant to ensure throw direction is correct and Referee acts on the advice of his Assistant showing good early teamwork.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:08:47

Foul by Tadic is penalised immediately. Once again the Referee is positioned very close when making the decision.

SM at 2014-12-28 15:05:35

Referee Anthony Taylor gets the game under way and Southampton kick off.

SM at 2014-12-28 14:59:04

Sothampton have just had back to back wins and will be looking to halt the relentless march of Chelsea while at the same time maintaining their own position within the top four., This game should provide a good test for the match officials.

SM at 2014-12-28 14:55:28

This afternoon’s match comes from St Mary’s and is the Premiership clash between league leaders Chelsea and Southampton who are 4th in the league but 13 points behind their visitors.

The match referee is Anthony Taylor supported by Assistants Gary Beswick and Darren Cann with Andy D’Urso acting as 4th Official.