Bournemouth v Chelsea


Good Night

GB at 2017-04-08 19:41:01

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Full Time Summary

GB at 2017-04-08 19:39:11


The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • The referee’s calm, cool and collected style, suited this game down to the ground and he put in another decent shift without calling attention on himself. Consistency week after week is what Andre Marriner has demonstrated so often this season
  • Very good teamwork on show all round.
  • Just one reckless challenge in the whole game which did not receive what it should have done.

This was almost a carbon copy of the last performance I saw from this referee last Sunday. He made his mark in the 8th minute so that the players knew he was not going to try to manage what could not be managed today, and apart from one poor challenge on Costa in the 66th minute, every other reckless challenge or act of unsporting behaviour was dealt with correctly.

I know that you could hardly call that a challenging game for the officials, but they still have to be ground out and kept under control.

The fact that the Referee looked like he was refereeing in his slippers at times is not his fault!

Positioning and movement was the one thing which I refereed to throughout my blog. Once again Andre has moved around in a very relaxed manner at times and hardly even broken into a sweat – but he was never far away from the action when he needed to be. I still don’t fancy his chances in an end to end game, but no one can say he missed anything because he was too far away today.

Whilst on the subject of body language, what Andre loses in not seeming like he is on his toes and darting around all the time, he makes up for with his calm firm demeanour when disciplinary sanctions are required.

A good day at the office for the wing men as well.

So it’s time for Andre to slip out of his smoking jacket after that one, and file it away in the satisfactory performance all round folder!


GB at 2017-04-08 19:23:20


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GB at 2017-04-08 19:22:26


My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2017-04-08 19:21:39

Full Time

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-08 19:19:33

Not sure that advantage was wise at this stage and in that position on the field of play. Safe refereeing would have just been to give that one as I said earlier.

Minimum of 3 added minutes at the end to be played


GB at 2017-04-08 19:15:42

The referee has continued with his tactic of getting ahead of the players as much as he can in this game right to the end. This has actually worked for him in this game as there have been very few quick breaks from one end to the other. When the ball is pinging backwards and forwards, sometimes getting too far ahead of the play can mean the referee is caught out of position for a quick break. When you are not the fast referee on the block, you need to be conscious of this.


GB at 2017-04-08 19:09:33


Lets see if Andre starts giving those safe free kicks now in the last 10 minutes to keep hold of what he has got at the moment.


GB at 2017-04-08 19:07:44

The contact in front of the technical areas then was no different to what this referee has been letting go all game. That said, there are no prizes dished out for trying to be too clever right in front of the benches. Much safer to “just give it”!


GB at 2017-04-08 19:05:21

Yellow Card for Pedro (C 11) – reckless challenge.

That one made the earlier on on Costa stand out even more as an error. Andre is always very calm with his caution technique which is a good habit to get in to.


GB at 2017-04-08 19:01:07


Going back to the foul on Costa which I felt justified a yellow card, I hope that is not a sign that the referee is going to start coasting in this game? He needs to finish the job and keep his standards high to maintain control and respect in equal measures.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:57:47

Clear reckless challenge by the Bournemouth defender and the first time I think Andre has let one get away in this match. Just because it was Costa who got fouled and went down hard, that should make any difference that challenge warranted a yellow card as much as any of the earlier 3 in this game.

At least justice was done from the free kick!

GOAL! Marcos Alonso (C 3)

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-08 18:52:02

As the two players hustled each other near to the touchline then, it was a great example again of how Andre is prepared to take his time and let the players compete with strength but fairly so he does not have to get involved unless he really needs to.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:49:00

Good “wait and see” demonstrated by Scott Ledger then as the Bournemouth free kick was taken. Player in the off side position at the taking of the kick was not indicated to the refree until he became active


GB at 2017-04-08 18:46:44


Consistency again there from the referee as N’Golo Kante (C 7) receives the 3rd Yellow Card of the game following his reckless challenge from behind.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:44:50

10 minutes into the second half and there has only been one free kick awarded so far in this second period. Fair play to the referee for the way he is keeping this game flowing as much as he can.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:41:41

At last we have seen Andre on the move in this half. He should have plenty left in the tank, which he might need at the end of this one.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:37:54


Once again the referee was well placed to judge Costa was not fouled then. That was another great example of how this referee has the knack to be in the right place at the right time without busting a gut!


GB at 2017-04-08 18:35:59

Concentration will be the most important thing for the officials in this half if the game continues as it did in the first half. Games like this lend themselves for the referee to break it up into 10 minute chunks to help stay focused and chalk off each chunk as tit goes by.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:32:56

Bournemouth get second half underway

Half Time Summary

GB at 2017-04-08 18:28:38


Well Andre Marriner seems to have just “walked through” that first half – literally. There is never anything flash or eccentric about the way this experienced official goes about his business, and once again he has manged to keep a very low profile, but at the same time he has delivered the appropriate disciplinary sanctions when required. Each yellow card was perfectly delivered in order to establish and maintain his control of the game.

The only real talking point was a possible hand ball offence by a Bournemouth player moments before the Cherries scored their goal. Clearly the ball struck the hand of the defender, and clearly his arm was outstretched, but I have yet to see it back in real time to see if he had any chance of getting out of the way of it. I don’t think the referee could have seen the contact as the Chelsea player was shielding the ball from him, and the nearest AR was a very long way away and could not really decide if it was deliberate or not from his position. So at the end of the day, if the officials are not 100% sure that the hand ball was deliberate, then they were correct not to stop the play. Any thoughts on that decision? Do you think the officials got it right? Let us know on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

GB at 2017-04-08 18:19:48

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GB at 2017-04-08 18:17:59

Half Time

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-08 18:15:40

Minimum of 2 added minutes to be played


GB at 2017-04-08 18:13:45

GOAL! Joshua King (B 17)

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Chelsea



GB at 2017-04-08 18:10:55


Reckless challenge by Harry Arter (B 8) leads to the second Yellow Card of the game. Good to see the referee not lowering his standards even though the game is not exactly as frenetic as it could be – reckless challenge need to be dealt with in accordance to law.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:07:44

This game is unfolding very similarly to the Tottenham v Watford game earlier, as the officials are content to just keep out of it and let the players do their stuff. these are the ones which can catch you out though if you loose your concentration for a split second.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:03:41

The view from behind the goal showed up the referee’s lack of a dynamic sprint off the mark as he was just coming out of the centre circle when Costa took his shot.


GB at 2017-04-08 18:01:31

I know that there is no need to run all over the place when you don’t need to, but it is such a shame that Andre gives such a poor demonstration of body language the way he seems to walk through most of the game. That said, as he did the other day, he uses his experience well to get into credible positions to make his decisions


GB at 2017-04-08 17:56:53


Andre Marriner’s positioning is keeping him ahead of the play, which is just as well because he definitely looks like his lethargic self again this evening. Well placed for that free kick on the edge of the penalty area though.


GB at 2017-04-08 17:54:01

Nice clear advantage signal there by the referee, and most importantly it was delivered early The whole point of shouting “Advantage” and giving the signal is to explain and signal to everyone what you are doing – NOT what you have just DONE.


GB at 2017-04-08 17:51:23


GOAL!  Eden Hazard (C 10)

Bournemouth 0 v 2 Chelsea

Excellent non flag by Scott Ledger as the player timed his run to perfection. Great example of “do not raise your flag when it looks off side – only raise it when it is off side”. Great lining


GB at 2017-04-08 17:48:34

GOAL! Diego Costa (C 19)

Bournemouth 0 v 1 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-08 17:47:17


These breaks really are at 100 miles an hour and the referee will need his ARs to be right on the ball to help him if he is caught out


GB at 2017-04-08 17:44:41

Going back to the first caution a few minutes ago, that demonstrated the consistent approach shown by this referee this season. He is prepared to manage things when he can, but he is also very aware that it is important to stamp his authority on the game early and send a clear signal to everyone as to just where his tolerance level is set for this game.


GB at 2017-04-08 17:41:39

At least the complete contrast of strips will help AR Scott Ledger as he looks into the sun. I remember doing a game once with one team in red/white/red and the other in white/red/white – what a nightmare that was!


GB at 2017-04-08 17:38:58

Yellow Card for Victor Moses (C 15) for unsporting behaviour and once again Andre Marriner shows that he means business today!


GB at 2017-04-08 17:35:52

Straight forward careless challenge is meat and drink to the referee on the half-way-line. The pace at which Bournemouth are prepared to move forwards is already evident so this could be a real test for the referee’s fitness.


GB at 2017-04-08 17:33:03


The sun could play a factor in this game as it gets lower in the sky.

Referees are directed to run with their ARs on the right wings these days, but they could switch them if the sun was a problem. Not that many referees know how to run left wings these days!

Kick Off

GB at 2017-04-08 17:29:55

Bournemouth won the toss so it will be Chelsea to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2017-04-08 17:25:52

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2017-04-08 17:19:20

If our officials for this game were watching Anthony Taylor cruise through his game at lunchtime, I am sure they would settle for another one of those this evening!


GB at 2017-04-08 17:17:06


Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Andre Marriner

AR1: Simon Beck (Technical Area)

AR2: Scott Ledger

4th Official: Graham Scott

Andre Marriner

Andre Mariner returns to centre stage again today after his virtually faultless performance last week in the Arsenal v Manchester City game on Sunday. Anyone who has read my RefCam from that game can be in no doubt what an excellent game he had last time out, and as we often say, “you are only as good as your “last” game”, so we shall see if he can continue where he left off today!

Picking a referee in form is not something which has always been easy for the PGMOL this season, but at least they have had that luxury for this fixture which has the potential to be another real test of Andre’s character, as Bournemouth will definitely not be looking to roll over for the Champions elect here at the Vitality Stadium.

I will be looking for Andre to maintain the standards he set last time out, in particular in the way he grabbed hold of last week’s high profile game early and asserted his authority which he never let slip. Want he must not do is approach this game any differently just because it does not has the same status as the last one. That’s what consistency is all about.

Keep an eye on his movement this afternoon and watch how he reads the game to get himself into the credible positions he needs to be in to make his decisions. Despite not coming across as the most dynamic official on the list, Andre has developed the ability to move around the field of play effectively, which increases his ability to gain the respect of the players for his decision making.

Hold on to your hats though, as this could turn out to be a roller-coaster if the referee takes his foot off the gas!


GB at 2017-04-08 17:12:34


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Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2017-04-08 17:11:15


1       Artur Boruc (B 1)

2       Simon Francis (B 2)

3       Steve Cook (B 3)

7       Marc Pugh (B 7)

8       Harry Arter (B 8)

9       Benik Afobe (B 9)

11     Charlie Daniels (B 11)

15     Adam Smith (B 15)

17     Joshua King (B 17)

24     Ryan Fraser (B 24)

32     Cameron Howieson (B 32)


10     Max Gradel (B 10)

14     Brad Smith (B 14)

18     Lewis Cook (B 18)

13     Callum Wilson (B 13)

21     Ryan Allsop (B 21)

31     Lys Mousset (B 31)

33     Jordon Ibe (B 33)

38     Baily Cargill (B 38)


13     Thibaut Courtois (C 13)

3       Marcos Alonso (C 3)

7       N’Golo Kante (C 7)

10     Eden Hazard (C 10)

11     Pedro (C 11)

15     Victor Moses (C 15)

19     Diego Costa (C 19)

21     Nemanja Mati? (C 21)

24     Gary Cahill (C 24)

28     César Azpilicueta (C 28)

30     David Luiz (C 30)


1       Asmir Begovi? (C 1)

4       Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

5       Kurt Zouma (C 5)

22     Willian (C 22)

23     Michy Batshuayi (C 23)

26     John Terry (C 26)

29     Nathaniel Chalobah (C 29)


GB at 2017-04-08 17:07:04


Last weekend’s slip up at Crystal Palace would have been a real eye-opener to the highflying visitors today, and a real fillet for the hosts as they continue with their efforts to reach the magical 40 points marker to secure another season in the top flite of English football.

For all his confident words and mind-games with the Tottenham manager this week, Antonio Conte will be fully aware that Bournemouth are not likely to be a pushover, so he will have no doubt given his squad the proverbial “kick up the backside” after the Palace game, which seemed to work against Manchester City. It may seem like a case of, “crisis? what crisis?” now after Wednesday’s result, particularly as the Pensioners have the much easier run in over their final three fixtures in May (Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland), but history has shown us plenty of times that this is never over until the fat lady sings. Tottenham’s comfortable victory at lunch time also adds some pressure on the visitors today.

I would expect Chelsea to sit back a bit and let Bournemouth come at them today and aim to inflict the most damage with their dynamic counter-attacks, which has proved so effective this season, so the referee will need plenty of stamina to keep up with this one.

Bournemouth on the other hand are unbeaten in 5 and have nothing to lose from going for it from the off. With this game coming in the middle of fixtures with two of the other in-form top 4 teams (Liverpool last Wednesday and Tottenham next Saturday), they would have been happy to take anything they could away from those 3 fixtures, before they regroup for their own final push which pits them against sides much further down the table. With one point in the bag already from a great result at Anfield mid-week, their manager will be encouraging his players to get out there and show the world what they can do.

Personally I think this one has the potential to be a pulsating encounter this afternoon.


GB at 2017-04-08 17:03:12


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