Burnley v Chelsea


AM at 2014-08-18 22:10:46

Match Summary – Overall a low key game for Michael Oliver and his Team. There will be plenty of discussion regarding the key match incident in the 34th minute which I have highlighted at half time, Teamwork was in question here for one big moment. This incident would have been an ideal opportunity for a video review by an official in the stand as a stoppage had occurred and a quick video review could have seen the correct outcome which would have been a red card to Heaton goal keeper of Burnley and a penalty kick to Chelsea.

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  My summary of Michaels performance overall is that he is an outstanding referee who shows a great maturity. Michael could well become Mark Clattenburg`s No 2 challenger. I would just like to see him continue to work on his mobility particularly on those dynamic sprints which would have assisted him in his judgement of the incident which we have discussed. This was such a feature of Mark Clattenburg  yesterday and was evident in his referee performance at Liverpool yesterday.

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Andy Martin




AM at 2014-08-18 21:53:24

The referee blows his whistle to indicate full time and an opening away win for Chelsea by 1 – 3

AM at 2014-08-18 21:52:15

A quick break from Burnley has seen Michael Oliver showing a quick anticipation and movement as he makes ground on a Burnley attack

AM at 2014-08-18 21:50:03

3 minutes of added time shown by the 4th Official.

AM at 2014-08-18 21:49:06

Quick break by Chelsea, shot by Drogba, Michael is moving hard to get to the best viewing position from behind play

AM at 2014-08-18 21:47:41

Good management and technique shown by Michael Oliver in his showing of the yellow card and subsequent process of this situation

AM at 2014-08-18 21:46:16

There we have it a reckless challenge by 17 of Burnley who is rightly shown a Yellow Card

AM at 2014-08-18 21:45:15

As we enter the final 5 minutes plus added time, it is vital that all match officials retain full concentration as the unexpected can always suddenly happen in a game which has slowed to this steady pace tonight

AM at 2014-08-18 21:43:17

Good focus and concentration from AR Burt from a close position to award a throw in to Chelsea. Chelsea sub 10 off 11 on.

AM at 2014-08-18 21:41:49

Chelsea sub 8 off 12 on Burnley 10 off 17 on

AM at 2014-08-18 21:40:27

Don’t forget to look at Keith Hackett’s excellent daily Blog for an update. So what is handball? My ten wishes for the new Premier League Season and A Review of Premier League Referees also look at the role of an Assistant Referee. All the latest topics are raised and discussed and are an opportunity for you to raise any questions that you have on your mind. I am sure that player simulation and further clarification will be discussed following tonight`s game.

AM at 2014-08-18 21:38:08

  • Don’t forget to tune into our new feature – The Ref Show – this week in which Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and Roger Dilkes will discuss the opening games of the Premier League season.
  • Among the issues: Chris Foy and his award of a penalty kick for handball followed by a red card.
  • Craig Pawson and his non penalty kick.

We will also clarify the sanctions.

AM at 2014-08-18 21:37:24

Chelsea sub 14 off 22 on good in field view and sub signal from the 4th Official

AM at 2014-08-18 21:35:51

Chelsea are preparing their substitution and it will be interesting to see how this sub will effect their pattern of play which the match officials will need to be aware of

AM at 2014-08-18 21:34:24

Free kick to Burnley following a careless challenge committed by the No 14 of Chelsea

AM at 2014-08-18 21:33:11

Burnley throw in Chelsea are closing down all Burnley options as they struggle to find a player unmarked

AM at 2014-08-18 21:31:53

Free kick to Burnley awarded by the referee from a close and static in field position

AM at 2014-08-18 21:30:48

Subs 19 off 30 on and 15 off 11 on for Burnley this is an attacking move by Sean Dyce in an attempt to pull a goal back

AM at 2014-08-18 21:28:33

Good eye contact at the award of a throw in with AR Burt who led in this situation.

AM at 2014-08-18 21:27:48

The game tempo has changed and slowed down. However it only needs a goal, foul or sub to suddenly change things. Keep your focus Match Officials

AM at 2014-08-18 21:25:28

Mike Dean the 4th Official is seen with a supportive in field view whilst also  being proactive in his management of the Technical Areas

AM at 2014-08-18 21:23:28

Good in field view and signal retention by AR Burt for a throw in to Burnley

AM at 2014-08-18 21:22:30

Burnley looking for a quick break and achieve a throw in with a clear and positive arm / hand signal from the referee being seen

AM at 2014-08-18 21:20:40

Good spot by the referee to indicate a goal kick to Chelsea good viewing angle achieved

AM at 2014-08-18 21:19:27

Chelsea are slowing things down and taking their time with plenty of passes as they retain their lead with the tempo slowing down. The Match Officials must remain fully focussed and concentrating for a sudden change in the tempo

AM at 2014-08-18 21:16:57

The referee is close to play to indicate no free kick and has shown a good movement towards the Burnley defending penalty area to have a clear view

AM at 2014-08-18 21:14:31

Spray used by the Referee. This is such an assist to the game overall. Look how the free kick management is improved and less delay in time

AM at 2014-08-18 21:12:43

Free kick to Chelsea following a careless challenge I am sure the spray will be used for the first time in this game

AM at 2014-08-18 21:11:24

The referee is showing an early close proximity to play and assistance on the correct placement of throw ins to players

AM at 2014-08-18 21:09:38

Good effort from Arfield of Burnley coupled with a good save. Retaken throw in to Chelsea as the first throw in did not see the ball enter the field of play. Good support from AR Cann

AM at 2014-08-18 21:06:59

Early throw ins in the 2nd half require a management from the referee and positive arm/hand signal are seen

AM at 2014-08-18 21:04:39

The referee blows his whistle to commence the 2nd half

AM at 2014-08-18 21:04:14

The Match Officials will now be reflecting on the first half there will be a discussion around the key match incident which I have discussed and this will form the taking point for the first half. In my view the referee needed assistance from his Assistant in this situation and it did not occur. He has then taken an incorrect judgement from a distance well behind play

AM at 2014-08-18 20:59:36

The referee blows the whistle for half time. Overall The referee has had shown good anticipation of play coupled with a good reading of play and management of players. There is just the one talking point of this half and that is the yellow card shown to Diego Costa for an act of simulation. In situations like this one the referee has to be 100% sure that an act of simulation has occurred and in this situation I don’t think he could have been 100% sure. He was caught on the quick break by being too far from play and with no indication from the far side Assistant, he was making his own judgement from a distance behind play, replays appear to show that there was contact made by the Burnley Goal keeper on Costa in which case it should have been a penalty to Chelsea and a red card card for Heaton of Burnley for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

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AM at 2014-08-18 20:46:06

No free kick awarded by the referee from a close and there will be 2 minutes of added time

AM at 2014-08-18 20:44:07

The referee is allowing the game to flow and the players are taking the lead and getting on with play, accepting the referees intervention as and when is necessary

AM at 2014-08-18 20:41:18

The referee after a slight delay has decided to stop play correctly for a head injury to Ivanovic

AM at 2014-08-18 20:40:03

Going back to the yellow card for Costa for simulation. Michael Oliver was some way behind play and his Assistant on the far side did not appear to indicate with his flag. My question here is with a view from behind play by the referee could he have been sure that Costa committed an act of simulation?

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AM at 2014-08-18 20:36:11

Free kick to Chelsea following offside indication from AR Cann

AM at 2014-08-18 20:35:17

Chelsea goal Ivanovic

AM at 2014-08-18 20:34:44

Yellow CardYellow card Costa Chelsea

AM at 2014-08-18 20:34:09

The Referee has awarded a free kick to Burnley and showed a yellow card for simulation to Costa, replays appear to show that there may have been contact made by the Burnley Goalkeeper. Could the referee have been sure that this was simulation? did he receive assistance from his Assistant?. This is a talking point.

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AM at 2014-08-18 20:29:48

One area that I  and you will be looking closely at the referee tonight will be his dynamic sprint, I am hoping that this will be an area of his skill set tonight

AM at 2014-08-18 20:27:17

The referee in the opening 25 minutes is prepared to take a risk and play advantages which is improving the game flow

AM at 2014-08-18 20:25:40

Advantage to Chelsea good signal and shout play on advantage seen and heard by the referee

AM at 2014-08-18 20:23:41

Chelsea score to make it 1-2 again good position taken up by the far side Assistant Stuart Burt, replays show that Schurrle was well on side, but to make the accurate judgement you have to be in line with the 2nd rear most defender

AM at 2014-08-18 20:21:03

Michael Oliver in the first 20 minutes is showing good movement and anticipation of play, his reading and award of free kicks coupled with close monitoring of throw in awards is adding to his overall match control. Teamwork is evident

AM at 2014-08-18 20:19:00

Chelsea quickly follow Burnley`s goal with an equaliser by Costa the Assistant on the far side again is in line with the 2nd rear most Burnley defender to make the ideal non offside judgement

AM at 2014-08-18 20:16:11

Goal to Burnley their first goal back in the Premier League, good reading of non offside by AR Cann the Burnley moving back whilst not offside when the ball was played would have made him think as he would have been in his eyeline, this is where focus and concentration are key for an Assistant Referee

AM at 2014-08-18 20:13:07

Free kick to Burnley good position and movement towards the scene of the incident achieved by the Referee

AM at 2014-08-18 20:12:03

Good focus and concentration from AR Burt with a correct and timely signal for a corner kick to Chelsea, early teamwork in place with good eye to eye contact with the referee being seen

AM at 2014-08-18 20:10:42

Referee is ensuring correct placement of the Chelsea throw in by his body language and assistance to the Chelsea player

AM at 2014-08-18 20:09:19

Good support from AR Darren Cann to indicate a throw in to Burnley, good reading of play no free kick awarded from his close view

AM at 2014-08-18 20:06:55

Good advantage played by Michael Oliver to Burnley. I am sure a word with offender and offended player would have taken place at an opportune moment

AM at 2014-08-18 20:05:48

Good early non flag for offside by AR Burt as the Chelsea player was in a non active area. Good early hold of the flag

AM at 2014-08-18 20:04:30

Good bounce and movement from the far side Assistant Stuart Burt

AM at 2014-08-18 20:03:31

Followed quickly by a free kick to Burnley and then to Chelsea

AM at 2014-08-18 20:02:37

Burnley commence with an attack with the referee moving in to award a throw in to Chelsea

AM at 2014-08-18 20:00:29

The Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle to commence play.

AM at 2014-08-18 19:57:52

Final checks of Players equipment will have now be completed as the Players and Officials enter the field of play. All focused and concentrating in preparation for an exciting first game for these teams this Season

AM at 2014-08-18 19:54:08

As usual if you have any issues, comments or concerns then please let us know.

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AM at 2014-08-18 19:52:20

  • As we move towards towards Monday Night KO. Just to let you know about a new feature which will be coming up.
  • Tune into  – The Ref Show – this week in which Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and Roger Dilkes will discuss the opening games of the Premier League season.
  • Among the issues: Chris Foy and his award of a penalty kick for handball followed by a red card.
  • Craig Pawson and his non penalty kick.
  • We will also clarify the sanctions.

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AM at 2014-08-18 19:42:51

Tonight’s Match Officials are Referee Michael Oliver, Assisted by Stuart Burt and Darren Cann all on the FIFA List. 4th Official is Mike Dean. We wish them all the best for this game and also for the season ahead.

AM at 2014-08-18 19:34:29

As we prepare for this evenings encounter Burnley mark their return to the Premier League when they play host to Chelsea in the first Monday Night Football of the season.

Sean Dyche’s men could not have asked for a harder start to life back in the top flight with Jose Mourinho’s star-studded Chelsea the first visitors to Turf Moor.

Burnley have not beaten Chelsea in a top-flight match since a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 28 August 1973 and the Blues boast a formidable record on the opening weekend of the season.

Burnley, who lost just twice in 23 home Championship matches last season, will be propelled by the raucous encouragement of the majority of a 22,500 capacity crowd at Turf Moor, a compact, at times austere ground against a Chelsea team that no one gained more points than Chelsea last season against teams in the top half of the table but the Stamford Bridge club were only sixth-best when it came to matches against teams in the bottom half.