Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea v Liverpool

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



RH at 2015-05-10 18:11:02

I’ve not seen Andre on Recam this season, but I feel This performance in many respects is a mirror of Andre Marriners season, it contained some good things, periods of steady Refereeing and some moments that Andre will reflect on and no doubt feel he could have done better, but overall it never scaled the heights that a FIFA Referee officiating at the home of the Premier League Champions with Liverpool in town should be achieving.

So let’s break it down, in terms of good things I liked the, his threshold on careless/reckless challenges was very good, apart from the Fabregas shorts pull, which I attribute to the Assistant Gary Beswick, Andre punished every cautionable offence, all seven yellow cards were justified, its just a pity that the one red card moment was not punished. Andre was also calm in this match, but as I will reflect maybe that’s part of the problem, he seems to lack purpose at times. Without doubt the game was safely delivered and the post-match discussion will not centre on Refereeing unless Liverpool wish to dwell on the Shorts pulling incident. The steady things were his decision making which overall was sound, the only directional decision that was in error being Henderson’s late strike which should have resulted in a corner, so all round a steady recognition of offences

The things that need work on are his movement which looked labored, he seems to run flat footed instead of being on the front foot, he needs to straighten his back and inject more pace and dynamic sprinting into his game, this would deliver more presence and better impact, more becoming of a FIFA Referee.

In terms of Assistants, Darren Cann had an excellent game today, his movement and support of the Referee at three of the cautions was spot on. Gary Beswick moved well and made some great offside and non-offside decisions, but he let himself down at the key moment in the game when he should have offered the Referee the same level of support with the flag, that his colleague Darren Cann did, two of Cann’s flags were in similar situations, with the offence being on the blind side of the Referee that one was down to you Gary and you didn’t nail it.

 


RH at 2015-05-10 17:53:05

Stay with us on REFCAM when we go stateside tonight at 22.00 for the MLS game between Toronto FC and Houston.  There’s more Premier League action coming your way tomorrow night when in form Arsenal host Swansea who are on course for their highest ever final league placing. Next Saturday 16th May we feature Southampton’s match against relegation threatened Aston Villa then on Sunday 17th we’re covering the Liverpool verses Crystal Palace game on Merseyside. The Refcam weekend is rounded off with our Sunday night MLS coverage of the Orlando verses LA Galaxy match as we feature Steven Gerrard’s current and next clubs!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:52:41

Summary to follow


RH at 2015-05-10 17:52:21

Full Time

 


RH at 2015-05-10 17:52:02

Well Andre has certainly not been afraid to pursue that left channel into the penalty area, why haven’t we seen more of that progressive movement?


RH at 2015-05-10 17:50:12

Good flag by Darren Cann for that push by Ibe on Willian, what a cracking game he’s is having!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:48:51

4 minutes added time!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:48:39

That shot wide by Henderson should have resulted in a corner, i’m surprised that Liverpool did’t question that?


RH at 2015-05-10 17:46:50

We’ve seen a few deflections this weekend by that one was seen by Courtois


RH at 2015-05-10 17:45:45

The Referee took up a good position there as Ivanovic and Johnson went shoulder to shoulder in the penalty area


RH at 2015-05-10 17:43:06

Important that Andre Marriner exerts maximum contention and focus to the very end, some of us remember the November League fixture at Anfield when Anthony Taylor was looking so good until the final minutes when he failed to award a penalty to Liverpool following a Gary Cahill handball, Keep going, don’t take your foot off the gas Andre!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:40:30

Yellow CardLuis earns a caution for a shirt pull on Ibe, no surprise that Darren Cann well placed supports the Referee well with his third flag at a caution! I rest my case!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:38:37

Andre Marriner is definitely getting deeper into the penalty area this half, it looks better and would sell any crucial decision that comes his way, why didn’t he do more of this in the first half?


RH at 2015-05-10 17:36:30

Gerrard leaves the stage to all  round applause, fair play!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:35:40

Skrtel returning to the action quickly, no Dawson at Hull stuff here!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:34:30

Andre Marriner did better there as he moved into the penalty area to track Can’s goal line challenge on Luis


RH at 2015-05-10 17:31:23

I still can’t help but feel that the Referee could really demonstrate his movement, presence and impact better on this game, physically its not stretching him, so why not impress everyone, including your bosses?


RH at 2015-05-10 17:29:25

Liverpool keep that theme as Ibe replaces Lallana, so the tactics remain the same!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:27:16

Its interesting watching Premier League football particularly from a tactical perspective, when the 4-4-2 formation is played it often presents Assistants with more tight offside decisions as the ball is played in through the channels, today with Chelsea playing 4-2-3-1 and Liverpool 4-3-3 we haven’t seen that many tight offsides, particularly as both teams are build slowly from the back and looking to get in crosses


RH at 2015-05-10 17:22:48

Andre Marriner moving better into position with more purpose as Sterling ran at the Chelsea penalty area


RH at 2015-05-10 17:21:28

I am of course referring to the Fabregas shorts pulling incident from the first half  in my comments on Gary Beswick


RH at 2015-05-10 17:20:06

Twice in this game Darren Cann has shown good awareness by looking at the competing players to support the Referee with strong flags at two of the cautions. Gary Beswick should take note as in a similar position he did not intervene, was he 1) Looking elsewhere or 2) Offer a poor recognition of offence? either way he should have offered the Referee support on what was a blind side offence for Andre Marriner, you need to learn from that incident Gary


RH at 2015-05-10 17:16:48

Yellow CardThe latest offence on Sterling as Mikel steps across him earns caution number six, good to see Darren Cann supporting with a strong flag.


RH at 2015-05-10 17:13:59

Good work from Gary Beswick in that Chelsea attack with a non offside flag against Willian


RH at 2015-05-10 17:12:33

The Referee showing more purpose in that last Liverpool attack as he closed in quickly, that’s better!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:11:04

Sterling on the receiving end again, this time his shirt is tugged by Remy, no caution though?


RH at 2015-05-10 17:09:37

The pattern of play similar to the first half, not too demanding at the moment on the Referee


RH at 2015-05-10 17:05:29

What i’m looking for from the Referee is the injection of a little more presence in this half, running into position to offer impact at incidents and nailing decisions! selling them! letting everyone know who managing the game, there wasn’t much evidence of that in the first half, as the cautions were almost ‘mechanically’ issued with little impact! come on Andre i know you can do this!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:02:23

The second half has started!


RH at 2015-05-10 17:01:04

Stay with us on REFCAM when we go stateside tonight at 22.00 for the MLS game between Toronto FC and Houston.  There’s more Premier League action coming your way tomorrow night when in form Arsenal host Swansea who are on course for their highest ever final league placing. Next Saturday 16th May we feature Southampton’s match against relegation threatened Aston Villa then on Sunday 17th we’re covering the Liverpool verses Crystal Palace game on Merseyside. The Refcam weekend is rounded off with our Sunday night MLS coverage of the Orlando verses LA Galaxy match as we feature Steven Gerrard’s current and next clubs!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:57:25

well there is no shortage of action here in a competitive game with plenty of bite! Andre Mariner has one incident apart taken a tight grip on the game with five cautions, all of which were justified, in particular Febregas’s opening minute reckless challenge  on Sterling, fortunately the victim was moving freely after, unfortunately a second cautionable offence committed by Fabregas in the form of pulling back an opponent by his shorts was not punished, the offender should have been sent off by way of a second caution. This incident was particularly disappointing as it happened near to Gary Beswick , albeit on the blind side of the Referee, i am certain that Brenden Rogers would have offered his opinion to Jon Moss as both of them would have clearly seen the offence also. So in terms of law application the spade work was done but the big one not punished. Andre seems a bit labored in his movement in a game that is not stretching physically. Both Assistants are moving well and it was good to see Darren Cann offering good support on the Lallana caution. It certainly is all to play for in the second half


RH at 2015-05-10 16:47:25

Half Time


RH at 2015-05-10 16:46:58

Well the first  half ends as it started with a goal, its all to play for in the second half!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:45:48

Two minutes added time


RH at 2015-05-10 16:45:24

Yellow CardIvanovic hauls back Lallana and  receives the fifth caution of the game and accepts his fete with out question

GOAL!Gerrard scores from the resulting set piece


RH at 2015-05-10 16:42:37

Gary Beswick signalling offside and exchanging words with Brenden Rogers


RH at 2015-05-10 16:39:56

Coutinho caught late on the edge of his own penalty area there, wasn’t worth a caution though


RH at 2015-05-10 16:37:51

The pattern of play with Chelsea pressing high and the play concentrated in midfield, gives a Referee a good opportunity to maintain a close proximity to play and the creation of good viewing angles, i’m not sure the Referee is making the most of this?


RH at 2015-05-10 16:34:02

However with half an hour gone and four cautions, and a good candidate for a red card, this certainly isn’t an end of season game!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:31:48

The Fabregas shorts pull apart, i can’t question any of the cautions, but from a body language and movement point of view Andre Marriner does look ‘end of season’ doesn’t he?


RH at 2015-05-10 16:30:02

Yellow CardLambert becomes the latest caution as he needlessly clatters into Thibaut Courtois, why did he do it you might ask? no other option for the Referee!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:26:51

Yellow CardMartin Skrtel hauling back Remy at the goal line/edge of the penalty and rightly receiving a caution


RH at 2015-05-10 16:24:54

Andre Marriner getting caught up in play three times in midfield during that last Liverpool attack


RH at 2015-05-10 16:23:13

Gary Beswick on the ball this time as he signals a tight offside against Steven Gerrard


RH at 2015-05-10 16:21:42

Yellow CardNo absence of Assistant intervention there as Darren Cann signals a nearby reckless tackle by Lallana, good work!

 


RH at 2015-05-10 16:20:06

Fabregas lucky to escape further attention as he grabbed the shorts of an opponent, right in front of the Assistant, Gary Beswick, who declined to intervene, did Andre Marriner see the offence also? One of them saw it for certain!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:14:49

Good to see that Sterling seems to be moving freely again!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:14:00

Following that explosive opening ten minute spell the tempo has slowed at the moment, its not going to stay this way for long i’m sure!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:10:57

Andre Marriner not being extended physically so far as both teams are building from the back, no break away attacking at the moment


RH at 2015-05-10 16:07:47

Going back to the Fabregas caution, why were Chelsea players surrounding the Referee, how can you excuse tackling like that?


RH at 2015-05-10 16:06:27

Well i posed the question what would Chelsea’s approach be to this game, i think we now know it!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:05:51

GOAL!John Terry comes up from the back with a trade mark goal 1-0

 


RH at 2015-05-10 16:05:07

Loftus-Cheek continues Chelsea’s aggressive start to this game by scooping up Coutinho, no prisoners being taken at the moment!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:02:45

Yellow CardAn ugly challenge by Fabregas on Sterling rightly earning him a caution in the opening minute!


RH at 2015-05-10 16:00:51

Today’s Match Referee Andre Marriner has Refereed 19 Premier games to date having shown 79 yellow cards and 1 red with an average of 4.15 yellow cards a game


RH at 2015-05-10 16:00:13

Our match Referee Andre Marriner gets us underway!


RH at 2015-05-10 15:56:41

Two teams with very different outlooks today, Chelsea have the Championship in the bag, so how will they approach this game?  Liverpool have a seven point gap to close on Man United, so it will be fascinating to see how this game takes shape, a Chelsea Liverpool match is never a dull affair, our Match Official’s team will have covered all of possible scenario’s in their pre-match build up!


RH at 2015-05-10 15:52:56

Our Match Referee this afternoon is Andre Marriner, his Assistant Referees are Gary Beswick and Darren Cann, The Fourth Official is Jon Moss


RH at 2015-05-10 15:45:48

Welcome to our coverage of this fixture featuring the Premier League Champions as they host a Liverpool side who are desperate to end a frustrating season on a high by securing a Champions League place!