Chelsea v Middlesbrough

Chelsea v Middlesbrough

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 3 - 0



RH at 2017-05-08 22:08:42

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Chelsea in complete command in a game that posed few questions of the Referee and his team
  • Only talking point was the Referees inability to react to the first half attacking tactics of the home team

In my half time comments I blogged;

When away teams get players behind the ball and dig in,  one tactic used by coaches is play the ball into wide area's to pull the central defenders away from their comfort zone. Chelsea have deployed this tactic very successfully in the opening half of this game. Unfortunately the Referee is not alert to this and is moving into position too late in the penalty area on the left, fortunately its not proved costly in decision making terms so far, but its a weakness in Craig Pawson's game

If I were coaching Craig Pawson I would urge more dynamic movement in his game particularly in the attacking third. I feel that Craig's dna dictates that he needs to remain calm and unflustered and that his gliding style of movement maintains an untroubled and controlled mindset. However as I have commented tonight this leaves him playing catch up as balls are played wide left and into the left hand channel particularly from midfield where he is arriving too late. Craig is anything but controlled and unflustered as he has to scramble into position for key match incident decision making. If he read the game better and moved into position sooner he can still maintain his composure to make those big calls.

Other than that no significant problems this evening as the game ran smoothly and Craig and his team involved judged their involvement level well particularly Simon Long who confidently identified and signalled three careless challenges. So its pleasing to report that the players made the headlines tonight!


RH at 2017-05-08 21:50:20

Full Time

Summary to follow


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:49:55

Craig Pawson demonstrating there the benefits of a good penalty area viewing position as he penalised Friend for handball as the Boro defender turned attacker


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:46:34

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RH at 2017-05-08 21:45:46

Bamford brings down Alonso before he can cross the ball and earns himself a Yellow Card


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:42:53

Both Assistants have done well tonight, they've involved themselves when needed, Simon Long's three careless challenge flags have also been helpful to Craig Pawson


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:39:51

Chambers falls on Costa for a straight forward award of a free kick in midfield


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:37:07

Confident flag again by Simon Long as Bamford came in hard on Cahill, that challenge was some way into the penalty area


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:34:49

Although Chelsea are comfortable at the moment the Referee and his team are still involved in a high profile game with many people around the football watching, this last fifteen minutes is no time to let up and make silly errors, concentration are focus matter in this final phase of the game!


RH at 2017-05-08 21:29:22

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RH at 2017-05-08 21:27:56

Guzan and Costa collide as they both slide in, the Referee stopped play but more as a precaution, I feel that the Boro keeper will be feeling that one still in the morning!


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:25:32

In Refereeing terms tempo management has never been an issue in this match, the home team have always been in control and don't seem to moving in top gear either!


RH at 2017-05-08 21:21:05

GOAL!Matic with Chelsea's third!


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:18:23

Good delayed whistle from the Referee as Leadbitter handles the ball


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:17:10

Yellow CardFabio grounds Hazard, text book example of halting a promising attack!


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:13:59

Negredo plays for the free kick and rightly gets nothing!


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:12:48

Boro make two changes in an attempt to stem the Chelsea flow!


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:10:46

Costa makes a meal of it as Foreshaw catches him with a standard careless challenge


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:09:10

Assistant Adrian Holmes experiencing a different half being far more involved in play as Chelsea lay siege to the Boro goal, who seem to getting plenty of men behind the ball


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:05:15

Simon Long again using the flag to good effect to signal a de Roon careless challenge on Cahill


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RH at 2017-05-08 21:03:38

Matic lands on de Roon for a Boro free kick


RH at 2017-05-08 21:01:22

The second half has started!


RH at 2017-05-08 20:52:35

When away teams get players behind the ball and dig in,  one tactic used by coaches is play the ball into wide area's to pull the central defenders away from their comfort zone. Chelsea have deployed this tactic very successfully in the opening half of this game. Unfortunately the Referee is not alert to this and is moving into position too late in the penalty on the left, fortunately its not proved costly in decision making terms so far, but its a weakness in Craig Pawson's game. By contrast he looks more comfortable when Boro build slowly in their attacks or when Chelsea attack centrally through Costa, here Craig is always in a better position. Other than a couple of borderline challenge's managed, there is little to talk about so far in Refereeing terms.


RH at 2017-05-08 20:46:19

Half Time

 


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:45:35

A minimums of one minute additional time to be played


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:44:02

The Referee looked comfortable there tracking that Chelsea counter attack with a strong sprint  after Traore was dispossessed


RH at 2017-05-08 20:42:00

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RH at 2017-05-08 20:40:59

The Referee is in a better position in the central area to penalise that Chambers careless challenge on Costa


RH at 2017-05-08 20:39:32

 

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RH at 2017-05-08 20:38:21

Apologies for banging on about this but an ariel shot of that second goal shows the Referee running towards the player who makes the pass to Alonso in the penalty area on the left, at the point where Alonso pulls the trigger near the goal line Craig Pawson is only just entering the penalty area, too far behind play if a rogue challenge came in or handball offence committed, Craig has just to be reading the game better here!


RH at 2017-05-08 20:34:46

GOAL!Alonso from the left makes it 2-0

 


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:33:29

Watching that Moses cross going begging you just feel that the next blues goal is not far away


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:31:32

That goal seems to have steadied what raised tempo there was, I'm sure the Referee is ok with that!


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:28:37

Simon Long signals again but this time its the other way as Friend fells Pedro


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:26:44

Simon Long flags strongly as Pedro catches Downing late


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:25:57

In this opening twenty minutes Chelsea or so have used the ball to the wide left to good effect, everything is coming from wide or down the left channel. Its noticeable that Craig Pawson is slow in taking off when the ball is played into these areas and is arriving too late to take up a good viewing angle and compose himself for key match decision making


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:23:14

GOAL!Costa opens the scoring for Chelsea


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:21:40

Costa feeling that Friend impeded him as he tried to convert a cross in the goal area, but TV replays confirm that Craig Pawson was right not to intervene


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:15:11

Fabio fells Costa, Conte motions a card but the free kick only is a suitable response from the Referee in my view


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:13:50

Boro's attacks are slower in the build up giving the Referee time to track play and get into position


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:10:40

Clayton catching Fabregas on the follow through, that must have hurt, it was borderline and in tempo terms could have received a differing response at a more heightened game to a free kick with no sanction


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:08:10

As Chelsea built that last attack the Referee was stood still as the ball was played towards the final third, as a consequence he arrived late, its a known fact that Chelsea start fast so why not be on the front foot?


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:05:44

I'm sure if the game is tight during the latter stages that a challenge similar to that Chambers pull back will almost certainly earn a caution


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RH at 2017-05-08 20:03:40

Chambers halts Costa's progress and gets away with a warning from Craig Pawson


RH at 2017-05-08 20:01:41

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Long is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Adrian Holmes is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2017-05-08 20:00:12

Our match Referee Craig Pawson gets us underway!


RH at 2017-05-08 19:57:25

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!


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RH at 2017-05-08 19:50:06

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Craig Pawson: Chelsea v Middlesbrough                                                                                            Assistants: A. Holmes and S. Long Fourth official: L. Mason

Top plays next to bottom. Highest scorers play the lowest scorers. It’s only going to end one way, right?

Not necessarily, as Man City found out to their cost. Home advantage could be crucial for Chelsea but don’t rule out Boro doing to them what Crystal Palace did a few weeks ago.

The visitors will be aware that if they lose this game, they will be all but down. If Hull get a point and Boro lose then they’re definitely down.

Against that backdrop, there’s only one way to play. Come out fighting and with your head held high.

Craig Pawson gets another opportunity to shadow the league leaders, and it was he who was in charge when Palace staged their smash and grab at the Bridge.

A bad omen for the Blues perhaps?

Certainly Antonio Conte was none too happy with a clear penalty shout that the official missed in that game.

 Time to make amends with an accomplished 90 minutes that leaves no room for doubt.

Craig Pawson – all you need to know

Matches in 2016/17: 23 (13 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 17 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 2


RH at 2017-05-08 19:46:08

Today’s Match Referee is Craig Pawson His Assistant Referees are Adrian Holmes and Simon Long. The Fourth Official is Lee Mason


RH at 2017-05-08 19:40:10

Plenty to play for tonight! Chelsea’s relentless strive towards the Premiership title continues, a win tonight and the blues are three points away from popping the champagne corks! But Middlesbrough have plans of their own and need something from this game to close a seven point gap to keep alive their hopes of Premiership football at the Riverside next season!