Chelsea -v- Southampton


T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:25:48

Mike Dean has judged his level of involvement to perfection and maintained consummate control of this pulsating contest. Player respect has been at a high level as they have accepted his arbitration of events which included several penalty area incidents, a penalty awarded and several cautions all delivered to expectation. His only lapse was the second caution not delivered to  Matic when it was expected but overall he has performed in a cool and composed manner in a cauldron atmosphere. At the final whistle it is honours even in this enthralling contest. Some very good things to admire in Mike’s performance in terms of man management and communication which rightly earned him full player respect. Stay with You Are The Ref for the next game at Old Trafford. Full Time

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:18:28

Mike Dean working hard as the game ebbs and flows from end to end. Corner Chelsea in the last few seconds as magnificent defending denies Chelsea the winner. 4 minutes added.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:16:45

More good offside judgement by AR Long before Saints get a freekick in a wide position but wasted as the keeper collects.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:14:17

Last 5 minutes and whilst Chelsea look the more likely winner, the Saints defending has been first class. Can they steal all three points on the counter attack?

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:12:22

Yellow Card Djuricic amongst the substitutions.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:11:30

Chelsea sub – Oscar off and Remy on before caution for Djuricic for a nasty tread on the heel of the Opponent. Long off for Saints and Pelle on. Willian off for Chelsea and Cuarado on as the final change. Beware of substitutions! As a referee the introduction of Substitutions can turn a game upside down. At any level referees must always be aware that a game can change on the introduction of new players. Either they will come on to disrupt play, be badly disciplined or attempt to show the manager that they should have been on from the start and score wonder goals. Added awareness from the referee is requires to manage all these eventualities.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:08:39

Since the introduction of the two Saint’s substitutes, they have been under pressure for sustained Chelsea attacks. They have defended well as a unit as wave after wave of Chelsea attacks have tested their resolve. Costa shot blocked to give them another corner. Caught one handed by the keeper. Great stuff!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:03:06

Oscar fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Mike Dean’s body language was superb. Shot goes out for another Chelsea corner as they turn the screw. 

T.S. at 2015-03-15 16:00:52

All the cautions have been deserved with just the one missed when Matic should have received a second caution. sub Saints – Davis off- ward prowess on. Also Tadic off and Djuredij on. Chelsea almost take the lead but two shots blocked by the defenders. Good contest!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:56:23

Cahill cautioned for a rugby tackle on Mane as he desperately defended the attack. Yellow Card Good position for Saints but the keeper saves.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:53:14

There have been many good advantages played and It is good referee practice to speak to both offending and offended against players and let them know that the foul has been seen and advantage played. I believe that advantage should not be played on a cautionable offence – far better to stop play and deliver the card. The exception would be when the advantage results in a clear goal scoring opportunity in the next immediate phase of play.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:51:52

Caution Ivanovic and also Wanyama for a reckless challenge on which an advantage played. Yellow Card There is a risk to control to play advantage on a cautionable offence and Mike Dean was lucky to get away with that one. Yellow Card

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:47:54

The Costa penalty appeal had no credibility following the TV replay – well done Mike Dean. Another ‘big decision’ judged correctly.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:45:26

Costa tumbled in the area as the crowd appeal for a penalty. Mike Dean unimpressed but the second half has sprung into life as Chelsea hit the post before it is cleared. Hazard offside as he headed past the post. What pressure from the league leaders!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:42:41

Corner to Chelsea who have started the second half better but it is cleared for a throw as Chelsea make a sub. Matic off and Ramires on – good tactics by Chelsea with Matic being on thin ice having been cautioned and escaped a second yellow card early in this second half.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:35:00

Foul by Matic which looked cautionable but not issued! It would have been his second caution and a sending off. Explosive start to the second half and a big talking point!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:33:17

Second half under way. What changes will the managers have made to their tactical formations? Adjustments to the referee’s positioning might be necessary as he watches to see what changes have been made by the managers. Remember that the tactical formations of the teams (4-4-2 or 5-3-2-1) have different positional requirements for the referee to get the best viewing angles without being in the way of play.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:32:47

There was minimal dissent evident on the award of the penalty to Southampton as the decision had full credibility, despite Mike being at the maximum distance from the challenge to retain credibility. He moved towards the incident after blowing his whistle to effectively sell his award. The better referees officiate to perception and expectation and deliver decisions that are not a surprise as they fulfil their duties to apply Law and offer full protection to creative players.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:20:22

Despite two cautions and three penalty appeals, Mike Dean has seen the first half to a satisfactory conclusion by remaining cool, calm and collected as he maintained effective control of the proceedings. Join us again for the start of the second half here on You-Are-The-Ref and keep your comments coming throughout the rest of the game and with Manchester United -v- Spurs to come.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:16:41

Teamwork between the officials has looked good as they collectively have ensured that Law has been upheld. Added time of one minute shown by Anthony Taylor as Chelsea attack but the all is over the crossbar. Half time whistle goes with honours even.Half Time

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:13:26

Freekick awarded by Assistant Long to give Chelsea a freekick in a good wide position. But Saints clear their lines.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:11:35

Corner to Saints as we enter the last 5 minutes. Mike Dean aware of any excessive holding as the shot goes wide.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:10:03

Wanyama foul in front of the technical area awarded as the Chelsea manager raises his arms to appeal. All foul challenge committed within a close distance of the technical area need attention. The referee needs to demonstrate added awareness in this area of the field of play as players will be trying extra hard to impress their coach from close proximity as they challenge for the ball.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:05:11

Getting in the way of play in the ‘inside left channel’ is an occupational hazard for referees and Mike was lucky on a few occasions in the first half hour not to be hit by the ball. Clear thinking is required to ensure that the referee does not get hit by the ball or deny the players the space and opportunity to create. Positional sense is so important to try and maintain an effective 20m from play but to anticipate play and not be in the way.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:01:34

30 minutes gone and a Saints shot is well saved before the ball is scrambled away. Chelsea living dangerously!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 15:00:05

A Terry foul earns a firm word from Mike Dean as a caution issued for a foul on Ivanovic by ManeYellow Card

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:55:29

Chelsea might feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty as Ivanovic was caught on the heel in the penalty area. Very difficult to detect and no major appeal by the players.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:53:41

Accurate offside judgement is vital but the Assistant job is not done until the ball is correctly placed for the restart and monitored accordingly. Another decision – very tight – against the Saints – by Assistant Brooks but the shot goes wide in any event.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:51:43

Another penalty appeal but this time rightly rejected as the ball was driven at the arm of the Chelsea defender. The offside flag – correctly delivered – by Assistant Brooks ended the attack.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:49:22

Penalty awarded and caution as Matic brings down the attacker. Well done Mike Dean!Yellow CardGOAL!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:45:20

Goals change games and it is important that the officials are aware of any threats to control good freekick awarded in front of the dugouts demonstrates exactly that.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:43:23

That goal was totally against the run of play but that is why Chelsea are top of the league! Good advantage by Mike Dean gives the Saints a chance but a fine save denies them.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:41:30

That should have been ‘corner’ and Diago Costa scores for Chelsea.GOAL!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:40:11

Good communication is important via whistle, signals and body language. We talk about variety of whistle blast to denote the severity of the offence, but with the better referees, firmness of signal serves a similar purpose. Dialogue with players is the most important aspect of man management and I was saddened to see dismissive dialogue in the Championship game at Middlesbrough yesterday as, on many occasions, the referee used the four worst possible words to players! Saying ‘Come here’ and Go away’ are awful! Mike Dean is one of the best communicators on the Premier League at present. Ten minutes gone and no threats to Mike’s low-key control as the Saints passing game gets the first. Other of the game.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:35:19

Very even early exchanges with only one throw-in  being awarded against Chelsea by referee Dean. They did of course think he was wrong!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:30:14

The whistle blows and we are under way for what should be an interesting game as both teams have shown great quality throughout the season to date.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:25:16

The players are in the tunnel and ready to enter the field of play after the Assistant Referees have carried out equipment checks. Will the Saints go marching in or with the crowd be ‘Singing The Blues’? A fascinating game in prospect which, whatever the result, should be music to our ears!

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:13:12

Following that pitch invasion at Villa Park in the FA Cup game against West Brom, I am sure that the referee safety briefing with the police and stewards today will again have focused on the issue of crowd control. It is a public order offence in the UK to enter the playing area and I know from working as a lecturer on Public Order Training Courses with West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Police forces that planning the event plays a large part in ensuring there is no pitch incursion at the sporting event. The football authorities will be taking action on this matter against Aston Villa for failing to control the crowd and that outcome will be interesting in the coming days and week. From a public order perspective, it was controllable in my opinion, but the goal scoring celebration after the second Aston Villa goal was the spark that lite the flame. Equally the referee should, in my opinion, have taken the players off the field until ALL the fans were back behind the fences. Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey both made comments about this during the past week. Your views as usual are appreciated. What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

T.S. at 2015-03-15 14:07:06

Mike Dean has been one of the top referees in terms of credible performances in the Premier League this season with his communication and man management skills being something for the others to admire and of which to aspire. His application of Law has been consistently accurate and consistent with all his decisions having full credibility because of his fitness and close proximity to play. Both Assistant Referees will be working hard to support him with a high standard of teamwork and correct offside judgement is a vital part of that. Fourth Official, Anthony Taylor, is well known to me having worked with him at Dallas Cup and he has certainly progressed his career since our time in Dallas, elevating his level to the Premier League and onto FIFA which is a tribute to his dedication to the refereeing profession. Let us hope that the unnerving experience of the pitch invasion at Villa Park at the end of the FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion is now behind him.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 13:59:26

Good afternoon and welcome to You-are-the-ref for this afternoon’s game from Stamford Bridge. After seeing Chelsea waving goodbye to Champions League football on Wednesday they will be looking to bounce back today and consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League. Some of the players who surrounded the referee on Wednesday need to take a long, hard look at themselves and the negative effect that it had in damaging the image of the game. Let us hope for no repeat of this today. With Southampton currently in 7th position they will be seeking the three points on offer today to take them above Liverpool into 5th place, just two points behind Manchester United in 4th. A place in next seasons Champions League is not out of the question for the Saints and they will be competing today to add points to their already impressive total.

T.S. at 2015-03-15 13:56:38

Chelsea -v- Southampton

Sunday 15th March 2015 – Kick off: 13.30 GMT.

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistant 1: J. Brooks

Assistant 2: S. Long.

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor.