Chelsea v Stoke City


full time summary

GB at 2015-04-04 19:44:06

Well I would like to start by saying Well Done to the Referee right at the outset of my summary.


It should be conceded that Jonathon Moss made that game look easy tonight, but it need not have gone like that if he did not stick to his game plan throughout.


He kept his tinder dry for the first twenty minutes than picked the first obvious yellow card following a reckless challenge which he played advantage on. That first caution came at an important time in the game when the referee needed to assert his authority on the game and he did well to recognise this and react accordingly to set his tolerance level that his control would be based around. From then on it was all about consistency for me. Time and again we have seen referees not be consistent this season but Jonathon could never be accused of that today and he just could not credibly manage any of those cautions as the tempo and temperature of the game began to increase. As I kept saying in my blogg, if the Stoke players did not get the message, that was their problem.  New referees watching this performance could learn a lot about how to keep your nerve – all the cautions stood out and there were no surprises with any getting away. The Stoke players eventually got the message and had the sense not to push the referee too far with 5 players having received yellow cards by the 68th minute it was clear that the referee was prepared to issue a second yellow if required, but he also did well not to jump in too quickly.


The Yellow card for Dissent towards the Assistant stood out for me as, did the two in time added on, the referee did not buckle and at no time did he come across as busy of officious – just efficient and effective.


I say well done Jonathon Moss, you did not do your reputation any harm at all today and this is the type of shift you should be looking to put in every week.


The high level of teamwork was maintained to the end by the whole team.


All in All it seems like it has been a good Saturday for Premier League Referees for a change, not something we have been able to say very often this season, so credit where it is due and long may it continue. Funny how this has happened for the first time for ages when all the management of the PGMOL are out of the country ……. discuss!


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GB at 2015-04-04 19:25:56

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GB at 2015-04-04 19:25:26

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Full time

GB at 2015-04-04 19:24:30

Full Time


Chelsea 2 – 1 Stoke City

90 + 3

GB at 2015-04-04 19:23:49

Yellow Card for Didier Drogba (C 11) at the end – the consistency continues.

90 + 3

GB at 2015-04-04 19:23:08

commentator mentions 6 yellow cards may mean a letter from the FA – Stoke only have themselves to blame

GB at 2015-04-04 19:22:14

Yellow Card for Peter Crouch (SC 25)


well done Jonathon Moss – consistent to the end

90 + 1

GB at 2015-04-04 19:21:21

Unlike a lot of other games I have blogged this season I actually have a good feeling for the officials for these last 4 minutes for a change!

90 + 1

GB at 2015-04-04 19:20:18

DE giving the recognised signal there that the player had returned from an off-side position


GB at 2015-04-04 19:19:20

minimum of 4 minutes to be added


GB at 2015-04-04 19:18:29

JM took a chance then and played advantage to Stoke deep into their own half. New referee’s beware – don’t try to be too clever in those areas – JUST GIVE IT


GB at 2015-04-04 19:16:43

Another positive aspect of the referee’s performance tonight is that he has not been duped by the players at all when they have gone down easily.


GB at 2015-04-04 19:15:20

There could still be one more big call in this game for the officials so they need to remain focussed right to the end


GB at 2015-04-04 19:11:17

Last ten minute block for the officials to see out now


GB at 2015-04-04 19:10:20

I would have liked to have seen JM press into the penalty area then when there was a goal-mouth scramble


GB at 2015-04-04 19:09:23

A word about the referees positioning and movement – he will never be a gazelle out there, but he does keep on the move and has missed very little because he has adjusted his position to get the required angles when required.


GB at 2015-04-04 19:08:38

ES gets his first routine off side of the game.


GB at 2015-04-04 19:06:18

Three more ten minutes blogs under the belt in the second half – concentration concentration concentration now gents


GB at 2015-04-04 19:05:23

That looked like an interesting decision to play on by JM – I hope he does not get over confident from here on in. He has given safe free kicks all night, he should be thinking about closing this game out now.


GB at 2015-04-04 19:02:13

I mentioned at half time in my summary that it would be tricky for JM to remain consistent and still give himself room to manoeuvre with his disciplinary sanctions and that is precisely what has happened. So far he has not had the big decision to make but you just know it is coming


GB at 2015-04-04 18:58:55

another Yellow Card for Stoke’s Jonathan Walters (SC 19) this time. The referee has continued to be consistent. When will the Stoke players respond to his management style tonight?


GB at 2015-04-04 18:56:47

Once again I fully support the referee with that yellow card – if the Stoke players do not settle down soon they will be down to ten men and only have themselves to blame


GB at 2015-04-04 18:55:40

Excellent sharp signal by ES there and fantastic support by the referee as the Yellow Card Jonathan Walters (SC 19) fully warranted for dissent


GB at 2015-04-04 18:54:17

strange position taken by DE on the line there when the player took the ball close to the touchline. Best practice is to drop back goal-line side not drift forwards and look back


GB at 2015-04-04 18:52:47

Attack, Attack, Attack – by the look of it!


GB at 2015-04-04 18:52:08

That just might open the flood gates for Chelsea. Now the officials have to re-assess how things might go in respect to how Stoke will react  from now on


GB at 2015-04-04 18:50:44

GOAL! Loïc Rémy (C 18)

Chelsea 2 – 1 Stoke City


GB at 2015-04-04 18:49:22

JM really does have the tempo of this game sorted as he really tried to let the Chelsea team keep playing there but had to give the free kick in the centre.


GB at 2015-04-04 18:46:47

On comes my favourite Chelsea player Didier Drogba (C 11) – he was always such a gentleman when I officiated Chelsea


GB at 2015-04-04 18:45:41

That does not look good for Diego Costa (C 19) going off again with his hamstring gone


GB at 2015-04-04 18:44:43

With the first ten minutes of the second half now behind him, the referee will be really starting to pinch himself so maintain his concentration level and not let this game slip away from him after not being centre of attention so far my any means.


GB at 2015-04-04 18:44:25

Followed by a more obvious one outside of the Stoke Penalty Area.  Spray out.


The foul made which led to that free kick being made by a player already cautioned was the point I made at half time


GB at 2015-04-04 18:42:42

Safe free kick given there by JM


GB at 2015-04-04 18:39:12

JM demonstrating that he is not looking for trouble there with that soft challenge allowed to go by in the centre circle


GB at 2015-04-04 18:36:44

Chelsea starting the second half as they started the first one with pressure


GB at 2015-04-04 18:35:10

second half underway with Diego Costa (C 19) on for Chelsea. I am sure the officials will have expected this but they need to be prepared to react to what he brings to the table!


half time

GB at 2015-04-04 18:33:38

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half time

GB at 2015-04-04 18:31:26

To be fair to the Chelsea players there have been no signs of them putting the referee under any pressure so far in this game. The longer it stays at 1 – 1 though, it remains to be seen if it will last.

half time

GB at 2015-04-04 18:27:24

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half time summary

GB at 2015-04-04 18:26:46

Well everything has gone according to plan for the officials so far. No one will be talking about any of them at half time as them have all just turned up and done their jobs with the minimum of fuss.


Jonathon Moss has not given any surprises in his refereeing so far. I admit that 3 yellow cards may seem a little excessive in such a quiet game, but to be fair he has picked out the reckless challenges which deserved to be sanctioned and stuck with his guns. If the players have failed to see where he drew the line in the sand then that is not the referee’s fault.


The important thing now will be for the referee to achieve consistency in the second half but at the same time keep himself some room to manoeuvre!  That will not be easy as he will be criticized if he ends up sending players off in such a quiet game, but he will be pilloried if he does not react to the same type offences in the same way in the second half. It will be interesting to see how it goes.


So far the teamwork has been sound between all the officials.

GB at 2015-04-04 18:19:30

Half Time

Chelsea 1 – 1 Stoke City

45 + 2

GB at 2015-04-04 18:19:00

Yellow Card for Stephen Ireland (SC 7). I have no sympathy for the Stoke player there. As said earlier, the referee set his stall out in this game and so he was always going to caution for that offence

45 + 1

GB at 2015-04-04 18:17:12

first off side of the game signalled by DE there. I am sure the grass cutting helped as I said earlier


GB at 2015-04-04 18:15:57

That could be a real game changer for the officials as we enter minimum of 3 minutes added time at the end of first half


GB at 2015-04-04 18:15:12

GOAL! what a goal by Charlie Adam (SC 16) from inside his own half!


GB at 2015-04-04 18:14:26

Another good advantage played


GB at 2015-04-04 18:13:48

First sign of a free kick missed by the referee then for me. Don’t let this one slip now Jonathon


GB at 2015-04-04 18:12:48

Not a very nice challenge there but I think the referee was correct not to over-react. The player’s reactions confirmed this


GB at 2015-04-04 18:11:21

No problem with that penalty call by the referee. He was as far away from it as I would have liked but there was no doubt the decision was correct


GB at 2015-04-04 18:10:03

GOAL! Chelsea 1 – 0 Stoke


GB at 2015-04-04 18:07:59



GB at 2015-04-04 18:07:15

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GB at 2015-04-04 18:06:02

Chelsea obviously asked for a quick free kick then just as JM was reaching to his pocket for his spray. Good to see referees allowing quick free kicks when it is safe to do so. important not to let it affect control though.


GB at 2015-04-04 18:03:40

The referee has been consistent so far and players only have themselves to blame if they cross his line as he has made it clear just how much he intends to let go – which is not a lot!


GB at 2015-04-04 18:02:25

Yellow Card for Ryan Shawcross (SC 17). Clear cynical block which constitutes a reckless challenge. Well done JM – need to set your stall out with those.


GB at 2015-04-04 18:01:15

The areal view then showed the referee adjusting his position to get an angle


GB at 2015-04-04 18:00:22

Contact with an opponent when making a challenge is still a foul whether deliberate or not. JM has been consistent so far with his foul detection and looks like he means business today with the 30 minutes gone now


GB at 2015-04-04 17:58:06

Well after a very quiet first 20 minutes the game has at least come to life now


GB at 2015-04-04 17:57:10

Yellow Card for Glenn Whelan (SC 6) following that earlier advantage. The referee has set his tolerance level with that decision.


GB at 2015-04-04 17:55:54

Safe advantage played there by JM. These are the types of games where you can afford to try to keep things going as much as possible


GB at 2015-04-04 17:54:52

Body language of the referee looking calm and comfortable at the moment


GB at 2015-04-04 17:54:13

And so the honeymoon is over and JM quite rightly stepping in with some sound (if easy) free kick decisions


GB at 2015-04-04 17:53:15

Anyone who has followed my RefCam blogs before will know that I do have a habit of putting the “mockers” on the referee though


GB at 2015-04-04 17:52:49

Free kicks coming thick and fast now


GB at 2015-04-04 17:51:24

That’s the second 10 minute slot gone by and still the referee is sat back in his deck chair!


GB at 2015-04-04 17:50:30

Must have been ball out of play for goal-kick signalled by DE then


GB at 2015-04-04 17:48:33

Very subtle signal then by ES with his free hand that the ball had not crossed the touchline. Assistants are encouraged to use this type of communication


GB at 2015-04-04 17:46:12

The way the grass has been cut and rolled today there is no excuse for either assistant to get an off side decision wrong tonight


GB at 2015-04-04 17:44:43

Another chance for JM to join in there with a very easy free kick for a careless challenge. Short sharp peep was all that was required for that free kick – save the big blasts for later!


GB at 2015-04-04 17:42:55

Very much still one-way traffic. In games like this it is very important for the assistant at the “other” end to stay focussed for when the quick break comes.


GB at 2015-04-04 17:40:28

First ten minute slot in the bank for the officials and no one even knows they are out there so far


GB at 2015-04-04 17:38:04

Still very early in the game I know, but the longer Chelsea keep up this pressure without a goal, the more the officials need to be ready for them to get frustrated, with all the consequences of that on the field of play


GB at 2015-04-04 17:35:45

I am sure this early pressure by Chelsea was in the referee’s game plan and so he will feel comfortable with the first few minutes going according to plan. Just one free kick so far for a “little” push – safety first refereeing


GB at 2015-04-04 17:33:31

Chelsea have made their intentions clear already – could be a long game for Stoke!

GB at 2015-04-04 17:32:21

JM gave himself a second or to two think about that first foul



GB at 2015-04-04 17:30:58

AR1: Darren England (DE) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-04-04 17:30:21

Stoke City 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 2015-04-04 17:25:34

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


GB at 2015-04-04 17:20:57

oday’s Assistants:


Darren England made his first appearance in the Premier League back in 2011 having made it to the Football League list in 2009. He obtained his FIFA badge in 2013 and already has 30 international appointments under his belt including 5 games at last year’s U19 EURO finals in Hungary.


Eddie Smart was promoted to the Select list for the beginning of this season, following his elevation to the Football League list back in 2012. This will be his 7th Premier League game on the bounce with tonight’s referee, so there should be no excuse for them not being on precisely the same wavelength.


4th Official:

Mick Jones gets board-holding duties for the 14th time in the Premier League this season. Some pundits often refer to the 4th official as the “timekeeper”, but the referee is the sole person responsible for this and always tells the 4th official what the minimum time remaining should be communicated at the end of each half.


Following the unfortunate events surrounding Neil Swarbrick a few weeks ago, I would expect all 4th Officials at this level to have been reminded of their responsibilities to ensure that every assistance is provided to the referee from every member of the team in order to ensure that this does not happen again.

GB at 2015-04-04 17:19:21

Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Jonathan Moss (JM)

AR1: Darren England (DE)

AR2: Eddie Smart (ES)

4th Official: Mick Jones (MJ)


Jonathon Moss made his top flight debut in January 2011. At 45, despite being second only to Martin Atkinson in respect to the amount of Premier League games refereed so far this season, he has yet to really establish himself as someone who you expect to see taking charge of games between the top teams on a regular basis.


This will be the 4th time he has refereed Chelsea this season and it will be interesting to see his response this time if there were to be any repeat of the way they allegedly “mobbed him” during the sending off of Gareth Barry the last time he took charge of them against Everton here at Stamford Bridge seven weeks ago.


This will be the 5th time Jonathon has refereed Stoke this season and he has issued 84 yellow cards and 7 reds, so far.

GB at 2015-04-04 17:18:24

Here are the teams for this evening’s game:

Chelsea – 4-2-3-1

Branislav Ivanovi? (C 2)

Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

Nathan Aké (C 6)

Oscar (C 8)

Eden Hazard (C 10)

Thibaut Courtois (C 13)

Loïc Rémy (C 18)

Nemanja Mati? (C 21)

Willian (C 22)

Gary Cahill (C 24)

César Azpilicueta (C 28)


Petr ?ech (C 1)

Filipe Luis (C 3

Kurt Zouma (C 5)

Ramires (C 7)

Didier Drogba (C 11)

Diego Costa (C 19)

Mark Schwarzer (C 23)


Stoke City – 4-2-3-1

Asmir Begovi? (SC 1)

Glenn Whelan (SC 6)

Stephen Ireland (SC 7)

Marc Wilson (SC 12)

Steven N’Zonzi (SC 15)

Charlie Adam (SC 16)

Ryan Shawcross (SC 17)

Mame Biram Diouf (SC 18)

Jonathan Walters (SC 19)

Geoff Cameron (SC 20)

Charlie Adam (SC 26)


Phillip Bardsley (SC 2)

Erik Pieters (SC 3)

Marc Muniesa (SC 5)

Marko Arnautovi? (SC 10)

Steve Sidwell (SC 21)

Jack Butland (SC 22)

Peter Crouch (SC 25)


GB at 2015-04-04 17:17:23

With just 9 games to go, Chelsea are obviously still the pace setters this season, whilst Stoke City hold a respectful 10th position both in the current Premier League Table and the following form guide:

Form Pos CLUB League Pos HOME






4 Chelsea 1 W W D W D D 12 D L W W W W 13 W W D W D W 14
10 Stoke City 10 D W L W W L 10 W L W D W L 10 L W W W L L 9


I am sure Mark Hughes will be fully relaxed this weekend, not just because of the short winter break, but at the news that he has been rewarded with a new contract this week, taking him to 2019. He is also expected to be handed funds to spend in the summer to maintain his side’s ambitions for European football. Even though they are sitting in a respectable League position already, I do not expect that Stoke have come here to park the bus this evening.


No doubt José Mourinho will be well aware that this fixture has the potential to be a banana skin for his high fliers if they take their eyes off the ball, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool still to come before the end of the season, so I expect to see him looking for passion from his players all the way tonight.


Looking back at the history of this match in West London, Chelsea hold the honours with 23 wins to 7 for Stoke and there have been 10 draws here since the teams first met back in 1922. Taking all League games into consideration home and away, Chelsea remain on top with 40 wins to Stoke’s 23, with 18 draws. With Chelsea defending the last professional club unbeaten home record in England this season and Mark Hughes never having won a Stamford Bridge, it will take a major change in fortunes for Stoke to take all the points home to the Potteries with them tonight. The first thing they need to do though is score at the home of The Blues, which they have failed to do in their last 5 visits to West London.


The reverse fixture this season was refereed by Neil Swarbrick in December and was a feisty affair in the first half with no love lost between the two teams both on the Field of Play and in the Technical Areas.  The real flash point was created due to the referee’s failure to send off Stoke’s Phillip Bardsley, following an atrocious challenge on Eden Hazard on 19 minutes, a straight red card in most referees’ book but worthy of just a yellow from Swarbrick. He could have cautioned Bardsley six minutes earlier as well for a foul on the same player and in the aftermath of the second challenge the two benches erupted.


Most commentators felt that Mourinho had some justification for his outrage. He also seemed to be suggesting that the Stoke manager had done too much petitioning of the referee for his liking, which could set up today’s match nicely – so I trust Mr Moss has done his homework.


The final result in the last encounter was a routine 0 – 2 victory for Chelsea who took the lead in the second minute and finished the game off in the final quarter, to leave them at the top of the table over Christmas. The final card count on the day was 3 yellows for Stoke City and none for Chelsea


GB at 2015-04-04 17:15:43

Thank you to Glenn for keeping the seat warm at lunch time for what appeared to be a really entertaining game at the Emirates, in which Anthony Taylor put in a decent shift, with only a slight wobble in the last quarter when he may have dished out a second yellow card to Arsenal’s  Héctor Bellerín. I am looking forward to seeing the game on MOTD tonight.


It looks like a much better weekend for our top flight officials so far with hardly a mention of the Men in Black throughout the live feeds on Sky this afternoon, apart from a red card from Andre Mariner at Swansea which (without seeing yet myself), seems to have got the benefit of the doubt from the pundits. Let’s hope our team of officials on display this evening can keep the momentum going!


GB at 2015-04-04 17:11:10

20 minutes to go before KO and welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage of the Premier League game between Chelsea and Stoke City. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at