Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Capital 1 Cup Final


AM at 2015-03-01 19:19:23

Full time Summary –

Anthony Taylor has overall managed this first high profile event very well and he will not be the main focus of attention following his refereeing performance today.

I mentioned at half time that Dier could have received a 2nd yellow if the incident on Costa had been seen. Costa maybe could have received a yellow card?. However for me Anthony Taylor has raised his game today and put in a performance which shows that he is bouncing back strongly as a referee with real future credentials as one of our top 5 referees.

His main strengths were his fitness – This game was built on his fitness, movement and acceleration right throughout this game, he got into some excellent viewing angles and close proximity to play particularly for those potential key match incidents, with the wet conditions that prevailed in the 2nd half. His work rate created a good foundation for good management and his management of players particularly Costa aided his disciplinary control overall.

5 yellow cards aided his match control and were used as part of his armoury to manage this game effectively and without controversary.

Both ARs gave good support with all offside`s their key area being correct and well judged whether awarded or not. Good support seen on free kicks. Dave Bryan indicated a free kick which led to the Chelsea 1st goal in the first half.

4th Official Craig Pawson was supportive and low key which would have been just what AT would have wanted.

Well done Anthony Taylor for the way that you planned, managed and led your team today!

Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this evening at You-Are-The- – Please join us again on Tuesday 3rd March for part one of a 2 part game between Aston Villa and West Brom with part 2 The FA Cup being played on Saturday 7th March with a 5.30pm ko.

On Wednesday 4th March join us when Newcastle take on Manchester United.

Best wishes and take care this week.

Andy Martin



AM at 2015-03-01 18:54:36

As AT blows his whistle for full time Chelsea end up winning the Capital One Cup Final 2-0. Tottenham continued to press throughout the game but just could not get past the Chelsea defence.Full Time

AM at 2015-03-01 18:51:42

Chelsea sub 19 off 11 on as Diego Costa leaves the field of play, the goal helped to settle him down and AT has overall managed him well, yes, you may say he could have received a yellow card but for me AT has managed him well and this has been to the benefit of this game

AM at 2015-03-01 18:49:08

Corner kick to Spurs as AT moves into the penalty area and he is showing his impressive fitness and acceleration levels in this game

AM at 2015-03-01 18:48:04

4 added minutes shown by Craig Pawson

AM at 2015-03-01 18:46:42

Corner kick to Spurs as they take it quickly

AM at 2015-03-01 18:45:23

Chelsea sub 4 off and 8 on

AM at 2015-03-01 18:44:55

AT continues to show good acceleration and pace as Spurs press to pull a goal back.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:43:36

Yellow Card23 of Chelsea a further foul on Rose who has been on the receiving end of a number of challenges from Chelsea players


AM at 2015-03-01 18:42:44

Shove by Kane – free kick to Chelsea. Flag from DB. followed by a further flag from DB and a free kick to Chelsea.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:38:24

Lamela looks to catch Costa in the face during a challenge with no free kick being awarded.

Spurs sub 22 off 9 on

AM at 2015-03-01 18:36:45

Chelsea in possession of the ball and AT gets in the way of the ball and from the rebound plays as advantage to C.

Yellow Card42 Spurs correct

AM at 2015-03-01 18:34:12

Quick free kick from Spurs allowed to be taken by AT. Not often that you see quick free kicks allowed to be taken in these ceremonial areas.

Chelsea SUB 22 OFF 23 ON.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:32:18

15 Spurs offside. DB correct in the delivery of his flag.

Head injury to 28 of Chelsea, following the earlier collision with Dier. Good awareness from AT at this blood injury.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:30:20

C. Offside by LB


Yellow CardCahill on Kane. Spot on and good timing of yellow card

AM at 2015-03-01 18:29:12

Advantage to Chelsea as AT thought about blowing his whistle at first, but then played a super advantage.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:28:12

Yellow CardWillian reckless on Rose correct.

Spurs sub 38 off 11 on

AM at 2015-03-01 18:26:59

Offside against Chelsea and LB follows up his involvement with a supportive free kick flag to Spurs.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:25:54

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AM at 2015-03-01 18:25:18

Good flag from LB free kick to Chelsea. No offside against Chelsea. LB in the correct position to judge = 2nd rearmost defender exactly in line.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:23:57

Free kick to Chelsea as Dembele is careless on Ivanovic. He thought that he should have had a free kick ,which it wasn`t

AM at 2015-03-01 18:22:22

Spurs now need their Hurricane! to get back into this game.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:21:42

Corner to Chelsea, again a good viewing angle achieved by AT. who adopts a wide viewing angle to judge.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:20:32

AT correct to give a free kick to Spurs as Costa tangles with a Spurs player. This is preventative as AT quickly moves into the scene of the action.

Spurs sub 17 off 19 on. Advantage to Spurs correct signal by AT.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:17:11

Free kick to Chelsea as the rain falls heavily onto the Wembley surface andan extra ingredient for the match officials to be mindful of.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:14:59

GOAL!Well yes it is that man Diego Costa who scores who else could it be! to make the score 2-0.


AM at 2015-03-01 18:13:30

Rose late challenge, free kick to Chelsea.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:11:42

Contested throw in given to Chelsea, difficult angle for AT who looks to go with his AR

AM at 2015-03-01 18:10:07

Free kick to Spurs near the half way line, no risks just give it. Well done. DB offside against Spurs.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:08:45

Good advantage from AT to Spurs as he looks for the game to breathe and he is giving every opportunity after a testing 1st half. Offside Spurs DB correct good delay of flag until player active.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:04:38

Free kick to Spurs. Good early spot and award.

AM at 2015-03-01 18:03:05

2nd half is underway..

AM at 2015-03-01 18:00:17

Half Time Summary- Anthony Taylor is showing very good varied pace and acceleration. He has managed the game effectively and will be aware of the players he has got keep an eye and in his view. The late challenge by Dier on Costa was missed by AT and if seen I am sure would have resulted in a 2nd yellow followed by a red to Dier.

Good judgements overall have been seen by AT and effective acceleration has got him into the best viewing positions available to him. Man management has been very good and the 1 yellow card that he has produced was spot on and came at just the right time. Dier will have to be very careful in the 2nd half and Costa will continue I am sure to be involved in different incidents / matters. Good support from both ARs and DB was correct in his flag and free kick which led to the C. goal.



AM at 2015-03-01 17:50:48

Half Time1-0.


AM at 2015-03-01 17:50:31

Dier 15 makes a late challenge on Costa. No free kick awarded here? did AT have a good view? just crowded in this situation by player movement. Dier will have to be very careful in the 2nd half.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:48:32

From a corner kick to Chelsea. Great save from Llories could have been 2-0

AM at 2015-03-01 17:47:04

2 minutes of added time are shown by CP.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:46:40

Good flag from DB. Foul by Chadli on Ivanovic. AT ensures correct placement of free kick. GoalGOAL! 1-0. Terry scores for Chelsea

AM at 2015-03-01 17:44:32

Stoppage for an injury to Walker. AT is using his time effectively to have words with players as he looks to keep players on his side and effectively manage. Good use of deadball time. Craig Pawson effective on the touchline as Walker leaves the field of play for the standard laws of the game for re entry.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:41:02

The yellow card came at a good time for AT and he will be pleased with how things have gone so far with good low key support from his ARs

AM at 2015-03-01 17:39:58

AT is creating some really good viewing angles and showing very good acceleration, keep an eye on this key attribute in his game management plan.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:38:19

Will Costa who is heating up and simmering, get through this game without a card?


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AM at 2015-03-01 17:36:42

Good non flag against Costa not active offside by DB.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:35:55

Corner kick to Spurs, good spot by AT who creates a good angle to view and judge

AM at 2015-03-01 17:34:18

Yellow CardDier reckless on Costa. Correct. AT has stepped up a gear and this needs to be done. He has tried to keep his cards in his pocket, but has now correctly needed to up his game management and produce a card. Keep an eye on Costa though.


AM at 2015-03-01 17:32:31

Free kick to C. Good flag from Betts

AM at 2015-03-01 17:31:52

Costa involved again with a hand in the face of Bentaleb. No free kick awarded and then Costa involved again. AT had a good view and decided not to award? for me a free kick to Spurs would have been correct here. Preventative is better management at the moment. Costa is simmering and Spurs are reacting to any contact or challenge that he makes.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:27:51

No free kick to C. against Hazard. AT well placed to judge, clear signal and no free kick.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:26:04

Good sideways movement seen from Lee Betts as he remains in line with the 2nd rearmost C. defender.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:23:18

Good preventative free kick to Spurs near the half way line. AT does not try and risk any advantage and correctly gives the free kick with a good positive blast of the whistle. Effective

AM at 2015-03-01 17:21:22

Rose late on Hazard again managed by AT. Spray out by AT. Good restart position from AT. Cahill late on Rose good flag by Dave Bryan. Rose has now been involved in the last 3 fouls – 1 against him and 2 fouls on him, keep an eye on this…..

AM at 2015-03-01 17:18:14

7 Ramires late on Rose, quietly spoken to by AT GOOD EARLY MANAGEMENT

AM at 2015-03-01 17:15:44

The game has started at a cracking pace end to end and the referee is matching these demands with very good early pace and acceleration, fitness levels also very good and he is creating good viewing angles

AM at 2015-03-01 17:13:34

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AM at 2015-03-01 17:12:22

Assistant Referees Lee Betts is on the Technical Area touchline and Dave Bryan is on the nearside Touchline

AM at 2015-03-01 17:10:57

Free kick to Spurs and AT is showing good early movement and presence, good angles and spray out, good preventative management seen, Erikson hits the bar!

AM at 2015-03-01 17:08:18

Early encounter between Costa 19 and Dier 15. AT very quickly in to separate BOTH players and calm matters down. Good early management from AT

AM at 2015-03-01 17:05:12

Good early movement from AT and a free kick to C.

AM at 2015-03-01 17:04:33

Chelsea off side

AM at 2015-03-01 17:03:09

Early free kick to Chelsea. Anthony (AT) will be glad for that early free kick

AM at 2015-03-01 17:01:58

Referee blows his whistle for the kick off

AM at 2015-03-01 17:01:13

Welcome to Wembley for this Capital 1 Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

So will the Chelsea be getting the blues today or will the Spurs shine in today`s final?

Our Match Officials Today are: FIFA Referee Anthony Taylor

AR.1 Lee Betts AR.2 Dave Bryan. 4th Official is FIFA Referee Craig Pawson

Reserve Assistant Referee Andy Halliday

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