Chelsea v Watford


DM at 2017-05-15 22:00:08

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DM at 2017-05-15 21:59:10



Plenty of goals and plenty of action in this fixture but sadly for the referee, in a game that was not difficult to control, he failed to shine.  The performance of Lee Mason was without doubt one of the most inept I have seen at this level.  Lee Mason needs to work hard on his fitness and positioning, to ensure he does not become detached from play.  He lacks any confidence and becomes flustered when he has to make a decision.  Lee Mason was consistently inconsistent this evening as he failed to recognise when and when not to issue the cards and when he did, it was so rushed that on one occasion it was not clear who he had cautioned and on another he dropped his pen.  In added time at the end of the second half, two confrontations broke out and in the second one, two players from the same team were cautioned but nobody from the opposition received a card!  This was not a performance worthy of a premier league referee and I have serious concerns about the ability of this official.  The Assistants both did very well and had a KMI incident each, both correctly allowing goals to stand when players were in offside positions.  Mike Jones did well to control the technical areas and he supported the referee very well.

DM at 2017-05-15 21:55:07

Full Time


DM at 2017-05-15 21:54:18

How can two players from the same team be cautioned in a confrontation and nobody from the other team receive a yellow card?


DM at 2017-05-15 21:53:35

Yellow CardW9 and W33 cautioned for unsporting behaviour

DM at 2017-05-15 21:52:30

The referee was correct to dismiss the Watford number 5 but he was extremely hesitant and did not seem to know what he was doing.  He certainly received some advice.  A rabbit in the headlights!


DM at 2017-05-15 21:50:42

Red CardW5 sent off for receiving two cautions in the same match


DM at 2017-05-15 21:49:25

Minimum of 5 minutes added time

DM at 2017-05-15 21:48:44

If C11 was in an offside position at the time that C4 struck the ball, AR Lennard has made another good decision by keeping his flag down as the player was not in the eye-line of the goalkeeper and did not obstruct his view or prevent him from playing the ball.


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DM at 2017-05-15 21:43:43

Again the referee is flustered as he drops his pen in the aftermath of the caution.


DM at 2017-05-15 21:41:45

Yellow CardW5 correctly cautioned for a reckless challenge



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DM at 2017-05-15 21:35:02

As the ball was crossed in to the penalty area in the build up, it appeared as though W33 may have fouled C26 and I was expecting the referee to give a foul against the Watford striker.  However, it looks as though the referee may have got this right as there are no visible complaints from anyone.


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DM at 2017-05-15 21:31:53

AR Lennard with an excellent offside flag against Chelsea.  His focus and concentration is without doubt 100%


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DM at 2017-05-15 21:27:33

In the earlier stages of the game, the referee hanging behind play and then trying to play ‘catch up’ when a counter attack took place.  Now the referee is getting ahead of play but is still playing catch up when play breaks down.  He is becoming detached at times.


DM at 2017-05-15 21:18:25

Yellow CardC29 cautioned for unsporting behaviour.  This is another poor decision.  This challenge was never a caution, the challenge was at worse careless and no wonder the player is frustrated.

DM at 2017-05-15 21:17:05

As play moves from one end of the field to another, the referee moves very wide and almost runs at 90 degrees.  To make up ground quicker, he should move towards the incident directly and then create an angle by moving left.


DM at 2017-05-15 21:14:24

Despite the protests by C28, the referee is correct to ask him to leave the field of play as once the trainer enters it, the directives say that the player must go off and return on the signal of the referee.  Mike Jones did well to support the referee in managing the player.

DM at 2017-05-15 21:12:37

W8 protests as he is penalised for a foul on C26.  The decision looked to be incorrect as no foul took place.

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DM at 2017-05-15 21:09:02

Outstanding decision by AR Lennard to keep his flag down and judge that C6 was onside as a shot came in to the penalty area.  The Chelsea player was onside and the decision was correct.


DM at 2017-05-15 21:08:02




DM at 2017-05-15 21:05:41

The referee looks hesitant and indecisive, his arm signals are very high and lack authority.

DM at 2017-05-15 21:03:47

Lee Mason gets the second half underway, let’s hope it goes better for him

DM at 2017-05-15 20:55:32

Half-Time Summary

In what has not been a difficult match, the referee has done his best to turn it in to one.  He has frustrated the coaches, players and spectators alike with his inconsistent and hesitant approach to the game.  In the 3rd minute he cautioned W25 for a holding offence but then in the 33rd minute he did not caution W21 for an identical foul. The cautions are administered in a rush and the referee appears flustered.  The referee lacks any positive man-management skills, choosing to card before taking proactive action, he is not using the staircase approach to player management and has set his tolerance level too low.  In addition, the referee is clearly unfit and lacks any dynamic movement,  At times, he is 40-50 yards behind play and his positioning is naive, the referee doesn’t anticipate play and goes in to wide areas that he does not need to.  Although there have been no KMI errors so far, this is one of the poorest displays from a referee I have seen at this level.

DM at 2017-05-15 20:50:04

Half Time



DM at 2017-05-15 20:49:10

The referee hesitates and then gives a free kick against C23 around the halfway line.  He really needs to be more decisive and confident.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:47:22

Minimum of 3 minutes added time to be played

DM at 2017-05-15 20:46:47

Replays show that two Chelsea players were in an offside position at their second goal.  AR Eaton deserves credit here for keeping the flag down as none of the players were involved in active play.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:42:58

Good non-flag by AR Lennard as the Watford player receives the ball and was marginally onside.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:41:03

As the W21 has blood on his shirt, he is correctly asked to leave the field of play by the referee to change his shirt.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:36:59




DM at 2017-05-15 20:36:23

Lee Mason plays advantage or a foul by W21 and then awards a free-kick for a foul by W6.  Having cautioned W25 in the 3rd minute for a holding offence, I have to ask what was the difference here?

DM at 2017-05-15 20:32:55

The referee’s cautioning procedure is poor for an elite referee.  He appears flustered and rushed and pulls the card out too quickly.  There are times when a match needs to be slowed down and the tempo managed.  This is a period in the game when the referee would benefit from taking that approach.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:31:29

Yellow CardC6 cautioned for a reckless challenge



DM at 2017-05-15 20:30:44

Lee Mason is a long way from play as W1 fairly challenge C10 for the ball.  He lacks a dynamic sprint and is very detached from play.

DM at 2017-05-15 20:26:11

John Terry scores at one end and assists at the other.  Lee Mason’s position after the Chelsea goal was questionable, I am not sure why after the ball entered the net he veered off to the left.  At the other end he was static and a distance from play.


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DM at 2017-05-15 20:22:06

#CFCWFC This is one of the poorest opening 20 minutes of a game I have seen from a referee at this level.  He is inconsistent and lacks authority in his body language.  In a match that is not challenging, he is making hard work of it.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:17:35

W5 drags C23 to the ground and the referee waves play on.  He is in a good position but just does not recognise the offence.

DM at 2017-05-15 20:14:03

There was no doubt about that challenge warranting a caution.  It was made at speed and the player paid little regard to the safety of his opponent.  The challenge also prevented a promising attack so on all grounds a yellow card was the correct decision.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:12:37

Yellow CardW7 cautioned for a reckless challenge.



DM at 2017-05-15 20:11:14

#CFCWFC W11 commits a late challenge on the touchline and the referee awards a direct free-kick to Chelsea.  This challenge was far worse than the one in the 3rd minute that the referee chose to caution. A very inconsistent and confusing start by Mr Mason.

DM at 2017-05-15 20:09:18

The cautioning procedure was also very poor practice.  The card was shown to the W25 whilst he was lying on the floor and one of his teammates was also in the vicinity.  Referees should isolate players and make it clear to everyone who has been issued with the card.


DM at 2017-05-15 20:07:01

Yellow CardW25 cautioned for unsporting behaviour.  In my opinion this is a really poor decision by the referee.  The player was guilty of a foul but it was a careless challenge that did not in any way prevent a promising attack as the referee played advantage.  The referee has set a very low tolerance level and this could backfire as the game progresses.



DM at 2017-05-15 20:04:27

As the Watford goalkeeper was closed down by a Chelsea forward, after a back pass, the referee didn’t display any positive movement towards the incident.  It is important he does not take anything for granted tonight

DM at 2017-05-15 20:00:46

Lee Mason gets the game underway

DM at 2017-05-15 19:56:32

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DM at 2017-05-15 19:52:30

Harry Lennard is a very good Assistant Referee as is Derek Eaton. Both officials will have to work hard this evening to support the referee and ensure that he is fully in control of the game at all times.  In a weekend where Assistant Referees have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, I am sure that neither of these experienced Assistants will let the man in the middle down.  Mike Jones is 4th official and it seems that he will be watching more games next season from the back of a truck as the new VAR Manager.

DM at 2017-05-15 19:49:05

Coming in to this game, Lee Mason has refereed 18 EPL fixtures this season, showing 62 yellow cards and dismissing 2 players. Considering he has had a very inconsistent season, in which he is one of the referees at the wrong end of the merit table, Lee Mason will be hoping to put in a good performance in what is effectively a ‘dead rubber’ Premier League tie.

DM at 2017-05-15 19:43:10

The appointed officials for tonight’s match are:

Referee – Lee Mason

Assistants – Harry Lennard and Derek Eaton

Fourth official – Mike Jones

DM at 2017-05-15 19:39:27

#CFCWFC Welcome to tonight’s ref cam as the newly crowned EPL Champions Chelsea host Watford at Stamford Bridge.