Everton v Chelsea


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at 2015-09-12 14:47:33

As for our referees today…

Andre had a ‘reasonable’ game overall, but there were some questionable big decisions which will concern him when he looks back at the DVD of this one.

Yes, he contributed towards an excellent game for YATR followers, but…

Diego Costa should certainly have seen red in the first half when he hit Seamus Coleman in the face.

Also, despite scoring a match-winning hat trick, Naismaith may also consider himself lucky to have still been on the field of play when he licked out wildly with Ivanovic on the ground.

And that battle continued all game, with both players very fortunate to have escaped the attentions of the referee’s notebook. Put simply, they kicked lumps out of each other all afternoon yet were not even spoken to, let alone shown a card.

Finally, the missed ‘back pass’ by Terry to Begovic was just mystifying! How did no one spot that?

The assistants had decent enough games, making several good non-offside’ calls.

No doubt the game will be remembered as another high-tempo Everton/Chelsea clash, but our referee needs to tighten up his performances or he will see games go out of his control.

at 2015-09-12 14:38:58

And that’s the end of a cracking game as Naismith walks off with the ball following his hat-trick.

Everton get their first home win of the season as they deservedly beat the reigning champions 3-1 in a fantastic game.

Loads of action with some great goals.

Chelsea will be soul searching this week as they find themselves 11 points off the pace already, having made their worst start to a season in 27 years

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Full Time


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Naismith takes a bad blow to the head as Begovic treads on him…nothing intentional there though from the Chelsea keeper

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Diego Costa goes nose-to-nose with Andre having been correctly shown a yellow card.

Andre laughed off the Chelsea man’s close contact!! Yellow Card

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That’s the end of the normal 90 minutes…

4 added to go on

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Must be a caution for Azpilicueta..and it is as he clatters into his opponent Yellow Card

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Foul to Chelsea – well spotted by Andre – and correct to show John Stones a yellow card as he needlessly kicked away the ball Yellow Card

82 minutes

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Just the kind of breaks a manager needs when forced into an early substitution, and a great early birthday present for Naismith who will turn 29 on Monday

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GOAL! hat-trick for Naismith!


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The Ivanovic v Naismith battle rumbles on…this timne it’s the Chelsea man who commits a foul.

No further action taken by Andre.

at 2015-09-12 14:23:42

Ten minutes to go…

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Naismith commits yet another foul.

How many is he going to get away with Andre before you speak to him, at least?

Come on…be alert and recognise the persistent offender

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Coleman is in some discomfort as he stays down after playing the ball out. He seems to have a problem with his left leg and is replaced immediately by Funes Mori

74 minutes

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Another Chelsea change, and it’s their final one, as Willian comes on for Fabregas

71 minutes

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Lennon is introduced into the action for Everton as he takes over from Kone

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Good decision not to be fooled by Ivanovic who goes looking for a foul…well done Andre

69 minutes

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Whilst Chelsea go in search of the equaliser with Falcao coming on for Pedro

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The frustration levels grow as Naismith sees a strong appeal for a foul waved away

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Good refereeing there though as he returns to caution Galloway who had fouled Pedro earlier in that phase of play.

Well done referee

Yellow Card

at 2015-09-12 14:06:53

It’s worth keeping an eye on Andre at the moment…

In the first half he was zipping around, getting end-to-end.

It was noticeable at that last Everton counter-attack that he got left way behind play.

Is that a lack of match fitness due to his recent ‘naughty step’ lay-off by his boss?

at 2015-09-12 14:03:38

An hour has gone…what a great game this has been so far

at 2015-09-12 14:02:36

How on earth have Andre and Dave Bryan not seen and given that deliberate pass to Begovic by John Terry?

Those are exactly the kind of straight forward decisions which anger players if they are missed, and can lead to more serious matters later.

Come on lads, step it up…

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Opportunity missed again to show the players he is in charge

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More advantage played as Everton retain the ball…will Andre go back this time and speak to Matic?

55 mins

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Time for a Chelsea change as Kenedy replaces John Obi Mikel

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McCarthy takes a wild swing at the ball and Matic is fortunate not to have caught an unfortunate one there…

Another combative player who Andre needs to manage carefully

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It’s like The Alamo out there as bodies go down all over the place!

Zouma stays down and requires treatment after a clash of knees

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Fabregas is correctly awarded a free kick as Naismith brings him down.

I would like to see Andre raise his profile now and give out a big, public rebuke…he needs to reassert his authority on this one before it starts to go away from him

at 2015-09-12 13:51:28

A couple of strong challenges by Everton go unpunished by Andre before he awards them a free kick.

That will frustrate Chelsea

at 2015-09-12 13:48:05

And here we go for the second half.

Really looking forward to these next 45 minutes.

It will be interesting to see if Jose has told Costa to mind his step…how do you deal with a man who plays right on the edge of the Laws? Do you calm him down and risk losing a bit of his effectiveness, or let him carry on and risk losing him to a red card?

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at 2015-09-12 13:42:58

The restart cannot come quickly enough.

Don’t move away from the Refcam coverage as I feel there is more to come in this one…

at 2015-09-12 13:33:44

Half Time

That’s the end of the first half, and what a half it has been.

Three goals

Strong challenges all over the field of play

A highly debatable missed red card for Costa

We promised you a great game, and this one has certainly not disappointed!

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2 added minutes to go on…

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Another advantage played as Coleman is floored…I hope Andre is going to return to the Chelsea man and take action

at 2015-09-12 13:26:26

Barkely charges into his opponent, making no effort to reach the ball but Andre ignores it.

Come on Andre, don’t let the players begin to take the law into their own hands..tighten up for these final five minutes

at 2015-09-12 13:24:39

Costa and Jagielka are playing out a scene from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ whilst play continues around them.

They have a firm grip on each other just outside the Everton penalty area and dance around for a few moments.

Andre would do well to speak to both players and let them know he is watching them before it escalates into something more serious

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The Chelsea man was all of 30 yards out yet he smashed it right into the top corner.

Great goal in a superb game.

35 mins

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GOAL! What a goal from Matic

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Strong shouts for a handball by the home team supporters but the ball was driven at the Chelsea man from short distance.

Correct decision again by Andre to waive away the protests of the Toffees

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We have already had half an hour of this pulsating game.

Where has the time gone?

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Ivanovic needlessly fouls Naismith, which is well spotted by Andre.

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Another strong challenge as this time Jagielka oversteps the mark and fouls his opponent.

Andre needs to keep his eyes peeled on this one…there are things happening all over the field of play


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This one really is bubbling now as Costa is very, very lucky not to have seen red from Andre after flicking his hand into the face of Seamus Coleman.

If spotted I am sure our referee would have dismissed the fiery Chelsea centre forward for that

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20 yards from goal the substitute smashes one into the bottom corner to make it 2-0

21 mins

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GOAL! and it’s that man Naismith again!


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The game has gone up several; levels and it is good to see a referee who is completely tuned-in and takes his levels up along with it.


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Kone brings out a fantastic save from Begovic, or that would have been 2-0…quickly followed by another outstanding save from a 20 yard effort

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Great work between Naismith and the young full back Galloway, who exchange passes and create the opening goal of the game

16 mins

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GOAL! Naismith


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Naismith takes a swipe at the ball which could easily have been seen as excessive force by our referee.

He is certainly a player who offers plenty of challenges for a referee’s patience and, from experience, I can tell you he is not the easiest to manage

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With 10 minutes played Andre looks to have settled into this one at exactly the right level of involvement.

There is enough ‘bite’ in the tackles to keep him focussed, yet he is allowing players to challenge strongly but fairly.

Well done referee.

8 mins

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Early change for Everton as Besic has to leave the action with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Steven Naismith

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This one looks like it is going to follow the traditional pattern of this fixture..no quarter asked or given by either side.

All of our officials will need to be right on their mettle today.

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Lukaku lets Begovic know he is around and leaves the Chelsea keeper on the floor.

Seen and dealt with sensibly by Andre.

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Excellent work rate and movement from Andre sees him in exactly the right place to see a deflection for an Everton corner

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Early advantage played by Andre as Hazard was being unfairly challenged by his opponent.

That tells me this is a referee full of confidence who isn’t afraid to let things breathe…

Good, positive signs early on from our referee

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Everton take the kick-off and get us underway…

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It’s almost time for kick-off at Goodison Park, and this one should be an absolute cracker…

GT at 2015-09-12 12:28:54

As for our referees today…

Andre Marriner has the honour of leading the refereeing team in a fixture which usually brings plenty of challenges for officials.

Running the lines for Andre will be Lee Betts and the experienced Dave Bryan, whilst Anthony Taylor makes up the quartet as fourth official.

Andre is back where he belongs, in the middle, following an unexplained lay-off in an apparent ‘naughty-step’ sanction from his employers.

Now in his 11th season as a Select Group referee Andre is usually a safe pair of hands, rarely causing major controversy. Although, like the rest of us, he is not flawless and will undoubtedly be remembered as the referee who sent off the wrong player when, last season he dismissed Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain!

A category 1 FIFA Referee, Andre is going to need all of his experience to bring this one to a successful conclusion and will be hoping for an injury-free day as he has, incredibly, been appointed as fourth official for tomorrow’s clash between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur – why the PGMOL continue with that practice is beyond me.

His assistants today include Lee Betts who got off to an unspectacular start this season by incorrectly disallowing a ‘goal’ scored by Wayne Rooney in Manchester United’s game against Newcastle at the end of August. Although a tight decision, Rooney was clearly onside and the goal should have stood.

Dave Bryan is on the other line and brings nothing if not experience to the team. Dave is the group’s longest serving assistant referee by some distance and is just the kind of colleague you would wish for if the going gets tough.

Anthony Taylor will be action again on Monday when is due to referee the clash West Ham United v Newcastle United.

Everyone at YATR is hoping for a top quality display from our officials today, and we hope the game goes smoothly for you all…

12.45 (GMT)

GT at 2015-09-12 12:15:03

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary.

Goodison Park sees Everton host Chelsea in this clash.

The Toffees will be without the long term injured Tom Cleverley for this one yet will look to build upon a good start to the season which sees them currently in 9th place in the table.

They are heavily reliant upon their Belgian hitman Romelu Lukaku for goals though, and would wish to see the load spread around others in the squad.

Despite only having found the net once so far this season, Kone has made an impressive start and looks like one to watch for YATR followers.

Chelsea’s early season form has been a concern for their supporters. With just one win out of four their talismanic leader Jose Mourinho will look to his richly-assembled squad to use today as a springboard towards better fortune.

Whilst their early season table position of 13th may not be causing the Portuguese much angst, he will surely be concerned at a goal difference of (-1), which is most unlike the Chelsea we are so used to seeing.

There is a lot of talent on show in this clash, so something will have to give…can Everton build upon their solid start to the season or will Chelsea begin turning around their fortunes?

What do you think?

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