Everton v Chelsea


Full Time Summary

GB at 2017-04-30 15:59:27


The main points in this game from the officials’ perspective were:

  • Consistent disciplinary actions in a very low key game for the first 70 minutes
  • Jon Moss is definitely not the most dynamic of movers, but there were no key match decisions either missed or incorrectly called in this game from whatever position he acheived
  • A rare moment of weakness when César Azpilicueta (C 28) got away without a second yellow card after showing blatant dissent by action, ultimately did little to mar an otherwise satisfactory performance from Jon Moss to add to his recent decent shifts in the top flight.

The “bigger” the game, the more the referee’s wish is not to be the centre of attention is, and so Jon Moss will be more than happy with the way this one went.

He approached this one very sensibly right from the start and managed what he could but raised his profile when he needed to. This was not the game in which he needed to strangle the proceedings for his own benefit and I have to say fair play to the referee for his low-key approached which allowed the players to get all the headlines in the morning.

Positioning and movement wise I still think this referee is “work in progress”, but as far as control went today, apart from a moment of weakness when he ducked a second yellow Jon Moss picked off all the acts of unsporting behaviour and dealt with them all accordingly.

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GB at 2017-04-30 15:57:42


My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam coverage so far this weekend and please stay tuned for the North London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea coming up very shortly at 16.30.

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GB at 2017-04-30 15:56:54

Full Time

Everton 0 v 3 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 15:53:50

minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2017-04-30 15:51:52


Not long now for Jon Moss to look to close this one out without any controversy and get down the tunnel without anyone talking about him or any of his colleagues.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:50:10

GOAL! Willian (C 22)

Game over

Everton 0 v 3 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 15:45:57

GOAL! Gary Cahill (C 24)

And is that the one which gets one hand on the Title for Chelsea I wonder?

Everton 0 v 2 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 15:44:34

Idrissa Gueye (EV 17) picks up the 6th Yellow Card of the game for that reckless challenge.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:43:03


Just when it was all going so well – I really wish César Azpilicueta (C 28) had been given a second yellow card for his blatant undermining the referee’s authority then when he took the proverbial out of the referee by marching out the 9.15 at that free kick.

That was such a pity as that was weak refereeing.

All the other yellows have been no surprises, and a second one then would have been difficult to ague against as well.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:39:07

The sound decisions keep coming as the opportunity of a free kick on the edge of the penalty area was worth far to Everton than an Advantage then.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:35:33

The referee finding he needs to raise his profile slightly now as the free kicks get closer together and the strength of his whistle tone increases.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:34:04

That advantage and then bring the game back is a mark of how much more confident Jon Moss looks in this game which continues his good run at the moment so far. I would just like to have seen an earlier signal so the players knew he had actually played on.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:31:03

Goals can obviously be one of the major factors in raising the tempo of any game, so the officials will need to keep their eyes on everything for a while now.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:29:40

GOAL! Pedro (C 11)

Everton 0 v 1 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 15:28:42

Once again Jon Moss is using what man management skills he has to try to communicate with Costa. This player is well known for getting frustrated so it is good see the referee trying to work with him in that manner.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:26:39

I have seen this before from Jon Moss – when he is in a comfortable position in a game which is not exactly high octane, he seems to slip into an even lower gear than usual. I would much prefer to see him on his toes and darting about to improve his body language. That quick positive “no foul” signal to Costa was very positive though.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:22:48


The cautions are coming in clusters again in this half as Enner Vallencia (EV 19) picks up the 5th Yellow Card of the game for his act of unsporting behaviour. Very consistent refereeing from Jon Moss and not one of these disciplinary actions have come as a “surprise” to anyone watching.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:20:04


Followed 5 second later by a Yellow Card for Diego Costa (C 19) for his reckless challenge on the Everton goalkeeper. Perfect response again from the referee.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:18:17

Nice shot of the human side to Jon Moss then as he shares a joke with Costa.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:15:54

I have seen this referee touch the self destruct button in the past though, so concentration needs to be the name of the game now and not to relax when things are going OK.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:14:32

There are sure to be a lot of Spurs fans out there who are happy with things as they are in this game at the moment. I am more pleased that I have not had to comment on any major poor decisions yet.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:11:30

First decision for the referee to make in the second half and he was actually well place to see no offence by David Luiz (C 30) then and correct not to stop play.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:08:12

Second half underway

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GB at 2017-04-30 15:06:58


Thanks for the interaction Ken:

@youaretheref Why don’t referees issue yellow cards to players who wave imaginary cards at them?

This is not a mandatory yellow card offence, but like you I think it should not be ignored altogether. I said in a recent blog that it might be as popular as a second yellow for taking a shirt off after a goal, but it would soon stop it. That said – does waving an imaginary yellow card really hurt anyone? Important thing for referees is to be seen to do something and make it clear that persistent conduct like that will result in disciplinary action.


GB at 2017-04-30 15:02:27


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Half Time Summary

GB at 2017-04-30 15:00:26


Well for those of you like me who sat through Man Utd v Swansea just now as well, you must be thinking when the action is going to start!

Not that that will be on the officials minds though.

The first half is in the bag and apart from a very poor piece of positioning in the centre circle, Jon Moss has hardly put a foot wrong so far.

With such a low key game, it was always going to be important that the official kept his concentration and acted accordingly as soon as there was something to adjudicate on. And that is precisely what he did when the 3 yellow card in 5 minutes came along – all SPOT ON for me.

I would still like to see an improvement in his positioning and movement and anticipation of play, but nothing wrong with decision making in this game so far. He just need to find a 2nd gear!


GB at 2017-04-30 14:55:05

Half Time

Everton 0 v 0 Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 14:53:20

That throw in did not actually come into play as it failed to wholly cross the touchline before the Chelsea player touched it. Interesting quiz question, did the Chelsea player commit an offence by touching it “on” the touch-line, before it came into play? So should Chelsea have had another crack at throwing it in?


GB at 2017-04-30 14:50:35

minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2017-04-30 14:49:53

This feels like a warm-up game at the moment for what could come in the second half. At least the officials look like they are putting some effort in though.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:47:33


3rd caution in 5 minutes and everyone has been right on the button as César Azpilicueta (C 28) gets his just deserves Yellow Cardas well following that reckless challenge!

Well done Jon Moss – very consistent. Not your problem the players are transgressing.



GB at 2017-04-30 14:45:11

And there is another “mandatory” Yellow Card for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EV 29) who is also guilty of preventing a promising attacking move and receives his punishment for unsporting behaviour for holding an opponent.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:42:32


Excellent refereeing.

Not every hand ball is a yellow card, but that clear hand out to stop a promising attack was fully worthy of the Yellow Card shown to Gary Cahill (C 24).

You cannot afford to try to “manage” those, even in such a quiet game as this one so far.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:40:05


That would have kept the pundits talking for days if Romelu Lukaku (EV 10) had scored after the ball brushed his hand near his head then Absolutely no intention to handle the ball at all then, but there are still those who think that if he gains control by such an action then it must be a free kick. Not in accordance to law.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:37:17

Here we go. That was a clear holding offence by the Everton player which ended up with a free kick given to Everton? Very strange. Not sure what the referee saw from where he was, but again it looked like he was looking for the safe option.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:35:00

Jon Moss’e movement is less than convincing to me in this game as he constantly seems to be “checking” his position and having to back out of the way. He either needs to anticipate the play better or inject more pace so he can get ahead of the players.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:32:53

Good foul then by Jon Moss – it is important to keep giving the ones which everyone expects, even in a game like this when not many challenges are going in. If you drop your guard when a clear foul comes along because you want to keep the game moving, then it could back-fire later.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:29:54


Getting in the way in the centre circle is a Basic Referee Error. Of course it happens when the referee gets hit with the ball occasionally, but one of the first things you are taught about positioning and movement is that you are only in the centre circle if you are on the way to somewhere out. Jon Moss was standing still in the centre circle then. Basic stuff!


GB at 2017-04-30 14:27:17

Making the whistle “talk” in low key enocunters like this so far is important so it “works” for when you need it later


GB at 2017-04-30 14:25:27

Nice little straight forward body check for Jon Moss to give then and good to note a short sharp “little” whistle which suited the offence. No need for a big blast for that one.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:22:09


15 minutes game and the atmosphere is not exactly “on fire” here at Goodison at the moment. Not that that will worry the officials, gives them chance to just stay in the background for as long as they can.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:20:22

Great advantage in the centre then as Hazard got a slight clip from behind. That’s they type of refereeing this game needs to liven it up.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:18:31

Good sprinting that time by the referee and good to see him sacrifice ground for angle on that occasion as the play was on his ARs side of the FOP. Also for those who sometimes aren’t always as close as they would like to be when the decision is made, he did well to keep running after the shot went in so he looked closer than he was. Nothing wrong with that tactic.


GB at 2017-04-30 14:14:22


That was an “interesting” foul for Jon Moss to set his tolerance level with for the first free kick of the game. I agree that it was not a good place for an advantage on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area, but if he intends to be consistent with that type of offence, we could be in for some VERY safe refereeing this afternoon!


GB at 2017-04-30 14:11:33


Even if you are as fit as Clattenburg or Oliver, you still need to ensure you have enough left in the tank at the end when faced with a team who can break and switch as fast as Chelsea


GB at 2017-04-30 14:09:48

The end to end nature of even the opening few minutes might play a major part in the referee’s ability to stay in touch with this one in the closing stages


GB at 2017-04-30 14:07:11

What an opening that would have been is that one went in! Great to see AR on the goal line

GB at 2017-04-30 14:05:45

Everton Kick off


GB at 2017-04-30 14:04:34


Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Jonathon Moss

AR1: Eddie Smart (Technical Area)

AR2: Andy Halliday

4th Official: Martin Atkinson


Jonathon Moss seems to be in a rich vein of form by anyone’s standard at the moment, as the credit for his recent performances has justifiably been voiced on the Ref Show in the past few weeks.

As we start to get well and truly into the business end of the season, the PGMOL could do with all their referees firing on all cylinders at the moment. There may only be one trap door position to scrap over, and after this game, the top spot may also be all over bar the shouting, but the race for the remaining 3 ECL places is likely to be one of the best contests for a number of years. With that in mind, the “cost” of any key match errors at this stage of the season could be immense.

So step forward Jon Moss, and show us all why you have been appointed to what could be Chelsea’s most tricky game from now until the end of their race for the title.

Talking of referees in form, this game could not have a better “back stop” at the moment than today’s 4th Official, if the referee should pull a fetlock!


GB at 2017-04-30 14:03:20


On paper, this looks like Chelsea’s last real test in their remaining fixtures as they look to get the mathematical possibility of them not finishing champions out of the way as soon as possible. And for Spurs fans, the trip to fortress Goodison Park could not have come at a better time. The Toffees have claimed victory in eight league games in a row on their own cabbage patch, a run stretching back to the Merseyside derby against Liverpool in December. That said, another win for the Blues today and Tottenham will feel like the stuffing has been knocked right out of them following their capitulation last weekend as well!

Chelsea may have cantered to a home win against Southampton mid-week, but the Toffees will be in no mood to end their impressive Home form today. They have scored at least three goals in every home game they have played in March and April, so the breakaway tactic of the champions elect might not be enough to guarantee the full bag going back to the smoke.

Everton will be looking to finish their season on a high note and regroup in the same frame of mind for the start of the next campaign, which is only just over 3 months away! For now though, they can have their say in the title race by keeping this run going. With Lukaku motivated by the prospect of facing his former club, you would not bet against them making the end-of-season run-in very interesting.

Looking at the last 5 head to heads between these two teams, two wins and a draw a-piece, gives no indication as to what we can expect this afternoon. All I hope is that the result is not decided on a controversial decision.

GB at 2017-04-30 14:01:41


Welcome to this early afternoons RefCam coverage of the Premier League game between Everton v Chelsea. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

Thanks to Glenn Turner for keeping the seat warm at lunchtime for the first of our 3 RefCams today. Let’s hope this one is a bit more riveting than another draw at Old Trafford, but mores to the point, I hope that there isn’t another massive match changing decision which goes pear-shaped like the penalty for United earlier.

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