Leicester City v Arsenal


RD at 2014-08-31 18:05:22


The refereeing team had total control from start to finish. 4 cautions were administered in the second half, all correct and ensuring that consistency was maintained. The referee tried to let the game flow and played lots of really good advantages – only the one mentioned at half time will he reflect upon. The Assistant Referees played their part and gave good offside decisions and their movement and flagging technique was worthy of their FIFA position. Their sideways movement and sprinting was first class. Well done guys. Anthony Taylor will be well pleased with his overall performance. He refereed well, was always in touch  with a free flowing game and employed safe refereeing tactics throughout. He took no risks to talk about and gained much respect from the Managers, Coaches and players for his sympathetic and sensible approach to the injured players, particularly Koschielny in the first half. Fitness of the referee was excellent and sends out a message to some of his colleagues. I am sure there will be praise for this team on the Ref Show from our colleagues at you-are-the-ref.com

Thank you for being with us, we enjoy your comments and company. Keep in touch next week.

Roger Dilkes

RD at 2014-08-31 17:54:01

Slightly late challenge by Vardy but then the referee brings the game to an end. Final score 1-1 just as it was when they last played at this stadium

RD at 2014-08-31 17:51:19

Whilst that was going on Roger East gave us 3 added minutes.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:50:41

Great concentration by A/R Beswick for non ball out for throw in and then corner to Leicester.

Taylor in quick to stop any afters. L18 and A1 cautioned Yellow CardYellow Card

RD at 2014-08-31 17:48:27

Vardy given offside by A/R Beswick. Good reading.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:46:51

Arsenal 15 struggling with injury but now walking steadily.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:44:13

Off screen No 11 Albrighton cautioned for holding a player as he moved away.Yellow Card

Hammond catches Flamini and he is rightly cautioned as well.Yellow Card

RD at 2014-08-31 17:42:56

Corner to Arsenal but Leicester gain possession and Vardy does move well and almost scores.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:41:14

Ozil back on.

Advantage played twice by referee.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:39:36

Ozil still off injured, can he return?

RD at 2014-08-31 17:37:51

Arsenal sportingly kick ball out of play for injured Leicester player.

Leicester 23 off and 4 on

Arsenal 15 on and 19 off

Arsenal 22 off and 9on

RD at 2014-08-31 17:34:09

Foul by Flamini but just the free kick awarded.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:31:51

Advantage played by referee after foul on Ramsey but now a corner to Arsenal.  Strong header out but poor cross back in by Ramsey goes for goal kick.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:30:27

Foul by Alexis.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:30:08

Leicester 15 off and 9 Vardy on, glad this lad is given a chance as he impressed me years ago at Fleetwood in the Conference. Watch his pace.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:28:10

Schlupp minor foul penalised by referee.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:27:24

Gary Beswick on the job for an offside as Leicester player tries to gain control after he comes back from offside position. Good flagging technique.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:26:14

Corner to Arsenal, again  no grappling. Keith Hackett will be pleased as this seems to be coming into our game after the World Cup plea on his blog.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:23:48

26 off Leicester 11 on

RD at 2014-08-31 17:22:28

Sorry Arsenal corner! whoops

RD at 2014-08-31 17:22:01

Corner to Leicester played short.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:21:20

Very open at moment but referee is well in touch with play. Well done.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:20:32

Look at the referee’s advantage signal. Good arms outstretched and held for correct amount of time.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:19:30

Advantage played to Arsenal as Nugent goes hunting for the ball. Very impressed with the Leicester fitness.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:18:28

Foul not awarded for clear push on Sanogo.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:17:40

Great movement by Anthony Taylor as play moved quickly from one end to the other. He has always had pace and now he has experience to go with it, keeping play in front of him and reading players’ intentions well.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:15:05

Great non flag by Cann, well read.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:13:00

Offside decision by A/R Cann, absolutely spot on. Great movement to stay in line with second rear most defender. Good flag.

Leicester should be in front!

RD at 2014-08-31 17:10:04

Push in back by Mersesacker penalised after decision not to award a penalty to Arsenal.

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RD at 2014-08-31 17:07:40

Corner to Arsenal but saved. Arsenal retain possession , but foul by Ulloa on Chambers.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:06:03

Hammond gives another free kick away.

RD at 2014-08-31 17:04:36

The referee starts the second half after our assistants recheck the nets. No substitutes

RD at 2014-08-31 17:01:16

Half Time Analysis

The refereeing team can be pleased with their efforts in the first 45 minutes. They have kept out of the game and only become involved when necessary. The game has benefitted as a result and we have had two goals, which came in quick succession. The injury to Schlupp and Kosielny was dealt with in a sympathetic and sensible manner and this is where Referees can earn respect from Managers, coaches and players alike. Well done. We have mentioned advantage earlier and we must remember that advantage is not just possession. There must be a clear opportunity for the team that has been fouled for them to keep the ball and be able to continue without any immediate threat from an opponent winning the ball back. If it is a serous foul that is reckless, and a yellow card offence, the referee should always think very carefully before continuing with play. I am not in favour of advantage being played from red card offences. Anthony Taylor has applied advantage without risk other than the one where Assistant Cann gave him a clear flag for a foul challenge in front of him. Leicester had no where to go and when Anthony realised his error, he went back to the free kick albeit a little late. Their team talk at half time will all be about control, safe refereeing and keeping close to play as the game continues into the later stages when fatigue will set in on this hot and sunny Sunday. Keep focused guys – start again.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:50:19

As Anthony brings the game to half time, plenty of fluid will be required for rehydration in the dressing room.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:46:47

4 minutes added on as Anthony plays another advantage. He is trying to give the game every opportunity.

Sanogo offside with correct decision by Gary Beswick. Watch this team work together, it really is worth it.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:45:18

Carzola loses ball and then trips his opponent – referee right there again. No arguments. Well done, keep focused for the time added on.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:42:35

Referee brings play back after clear signal for a foul by Darren Cann. Probably should have just gone with free kick in first instance. Prevents any retribution and risk to control.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:40:33

Hammond’s third trip, needs to be careful as he keeps breaking up play. Spray out again. Free kick poorly delivered and LC gain control of the ball.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:38:33

Watch out for the referee’s turn of pace when he needs to move quickly. Very impressive.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:37:27

Ulloa slips and catches accidentally Mertesacker. Referee sensibly stops play to give the Arsenal player a chance to recover. Good empathy.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:36:00

Another Leicester corner leads to nothing.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:35:31

Leicester corner and then Cann gives another corner which referee acknowledges. Great teamwork.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:33:55

Hammond trips Ozil with referee right on the spot as he squeezes play. Vanishing spray comes out and shot hits wall. Sanogo pushes De Laet and again Anthony is right there to award the free kick.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:31:50

Another corner off a Morgan header but Ozil has a weak finish.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:31:04

Corner to Arsenal again no grappling but another corner as ball is deflected out by Morgan. Corner cleared but Arsenal retain possession.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:29:41

The referee is not falling for the minor touches that Arsenal players are seeking free kicks from. Well done, keep focused.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:27:04

Corner to Arsenal but Koscelny off and Chambers 21 on. There is your answer folks.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:25:08

Corner to Leicester with a foul on Szczesny, given immediately by the referee.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:23:20

Quick response by Leicester through Ulloa – is Koscielny fit to continue? 1-1 game on.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:20:24

Good advantage played after Debuchy blocked on touch line and from the retention of the ball Alexis opens the scoring for Arsenal. His first in the Premier League. Well done Anthony Taylor.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:18:25

Arsenal with 10 men are now coming under pressure as Koscielny returns with his night cap on. Good to see him return.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:17:19

Following some well reported incidents of players carrying on after head injuries, Clubs are increasingly becoming far more careful with player’s welfare.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:15:26

L15 and A6 clash heads in accidental clash.

Water already being taken on by players.

Koscielny still down and looks in pain. Trainers looking concerned and reassuring their player.

Anthony Taylor giving them all the time they need. Well done.


Roger East will now supervise as Koscielny now leaves the field of play for stitches?

RD at 2014-08-31 16:11:51

Nigel Pearson will have briefed his lads to work hard and close down quickly. The first 10 minutes is suggesting that they have taken notice of his tactics.

Corner to Arsenal, no grappling and Leicester gain advantage.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:09:33

Referee right on the spot for the foul challenge by Hammond.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:06:08

Great playing surface, great weather let’s hope for a great game.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:04:46

Gary Beswick also early in the game. Really good flagging technique.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:02:26

Darren Cann on the job right away with a correct offside flag. Watch and learn from this experienced official.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:01:39

Debuchy swashed in the first foul of the game – is this a sign of how Leicester will chase and harry throughout the afternoon.

RD at 2014-08-31 16:00:14

Anthony gets us underway for this final game of the weekend.

RD at 2014-08-31 15:56:27

To-day’s match officials are:

Referee – Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Beswick

Assistant Referee 2 – Darren Cann

All three are from the FIFA list of match officials and are supported by 4th Official – Roger East.

We wish our colleagues all the best for this game.

RD at 2014-08-31 15:42:22

To-day we are covering the Leicester City v Arsenal game from the King Power Stadium, a further test of the Premier League credentials of the home team. Last season they were promoted as Championship winners, but so far they only have a home point to show for their efforts, an interesting game with Everton that finished 2-2. The last time that they met Arsenal in the Premier League at this ground, on 6th December, 2003, the game also ended as a draw but this time 1-1.

So all to play for with Arsenal losing their target man Giroud with a broken leg, this week. Will Arsene Wenger dabble in the transfer market after this game. Watch this space? Leicester will be relying on the well travelled David Nugent to spearhead their attack and, hopefully, he will keep knocking in the goals for the ‘foxes’ that have made him a very successful striker over the years. Will Esteban Cambiasso having gained his International clearance feature in this game, following his move from Inter Milan?

Lots to talk about from yesterday’s games, particularly at Everton, where there were 9 goals, which kept the fans on the edge of their seats, however, for the second week on this ground an offside goal was allowed to stand and two possible red cards were missed. Watch this weeks’ Ref Show to hear what our panel of former Premier League officials have to say.

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