Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool v Chelsea

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 2



RHY at 2014-11-08 15:51:58

Well until the last few minutes i was hoping to report a great day at the office for the Referee and his team.Unfortunately a handball by Gary Cahill not penalised by the Referee has detracted from what otherwise was a good showing by the Referee. But life is uncompromising at the top for Premier League Referee’s and the post match comment will without doubt include the perceived injustice of that one decision. The Referee worked hard in this game, yes it didn’t produce the intensity that one could have expected from such a much anticipated fixture, other than a ten minute period around the 30 minute mark the game never boiled over,despite seven cautioned being issued.  Credit here must go the Referee, he maintained control throughout, and pointedly the only significant questioning of his actions came after the game as Steven Gerrard complained at the non award of that Cahill handball penalty. Good technical skills were on show including positioning, movement and body language, Anthony Taylor never looked under pressure, he looked calm throughout and he was also supported by two solid performances from both Assistants. So overall a case of  close but no cigar! its a tough life at the Refereeing pinnacle of our game!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:38:44

Game over as Anthony Taylor blows the final whistle!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:36:58

Yellow CardThibaut Courtois the Chelsea goalkeeper has been cautioned for ‘delaying the re-start’ wasting time!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:35:19

From a match control point of view Anthony Taylor has done his job well, you can’t help but feel for him that the Gerrard penalty shot and appeal will detract overall from his performance


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:32:29

Five minutes of added time to be played!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:31:06

Penalty appeal from Liverpool! for handball, television pictures showing that it looked a penalty!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:29:29

Yellow CardCaution for Costa, presumably for ‘Persisting in misconduct’ffollowing that careless challenge near the half way line


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:26:04

Yellow CardOscar cautioned for a Reckless challenge on Johnson after the Referee played an advantage, he can have no complaints

 


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:25:00

Anthony Taylor has made impressive use of his fitness today, he has the ability to allow play to develop and then  use explosive sprinting to sweep in behind play to maintain optimum viewing angles and range, great Refereeing!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:21:35

Despite Chelsea taking the lead, the game has not seen the intensity of periods of the first half, i’m sure that will change as Liverpool press forward to find that all important goal!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:18:29

The Referee demonstrating the art of explosive sprinting as Chelsea force Mignolet to come out of his penalty area to clear


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:16:24

Unbelievably Ballotelli getting penalised for offside twice, despite being  able to ‘look along the line’ on the far side of the field of play


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:14:18

So with the second half mid point passed, Anthony Taylor is Refereeing well and has good control of this game! praise to for Stephen Child for his ‘ball in play call’ during the build up, great to report that both Assistants played an important role in the scoring of that goal.well done both!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:11:39

Yellow CardCaution for Matic for a reckless challenge on Johnson

 


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:10:53

Surely that goal will change the match tempo, concentration guys, concentration!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:09:55

Goal Chelsea, as Diego Costa scores! Good non-offside call by Jake Collin in the build up!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:07:41

Yellow CardBallotelli cautioned for an off the ball push on an opponent , giving rise to a dangerous free kick to defend


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:05:50

The players not helping the Referee there, as with a player of his own team down Gary Cahill deciding not to put the ball out of play. much to the annoyance of the home supporters!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:04:27

So with a good hours work under their belts, lets all hope that the final third of the game goes as well for Anthony Taylor and his team!


RHY at 2014-11-08 15:02:56

The game is being played at a steady tempo at present, important that concentration levels are maintained, as it goes without saying things can change on a single decision!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:59:06

The Referee’s fitness and reading of play  is much in evidence in this game, he is reading the game well and arriving composed for key incidents particularly in the attacking third of the field of play


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:57:03

Good Advantage played by the Referee as Hazard is fouled by Glen Johnson and presses on towards the penalty area, great stuff!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:54:31

As Hazard made that last impressive run forward, Anthony Taylor read play really well to hold up in midfield to allow the player a clear run forward towards goal


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:51:58

Yellow CardIvanovic rightly cautioned for holding Sterling, Anthony Taylor trying iinitially to play an aadvantage as Liverpool broke from the penalty area


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:49:08

With Liverpool attacking the ‘Kop end’ this half plenty of background noise for Assistant Stephen Child


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:47:19

The Referee gets the second half started!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:42:57

A solid first half performance from Anthony Taylor and his team. The Referee will not be the talking point at half time, as opposed to other games recently. The Referee has read play well showing a good burst of speed and positional sense. He’ll need to be on his game though with Costa and Skrtel having ongoing tussles, which so far has not boiled over. Also Henderson and Fabregas are on a collision course ,again it hasn’t kicked off yet but if the tempo rises these two will need monitoring. Two penalty calls, one against Cahill, clearly not as the ball hit his shoulder, the other against Moreno was a closer call as the player lent into the ball, i think that Stephen Child got it right, he was well placed. Just the one caution for Sterling, quite rightly given, although he caught an arm in the face and perhaps Henderson was lucky not to have been seen for a late challenge on Fabregas. So with everything to play for in a competitive game, credit so far to Anthony Taylor and Goal Line Technology!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:31:42

Anthony Taylor brings the first half to an end!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:31:02

Great offside decision from Jake Collin, as Sterling changes his mind to pursue the ball


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:29:10

Yellow CardCaution for Sterling who deliberately impedes an opponent, television pictures proving that his attention was on the other player and not the ball


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:26:59

The tempo has dropped a little, its just end to end without the intensity of five minutes ago, Anthony Taylor continues to look focused but comfortable


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:24:59

Interesting call for a penalty against Moreno,as he leans into the ball without growing his profile, to initiate contact with the ball on his upper arm, all in view of Assistant Stephen Child, close call but for me not a penalty


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:21:50

We’re now into a ten minute spell where the Referee needs to raise profile to maintain control


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:20:45

The tempo is starting to rise as Skrtel and Costa tussle for the ball!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:20:00

No love lost between Henderson and Fabregas, as Henderson catches him late, something that Anthony Taylor will have to watch


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:18:58

Difficult call there for Assistant Stephen Child, Costa was signaled offside but the ball was in fact played by a Liverpool player, sympathy for the Assistant as it was difficult to see who played the ball


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:16:54

Anthony Taylor correctly reading no handball against Matic, the ball was played at him from only a couple of metres


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:14:17

As we’ve covered Liverpool previously on RefCam, it been noticeable that Referees have got tangled up as Philippe Coutinho has made his trademark searching runs, today the Referee is intelligently sweeping in behind play to track players run without getting caught up


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:10:16

So at the mid point of the first half its pleasing to report that Anthony Taylor has made a good start, reading the game well and intervening only when necessary, he looks comfortable too!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:08:30

Costa getting into trouble with a push on Skrtel, and words thereafter, well defused by the Referee!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:06:18

A call for a penalty as the ball strikes Gary Cahill’s shoulder


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:04:30

Jake Collin with another good offside call against Balotelli


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:03:09

The Referee is making great use of explosive sprinting to maintain that optimum viewing range, good work!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:01:21

How impressive was goal line technology there! Anthony Taylor receiving instant confirmation that the ball had crossed the line!


RHY at 2014-11-08 14:00:00

Equalising goal from Gary Cahill courtesy of goal line technology!


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:58:24

Good Refereeing from Anthony Taylor as he kept an eye on the competing players after that last Chelsea corner


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:57:05

The noise from the home supporters reverberating around Anfield, something else for the Match Officials to filter out in gaining concentration!


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:55:13

The match officials will need total focus now as Chelsea look for an instant response!


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:54:11

Goal Can 1-0 Liverpool!


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:53:16

Tactically Balotelli has made two good runs down the right channel, food for thought for Anthony Taylor in getting good viewing angles and range, Assistant Referee Jake Collin will also need to take note


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:50:35

Good offside decision from Jake Collin against Balotelli


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:49:05

The game has started with a high tempo with both teams pressing forward


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:47:22

Important that all of ‘our team’ get their eye in now, as the biggest calls of the game could come early!


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:45:20

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

 


RHY at 2014-11-08 13:42:10

Welcome to our coverage of this game at Anfield, this of course being no ordinary game with the visit of Chelsea, A Championship deciding encounter last season!