Manchester United -v Chelsea

Manchester United -v Chelsea

Commentary By: Trevor Simpson

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



TS at 2014-10-26 19:01:12

The missed penalty decision will be used as the reason for Chelsea not winning but it was a great advert for the Premier Leage with total action for the full 90 minutes. The referee will be looking at his own performance as the issue of grappling will be raised and the questions asked of – why no penalty? Keith Hackett highlighted the issues here and your views are important as the reliant Robin saves United from defeat with his goal deep into added time. Add your. Moments to hat Keith said here on the grappling issue . Thanks for your company and I hope there are some great learning issues for up and coming referee’s following today’ game. Goodbye and thanks.

Look at Keith Hackett’s article on this subject – GRAPPLING IS BACK THANKS TO WEAK REFEREEING

Keith said, – We are only a few weeks back into the season and grappling is back with a vengeance in the Premier League. The World Cup set a wonderful example, with referees taking firm action when any sign of grappling was visible, and to their credit players responded in a positive manner. Holding, pulling, blocking offences in the penalty area disappeared in Brazil and the image of the game improved. It is so important for the group of professional referees operating in the Premier League to be instructed to take a more pro-active control and to focus on applying the law on foul play.

If penalty kicks have to be awarded then so be it, until every manager/coach, player gets the message that grappling will not be tolerated by our referees. Weak refereeing currently is allowing these offences to take place without appropriate punishment with the result that they are escalating, damaging the image of the Premier League games that are viewed in over 211 territories around the world. We are also beginning to see a trend where players who get away with the offences in the penalty area are now committing them in other areas of the field in open play.

Keith added – I am not in favour of clampdowns, the law needs to be applied in a consistent manner across the group of professional referees so that all stakeholders in the game have a clear understanding of what is acceptable or not. We all want players to challenge for the ball in a fair manner.

The message is clear…REFEREES, PLEASE GET TO GRIPS WITH THIS CANCER IN OUR GAME IN ENGLAND.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:54:48

United score from the freekick and van Persie throws his shirt into the air as the full 4 minutes of Time Allowed expires. Game over!


TS at 2014-10-26 18:52:25

Ivanovic receives a 2nd caution and is dismissed as we predicted! Yellow CardRed Card


TS at 2014-10-26 18:51:09

FIFA should change the law to not allow any substitutions in Time Allowed in my opinion. What do you think?


TS at 2014-10-26 18:49:31

Shirt pull not punished with another caution gives freekick to Chelsea as they make a tactical substitution to absorb time. The 90 minutes are up and 4 minutes added time displayed by Chris Foy.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:47:09

Hazard cautioned from ‘long distance’ by a tiring official. Yellow Card


TS at 2014-10-26 18:45:46

Last 5 minutes and the Chelsea keeper takes time out of the game by going down. Dowd getting earache from the Chelsea manager over a throw-in direction given wrongly. Terry fouled releases the pressure with 4 minutes to go.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:42:03

Great chance for van Persie but well saved as United look to get that all important goal. I would like to see an increase in Phil’s work rate to get nearer to play as it developed through midfield towards the penalty areas. Maintaining a position within 20 to 25 yards of the ball ensures that decision making has added credibility. If this is followed by the referee continuing to move towards the incident then added credibility is attained and physical presence will deter any reaction and ensure that the restart is managed more proactively. He just stood there and pointed from distance.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:36:34

Another caution for holding to Fellaini on 76 minutes Yellow Card


TS at 2014-10-26 18:35:31

15 minutes to go and Chelsea are playing it absolutely right as they contain United. The need for the officials is to maintain concentration and hopefully see the game to a safe conclusion. Terry took the ball in his midrift but gets up and no treatment needed. Good empathy showed by the referee.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:32:09

Guy Beale enjoying the contest as United get a corner. Chelsea clear and break as Faberegas commits another foul after receiving his caution. Steady!


TS at 2014-10-26 18:29:58

Five cautions so far and the danger is now that a second caution could result in a dismissal. The officials will need some pro-activity to maintain the balance of control and hopefully retain all 11 players on each team.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:27:35

Spray time again. Substitution time with Oscar being taken off following the silly caution. Substitutions for injured players do not normally sound alarm bells for the referee to raise their game, unlike tactical changes which can cause a temporary threat to control. The player entering the field of play, in Law, must not enter until his team mate has left and a good ploy for officials is to slow down the change over when the tempo has increased.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:23:49

Another inept signal from Phil in the midfield area as United look to build an attack. Chelsea are living dangerously as Ivanovic gets a caution for holding. Yellow Card


TS at 2014-10-26 18:21:46

Yellow Card Correct caution of Oscar with  another silly reckless challenge on 62 minutes.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:17:53

A week advantage signal on display there. Is it a sign of tiring by the referee or simply a weak signal?


TS at 2014-10-26 18:15:55

Fitness and work rate are the basis of the modern game today so that the referee remained close to play and is able to sell his decisions from close proximity. This is particularly important in, and around, the penalty area where the ‘big decisions’ in the game have to be made. Goals change games and in the period of play after a goal has been scored there needs to be extra vigilance from all the officials.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:14:53

United up against it now and need to get the equaliser and the crowd behind them. The referee will be aware of this and should now be looking to increase his work rate and get his physical presence closer to play.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:12:59

Who is Frog? It should have read Drogba.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:12:21

Hazard through and a wonderful save by De Gea gives Chelsea a corner from which Chelsea score. Frog a with the goal from a great header on 52 minutes.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:10:02

Thanks to Guy Beale for his comments as he peels the potatoes! Free kick United for a silly challenge as they break from their own penalty area. Yellow Card 49 minutes caution for Fabregas correctly issued.


TS at 2014-10-26 18:04:07

Will the missed penalty decision be on the Phil Dowd’s mind? No doubt he has been informed of his error of judgement and after the missed penalty decision by Clattenburg yesterday, it will be a Monday morning of mystery in the papers for referee’s. They have to get these ‘big judgements’ right! Second half under way. What changes will the managers have made to their tactical formations? Adjustments to the referee’s positioning might be necessary as he watches to see what changes have been made by the managers. Remember that the tactical formations of the teams (4-4-2 or 5-3-2-1) have different positional requirements for the referee to get the best viewing angles without being in the way of play. Tune in to this week’s edition of The Ref Show for more debate by our experts on this penalty issue subject.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:57:01

Did Dowd deliberate a decision or duck the issue? Clear penalty from TV replays so why was it not given? After the grappling decision at Stoke last week a penalty here would he re-enforced the stance that grappling has no part in our game. A sad Sunday for soccer!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:48:45

Time allowed of 2 Minutes at the end of the first half which apart from a strong penalty appeal for Chelsea when grappling took place at a left wing free kick has seen both teams have chances. There should be goals in the second half. Would you have given a penalty or was there evidence to suggest that both attacker and defender were guilty of holding. Half time and it’s still goal-less. The penalty incident will form the half time discussion. Yorkshire tea for me as the debate rages!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:44:19

Dissent after a free kick by Ivanovic but only a firm word as spray can used again.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:43:11

Grogba with a great chane but well saved by De Gea in the United goal. A portly looking Dowd flattened a Chelsea player in midfield!!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:40:24

Yellow CardCaution Matic for a block which is a timely yellow card to try and lower the tempo and define the referee’s tolerance level. 40 minutes gone.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:38:46

The tempo is rising and there is a need for more positive action by the referee. Free kick and spray used for the first time in the game. Use of the vanishing spray is good to see and I’m amazed that all levels of football in the UK are not using this wonderful aid to the art of refereeing! Why is it not being used in the Football League, the Vanarama Conference and at all levels down to local football? The referees at those levels want it, the players want it and yet the authorities are burying their heads in the sands of tradition! Come on folks – let’s move with the times and get into the real world! Good to see the players toeing the line when the vanishing spray is used.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:36:42

Free kick to Chelsea bemuses United – double admonishment given but it is good technique to end that with a hand shake. Grappling in the area by both teams and nothing given. It is still an issue in our game. WHY?


TS at 2014-10-26 17:32:00

Chris Foy working with the Chelsea manager in the technical area which all seemed good natured unlike the comments made in such a sarcastic manner by Warnick of Crystal Palace yesterday. How does he get away with it?


TS at 2014-10-26 17:29:50

Neither Assistand had an offside to give so far but Darren Cann has great flagging technique in his throw-in awards. Double injury causes a delay in play.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:26:27

Communication skills are the referee’s strength and his dialogue with players has been used to good effect during this opening 26 minutes.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:25:02

Good chance United well saved as they take the assendancy in what has been a free flowing game so far. The caution came at a good time for Phil at the half-way stage in the first half.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:22:06

Yellow CardCaution on 21 minutes for a trip by Grogba correctly issued.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:20:56

Phil has been holding his ear-piece on several occasions and I wonder if there is a communication kit problem! Something to watch for.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:19:12

Di Maria flattened by a stray arm to give United a free kick in a good position. Phil Dowd aware of ball being moved and told Di Maria as he had a smile with the wall!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:16:21

15 minutes gone and so far the game is being played in the correct spirit with no challenges to the referee’s authority.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:14:34

Chelsea get their 3rd corner as they mount pressure which leads to a 4th corner which should have been a goal kick!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:13:01

The rugby markings are still visible from last week and they could help the referee in estimating distance. Spray not used in the wide area as Chelsea awarded a free kick.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:09:47

Good flowing football by United with Chelsea having amore measured build up of play. Two contrasting styles!


TS at 2014-10-26 17:06:16

Advantage played in the defensive half for Chelsea which can be risky but it came off. Trying to let the game flow in these early stages.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:04:14

The Light grey shirted referee is distinguishable as he awards the first free kick to Chelsea. Corner kick to Chelsea and it lead to a second one. Grappling non-existence as United break for a good chance which flys over the bar.


TS at 2014-10-26 17:00:14

The whistle blows and we’re underway. The referee will have done his homework on both teams in an attempt to be in total control. He’ll be aware of where his problems might arise and let’s hope that he will be able to get into the best viewing positions to judge incidents. This is the first weekend of using the ‘Hi-Viz’ balls. What do you think they contribute to the game? Do they have a valid purpose or is it a marketing ploy to sell more product to junior football? Let us know your thoughts through the usual channels.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:57:58

Internet connection problems this afternoon but hopefully it will all work out! Referee Dowd is experienced at this level and he has good man-management techniques within his skill set. He is working hard to dismiss his past weakness of not being the fittest referee in The Select Group and I was impressed in his last game to see he appeared to have lost weight and looked more athletic. Both his Assistants today are highly experienced with Darren Cann having a World Cup Final medal in his trophy cabinet at home. Chris Foy is the grandad of the group and despite being into his 50s, he has a wonderful manner and should be ideal in his role as 4th Official today.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:56:00

Tensions will be high inside the Theatre Of Dreams at Old Trafford this afternoon as an under-performing home team take on the Premier League leaders. In past years the animosities between the respective managers and the predictable war of words prior to the game, tended to overshadow proceedings but now Sir Alex is gone let us home the quality of the football does the talking. Lots of skilful players on show today and the officials will hope that they can play a ‘low key’ role and only intervene when necessary.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:52:55

Tensions will be high inside the Theatre Of Dreams at Old Trafford this afternoon as an under-performing home team take on the Premier League leaders. In past years the animosities between the respective managers and the predictable war of words prior to the game, tended to overshadow proceedings but now Sir Alex is gone let us home the quality of the football does the talking. Lots of skilful players on show today and the officials will hope that they can play a ‘low key’ role and only intervene when necessary.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:52:33

Tensions will be high inside the Theatre Of Dreams at Old Trafford this afternoon as an under-performing home team take on the Premier League leaders. In past years the animosities between the respective managers and the predictable war of words prior to the game, tended to overshadow proceedings but now Sir Alex is gone let us home the quality of the football does the talking. Lots of skilful players on show today and the officials will hope that they can play a ‘low key’ role and only intervene when necessary.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:52:17

Tensions will be high inside the Theatre Of Dreams at Old Trafford this afternoon as an under-performing home team take on the Premier League leaders. In past years the animosities between the respective managers and the predictable war of words prior to the game, tended to overshadow proceedings but now Sir Alex is gone let us home the quality of the football does the talking. Lots of skilful players on show today and the officials will hope that they can play a ‘low key’ role and only intervene when necessary.


TS at 2014-10-26 16:50:02

Chelsea will start this game as favourites and no doubt both managers will be giving quite different team talks to their player in the dressing rooms prior to kick-off.  Both managers are different types of characters, each having exceptional motivational skills but whose tactical ability will be able to win the game today?


TS at 2014-10-26 16:43:22

Good afternoon and welcome to You Are The Ref as we get ready for what should be a most interesting game from Old Trafford this afternoon. The United manager does not seem to be under any pressure from the owner of the club as he tries to create a team worth of a title challenge in the future. I recall refereeing at Old Trafford in the early days of Alex Ferguson being in charge and in both my first two games there, the visitors won the games!! He was given time and it proved to be the right decision for the club based on patience which eventually was converted into multiple trophies over the subsequent decades. Will Louis van Gaal be given the same chance to succeed? Leeds United – after just 32 days in charge – sacked their manager yesterday and all-round ‘good guy’ and ex-Halifax Town manager Neil Redfern has been put in charge. Good luck to him in his new job. We value your comments throughout this afternoon via email and Twitter, so keep them coming. Let us have your views on Twitter @youaretheref or email to info@you-are-the-ref.com


TS at 2014-10-26 16:29:42

Manchester United -v-Chelsea Referee: Phil Dowd. Assistant 1: Gary Beswick Assistant 2: Darren Cann Fourth Official: Chris Foy


TS at 2014-10-26 16:28:47

October 26th 2014