Middlesbrough v Chelsea


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AH at 2016-11-20 19:09:01

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AH at 2016-11-20 19:06:54

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There was plenty of good practice by Jon Moss throughout the game, and there is no doubt the referee controlled the game, however from a technical refereeing viewpoint, I do have the following concerns:


  • Eden Hazard was undoubtedly targeted by the Middlesbrough players; this observer would have preferred this to have been recognised by the referee, and pro-active refereeing could have prevented this escalating.


  • There was interesting moment in the game when David Luiz was cautioned, with the referee applying the advantage clause before issuing the yellow card. There is an on-going risk here, what if Luiz had committed a 2nd cautionable offence – 2 yellows and a red? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @youaretheref.


  • Jon Moss’s failure to caution Ramirez when he was on his ‘last warning’ in the 83rd minute illustrates why common consensus states that his performances are, overall, below the standards of his Premier League colleagues.


To counter this, the referee’s penal offence recognition was of a good standard and the teamwork was also of a good standard.


In summary, the referee “did ok”, but is this good enough for the Select Group?

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AH at 2016-11-20 18:54:11

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Chelsea take all 3 points and go top of the Premier League – match summary to follow ……


AH at 2016-11-20 18:49:52

4 minutes of additional time to be played …..


AH at 2016-11-20 18:46:10

The referee has let himself down there.  Having informed all and sundry, just 3 minutes earlier, that Ramirez was on a ‘final warning’ , a further offence brings no formal sanction. I have to ask why, it was the expected course of action in this situation and would have been an easy caution to sell.


AH at 2016-11-20 18:41:32

10 minutes for the match officials to brig the game to a safe conclusion as Jon Moss gives Ramirez his final warning for persistent infringement …..


AH at 2016-11-20 18:39:13

Boro continue to hang on in there as Negrado forces a fine save by Courtois, Chelsea probably deserve the victory, but this is the Premier League and anything, as we know, can happen …


AH at 2016-11-20 18:34:50

Yellow CardYellow CardKante can have no complaints as his cynical challenge prevented the Home Team from developing a promising attack – same for Chambers as he commits a similar offence and receives the same punishment. Good consistent officiating.


AH at 2016-11-20 18:27:32

Yellow Card#MIDCHE David Luiz offends and is cautioned, eventually, the referee applied the advantage clause, but the ball does not go out of play for ages,   What would have happened had Chelsea #30 had committed a second cautionable offence in the interim period. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @youaretheref


AH at 2016-11-20 18:18:56

I stand by my earlier comment, how many more times will Hazard be targeted, but counter that with the referee’s good use of the advantage clause.


AH at 2016-11-20 18:12:22

Yellow CardNo complaints from Chelsea and Azpilicueta in particular as he concedes a free-kick in a key area and earns the first Chelsea caution of the afternoon.


AH at 2016-11-20 18:09:48

So, here’s the dilemma, did de Roon leave his foot in, or did Costa make the most of the challenge, six and two x threes could I suggest …..


AH at 2016-11-20 18:04:28

The 2nd half is underway here at The Riverside ….

Half Time

AH at 2016-11-20 17:59:35

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Half Time

AH at 2016-11-20 17:54:26

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There have been a number of good refereeing decisions, typified by his detection that Fabio had played the ball, which resulted in the award of the corner, which led to the Chelsea goal.

Half Time

AH at 2016-11-20 17:51:24

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Half-time and the Away Team have a deserved 1-0 lead, but how do you think the referee has performed so far?  His early caution of Clayton was merited and seems to have done the trick in terms of match control, but I have a concern that Hazard is being targeted.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:47:20

The referee does well, again, to detect the minor penal offence as Ramirez offends, the wry smile on the face of the Home Team #21 suggesting that he knows he had offended.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:43:26

GOAL! Costa is the proverbial ‘fox in the box’ to open the scoring for Chelsea.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:40:30

Good safety first refereeing as he stops play to allow Valdes treatment for a head-injury. There is nothing to be gained at all by allowing play to continue in this situation.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:35:56

5 penal offences committed so far by the Home Team, 4 of them against Hazard, time to take some positive action Mr Moss.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:33:32

#MIDCHE 30 minutes gone here at The Riverside and so far, so good for the refereeing team, let us know your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AH at 2016-11-20 17:31:50

Full credit to Andy Halliday as he correctly allows Chelsea to develop an attack with a marginal, yet correct, non-offside decision.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:29:44

That was a good call by Jon Moss, Ramiirez subtle hand-ball was well detected by the referee on this occassion


AH at 2016-11-20 17:26:17

Yet another penal offence committed against Hazard, the referee needs to be aware and take action, even if it’s just the stepped approach of a public warning to the next offender.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:23:17

Almost half-way through the first half and still we wait for the first shot on target, nevertheless it’s still quite an entertaining game and the match officials are contributing by staying out of the limelight.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:18:40

Now here’s a question, are the Boro midfield and defenders targeting Hazard for some ‘special attention’ in the early stages of the game – let’s keep an eye on this ….


AH at 2016-11-20 17:16:08

It will be interesting to see how Jon Moss applies the advantage clause this afternoon, in my opinion he over-plays it in terms of signalling when no genuine offence has taken place, let’s see what unfolds ….


AH at 2016-11-20 17:11:53

Yellow CardThe referee responds well to his first test of the afternoon, Clayton’s challenge on Hazard was reckless and the yellow card was the correct outcome.


AH at 2016-11-20 17:08:32

Chelsea appear to be playing a pressing game, Middlesbrough have the speed to break at pace, this could be interesting and something for the match officials to be aware of


AH at 2016-11-20 17:05:52

Nothing much to report so far, not an untypical hustle and bustle Premier League game …..


AH at 2016-11-20 17:01:12

Here we go ………

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 17:00:21

Lest we forget ………


AH at 2016-11-20 16:56:57

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AH at 2016-11-20 16:55:51

Jon Moss is in charge this afternoon, supported by Andy Halliday and Eddie Smart, with Craig Pawson on 4th official duty.   Jon is not enjoying the best of seasons, so it will be interesting to see how the game goes for him this afternoon.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 16:54:07

At the opposite end of the scale, Andre Marriner was solid, confident and assured in the Old Trafford game and the performance of Mike Dean at Tottenham was correctly described by our RefCam expert Glenn Turner as “brave and correct refereeing”.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 16:52:37

Having watched Roger East perform admirably in play-off finals at Wembley, I am now watching a completely different referee who is clearly low on confidence and requires some assistance off-the-field in terms of mind-set coaching.  To be fair to the referee, the authorities should take him out of the firing-line completely, rest him to give him time to regain his confidence and introduce him gently back into the system, possibly with some reserve team games or behind closed doors games to allow him to regain the form which took him to the play-offs.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 16:51:24

He now seems to be in the mindset to be unable to invoke one of the main key processes in refereeing, the ability to recognise, see and act.  Does he still have the confidence to remove yourself himself from the heat of the moment and process the incident in front of him?

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 16:50:31

Yesterday saw the full range of officiating in the Premier League.  I am reluctant to be critical again of Roger East, but he must be disappointed with his decision not to penalise the challenge by Ryan Shawcross which undoubtedly should have resulted in a penalty to Bournemouth.

Pre Match

AH at 2016-11-20 16:47:19

For those of you who have been refereeing out in the cold and wet of a typical English Sunday morning, we hope you enjoyed your game, get yourself a warm cup of something or other, sit down, relax and enjoy the game with us.


AH at 2016-11-20 16:45:06

Welcome to our coverage of Middlesbrough v Chelsea from the Riverside Stadium.  The results of the weekend means that 3 points for the Away Team will take them to the top of the Premier League, the Home Team are looking over their shoulders as they are a single point away from the drop-zone, so it’s all to play for.