Southampton vs Chelsea


DM at 2016-10-30 18:57:26

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DM at 2016-10-30 18:56:48

Full Time Summary

Mike Jones and his team can be pleased with an efficient and low key approach to this game which suited the players who played the match in a very good spirit.  This was a sporting contest with no reckless challenges and Mike Jones adopted a sensible approach right from the outset speaking to Matic in the 1st minute for a careless challenge.  The referee managed the tempo of the game well and stepped in when necessary.  This was particularly evident in the 15th minute when he doubled his free-kick count in 5 minutes in order to slow the game down and retain match control.  This apart, there were no other testing periods in the game and what the referee had to do, he did well.  There were two clear free-kicks that the referee did not award that he should have.  Moses (1st half) and Pedro (2nd half) were both unfairly challenged and although the referee was well positioned he failed to keep a trailing eye on the first incident and was too close on the second one.  These minor issues aside Mike Jones has had a pleasing afternoon.

The referee was well supported by AR Holmes who came in to support the referee when he was better placed.  AR Bryan had a very good game, correctly indicating an offside offence in the 84th minute which led to a goal being disallowed for Southampton.  This was a difficult key match decision which AR Bryan called correctly.  The fourth official Graham Scott sensibly adopted a low key approach and supported the referee well.

DM at 2016-10-30 18:50:08

Full Time


DM at 2016-10-30 18:49:14

Mike Jones on the spot again to correctly award Chelsea a free-kick for a holding offence outside the penalty area


DM at 2016-10-30 18:47:26

Minimum of 3 minutes added time to be played


DM at 2016-10-30 18:46:43

Foul against David Luiz in front of the technical areas for a push


DM at 2016-10-30 18:45:00

Chelsea sub 19 off 23 on


DM at 2016-10-30 18:43:17

Chelsea sub 15 off 2 on


DM at 2016-10-30 18:42:01

Southampton have a goal disallowed as AR Bryan correctly indicates that Austin is in an offside position.  The decision was very tight but the Assistant called that correctly.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:38:08

Mike Jones and his colleagues will want to see this game home safely in the last 10 minutes or so.  Focus and concentration needed from the officials so nothing is missed.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:34:57

Chelsea Sub 22 on 11 off

Southampton Sub 21 off 38 on

Southampton Sub 11 off 23 on


DM at 2016-10-30 18:33:29

Yes replays confirm there was a foul and a free-kick should have been awarded to Chelsea


DM at 2016-10-30 18:31:45

I think Mike Jones has missed a foul on Pedro there, the Southampton 8 seemed to catch him.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:30:17

AR Holmes indicates a free-kick to Chelsea for a careless trip by Van Dijk.  Good assistance from AR Holmes as Mike Jones did not have a clear view of the incident.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:27:51

Mike Jones speaks to Romeu who has committed a couple of careless challenges in the game so far.  He is not standing out as a persistent offender yet but the referee wants to be proactive.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:21:04

Mike Jones correctly penalises Hazard for a careless use of the arm resulting in a foul challenge


DM at 2016-10-30 18:19:08

Southampton Sub 19 on 4 off


DM at 2016-10-30 18:17:20

Mike Jones is using the captain to manage Moses who feels aggrieved at the award of a free-kick to Southampton.  This again is a good piece of player management by Mike Jones.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:13:08

GOAL!Southampton 0-2 Chelsea



DM at 2016-10-30 18:12:40

Good refereeing from Mike Jones as Costa was fouled by Romeu and no advantage accrued.  The referee correctly penalises the offence after waiting momentarily to see where the ball ends up.


DM at 2016-10-30 18:10:32

David Luiz saw that coming and I think the referee incorrectly awarded a free-kick there as no offence was committed


DM at 2016-10-30 18:04:33

Free-kick to Southampton for a foul by Costa in front of the technical areas

DM at 2016-10-30 18:01:44

Mike Jones gets the second half underway

DM at 2016-10-30 17:53:05

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DM at 2016-10-30 17:50:34

Half-Time Summary

The game started off at a frantic pace and the referee had to speak to Matic in the 1st minute for a high, careless challenge.  This decision proved a good one as the game has been played in a good spirit by both sets of players and the referee has tried his best to let the game flow, without this jeopardising his match control.  The hard work was done from minutes 15 to 20 when Mike Jones awarded 4 free-kicks and managed the tempo well, ensuring that the players knew he was around and would penalise foul challenges when they occur.  The officials will be hoping for an equally quiet second half but they must remained focused as both teams are sure to come out fired up for the second half.

DM at 2016-10-30 17:47:19

Half Time



DM at 2016-10-30 17:46:59

Southampton appeal for a foul on Austin in the penalty area, the referee Mike Jones correctly waves away the appeals.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:45:23

AR Holmes incorrectly indicated a Southampton corner-kick, the ball last came off the Southampton player and it should have been a goal-kick.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:44:08

The referee did not need to cross his hands for the handball appeal by Southampton, especially when the incident took place around 25 yards from goal.  Doing nothing means you are playing on.  The dramatic signal can bring unnecessary attention to the officials.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:40:46

Pedro smiling as AR Dave Bryan correctly indicates a goal-kick award to Southampton


DM at 2016-10-30 17:35:13

Mike Jones correctly penalised Cahill there for a careless challenge but he did raise his profile a little unnecessarily there by publically speaking to the player and whistling repeatedly.  The referee could have ran alongside the player and spoke to him quietly.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:31:12

Mike Jones and his colleagues have had a good start to this match.  It is being played in a good spirit so far and the referee’s decision to speak to Matic in the 1st minute is proving a good one.  He is moving around the field well and is managing the tempo of the match well allowing the players to play but intervening when needed.  Full concentration needed now for the last 15 minutes of the half.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:29:26

A good piece of refereeing by Mike Jones in managing the Chelsea defenders in the wall.  He visibly spoke to the defenders and reminded them about the need for them to keep their hands and arms in a natural position.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:28:20

Foul by Alonso on Tadic correctly awarded by Mike Jones.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:24:14

Correct offside indication by AR Holmes


DM at 2016-10-30 17:21:48

Mike Jones has doubled the number of free-kicks from 4 to 8 in the last 5 minutes.  He is managing the tempo very well now, slowing it down a little so that the players concentrate on the football and not on committing careless or reckless challenges.  Sensible refereeing.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:20:19

Mike Jones is in a good position to spot a foul by Romeu this time to award a Chelsea free-kick.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:19:14

Correct free kick for a careless challenge on Romeu


DM at 2016-10-30 17:13:39

Pedro correctly penalised for dangerous play


DM at 2016-10-30 17:13:08

The game has started at a frantic pace and the referee needs to be mindful to manage the tempo of the match sensibly and not allow it to get out of his control.  He should be awarding free-kicks where fouls are committed and not play advantage where it is simply possession.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:10:08

Victor Moses was caught late there by Southampton 8 – Mike Jones should have awarded a free-kick there and he failed to spot the offence as he did not keep a trailing eye on the players once the ball had gone.  Incidents like this can raise the tempo of the match.


DM at 2016-10-30 17:07:56

Good free-kick award by Mike Jones right in front of the technical area


DM at 2016-10-30 17:06:41

GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Chelsea


DM at 2016-10-30 17:02:43

Matic was late and high with that challenge but Mike Jones has sensibly spoken to the player


DM at 2016-10-30 17:01:43

Mike Jones has just displayed his intention to let the game flow by playing an advantage after only 17 seconds or so, a free-kick award for Chelsea would have been a better option

DM at 2016-10-30 17:00:41

Mike Jones gets the match underway

DM at 2016-10-30 16:54:24

Mike Jones will be preparing his team for a high intensity match in which both teams will be wanting to secure the 3 points.  Southampton have the benefit of the home crowd and can move above teams such as Manchester United with a win today.  Chelsea need a win to move in to the top 4 and they will fancy their chances if they get off to a good start today.  The officials will need to be focused and alert from the start.  Mike Jones will want to allow the game to flow without taking any unnecessary risks to his control, finding that balance will be key to his approach today.

DM at 2016-10-30 16:49:58

Graham Scott has only been appointed to one premier league game in the middle this season so far.  He is today’s 4th official and he will be hoping to support Mike Jones with a low key approach managing the technical areas effectively and without controversy.

DM at 2016-10-30 16:47:14

Mike Jones has refereed 5 premier league matches to date and has issued 15 cautions.  He has yet to dismiss a player in the Premier League this season.  One of the steady Premier League referees to date, Mike Jones will be looking to show the powers that be that he can handle the bigger games on a regular basis.  Adrian Holmes is a relatively inexperienced Assistant Referee who turned down the opportunity to be interviewed as a National List Referee to focus on being an Assistant Referee.  Dave Bryan is a very experienced Assistant, he has previously served on the international list and he was the Assistant in the FA Cup Final in 2007 when Chelsea beat Manchester United.

DM at 2016-10-30 16:41:39

The referee for the match is Mike Jones and his assistants are Adrian Holmes (technical area side) and Dave Bryan (far side).  The 4th official is Graham Scott.


DM at 2016-10-30 16:37:43

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon’s ref cam from St Mary’s as Southampton take on Chelsea in the Premier League