Sunderland v Chelsea

Sunderland v Chelsea

Commentary By: Andy Martin

The answer to my pre match question is C

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 0


AM at 2014-11-29 20:50:41
Full time Summary - Kevin Friend had a quiet first half, in control of this game and keeping a low profile although with the tempo slowly creeping up Sunderland had their Assistant Manager sent to the stands in the first half following communication by Lee Mason 4th Official. Sunderland feeling also that a number of not awarded free kicks were not going their way. There was a real and key moment just before half time for Kevin to step up and make his mark on this game and to exert his match control with 2 yellow cards for O`Shea and Diego Costa following their reckless behaviour towards each other. This did not happen and because of this O`Shea was eventually cautioned in the 2nd half following a reckless foul and his retribution on Diego Costa.  Costa then only received a yellow card for his flailing right arm strike in the face of Wes Brown in a challenge. This key moment in the game should have seen Diego Costa taking an early exit from this game with a red card for his violent conduct. I wonder why this did not happen? was he offered any advice from his Assistant (Steve Child or 4th Official Lee Mason)? these are the talking points that we need to know about after the game. I also mentioned in my BLOG about Kevin`s positioning getting caught up with the ball in open play and I would like to see him work on his dynamic sprint to get wider as play quickly breaks. Grappling was certainly back in this game with a vengeance, there was little or no proactive work in this area and Players in the end just took the law into their own hands from free kicks and corner kicks when we witnessed Players literally throwing each other around with no action being taken. Both Assistants remained low key and all offside judgements (their key area) were correct and both Assistants supported with free kicks when better placed and in their credible area to give. Lee Mason 4th Official make a strong and brave decision to show that he would not tolerate irresponsible behaviour from the Sunderland Assistant Manager in the first half and he was sent from the Technical Area. Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this evening at You-Are-The- Ref.com – Please join us again tomorrow for the Southampton v Manchester City which will be played at St Mary`s Stadium and this fixture has kick off time at 1.30pm. Followed on Tuesday 2nd December when Leicester City entertain Liverpool at The Walkers Stadium which has a 7.45pm kick off. Have a Good Evening. Regards Andy Martin What are your thoughts? contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com          

AM at 2014-11-29 20:21:07
Full Time0-0 really entertaining 2nd half with Sunderland pressing hard for a winner. My full time summary is to follow………..    

AM at 2014-11-29 20:19:34
From the free kick we again in the penalty area we see bumping, grappling, players pulling each other and throwing around. Again no free kick is awarded as it is now to late as the consistency in this area has been lost. 2 added minutes Sunderland 14 Reckless and is shown the Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-29 20:16:07
Free kick to Chelsea and the 27 of Sunderland throws down the ball in dissent and is rightly shown the Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-29 20:14:21
Free kick to Sunderland broken down by Chelsea players in the defensive wall. Sunderland on top now in the final stages.

AM at 2014-11-29 20:13:06
21 MATIC Chelsea yellow card reckless - breaks up a promising attack for Sunderland. Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-29 20:11:48
A really good effort from Sunderland as they continue to take the game to Sunderland. Chelsea sub 22 off 14 on as they look to hold on.

AM at 2014-11-29 20:10:30
Again Kevin very close to the ball in almost the same position as where he got hit by the ball just earlier. I wonder if the non send off of Diego Costa has effected him? could his Assistant or 4th Official offered him further advice? did they? we need to know what process they took to arrive at this decision. Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com    

AM at 2014-11-29 20:05:51
O`Shea gets his retribution on Costa following Costa`s challenge on him just before half time. Yellow CardO`Shea yellow card. Chelsea sub Diego Costa off ( pre caution before he would surely be sent off) 18 on and 8 off and 11 on. Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com  

AM at 2014-11-29 20:02:04
Corner kick to Sunderland when a free kick to Chelsea should have been given for a foul on the Chelsea goal keeper prior to the ball going over the touchline.

AM at 2014-11-29 20:00:55
Kevin just avoids being hit by the ball again as he takes up a fairly static position.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:59:24
As we just saw a quick break by Sunderland towards the extremities of Chelsea`s penalty area we saw Kevin some way behind play this is where I would like to see him really up his dynamic sprinting.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:56:57
Free kick to Chelsea foul on Terry. Free kick to Sunderland good support from AR Steve Child.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:55:44
Kevin is remaining close to play, although I would like to see him put in a real dynamic sprint which I feel that he has in him. Also a move wider as play reaches the extremities of the penalty areas would be much more credible for his decision making process to be enhanced.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:53:09
As we enter the final 25 minutes maybe Sunderland have a chance and from this free kick they will be hoping to continue this good spell of play

AM at 2014-11-29 19:50:01
Sunderland Sub 8 off 14 on and 9 off and 17 on. Game changing pattern will now be seen. Maybe Sunderland will relish a draw at this stage in the game.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:48:20
The tempo is certainly up at the moment with Sunderland feeling a real sense of injustice following Costa`s violent challenge on Brown with only a yellow card being shown and the score remaining at 0-0

AM at 2014-11-29 19:46:14
Corner to Chelsea and again grappling is going on all around with Players throwing each other around! and no action from Kevin?

AM at 2014-11-29 19:44:19
Diego Costa has deliberately elbowed 5 of Sunderland and should have been shown a red card for violent conduct. The Referee Kevin Friend has decided to only shown a yellow card? Why? Yellow Card  

AM at 2014-11-29 19:39:29
GRAPPLING IS BACK IN THIS GAME AND KEVIN FRIEND NEEDS TO BE TAKING A FIRM LINE WITH THIS! EITHER AWARD A FREE KICK TO DEFENDING TEAM OR PENALTY KICK TO ATTACKING TEAM THAT IS THE SIMPLE ANSWER. IT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED ON YOU ARE THE REF . COM ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS!

AM at 2014-11-29 19:35:52
Early free kick to Chelsea and and a corner kick to Chelsea. Grappling again and this time the ball is in play and Kevin then stops play, speaks to Players and the corner kick retaken with grappling still evident. Kevin needs to be firm and proactive in this area, he does seem quite laid back and needs to take a firm line.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:31:50
2nd half underway

AM at 2014-11-29 19:31:20
  • There is no sitting on the fence on The Ref Show So don’t forget to tune in for previous issues and also for this week`s show in which Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and David Hirst discuss key refereeing / assistant refereeing / 4th official key moments both GOOD and BAD together with the latest discussion points of last weekend’s games. There will be another The Ref Show this coming week. It is a must to help you learn and understand all the key moments and are a great aid in helping you. Listen to our resident experts as they discuss both positive – good and negative – bad moments of this weekend`s games. Whatever happens these experts will be honest in their opinions and do not sit on the fence and fudge around with their responses! Alan Biggs always gets to the heart of the matter in his usual immaculate interviewing manner and probing way to get to the heart of the matter and honest responses from the resident experts.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:28:44
Half time Summary - Kevin Friend has overall controlled this game to date. He had an ideal opportunity to show 2 yellow cards just before half time but choose not to. Diego Costa`s reaction was no different to Ramirez of Hull who received a red card at Hull last Saturday! where is the consistency? This 2nd half I feel with be a challenge with feelings running high from both teams at the end of this half and following a half time talk from both Managers, Kevin will need to up his game to remain in control. No offsides or free kicks as yet from either Assistant. Both Assistants just keeping a low key and supportive profile.   What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com  

AM at 2014-11-29 19:17:07
Half TimeHalf time is 0-0 and a summary is to follow:  

AM at 2014-11-29 19:16:25
1 minute of added time is shown by Lee Mason

AM at 2014-11-29 19:15:41
Free kick to Chelsea and Kevin is speaking to 19 of Chelsea and 16 of Sunderland. Both players should have received yellow cards for their reckless behaviour.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:13:52
No free kick to Sunderland. No penalty kick to Chelsea which is correct and an advantage then played to Sunderland from a deep and defensive position.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:11:13
With just over 5 minutes and added time to go. Kevin and Team will need to be fully focussed to bring matters to a safe conclusion. Free kick to Chelsea and a word with Cattermole by Kevin Friend.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:09:27
Going back to the dismissal of the Sunderland Assistant Manager we have been critical of 4th Officials not taking action against poor and unacceptable behaviour by Technical Area Occupants so it is good to see 4th Official Lee Mason taking firm and strong action in this situation.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:05:31
Kevin Friend in a poor position as he halts Chelsea`s attack. He needs to move out wider as he is getting caught up in play

AM at 2014-11-29 19:04:21
Free kick to Sunderland and the spray is out. Good management by referee at this free kick. Sunderland then go on to hit the bar.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:02:37
Corner kick to Chelsea and the grappling is back. Kevin needs to get a grip of this early. No action taken.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:01:43
Handball by Johnson and a free kick to Chelsea. Kevin Friend is called over by Lee Mason and the Sunderland Assistant Manager is sent to the Stands following advice on the comms kit by Lee Mason.

AM at 2014-11-29 19:00:03
No free kicks to Sunderland with Johnson and Fletcher both claiming free kicks. Lee Mason 4th Official is having a calming word with Poyet – Sunderland Manager.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:57:16
No foul to Sunderland as Wickham goes down in a challenge with a Chelsea player again Kevin is close to play and decides no free kick with little reaction from players.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:55:15
Kevin so far is keeping well in touch with play, creating good angles, with a good movement seen in breakaways in play.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:53:13
Good movement from Andy Garratt remaining in line with the 2nd rearmost defender during a Chelsea attack.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:52:07
Quiet word by Kevin Friend to Larsson following his challenge on Matic. Good body language seen from Kevin during his discussion with Larsson

AM at 2014-11-29 18:49:26
Rodwell holding back Matic. Free kick to Chelsea who move forward and gain a corner kick.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:47:24
Shot from Willian is saved and goes onto the post and away

AM at 2014-11-29 18:45:56
Free kick to Sunderland and out comes the spray for the first time.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:45:15
Keith Hackett`s DAILY BLOG is a MUST– current topic is: TODAY –  STOP THIS CHEATING NOW! Keep an eye on this area in the game today. What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com  

AM at 2014-11-29 18:43:09
During these early stages it is vital for all Match Officials to keep their concentration and focus. It is so easy to let this slip in this passing and movement game.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:40:01
No free kick to Sunderland. No 11 of Sunderland went down far too easily. Kevin will need to keep an eye on this.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:37:41
Throw in to Sunderland good signal technique and body language seen from Andy Garratt.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:36:48
Early corner kick to Chelsea, have a look at Kevin`s position, no grappling seen.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:34:56
Chelsea in early possession of the ball with Sunderland defending. Kevin Friend is keeping close to play.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:32:46
With the camera on Andy Garratt far touchline good early concentration and body language seen.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:31:42
Assistants Steve Child is on the nearside touchline and Andy Garratt is on the far touchline.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:30:25
The Referee Kevin Friend blows his whistle to commence play.

AM at 2014-11-29 18:26:05
Sunderland FC`s Prematch Song “Dance of the Knights/Elevation” is one of the most uplifting and wonderful pre match song`s around, just listen to it as the teams enter the field of play. It fills the ground and is truly sensational!

AM at 2014-11-29 18:25:27
Tonight`s Referee is Kevin Friend  
Year of birth 1971
County FA Leicestershire & Rutland FA
First Premier League Match 20 September 2009: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham
Profile Leicester-based Kevin Friend has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2009/10 season, after a successful career outside of the top flight. Friend took up refereeing as a 14-year-old and plied his trade in local football and Midlands leagues before he started to progress through the Football League pyramid. Prior to his appearance in the Premier League, he was regularly officiating in the Championship. Alongside numerous high profile Premier League appointments, Friend’s most notable honour so far came when he took charge of the 2012 FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea.
  • MATCHES
101
  • RED CARDS
16
  • YELLOW CARDS
368
  • JOINED
2009 Cards to date in 7 matches = 32 yellow and 1 red card Kevin is assisted tonight by Stephen Child and Andy Garratt. 4th Official is Lee Mason. We wish them all the best of luck tonight.      

AM at 2014-11-29 18:24:32
Keith Hackett`s DAILY BLOG is a MUST– current topics include: TODAY –  STOP THIS CHEATING NOW! Spurs Pitch Invaders Sheffield Referees Associaiton Body Language – A way to improve your performance. Look at the research which Keith Hackett has highlighted. It can only be an aid to enhance your refereeing performances. Fears of English Referees being overtaken across Europe Goal Celebrations Game Management – And how not to do it Time to bring in the big guns from abroad Let us know what you think on this, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

AM at 2014-11-29 18:23:20
  • There is no sitting on the fence on The Ref Show So don’t forget to tune in for previous issues and also for this week`s show in which Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and David Hirst discuss key refereeing / assistant refereeing / 4th official key moments both GOOD and BAD together with the latest discussion points of last weekend’s games. There will be another The Ref Show this coming week. It is a must to help you learn and understand all the key moments and are a great aid in helping you. Listen to our resident experts as they discuss both positive – good and negative – bad moments of this weekend`s games. Whatever happens these experts will be honest in their opinions and do not sit on the fence and fudge around with their responses! Alan Biggs always gets to the heart of the matter in his usual immaculate interviewing manner and probing way to get to the heart of the matter and honest responses from the resident experts.
   

AM at 2014-11-29 18:21:53
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AM at 2014-11-29 18:19:14
MATCH FACTS Head-to-head
  • Sunderland are chasing a third successive win against Chelsea in all competitions.
  • However, the Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light, winning the last nine.
  • Another Sunderland defeat would set a Premier League record for consecutive home losses to the same opposition.
  • The last time the Black Cats won a home league match against Chelsea was on 14 October 2000, when Kevin Phillips hit the only goal from the penalty spot.
Sunderland
  • Gus Poyet’s side have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League games.
  • Sunderland have won just two of their last 13 Premier League matches (W2, D7, L4).
  • But for their 8-0 defeat at Southampton, the Black Cats would have the joint-second best defence in the top flight (with 11 goals conceded, as opposed to 19).
Chelsea
  • Their last league defeat was the 2-1 loss at home to Sunderland in April. Since then they are unbeaten in 15 top-flight matches (W12, D3).
  • The Blues are unbeaten in 19 games this season, winning 15. They have set a club record of 12 matches unbeaten from the start of a top-flight season.
  • They have not kept a Premier League clean sheet away from home since April’s 2-0 win at Liverpool.
  • Cesc Fabregas has provided 13 assists in 17 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.
 

AM at 2014-11-29 18:16:35
 
YOU ARE THE REF – ANDY`S QUESTION OF THE DAY I WILL GIVE YOU THE ANSWER AT THE END OF THIS GAME! The goalkeeper, uses excessive force, strikes an opponent who is inside the goal, behind the goal line and off the field of play. The ball is in play. What decision should the referee make? (a)  The referee sends off the goalkeeper and play is restarted with a penalty kick.  (b)  The referee sends off the goalkeeper and play is restarted with a dropped ball.  (c)  The referee sends off the goalkeeper and play is restarted with an indirect free kick.  (d)  None of the previous answers is correct.  

AM at 2014-11-29 18:10:18
Welcome to this live REF CAM game which is being played at The Stadium of Light Sunderland. England. Between Sunderland and Chelsea in The FA Premier League. Before tonight`s game Sunderland were lying in 14th place 3 points above the relegation zone while Chelsea are 6 points out in the lead at the top of The FA Premier League. Sunderland Association Football Club (i/?s?nd?rl?nd/, local /?s?n(d)l?n/) is an English professional football club based in Sunderland that plays in the Premier League. Since its formation in 1879,[3] the club has won six First Division titles—in 1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913, and 1936, the FA Cup twice, in 1937 and 1973 and the FA Community Shield in 1936. They were also Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014. Sunderland won their first FA Cup in 1937 with a 3–1 victory over Preston North End, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons until they were relegated for the first time in 1958. Sunderland’s most notable trophy after the Second World War was their second FA Cup in 1973, when the club secured a 1–0 victory over Leeds United. The team has won the second tier title five times in that period and the third tier title once. Sunderland play their home games at the 48,707 capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997.The original ground capacity was 42,000 which was increased to 49,000 following expansion in 2000. Sunderland have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. Since their establishment in the Premier League in 2007, Sunderland have became one of the world’s wealthiest football brands, being valued at USD $93 million in 2014, 31st in the world overall[4][5]