Swansea City v Leicester City


RH at 2014-10-25 19:31:21

Well the match officials will not be the talking point after this game. The Referee was able to keep a low profile for the most part of this match. To be fair to the players they played their part showing a healthy respect for each other throughout this game. In reflecting on the Referees performance the main talking point came from the first half and as i stated at half time Hammond and possibly Morgan of Leicester can count themselves fortunate not to be cautioned for challenges in the opening half hour.Was Mike Jones slow off the mark, I thought so, maybe in his defence the lack of games at this level so far this season may have played a part. The only other point worth mentioning was the reading of play, both teams stuck to their attacking game plans during the match, consequently reading play was predictable, Mike Jones was still prone to moving off too quickly at times and getting caught up. However this was a steady performance and I’ll finish my post match comments as i started them by saying that Mike Jones and his team will definitely not be the talking point after this game.

RH at 2014-10-25 19:20:53

Mike Jones signals the final whistle

RH at 2014-10-25 19:20:32

Interesting in this game that the introduction of substitute players in the second half has not really altered the shape of the game or pattern of play, consequently the patrol path of the Referee has remained largely unchanged

RH at 2014-10-25 19:17:52

Three minutes added time signalled

RH at 2014-10-25 19:17:15

Noticeable that on the resulting free kick following Richard West’s last intervention, there was the first serious outbreak of grappling in the penalty area!

RH at 2014-10-25 19:16:00

Richard West well placed to signal a free kick to Leicester following a silly careless challenge by Shelvey on De Laet

RH at 2014-10-25 19:13:59

Leicester have broke away from their defending third quicker than Swansea whilst counter attacking during this game, on three occasions the Referee in his enthusiasm to keep up with play, moved off too quickly and got caught up in play

RH at 2014-10-25 19:10:58

A double substitution for Swansea will see fresh legs on, shouldn’t really affect the shape of the game as the home team are coping well with the Leicester threat

RH at 2014-10-25 19:09:24

The second half pattern of play has been maintained with Swansea content to counter attack, Mike Jones wisely deciding to adopt a central patrol path on such occasions

RH at 2014-10-25 19:06:14

The players continue to show respect for each other, which is refreshing to report, so far!

RH at 2014-10-25 19:04:41

Swansea too have made sound use of a wing back with Montero making good runs down the Swansea left, here though the tracking responsibly has fallen to Mike Jones as he is playing down the Referees patrol path

RH at 2014-10-25 19:01:58

Concentration is the key here for the match officials, a goal for Leicester and its definitely game on, a third goal for Swansea is effectively game over!

RH at 2014-10-25 19:00:11

Ritchie De Laet again making an important cross tracked well by the Assistant

RH at 2014-10-25 18:57:46

Richard West will need to alert to the searching right side runs by Leicester wing back Ritchie De Laet

RH at 2014-10-25 18:55:18

Leicester make three changes to get back into the game in any effort to get back into the game, this must surely affect the shape of play!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:53:41

Both teams are attacking strongly this half, the tempo is higher than the corresponding phase of the first half

RH at 2014-10-25 18:52:37

Jonjo Shelveys fantastic strike that hit the cross could only have been tracked by goal line technology should the ball have come down on the goal line, Mark Scholes had no chance of getting there!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:49:11

Mike Jones heart rate will testify that Swansea are not sitting back on their lead!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:47:54

Contrasting roles for both Assistants so far this half, Richard West being involved in more sustained attacking phases of play with Leicester, as opposed to Mark Scholes who is tracking quick attacking breaks

RH at 2014-10-25 18:44:35

Goal against the run of play Wilfred Bony makes it 2-0

RH at 2014-10-25 18:42:43

Wilfred Bony again demonstrating his ability to break into the penalty and create a goal scoring opportunity

RH at 2014-10-25 18:41:28

Garry Monk questioning Mark Scholes decision not to signal a throw during that last Leicester attack

RH at 2014-10-25 18:38:50

Leicester have pushed an extra player up front with Vardy joining Ulloa, this may well alter the shape of the game, lets see if the Referee reads this

RH at 2014-10-25 18:34:38

Mike Jones having early second half words with Angel Rangel following a nasty trip on an opponent

RH at 2014-10-25 18:33:03

Keith Hackett has spoken this week on the players deceiving Referees, the Mosses penalty incident at Swansea’s visit to Stoke last weekend, certainly provoked Garry Monk into criticising both the match Referee and the player involved. He followed this up by announcing this week that any player who dives will be fined and dropped for the following game, hopefully his edict won’t be tested today!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:32:29

The second half is under way!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:27:44

Not the hardest half that Mike Jones will have Refereed, but in all fairness the players have played their part. However on two occasions Swansea players have not reacted when on other days they may have.  Sigurdsson  was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge courtesy of Dean Hammond who used an elbow in an aerial challenge, he should have cautioned,Mike Jones was well placed to view that challenge. Later Wes Morgan was lucky to escape at least a stern word and possibly a caution for a clumsy midfield challenge, Mike Jones on this occasion getting caught up in play and being too close to the challenge , I have to say that the Referee looked rusty in the open twenty minutes or so, is that because he has only Referred five Premier League games this season? Other than that he seemed to settle in more the longer the half went on. In fairness the players have responded well and there is ‘no baggage’ going into the second half. The next goal is all important, the Referee must read this game and not get caught up in play

RH at 2014-10-25 18:16:40

The one minute added time comes to an end, the first half is over

RH at 2014-10-25 18:16:09

Match stats showing that the goal attempts are 4-0 in Swansea’s favor, Leicester must surely mount more attacking forays in the second half!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:13:49

Assistant Richard West showing good movement to track Bony as he attempted to close down keeper Kasper Schmeichel

RH at 2014-10-25 18:10:44

With both sets of players showing respect for each other the Referee has not been tested too much on the ‘man management’ front during the first half. The key challenge so far is to read play and take up good viewing angles, taking care not to get sucked into play

RH at 2014-10-25 18:07:48

From a tactical perspective that goal was pure Swansea, a steady midfield build up followed by a explosive burst into the penalty area, the active match officials must always track such moves and retain a good viewing angle, because such developments often create the big decision of the game!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:04:41

Goal! Bony opens Swansea’s account!

RH at 2014-10-25 18:02:26

At this particular stage of the game the attitude of the players towards each other is good, lets hope that continues!

RH at 2014-10-25 17:59:56

Mike Jones following play deep on his diagonal to rightly award a free kick following a careless challenge by Montero

RH at 2014-10-25 17:56:10

Mike Jones fitness being tested as the play sweeps from end to end with a higher tempo

RH at 2014-10-25 17:53:56

Gylfi Sigurdsson goes to ground following a Wes Morgan challenge in the penalty area, great defending as Morgan gets a touch on the ball, that a better decision from the Referee, well done!

RH at 2014-10-25 17:51:30

Wes Morgan makes a borderline challenge on Bony, Mike Jones got caught up in play and may have taken a stronger line than just a free kick award if he had been better placed, our Referee is looking ‘rusty’ in these opening twenty minutes

RH at 2014-10-25 17:48:27

Important that the match officials are fully focused in this game and not sucked in by the steady match tempo of the first 15 minutes

RH at 2014-10-25 17:46:49

Dean Hammond making questionable use of an elbow in a reckless challenge on   Sigurdsson , Mike Jones was well placed, looked a solid caution, was the Referee lulled into a false sense of security by the steady tempo of the game?

RH at 2014-10-25 17:42:25

Swansea look comfortable in possession in midfield but play breaks down as it approaches the final third, important that the Referee reads this and he does not get caught up in play

RH at 2014-10-25 17:38:25

50% of Leicester’s attacking possession has come down the right this season, so the role of both Assistants in supporting the Referee on ‘in-field offences’ could be key today.

RH at 2014-10-25 17:36:22

Bony getting in an uncontested header at Swansea’s first corner, does that suggest grappling at the next one?

RH at 2014-10-25 17:33:17

Clumsy careless challenge early by Ki, rightly earns Leicester their first free kick

RH at 2014-10-25 17:31:33

Mike Jones is Refereeing  in only his 5th Premier League game of the season. In his 4 games to date Mike has issued 13 yellow cards.

RH at 2014-10-25 17:30:25

Our match Referee Mike Jones gets play is underway using the new hi-viz ball, the fuse-welded ball will aide players’ visibility in the diminishing light. It is bright yellow, with purple markings – two colours that are said to best contrast with each other and the stadium surroundings.

RH at 2014-10-25 17:25:38

Welcome to our coverage of this game at The Liberty Stadium, for a tea time tale of two City’s, where following a concern ‘raised’ by Leicester manager Nigel Pearson we’ve already had the height of the Crossbar’s measured fifteen minutes before kick off!