Swansea v Chelsea

Swansea v Chelsea

Commentary By: Andy Hogg

FINAL SCORE: 2 - 2


Summary AH at 2016-09-11 18:12:52
Well that was a humdinger of a game of football, all the hustle and bustle we now expect from the Premier League, but the result was strongly influenced by some poor refereeing in the second half.   Having had complete control for 60 minutes, Andre Marriner’s afternoon was turned upside down by his inability to detect the Fer had committed a penal offence against Cahill before moving towards goal to score Swansea’s second.  At any level, but especially at this level, offences of this nature should be detected and penalised.   This was a classic case of one decision having a serious influence on the game, after which the referee looked uneasy and his whole body language and demeanor changed.  I am also left wondering if Adam Nunn, who was operating on the nearside touchline, could have assisted by indicating the offence to the referee, or was he too far away?   There is a whole debate around Costa’s growing influence on the game, does he cross the line in terms of acceptable behavior, his play acting in getting Fernandez cautioned at the end of the first half was definitely not acceptable.   Thanks for your company today – join us for our next coverage here on RefCam as Manchester City take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening, KO 7.45PM  

90+4 AH at 2016-09-11 17:52:45
Full Time The final whistle sounds – a point each – my summary to follow ……

90+1 AH at 2016-09-11 17:49:55
Yellow CardThe ex England skipper takes one for team as John Terry commits a cynical challenge against Fer

90 AH at 2016-09-11 17:48:17
4 minutes to go – anything could happen …..

89 AH at 2016-09-11 17:47:15
Yellow CardHazard deservedly cautioned for his cynical challenge – no complaints from the midfielder.

82 AH at 2016-09-11 17:40:07
GOAL! Costa (who else) scores a spectacular overhead kick from close range to restore parity, in fairness it is is just reward for the Londoners.

77 AH at 2016-09-11 17:35:24
Fabregas and Moses are introduced to try and restore parity for the Away Team

75 AH at 2016-09-11 17:31:32
15 to go, the  referee has to refocus on matters in hand, remembering that Amat is one offence away from a red card, amongst other things ….

AH at 2016-09-11 17:28:47
Thanks for your tweets @Finnigan_Joseph and @owls_4life sharing my thoughts on the referee’s poor decision making at key stages of the game

66 AH at 2016-09-11 17:26:50
Andre Marriner’s body language has totally changed, the calm and confident referee we saw in the first half has been replaced by a referee who lacks composure. This has now lead to some poor decision making, Kante being penalised for an offence which was a clear case of the midfield player winning the ball cleanly.

62 AH at 2016-09-11 17:22:21
GOAL! Massive talking point at Liberty Stadium as Swansea take an unexpected lead.  The replays show that Fer offended against Cahill before slotting the ball home to take the lead – at first view, that looked like a poor decision- but once again, what do you think ?

60 AH at 2016-09-11 17:19:14
Siguradsson dispatches the penalty and the scores are level

59 AH at 2016-09-11 17:18:16
Yellow CardPenalty – Courtois challange was reckless and under the new law interpretation, the referee decided that a caution was sufficient punishment as his challenge for the ball was genuine. Do you agree – let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref

57 AH at 2016-09-11 17:15:10
Here we go – Amat is now definitely on his last chance, with the referee making that very clear to all and sundry

55 AH at 2016-09-11 17:14:04
My money is on a second yellow card for Jordi Amat – the experience of Andre Marriner will mean that he will be aware of Costa’s tactics – but 35 minutes is a long time for the defender to survive

51 AH at 2016-09-11 17:10:36
Costa has one of those faces that only a mother could love, he looks permanently at odds with the world, but I wouldn’t want to argue with him,

47 AH at 2016-09-11 17:08:47
Yellow CardAmat is cautioned for his reckless challenge on, guess who, Diego Costa.  Whatever the histrionics from Costa, the referee cannot afford to take any risks with a head injury, whatever the Swansea fans believe. Pleasing to see the referee asserting his authority in the early stages of the second half, as we alluded to at half-time.

46 AH at 2016-09-11 17:02:35
Second half in under way …..

Half Time AH at 2016-09-11 17:01:30
Half Time Some great articles on our news page for you to review at half-time. In the world of Rugby League, Red Devils have appointed ex-referee Richard Silverwood to their backroom staff in order to improve on the field discipline.  Could Visit us at  http://you-are-the-ref.com/salford-red-devils-appoint-ex-referee-richard-silverwood-backroom-team/ to view this article.

Half Time AH at 2016-09-11 16:55:07
Overall, so far, so good for Andre Marriner and his team.  But what do you think? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Half Time AH at 2016-09-11 16:53:43
Half Time It will be interesting to see if the card count increases at the start of the second half, especially for the Home Team who have committed the majority of the offences.  My preference would be for the referee to retain tight control for the first 10-15 minutes, and then let the reigns out as the game settles down.

Half Time AH at 2016-09-11 16:48:33
Half Time Half-time and an object lesson in calm refereeing so far from Andre Marriner.  It was important that he asserted his authority with the first 2 yellow cards, which were totally justified and essential in retaining match control. He was, however, the victim of Costa’s professionalism when Fernandez was unjustly cautioned in the closing stages.

41 AH at 2016-09-11 16:46:13
Yellow CardA third yellow card of the game, this time for Fernandez, but I’m afraid this time Costa has conned the referee by falling theatrically and making the challenge look far worse than it was,  It will soon be pantomime season, Costa is definitely the pantomime villan in the eyes of the Swansea faithful

40 AH at 2016-09-11 16:43:15
Yellow CardCommendable refereeing by Andre Marriner – advantage played and then a card issued when the ball next went out of play, to guess who – Diego Costa

AH at 2016-09-11 16:35:25
This observer would now be looking for the referee to become more pro-active in terms of warning the Swansea players that they are getting close to cautions due to persistent infringements.  Fer offends again, his team mates are doing the same – it’s time for a public warning or two ….

28 AH at 2016-09-11 16:30:57
Amat and Costa exchange pleasantries as the free-kick award goes to the Away Team – Andre Marriner looking calm and collected as those around him discuss the issues of the day !!!!

24 AH at 2016-09-11 16:26:48
Yellow CardFer can have no complaints as his reckless challenge brings down Diego Costa – a decision accepted by the Swansea midfield man

22 AH at 2016-09-11 16:24:35
Half way through the first half – so far, so good for Andre Marriner and his team – Chelsea’s domination may however start to take it’s toll as the Home Team’s frustrations will increase.

16 AH at 2016-09-11 16:19:14
GOAL! Costa latches on to a free ball at the edge of the penalty area to steer home a fine shot into the bottom corner and to give Chelsea the lead

13 AH at 2016-09-11 16:16:05
Andre Marriner has to balance the physicality of the game with allowing the game to flow – a difficult balancing act at  the best of times – so far, so good, but how long before the first yellow card is required I wonder ?

9 AH at 2016-09-11 16:11:49
This is a good free-flowing game so far, goal mouth action at both ends – fast and competitive …..

5 AH at 2016-09-11 16:08:19
Good call by Andre Marriner, Fer catching his opponent, a correct award by the referee

4 AH at 2016-09-11 16:06:02
That is now 3 ‘interesting’ challenges by Swansea inside the first 4 minutes – the referee needs to be aware of these early tactics …

3 AH at 2016-09-11 16:02:54
Of particular interest to me is how the Swansea defence will deal with Diego Costa.  His volatility is well known; will they seek to wind him up I wonder? There is  the first robust challenge against the Chelsea front man.

1 AH at 2016-09-11 16:00:05
Here we go – good luck to Andre and his team this afternoon …..

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:58:17
4th official duties this afternoon are with Roger East, who could have his work cut out with the antics and histrionics of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, who is not the most mild mannered of coaches.

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:57:07
Andre will be supported by Assistant Referees Andy Garratt and Adam Nunn.  Andy has only made one other Premier League appearance this season so far, this will be Adam’s 4th game.

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:55:58
Andre Marriner is once again in charge this afternoon, having featured in last week’s Ref Cam match when he unfortunately failed to detect Sergio Aguero’s dangerous challenge against Winston Reed in the Manchester City v West Ham Fixture, for which the FA took retrospective action. It will be interesting to see if this incident plays on his mind in the early stages of this game

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:50:52
Some great articles on our news page for you to review pre-match, or even at half-time. In the world of Rugby League, Red Devils have appointed ex-referee Richard Silverwood to their backroom staff in order to improve on the field discipline.  Could Visit us at  http://you-are-the-ref.com/salford-red-devils-appoint-ex-referee-richard-silverwood-backroom-team/ to view this article.  

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:48:17
Hopefully you caught Rob Harris’s commendable RefCam coverage of the Manchester derby yesterday when Mark Clattenburg produced a “master class in the art of refereeing”.  We were also very active on Twitter yesterday as we tweeted on #OldFirm from Glasgow, allowing us to comment simultaneously on both big derby games.

Pre Match AH at 2016-09-11 15:46:02
Chelsea are visiting the Liberty Stadium hoping to extend their 100% record so far in the Premier League – a win will take them level on points with Manchester City

Pre Match Ah at 2016-09-11 15:42:12
Welcome to the Liberty Stadium for our coverage of Swansea v Chelsea, KO 4pm.