Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea


RH at 2017-08-20 18:09:09

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • A big game performance from Anthony Taylor
  • Calm and composed throughout in a game of great intensity
  • Great tempo management
  • Excellent technical performance in terms of recognition of offences and positioning and movement

This really was a big game performance from Anthony Taylor, he created a strong platform during the first half which enabled him to continue on the front foot for the second half, and he needed to because this was a fascinating game of football where the decisions came thick and fast throughout! All the pillars of big match Refereeing were on show today, calm and focussed,Recognition of Offences, Tempo Management, Impact, Positioning and Movement, in fact everything you would hope to see from one of the Counties top Match Officials. Credit also to Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, they judged their involvement level well and supported the Referee without placing any additional pressure on Anthony Taylor. The passage of play just before the winning goal where an advantage was played following a midfield challenge on Kante and Batshuayi’s penalty shout rightly turned down before a retrospective caution issued to Kane was the icing on the cake! With Anthony Taylor in this sort of form the PGMOL have a top performer on their hands for sure!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:53:59

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-08-20 17:52:51

To his credit the Referee has looked clam and composed throughout this match, well done Anthony!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:50:29

A minimum of four minutes added time to be played


RH at 2017-08-20 17:49:58

I must also praise the Referee for his actions just before that second Chelsea goal for a superb advantage and retrospective caution Yellow Cardas Kane held Kante in midfield and then suprb positioning as  Batshuayi claimed a penalty which the Anthony Taylor waived away, great Refereeing!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:47:06

GOAL!Alonso puts Chelsea back in front!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:45:04

Eriksen wins a fortunate free kick following minimal contact

RH at 2017-08-20 17:44:15

GOAL!Should of course been the goal icon not a caution for Batshuayi, apologies!



RH at 2017-08-20 17:43:00

Adam Nunn with a strong flag as Alderwierald carelessly challenges Moses

RH at 2017-08-20 17:41:48

Yellow CardIts an own goal from Batshuayi that levels it for Spurs!



RH at 2017-08-20 17:40:35

Bakayoko drags Alli to the ground for a dangerous free kick on the Spurs wide left!

RH at 2017-08-20 17:39:02


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RH at 2017-08-20 17:36:50

From a tactical perspective Son replacing Dier has opened the game up, its still high octane stuff but from a Refereeing point of view the game is more fluid in midfield, who says that substitutes don’t affect the way the game is played as the free kick count has slowed!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:33:18

Alli is grounded but this time its right to play advantage with Spurs chasing the game!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:31:19

Chelsea’s counter attacking underling that the Referee’s physical fitness will be tested also in the closing stages of this match!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:26:07

This is an important time of the game for the Referee, the pace has slowed a little but it is crucial that the Referee’s tempo management is spot on as things will hot up for sure and Anthony Taylor will be have to raise his game to match it!

RH at 2017-08-20 17:23:01

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RH at 2017-08-20 17:21:31

Safety first Refereeing as no advantage is played after a careless challenge by Kante on Alli, quite right with the game so finely balanced!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:20:00

Shouts for a penalty area handball by Azpilicueta, no movement by the Chelsea player, would have been very harsh, the Referee got that one right in my view!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:15:37

Anthony Taylors strong grip on the first half means that he’s carried no baggage or doubts into this half, consequently he can Referee this game with confidence at the moment which is just as well because this is some contest!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:13:02

Bakayoko can surely have no complaints conceding ba free kick with that blatant shove in an opponents back!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:11:01

Yellow CardA borderline reckless challenge on Moses earns Vertonghen a deep shade of yellow, caution there!



RH at 2017-08-20 17:09:02

This is classic English Premier League football with no-one getting any time on the ball, its certainly a pacey affair at the moment!


RH at 2017-08-20 17:06:33

Kante shoves Davies to the ground for the first free kick of this half!

RH at 2017-08-20 17:04:10

The second half is on!

RH at 2017-08-20 16:56:37

That was a trade mark first half from Anthony Taylor, his usual calmness, great positional reading of play, short sprints to get into position and longer runs to track the counter attack. But it has been his skill in the recognition of offences that has stood out in a game of many careless challenges that he has picked out those challenges that he deemed as Reckless to stamp his authority on this game so far. Other noticeable aspects of his game are his alertness to move around the final third of the field of play to take up viewing angles and i also liked his position behind Alonso to track the flight of the ball and the defending wall for the only goal of the game. Both Assistants have also judged their involvement level well and not put the Referee under any unnecessary pressure. But I expect the second half to be a very challenging time for Anthony Taylor and his team!

RH at 2017-08-20 16:49:11

Half Time


RH at 2017-08-20 16:48:15

A Chelsea goal kick is awarded when perhaps a corner was the right call


RH at 2017-08-20 16:46:10

A minimum of three minutes added time to be played!


RH at 2017-08-20 16:44:50

Important minutes here as Chelsea will be desperate to go in ahead at half time, every free kick will be challenged in the remainder of this half!


RH at 2017-08-20 16:42:02

One advantage too many there, I liked the Dembele one but a free kick just after would have looked better


RH at 2017-08-20 16:39:22

Yellow CardSuperb  ‘off the ball spot’ as Luiz stuck an arm out to halt Eriksen’s run, great Refereeing!

RH at 2017-08-20 16:36:52

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RH at 2017-08-20 16:36:15

Anthony Taylor doing well so far to tier his approach to player contact, he is not blowing up for everything but is showing a sound recognition of offences regarding careless and reckless challenges!


RH at 2017-08-20 16:33:47

Yellow CardYellow CardRudiger’s challenge on Kane and then Dier’s reckless lunge on Luiz earn the first cautions of the game, the tempo is rising!


RH at 2017-08-20 16:31:25

Anthony Taylor moving well around the penalty area to judge that Kane was stumbling as he shot and was then not the subject of illegals contact by Alonso, I agree with that


RH at 2017-08-20 16:28:57

Trippier feels the full force of Bakayoko’s weight and its no surprise that a free kick is given


RH at 2017-08-20 16:26:46

Interesting to note Anthony Taylor’s viewing position at that Alonso free kick, stood behind the kicker following the flight of the ball!

RH at 2017-08-20 16:25:22

GOAL! Alonso puts Chelsea ahead directly from a set piece!



RH at 2017-08-20 16:24:14

Wanyama shoves Moses into touch which was nothing  more than careless and from the restart Alli trailing legs fells Luiz


RH at 2017-08-20 16:22:49

Bakayoko in the thick of things again and that grab around his shoulder earns the Chelsea man a free kick


RH at 2017-08-20 16:18:58

A careless Bakayko challenge fells Wanyama another routine free kick is awarded,nothing more than you would expect in the opening phase of a game like this


RH at 2017-08-20 16:17:26

Dembele dumps Luiz and the Referee is well placed to award Chelsea a midfield free kick

RH at 2017-08-20 16:15:39

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RH at 2017-08-20 16:14:00

Kane counterattacking there and Anthony Taylor coping well to get into a good final third viewing position


RH at 2017-08-20 16:11:08

In a big game like this which starts at a fast tempo these opening minutes are crucial as the Referee set a tolerance level on acceptable verses careless player contact, this is very much in evidence at the moment


RH at 2017-08-20 16:07:34

Luiz certainly leaving a mark on Alli there justifiably earning Spurs their first free kick


RH at 2017-08-20 16:06:16

Chelsea have started strongly and Assistant Gary Beswick is certainly ‘getting his eye in’ at the moment!

RH at 2017-08-20 16:03:21

If you are watching the game on TV, Gary Beswick is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Adam Nunn is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2017-08-20 16:02:35

Bakayoko is grounded near the half way line for the first free kick of the game

RH at 2017-08-20 16:00:59

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

RH at 2017-08-20 15:57:33

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-08-20 15:52:37

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Anthony Taylor: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Assistants: G. Beswick and A. Nunn Fourth official: M. Dean

Chelsea always play well at Wembley and they’ll need to be at their best after a shocking reverse against Burnley on opening day.

 By contrast, the national stadium has always appeared to intimidate the Lilywhites, so when better than a game against one of your fiercest rivals to get the monkey off of your back.

 Without Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas the Blues are weakened, Antonio Conte relying on some early season shuffling to grab three points. A lack of top-quality signings is evident on both sides and in truth this game probably comes a little two early for them.

 In any event, no quarter will be asked or given, as is normal for this clash.

 Can’t really fault PGMOL for this appointment, we remain big fans of Anthony Taylor’s incredible consistency and high-level of performance.

 This is a fixture that will need a guiding hand in the early stages and a heavier hand if things start to get a bit tasty. Taylor is adept at both and will have no problem in bringing both teams into line.

 Mike Dean, in his second fourth official appointment of the weekend, could be kept busy by a manic Antonio Conte, so expect some touchline fun and games.

 Don’t go looking for controversy from the man in the middle because you simply won’t find it.

 Anthony Taylor – all you need to know

Matches in 2017/18: 2 (1 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0


RH at 2017-08-20 15:47:01

Today’s Match Referee is Anthony Taylor His Assistant Referees are Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. The Fourth Official is Mike Dean

RH at 2017-08-20 15:42:02

One of the first heavyweight clashes of the new campaign as last season’s top two take the stage to signal their potential to challenge for top honours again! Any Tottenham Chelsea game takes us back to May 2016 at the bridge and all that went on that night, add into the mix that this one is taking place at the National Stadium and we’ve all the ingredients for a cracking game here on Refcam!