Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
re: 2012-13 Premier League/Cups Thread (The BRAVEST Performance From A BRAVE Mexican)
United completely bossed the opening half hour. Pressed Chelsea for every ball, lethal on the counter and just in general incredibly well organised. Chelsea gradually got back into the game and once it got to 2-2 it seemed like a complete reversal with United suddenly looking flustered and all over the shop.
Ivanovic sending off was the right call, no-one can argue otherwise. He clips Young intentionally or not and its a clear goalscoring opportunity, letter of the law says he has to go. Torres one looked harsh, contact was minimal but enough that it can't be constituted as a dive/simulation, at least to the extent where a booking would be necessary. Hernandez goal was offside, but it was such a chaotic pace that I'm not surprised it was overlooked: hell look at the Chelsea fans behind the goal and how none of them react to it being offside until they see the defence gesturing. Clattenberg gets one call wrong in my book, a major one at that since it all but renders Chelsea impotent as an attacking force in the game, but still one crucial mistake.
Rest of the game had both teams getting contentious free kicks/decisions, which is the norm in a 'big four' game with the ref having to not only battle the crowd but also the antics of players. I have to say maybe Torres' rep goes against him for the second yellow, I do believe there was contact but I have to question if the ref would have given the same decision had it been someone with a more respectable reputation when it comes to not exaggerating contact.
Hernandez can have no complaints about getting coins/missiles lobbed in his direction. Look I fucking adored him taunting the Chelsea fans, the same way I adored Rooney tauning the Kop, the same way I adored Neville taunting Liverpool fans after Ferdinand's last minute header and I imagine the same way Liverpool fans adored Gerrard taunting us when he scored the penalty during the 4-1 defeat. Still, you provoke and taunt fans as much as he did and you run the risk of having something lobbed in your direction. It doesn't make it anymore cuntish or cowardly from the Chelsea fans, but there's no smoke without fire. I've been in that environment where a player taunts you as a supporter (Liverpool vs United Youth Cup game 2 seasons back) and the first instinct from a lot of fans is to throw something/say something because they feel like they've been mugged off and want to even the score. Stupid attitude, but its the nature of a football game, everyone loses their heads in that one moment.
Calls that this was a 'disgusting' win are pretty embarassing and small time though. A draw was a fair result for most of the game with both sides having spells where they looked head and shoulders better than the opposition, its a shame controversial calls from the ref have to overshadow what was one of the better Chelsea/United games, but this is where technology needs to be introduced to assist referees in their decisions: its all well and good saying he's blind when you have 5 replays in super slow motion, but try being there at live speed and making a great call 100% of the time. Referees are human and need to be given as much assistance as possible since its impossible to expect them to be in a perfect position to make a perfect call 100% of the time.
I also hope some of the people moaning about these decisions can front up when their side gets a dose of luck at somepoint this season, because if you don't think Liverpool, United, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and many others are going to get more beneficial calls between now and May then you're deluded. Technology needs to be introduced to assist the refs as human beings and to ensure disputed calls don't overshadow a good game of football.
Side-note, I thought our support was pretty average today. Even when we were winning for the most part we weren't our usual rowdy selfs, though the fact its a London away comes as no surprise. Aside from Charlton, Fulham and occasionally Spurs we're generally dire season upon season at London aways: too many jesterhat knobs getting tickets, though at £60 as United were priced today I don't blame your average supporter knocking it on the head and staying in the pub to watch it. Only time we've been good at Chelsea in recent seasons have been the Champions League game and the 1-0 where Terry scored with a late header.