Mike Dean ‘bottled’ big moment that would have sunk Chelsea against Southampton

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Southampton’s Irish striker Shane Long speaks with referee Mike Dean (Picture: Getty Images)

In my last post I called on referee Mike Dean to be strong in the face of Chelsea’s ‘antics’ and he managed to both pass and fail that request in equal measure.

On the one hand, he did award Southampton a penalty and having watched it at the several angle he doesn’t have the luxury of, it is fair to say that it certainly wasn’t clear cut. In awarding said spot kick he cautioned the ‘offender’ Nemanja Matic, something that would be key to some failure on his part later on.

If giving the visitors at Stamford Bridge a penalty (especially given the controversy surrounding the same decision on his last visit) can be seen as ‘strong’ officiating some of his later calls can certainly be seen as weak.

For starters the behaviour of Branislav Ivanovic is…

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