Sean Dyche’s Burnley have somehow managed to come away from Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw due to Ben Mee’s strike in the 81st minute. For the last 20 minutes, Burnley were playing with a 1 man advantage after Nemanja Matić saw a red card for his reaction to one of Ashley Barnes’ many horrific challenges.
Once Matić had made his way down the tunnel, Chelsea immediately switched into a defensive state of mind, starting with their manager, José Mourinho who made the decision to withdraw Oscar from the match, substituting him with the more defensive midfielder Ramires.
Subsequently the mentality that Chelsea then played with suited Burnley who dominated the last quarter of the match. This is evident through the statistics from the 70th minute onward. Burnley created 4 scoring chances and were pushing until they finally broke through with Ben Mee scoring a header from six yards out to level the score.
According to the José Mourinho, referee Martin Atkinson missed two clear incidents which would have provided the home side with a penalty and a chance to extend their lead to 2-0.
The first of which was a handball claim after Branislav Ivanovic thumped a shot towards goal and was met by the outsretched arm of Michael Kightly. The second incident occurred when Diego Costa had stolen the ball from Jason Shackell who retaliated by pushing the Chelsea forward to the ground, inside the 18-yard box.
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Ashley Barnes’ challenge on Nemanja Matić was dangerous and utterly disgusting. Earlier, Barnes made another disgraceful tackle when he met Branislav Ivanovic in an attempt to win a header. The coming together with Ivanovic was certainly worthy of a yellow card.
If, according to Martin Atkinson, it wasn’t, then the studs-up strike on Nemanja Matić’s surely should have seen Barnes depart from the field with a straight red card. The reaction from Matić was unnecessary, but wasn’t worthy of a red card, definitely a yellow though.
- Burnley are very lucky to come away with a 1-1 draw. Only one other team has managed to leave Stamford Bridge with a point this season, that is current champions Manchester City.
- Ashley Barnes should have seen red, leaving him with a 3 match ban, meaning he would miss Burnley’s match against Liverpool.
- Chelsea should have had two penalties after a clear handball from Michael Kightly and a clumsy challenge from Jason Shackell.
- Martin Atkinson’s performance will undergo severe scrutiny and should be reviewed by the F.A.
- José Mourinho is very annoyed but has sensibly not made any specific comment on the performance of the referee(s) and has managed to avoid trouble. However, he is understandably very, very annoyed.
- Manchester City disposed of Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium with a 5-0 victory, closing the gap between themselves and Chelsea to 5 points.