Blackburn v Arsenal 11 April 2015 – The Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
I am on holiday this week and so this is a much briefer preview than usual.
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Assistants – Mssrs Burt and Long
- Fourth Official – Mr Attwell
The referee for tomorrow, as I am sure you all know, is our old friend Mike Dean. His past performances have been well documented on this site – just type in Mike Dean in the search box at the top right of the header for a full listing.
Mr Dean’s performances can be divided into three parts, the early phase where he was very good for us, the middle phase when we could do nothing right and the last couple of years when he can still ‘do us’ at times but for the most part he is tolerable.
This year we have had him for both Manchester clubs, the two-one loss at home to United and our away win at City. Last year we had him four times with wins away against Spurs (1 – 0), and home v Stoke (3 – 1) coupled with draws at home to Chelsea (0 – 0) and City (1 – 1). So in the last two years P6;W3;D2;L1 which isn’t too shabby and indicates that we have found a way of coping with Mr Dean.
On the other hand he shouldn’t be taken for granted in any way – he still knows every rule forwards, backwards and sideways and is still quite capable of interpreting them in various imaginative ways. Our players need to remain aware of this and not give him any opportunities for him to use his imagination so no needless fouls, talking back etc.
Burnley have quite a good record against us down the years but I am sure that in our current form we have more than enough quality to extend our winning run and keep the pressure on the Chavs. At least one of the Manchester clubs will loose points this weekend as they play each other. The Chavs are away at QPR and, realistically a draw there is the best we can hope for, more likely is another three points for Chelsea.