Everton v Manchester City


Full Time Summary

GB at 2018-03-31 19:33:04

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The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • No talking points and no yellow cards!
  • A very confident and competent performance from a referee who has not been in the top flight for as long as a lot of his colleagues, but provided them with an exhibition of why he has achieved a FIFA badge but some of them haven’t during their time at the top (even if they were young enough).
  • As I said in my blog, “The skill of the top referees is to make a difficult game look easy. I am not saying this was a difficult game, but the other thing the top referees do is not make an easy game look difficult! That’s what I think Paul Tierney has done well tonight in this game.

This was classic Paul Tierney who led an excellent team by example and delivered the type of performance which he needs to replicate every time going forwards. Positioning and fitness were faultless. His confidence has been sky high all season, and he fully merits some meaningful appointments at the business end of the season based on what we have seen tonight.

His recognition of fair and unfair play was spot on and he was consistent throughout, ably assisted by two wingmen who played their own full an active parts in ensuring that no one will even remember who the officials were for that game.

Well done crew – more of the same please!

More RefCam to come

GB at 2018-03-31 19:21:44

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My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam coverage so far this weekend. Stay tuned for some of the biggest games of the season over the next 7 days. It all starts tomorrow with one of the hottest London Derbies for a long time as Chelsea go head-to-head with Spurs in a desperate bid to stay in touch of the Champions League places. Talking of which, we will be providing minute by minute cometary on the referee for the first leg of the all England UCL encounter on Tuesday.

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GB at 2018-03-31 19:20:43

Full Time

Everton 1 v 3 Manchester City


GB at 2018-03-31 19:18:02

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GB at 2018-03-31 19:16:39

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The skill of the top referees is to make a difficult game look easy. I am not saying this was a difficult game, but the other thing the top referees do is not make an easy game look difficult! That’s what I think Paul Tierney has done well tonight in this game.


GB at 2018-03-31 19:11:52

Eddie Smart playing his part again in an excellent team performance from the officials so far with that correct tight offside signal.

GB at 2018-03-31 19:08:37

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Thanks for the Tweet from @MCFCDenver

Have to say, Paul Tierney has been excellent today. Refereeing like a young Martin Atkinson today.@RefereeHalsey @youaretheref

Nice to know we are on the same page!


GB at 2018-03-31 19:06:10

Another caresless challenge and the referee has been very consistent in this game and has never even looked like going to his pocket for a card.

Then we have another coming together and no free kick this time – here too Tierney has been consistent with what he has “not” given.


GB at 2018-03-31 19:03:59

It is pleasing to see Tierney continuint to stay on his toes as he monitors the play in the centre of the field of play and constantly “opens his body” to stay square on to the ball.

Another positive factor about his positioning is the way he moves in quickly from a wide starting position.


GB at 2018-03-31 19:00:49

Paul Tierney has maintained the standard he set in the first half and also reacted well to the change in tempo and temperature directly following the Everton Goal.

At this point he reacted quickly to the game “going up” and went up with it with just the slightest rise of his profile to calm the players down before the game even looked like it would get away from him.

GB at 2018-03-31 18:57:54

Sorry for the break in the blog caused by a few technical problems

Half time Summary

GB at 2018-03-31 18:28:12

#EFC #MCFC #efcvcity Not much to chew over from that first 45 from the referee’s perspective. That was a classic Paul Tierney first half as he kept out of the game as much as he could whilst the challenges stayed careless, but drifted in with a few calming words at the first signs of any “niggle”. That level of awareness and confidence are the type of things which went towards his earning his FIFA badge recently.

As I said in by blog, I do like the way he quickly turns his head to check in with what is going on around him at all times. This gives the referee the “heads-up” before anything happens and is something I have noticed before in referees who really moved on from their peers.

The only talking point from the official’s perspective was a possible offside in the build up to the 3rd Manchester City goal, but I am pleased to see a later camera angle which proved that it was an excellent decision by Eddie Smart to keep his flag down.

That’s only half the job done so far though, but the same amount of concentration and commitment from the officials in the second half will see them home safely in this one.

GB at 2018-03-31 18:18:28

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GB at 2018-03-31 18:17:19

Half Time

Everton 0 v 3 Manchester City


GB at 2018-03-31 18:16:23

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GB at 2018-03-31 18:14:40

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GOAL! Goal Raheem Sterling (MC 7)

Everton 0 v 3 Man City

Well it has to be said that it looked for all the world as if there was an offside call not given in the build up to that goal as the ball was fed down the left wing. The camera angle which could have proved it actually had the player in the possible offside position out of shot!

For me that could well have been one of those when I always told myself “Don’t raise the flag when you “think” it is offside, only raise the fag when you “know” it is offside.

AR1 Eddie Smart get the benefit of the doubt at the moment.


GB at 2018-03-31 18:07:08

Safe drop ball re-start by Tierney then. He did not look like he manufactured it even though only one team involved. That was because the Man City player walked away. That’s the way to use commonsense with drop ball restarts when the teams do not want to contest them. As long as it is their decision for only one team to be present, there is nothing the referee can do about it. The skill is making it look like it is their decision!


GB at 2018-03-31 18:02:38

The referee was close enough to manage that little push in the back by Rooney. No need for anything else but definitely needed that little flat palm which set “OK. Settle down I saw that. Just relax”


GB at 2018-03-31 18:00:28

It is always good to see a referee talking to the player when he feels the need to explain or reinforce a decision. No need to explain every one, but it can help build up a rapport sometimes.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:58:45

I have to agree with Pep! That looked like a hand ball to me too – but the referee had a great view.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:57:32

Just watch Paul Tierney’s head and see how he is checking what is going on around him all the time. This reminds me of Mike Dean when he was coming up through and in his prime. Things like that help a referee to stand out from those around him as having something special about them.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:55:14

What I like about this referee is that he is always on his toes and looking around him keeping alert and aware of what is going on all around him.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:53:05

The speed at which Tierney gives his decisions like that push in the back, is also a good way to get the players on your side. They want a decisive referee every day!


GB at 2018-03-31 17:50:35

Paul Tierney has nailed the opening 20 minutes of this game in his usual style. He is happy to let the players compete and challenge but picks off the expected free kicks. This is the way to build up the players trust and respect for later in the game.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:48:22

Kyle Walker’s (MC 2) bad tempered reaction towards either his opponent or the referee following the award of that free kick needs to have been noted by the referee. No need for action then, but those are the types of signs referees need to log and start working with the player to control his discipline. Particularly in a game like this which is relatively low key at the moment.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:45:44

GOAL! Gabriel Jesus (MC 33)

Everton 0 v 2 Man City


GB at 2018-03-31 17:44:19

Good to see basic law delivered as goalkick retaken as ball did not leave penalty area.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:42:56

Leroy Sané (MC 19) deliberately handles the ball and is penalised with a direct free kick – now let’s start the Twitter debate again by stating “NOT EVERY HAND BALL IS A YELLOW CARD”. Discuss @youaretheref


GB at 2018-03-31 17:40:18

Very steady start for the referee so far and the response of the players to that second free kick of the game bodes well as the players are keen to show respect towards each other.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:37:58

GOAL! Leroy Sané (MC 19)

Seems like it was a good idea to change ends before the kick off!

Everton 0 v 1 Man City


GB at 2018-03-31 17:36:03

And just to complete the set, Paul Tierney gets a nice easy 1st Free Kick as well! Now all the cobwebs are blown away!


GB at 2018-03-31 17:34:28

Not to be out done by, AR1 Eddie Smart gets a nice easy offside in the bag too!


GB at 2018-03-31 17:32:42

AR2 Derek gets to settle the nerves with a nice easy offside

kick off

GB at 2018-03-31 17:31:20

Manchester City won the toss and changed ends so it will be Everton to kick off.

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

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GB at 2018-03-31 17:28:49

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GB at 2018-03-31 17:26:25

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Today’s officials are:

Referee: Paul Tierney

AR1: Eddie Smart (Technical Area)

AR2: Derek Eaton

4th Official:  Michael Oliver

Paul Tierney came onto the Premier League full time scene back in 2015/16 season after 7 years on the National List, and was a welcome injection of youth and talent onto the ageing list at the time.

He had refereed just 23 premier league games before being awarded his FIFA badge at the beginning of this year, and despite obviously showing significant potential in his rise to the top flight, it also has to be said that he was probably at the right place at the right time when the English FIFA Official’s list was in danger of losing its international credibility due to a lack of sound succession planning over the years.

As the proud owner of the white bade now, Paul needs to really start to make his mark in top games such as this to lay down a claim for greater things in the future. He certainly has age on his side and has managed to stay clear from any major controversy this season, setting aside the pitiful VAR experiment in the recent Tottenham v Rochdale FA Cup replay, which can’t really be laid at his door.

After 11 games so far this season, Paul comes into this one as one of only 4 referees who have done as many games or more and not needed to show a red card this term and has issued 31 yellows.

He manages his games quietly and efficiently on the whole and rarely becomes the centre of attention because of his calm and controlled demeanour. I am for one am really looking forward to seeing what he has got in the locker today!

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2018-03-31 17:22:55


1     Jordan Pickford (EV 1)

2     Morgan Schneiderln (EV 2)

3     Leghton Baines (EV 3)

4     Michael Keane (EV 4)

6     Phil Jagielka (EV 6)

7     Yannick Bolasie (EV 7)

10   Wayne Rooney (EV 10)

11   Kevin Mirallas (EV 11)

14   Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EV 14)

23   Séamus Coleman (EV 23)

29   Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EV 29)


33   Joel Robles (EV 33)

15   Cuco Martina (EV 15)

19   Oumar Niasse (EV 19)

25   Ramiro Funes Mori (EV 25)

26   Tom Davies (EV 26)

27   Nikola Vlaši? (EV 27)

54   Beni Baningime (EV )

Manchester City

31   Ederson (MC 31)

2     Kyle Walker (MC 2)

4     Vincent Kompany (MC 4)

7     Raheem Sterling (MC 7)

14   Wilfred Bony (MC14)

17   Kevin De Bruyne (MC 17)

19   Leroy Sané (MC 19)

21   David Silva (MC 21)

25   Fernandinho (MC 25)

30   Nicolás Otamendi (MC 30)

33   Gabriel Jesus (MC 33)


1     Claudio Bravo (MC 1)

3     Danilo (MC 3)

8     Ilkay Gundgan (MC 8)

20   Bernardo Silva (MC 20)

24   Tosin Adarabioyo (MC 24)

35   Oleksandr Zinchenko (MC 35)

43   Lucas Nmecha (MC 43)


GB at 2018-03-31 17:16:23

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Everton seem to have released some of the pressure which was building up on Big Sam with back to back wins in the EPL, and their head to head record against Man City also bodes well with 18 wins to 14 in the bank over the last 41 meetings. They have their work cut out today though, if they want to be the ones to delay the inevitable march of the Sky Blues towards the crown which they have looked worthy of all season.

One thing which might work in the favour of the Toffees today of course could be if Man City have one eye on the big UCL game coming up against Everton’s Merseyside neighbours, which we will also be covering on RefCam next Wednesday.


GB at 2018-03-31 17:14:21

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Welcome to this evening’s RefCam coverage of the EPL game between Everton and Manchester City. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

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