Manchester City v Newcastle United


RH at 2018-01-20 20:50:04

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The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • A great performance from one of the SG1’s emerging Referee’s
  • A superb example of reading play and getting into position for Key Match Incident making
  • The 62nd minute penalty awarded correctly

Its always pleasing to report on a great Refereeing performance, but tonight was even more significant because the Referee Paul Tierney was Refereeing only his ninth Premier League game of the season. This is firm evidence of the need for the PGMOL to use its emerging SG1 talent instead of persisting with some of the old guard who are clearly struggling at this level. I loved the way that Paul Tierney anticipated play and adjusted his position to remain behind the attacking line of the ball, so that when passes were made across field he was never in the way or needing to select reverse gear. He would then move into the final third to get that all important  viewing angle in the penalty area for penalty incidents or strikes on goal, the 62nd minute penalty being a case in point following Manquillo’s push on Sterling’s and as the camera zoomed in on Paul Tierney you could see him mouthing the word ‘push’, great decision making from an ideal angle and range.  He judged his involvement level well, just the one caution but the truth is that he was always so well placed that little of note escaped his attention. Yes he will Referee more physical games this season but Paul Tierney underlined his potential tonight and he deserves the chance to get more exposure at this level ahead of others who are past their sell by date . A word of praise also to both Assistants who were solid in their support particularly Simon Bennett who made a great offside call in the first half when Sterling netted. Craig Pawson as tonight’s Fourth Official must have had an easy night!


RH at 2018-01-20 20:27:45

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Paul Tierney underlines why the PGMOL should give the newer Referee’s on its SG1 list more games than some of the struggling old guard! stay with us on Refcam for my summary Full Time


RH at 2018-01-20 20:13:36

Atsu grounds Walker but the Referee plays a useful advantage


RH at 2018-01-20 20:11:48

GOAL!Aguero gets a hatrick!



RH at 2018-01-20 20:11:05

De  Bruyne  a bit unlucky to concede a free kick for a harmless challenge on Atsu

RH at 2018-01-20 20:09:34


We’ve got more action coming your way in this Premier League match round!

  • Tomorrow afternoon   @ 16.00 Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur




RH at 2018-01-20 20:07:29

Otamendi bundles Diame to the ground and its another nailed on free kick1


RH at 2018-01-20 20:06:27

Yellow CardClark halts De Bruynes attacking progress and justifyably earns a caution



RH at 2018-01-20 20:04:43

Match tempo has not really been a key factor in this game with City being so dominant,  therefore the Referee has been able to settle into this game and build confidence, which he has done without question, but if the score stays at 2-1 pressure will build in the last five minutes or so and it will be a test of Paul Tierney’s credentials, if what we have seen so far is anything to go by, I think he’ll see this game out well


RH at 2018-01-20 20:00:42

Despite Newcastle scoring earlier and almost getting an equaliser just now, we are on course here in creating a record of one team dominating possession in a Premier League game!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:56:59

A word of praise for the Referee Paul Tierney on the award of that penalty, his position was perfect to view the offence and as the TV camera moved in on the Referee you see him saying ‘push’. Key match incident decision making is all about viewing angles and range, and Paul Tierney got all of that right!

RH at 2018-01-20 19:55:27

GOAL!Murphy pulls one back for the Toon!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:53:08

Clark is penalised for an obvious push on Sterling


RH at 2018-01-20 19:51:45

GOAL!Aguero converts 2-0 City



RH at 2018-01-20 19:51:05

Penalty to City! Manquillo pushes the City attacker to ground, looked a good call to me!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:48:51

The pattern of play continuing much the way of the first half, the Referee understandably continuing with his game plan


RH at 2018-01-20 19:43:26

Great penalty area challenge by Lascelles on Sane, won the cleanly!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:41:06

Fernandinho uses a careless arm on Joselu and concedes a free kick, but the City man comes off worse!

RH at 2018-01-20 19:38:53

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RH at 2018-01-20 19:36:45

Otamendi in the action again but this time he gets a dig in the ribs from Joselu and a free kick is given


RH at 2018-01-20 19:34:57

Otamendi handles in a City attack and is rightly penalised

RH at 2018-01-20 19:33:08

The second half has started!

RH at 2018-01-20 19:25:46

A good first half for Paul Tierney and his team who have not been troubled so far in a one sided game. The most striking aspect of Paul’s first half has been his astute reading of play, he really is alert as you can see him anticipating the pattern of attacking movement which is just as well given that Manchester City have enjoyed 83% possession in the first period. Its noticeable how Paul adjusts his position to stay behind the attacking line of the ball as passes are made across field of play and when the payers move in on goal Paul then chooses his moment to follow through into the penalty area. To be fair the players attitude has been good and other that a warning for Diame there has been nothing of note. Simon Bennett did well also with a good offside flag as Sterling netted. So far so good with no baggage being taken into the second half for the Referee and his team.

RH at 2018-01-20 19:16:46

Half Time


RH at 2018-01-20 19:15:58

A minimum of one minute additional time to be played


RH at 2018-01-20 19:15:15

Paul Tierney quite rightly signalling Dummett to get on with the throw in and his team are loosing?


RH at 2018-01-20 19:11:28

In such a one side match possession wise, the main aspect of the Referees performance so far is to get right his reading of play, I’m pleased to say that Paul Tierney has done well, better than some of his more experienced colleagues who I’ve seen recently!

RH at 2018-01-20 19:08:26

We’ve got more action coming your way in this Premier League match round!

  • Tomorrow afternoon   @ 16.00 Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur




RH at 2018-01-20 19:07:36

Diame shoves Aguero to the ground, Aguero over reacts but the Referee deals with the incident well and in addition to a free kick settles for a verbal warning to the offender


RH at 2018-01-20 19:04:47

GOAL!Aguero breaks the deadlock!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:02:49

83% possession for the home will tell you which half the Referee has spent most of his time in so far!


RH at 2018-01-20 19:01:13

Manquillo applies too much pressure on Silva and his push lands City a dangerous free kick!


RH at 2018-01-20 18:59:13

Sane makes an easy offside call there for Simon Bennett


RH at 2018-01-20 18:57:28

A great advantage played as Shelvey tried to hold De Bruyne then De Bruyne goes down under a little pressure from Shelvey, no free kick given which I haven’t got a problem with


RH at 2018-01-20 18:54:23

I like the Referee’s alertness so far, you can see that he’s constantly adapting his position and tacking to avoid getting in the way as attacks are building, then he follows play into the penalty area to get that all important viewing range and angle as the strike comes in.


RH at 2018-01-20 18:49:35

Simon Bennett is spot on in flagging Sterling’s ‘goal’ offside, well done!


RH at 2018-01-20 18:48:18

Well we’re over fifteen minutes in now as Newcastle attempt with their 4-5-1 formation to contain the home side, Paul Tierney is working hard to work in the channels and stay behind the attacking line of the ball as City apply pressure


RH at 2018-01-20 18:45:07

City’s fifth corner inside 15 minutes tells you which Assistant has been busier, that’s Simon Bennett!

RH at 2018-01-20 18:41:07

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RH at 2018-01-20 18:39:29

Sterling comes back from an offside position to play the ball and is flagged offside by Simon Bennett


RH at 2018-01-20 18:35:39

Zincenko lucky to get away with a rash challenge right in front of Assistant Marc Perry


RH at 2018-01-20 18:33:51

In three December matches Manchester City players were on the receiving end of challenges that endangered the safety of the players concerned, in one game there were arguably two such challenges. One of these encounters was the December 27th fixture between this evenings two team’s where Murphy’s first half challenge on Gundogan was worthy of a Red Card. Let’s hope that should such an offence occur in this game that it will be correctly dealt with in Law


RH at 2018-01-20 18:32:51

Walker shoves Joselu and concedes the games first free kick!

RH at 2018-01-20 18:31:02

If you are watching the game on TV, Marc Perry is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Simon Bennett is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2018-01-20 18:30:37

Our match Referee Paul Tierney gets us underway!

RH at 2018-01-20 18:25:47

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2018-01-20 18:19:50

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

Manchester City v Newcastle United

S Bennett & M Perry
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

This is game 176 between the sides, but around 50 games or so ago they met in the unsponsored League Cup Final in February, 1976. Clive Thomas was on standby for Jack Taylor in a role he later described as the first fourth official, but the game itself was won by a dramatic Dennis Tueart overhead kick after Alan Gowling had cancelled out Peter Barnes’s opening goal.

The very first encounter saw Ardwick lose a Division Two fixture 3-2 to Newcastle in October, 1893, while the last one at the Etihad, which means United in Arabic, was in October, 2015. That day referee Kevin Friend cautioned Fernandinho, Zabaleta, Mangala and Vurnon Anita as Sergio Aguero helped himself to five in a 6-1 home win.

Paul Tierney has refereed both sides this season: City when Southampton came calling and Newcastle when they lost at home to Bournemouth. Last season he took Newcastle’s win at Barnsley and their defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday, but was only in charge of City in the FA Cup, when they dispatched Huddersfield in a fifth round replay.

All you need to know about Paul Tierney:

Matches in 2017/18: 8 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 23 Reds: 0


RH at 2018-01-20 18:15:02

Today’s Match Referee is Paul Tierney, His Assistant Referees are Simon Bennett and Marc Perry. The Fourth Official is Craig Pawson

RH at 2018-01-20 18:09:50

Undaunted by what many view as the game of the season so far at Anfield last Sunday, Manchester City aim to continue their unstoppable progress towards the Premier League title! Newcastle are the latest contenders to temporarily derail Pep’s boys in their quest but let’s be honest they’re going to have their work cut out tonight! But the toon do need to collect points for their very Premier League survival having failed to secure a home win last Saturday to relegation rivals  Swansea, so there is plenty at stake on this one!