Stoke City v Manchester City


GT at 2015-12-05 15:42:01

Stay with us here on YATR for more live commentary on Refcam, as we have a week packed with top quality action for you.

Coming up later today is the clash between Chelsea and Bournemouth, followed by Sunday’s massive game between strugglers Newcastle United and free-scoring Liverpool.

Then later tomorrow it’s the MLS Cup Final between Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers.

On Monday night we bring Everton v Crystal Palace v Sunderland, with UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday and Wednesday as we cover Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach and Chelsea v FC Porto.

As if that isn’t enough, there is, of course, loads of other great content on our website including the really popular ‘Ref Show’ where experts from within the game review the weekend’s action.

Add to that a great ‘Cards On The Table’ chat between Alan Biggs and Keith Hackett, some fascinating chats with Neil Warnock and Kim Milton Neilsen and, of course, the superb ‘Hackett’s Blog’ where the former top referee and General Manager of the PGMOL continues to offer thoughts on how English refereeing standards could be improved, and it is clear why YATR followers know this is the place for all referees to improve their knowledge, understanding and performance.

Keep it here on

GT at 2015-12-05 15:39:55

As for the officials…

Martin Atkinson turned in as good a performance as I’ve seen from him in a long time.

Ok, the game wasn’t the most challenging one her will ever face but he missed very little, and certainly nothing major.

His assistants played their part too in a fine team performance.

Well done the officials!

GT at 2015-12-05 15:39:07

Quite why Arnautovic is behaving like this is unbelievable…he has scored both goals in a 2-0 victory, so let that stat do the talking and stop acting like a child by trying to carry on his spat with Navas.

That’s the end of this one as the pressure mounts on Pellegrini following another poor display in the league.

Credit to Stoke though, and Mark Hughes, who got their tactics spot-on today and were comfortable winners, and they keep up the remarkable record of not conceding a league goal this season when Ryan Shawcross plays in their defence!

This win takes them up to 7th place in the Premier League.

GT at 2015-12-05 15:36:54

Game over…

Full Time

GT at 2015-12-05 15:34:15

That is the end of the regular 90 minutes.

3 added minutes to go…

GT at 2015-12-05 15:33:49

Good offside call from Steve Child as Arnautovic strays marginally off.

GT at 2015-12-05 15:32:24

Arnautovic and Navas act like a couple of silly kids, but Atko quickly snuffs out the potential for any bother.

Well done referee

GT at 2015-12-05 15:29:50

Atko is right where he needs to be to correctly award a free kick for a foul on Sterling

GT at 2015-12-05 15:28:30

Jonathan Walters is introduced for final five minutes.

Afellay is the man to make way for him

GT at 2015-12-05 15:23:31

Well seen, Mike Mullarkey…concentration allows him to correctly judge a throw in to Stoke after the smallest of touches from the Man City attacker

GT at 2015-12-05 15:21:36

Good lining from Steve Child who keeps his flag down despite Man City’s appeals for an offside

76 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:20:03

Stoke bring on van Ginkel into the midfield for the excellent Shaqiri

GT at 2015-12-05 15:18:28

15 minutes to go…

74 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:17:36

Man City are down to 10 men now as Fernando tweaks a hamstring and walks off the field of play….with no substitutes left

GT at 2015-12-05 15:16:36

Yet more good advantage from Atko.

Confident refereeing

71 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:15:13

Stoke make their first substitution as Joselu replaces the superb Bojan

68 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:12:56

Howe did Stoke not score there as Shaqiri doesn’t make contact with the ball when the goal was wide open for him

GT at 2015-12-05 15:10:41

More good advantage played by Atko as Man City press for a goal

GT at 2015-12-05 15:10:02

Atko continues to keep right up with play despite the conditions making it less than easy to run.

Good fitness referee…

61 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:05:17

Man City make their third and final change as Navas takes over from Silva

GT at 2015-12-05 15:04:31

An hour of play has passed, and Stoke are comfortable in this one…as is Martin Atkinson

GT at 2015-12-05 15:02:03

Atko is right on the spot to judge no foul following a strong challenge by Delph

56 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 15:00:22

Pellegrini has seen enough, and makes a couple of changes.

Fabian Delph and Kelechi Iheanacho enter the action at the expense of Bony and Fernandinho.

51 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 14:56:17

Otamendi takes a swipe at Shaqiri, who is turning the Man City man inside out with his tricks.

Atko doesn’t like the foul and shows the first card of the day.

Good refereeing Yellow Card

GT at 2015-12-05 14:54:50

Strong appeals by Man City for a penalty but Atko is having none of it

GT at 2015-12-05 14:52:14

Excellent advantage played by Atko as Man City break

47 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 14:51:27

Bony brings down Whelan with a painful looking blow to the Stoke man’s head.

It looked innocent enough though as the Man City man was jumping to try and head the ball

GT at 2015-12-05 14:48:47

Stoke get us underway for the second half.

More of the same from Atko and his team in this half would be very welcome.

Only 9 fouls were awarded in that first half as the referee tried to keep out of the limelight and allow the players to take centre stage.

GT at 2015-12-05 14:33:48

And that’s the end of the first half…

Well done Martin Atkinson and his assistants.

A very good display from everyone.

Full Time

GT at 2015-12-05 14:31:59

A rare foul, in what has been a good tempered half.

Well seen Atko.

Free kick to Stoke

GT at 2015-12-05 14:30:40

That’s the end of the first 45 minutes, 3 added minutes to go on

GT at 2015-12-05 14:29:58

A very good non-offside call from Mike Mullarkey allows Marko Arnautovi? to go through for a chance of his hat-trick but the Stoke striker hits the woodwork with his effort

GT at 2015-12-05 14:28:01

Just 2 minutes of the first 45 to go, but there should be a decent amount of added time

GT at 2015-12-05 14:26:37

Good positioning from Atko allows him to correctly judge a corner kick to Man City

GT at 2015-12-05 14:25:30

That looked like a naughty challenge on Ibrahim Afellay by Fernandinho which leaves the Stoke man in need of treatment.

Nothing given by the referee though, despite how high the Manchester man’s foot was

GT at 2015-12-05 14:21:02

Otamendi is reminding Atko he needs to keep an eye on holding in the penalty area at corner kicks, but the referee seems to be managing it perfectly well

33 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 14:19:10

Lengthy head injury delay as Peters took a blow…the referee needs to make sure all of this goes back on at the end of the half

GT at 2015-12-05 14:16:04

It’s end-to-end action at the moment but Atko is coping well with the physical demand

GT at 2015-12-05 14:14:00

Good spot that time though as Demichelis has a high foot foul awarded against him

GT at 2015-12-05 14:11:47

That’s the first error though, as Sterling has his foot trodden on and goes to ground.

Atko missed the foul though, and instead gave a handball against the Manchester winger

GT at 2015-12-05 14:09:46

Atko is just explaining to Whelan that he had, in fact, played a decent advantage for Stoke.

Good refereeing…good communication

GT at 2015-12-05 14:08:24

Martin is moving around the field very easily today.

It’s good to see, as fitness was not always his greatest attribute.

But he seems to have got his head down and put in some hard yards of training.

GT at 2015-12-05 14:05:08

Well done again Atko.

It’s a minor matter, but he makes Man City take a throw in from the correct place.

Shows he is still there and reminds the players he is watching

GT at 2015-12-05 14:02:08

What an excellent game this is.

And the referee is playing his part well…staying out of the way, and letting the players get on with the entertainment.

Well done Atko…

15 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 14:00:33

GOAL! it’s that man Marko Arnautovi? again…after more great work from Shaqiri

GT at 2015-12-05 13:55:13

A good start from Atko and his team.

Nothing missed and good movement.

The game will step up a pace now though following that Stoke goal

6 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 13:52:38

Fantastic wing play from Shakiri leads to a Stoke’s opener

GT at 2015-12-05 13:51:54

GOAL! Marko Arnautovi?

5 minutes

GT at 2015-12-05 13:50:14

First foul of the game as Peters pulls Sagna to the ground

GT at 2015-12-05 13:48:44

It’s a rather untidy start to the game as both sides struggle to get to grips with the very windy conditions

18 seconds

GT at 2015-12-05 13:46:18

A very early offside decision from Mike Mullarkey who correctly applied the ‘wait and see’ technique

GT at 2015-12-05 13:45:13

Man City take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-12-05 13:41:11

It’s almost time for kick-off at The Britannia Stadium…

GT at 2015-12-05 13:21:46

As for our referees today…

Martin Atkinson finds himself in the middle on yet another ‘live TV’ game in a season when his employers look to be doing all they can to help him secure a place at EURO 2016.

Atko doesn’t enjoy the greatest of relationships with The Potters, who complained about his conduct a couple of seasons ago.

No such worries with Manchester City though, who must be pleased that he failed to send off Fernandinho earlier this season after he smashed Chelsea’s Diego Costa in the head!

Running the lines for him today is his regular pairing of Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child.

Roger East makes up the quartet.

This one could get feisty, so stay with us whilst we hopefully enjoy a display of quality refereeing.

GT at 2015-12-05 13:16:31

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary for another fascinating Premier League game.

We are serving up Stoke City v Manchester City in what should be a really good game.

With Stoke currently in twelfth place, some ten points behind league leaders City, you may think this should be a regular away.

Add to that the fact that Manchester has only lost once at The Britannia, and that was when Stoke’s manager Mark Hughes led the sky blues!

But Manchester are without a Premier League away win since 12th September, whilst Stoke beat the champions Chelsea the last time they played a league game at home.

Both sides are in good form at the moment though, having reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup this week.

Stoke’s problems are in front of goal this season (11 goals from 14 games), and they desperately need someone to start hitting the back of the net on a regular basis.

Conversely, Manchester’s strikers are again banging them in for fun.

It’s their defence which is creaking this season…who will forget Liverpool tearing them apart a few games ago? Although away from home they fare better, having kept five clean sheets from six games away from The Etihad this season.

This one could go either way, so why not let us know who you think will be victorious by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at