MH at 2014-10-19 18:04:22

The final whistle has gone Stoke won 2-1.

As I said at the beginning of my blog as a referee you don’t want controversy and unfortunately today we had that with 2 penalty awards. The first penalty awarded to Swansea City for a holding offence by Shawcross which was correctly awarded in my opinion but I would imagine that Gary Monk the Swansea manager will be very unhappy with Michaels award of a penalty to Stoke after Rangel adjudged to have fouled Moses and rightly so because it was not a penalty you could argue that Moses simulated and deceived the referee. A referee is like a goalkeeper you are remembered for you errors and Michaels error changed the course of the game and everyone will be talking about that. Unfortunately it detracts from all the good things he done within the game. He controlled the game well he managed the game well his recognition of careless/reckless was very good his positioning and movement was of a high standard and although his assistants were not involved there was plenty of eye to eye and body language between the team.

MH at 2014-10-19 17:48:19

Yellow CardFor Stoke’s N’Zonzi for a foul on Swansea’s Boney, correctly given for a reckless challenge.

MH at 2014-10-19 17:44:53

Swansea manager shows frustration at Michael for awarding a free kick to Stoke’s Shawcross, you can understand his frustration.

MH at 2014-10-19 17:43:20

Swansea makes another substitution Sigurdsson OFF and Emnes ON

MH at 2014-10-19 17:41:13

So far Michael has Acquitted himself very well in the second half slowing the game down to his pace and managing the second half well after the controversial first half.

MH at 2014-10-19 17:34:27

GOAL 2-1 to Stoke Walters the scorer

MH at 2014-10-19 17:33:41

Yellow CardFor Boney after a Reckless challenge on N’Zonzi fully deserved

MH at 2014-10-19 17:30:48

Stoke make another substitution Moses OFF Assaidi ON

MH at 2014-10-19 17:28:10

Excellent advantage played

MH at 2014-10-19 17:24:23

As I said in my opening statement very tough place to referee The Brittania Stadium fans very vocal towards Michael Oliver

MH at 2014-10-19 17:23:34

Swansea make substitutions Dyer OFF Montero ON, Carroll OFF Gomis ON

MH at 2014-10-19 17:19:59

Stoke City makes substitutions Diouf OFF Walters ON, Ireland OFF Cameron ON

MH at 2014-10-19 17:16:24

Foul by Swansea’s Ki on Stoke’s Pieters surprised Ki didn’t pick up a yellow card for a deliberate trip stopping a promising attack

MH at 2014-10-19 17:11:43

Correct decision no foul on Moses

MH at 2014-10-19 16:58:10

Half time score 1-1 the two big talking points are the 2 penalty decisions 1 awarded to swansea for a holding offence by Stokes Shawcross on Swansea’s Bony which was a correct decision as Michael Oliver was in an excellent position to view the offence. The second penalty for Stoke City after Rangel was adjudged to have fouled Stokes Mosses once again Michael was in a fantastic position to view but in my opinion got the decision wrong Michael should of just played on.

this is going to be a tough second half for Michael he has to remain fully focused and his concentration levels must be at his highest, he has to pull the reins in and slow the game down to his pace.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:48:47

MH at 2014-10-19 16:47:55

Yellow CardStokes phil BRdsley gets shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Swansea’s Williams a harsh yellow in my opinion.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:44:51

A challenge by Swansea,s Rangel on Stokes Mosses resulted in a penalty which is an incorrect decision by Michael Oliver.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:42:59

Michael has made a Big key match error NO penalty

MH at 2014-10-19 16:42:04

Michael is slowing the game down to his pace good refereeing,taking the sting out of the game

MH at 2014-10-19 16:40:05

Bony was the scorer of the penalty.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:39:11

Michael has to be fully aware as to what is going on around him.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:37:32

Game gone up a level Michael has to go up with it taking no risks.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:36:48

Yellow CardFor Stoke Diouf for a high foot challenge on Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yueng.


MH at 2014-10-19 16:35:36

Yellow CardFor Shawcross

MH at 2014-10-19 16:35:16

Penalty taken scored 1-0 to Swansea

MH at 2014-10-19 16:34:27

Penalty to Swansea, foul by Shawcross on Bony, brave but correct dicision but in my opinion penalty sufficient punishment no need for yellow card.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:31:48

So far in this game Michael’s recognition of fouls, non fouls careless/reckless have been excellent.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:24:42

Correct free kick awarded to Stoke City Ireland after a challenge by Swanseas Taylor, good man management by not giving Taylor a yellow card.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:22:09

Correct free kick for a foul of Dyer by Wilson and correct not to caution as it was a careless challenge.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:20:09

First free kick of the game, Michael should of given the free kick straight away to Awansea and not waited as there was no advantage in that passage of play.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:16:23

Great to see Michael not being fussy and letting the game flow.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:11:40

Good first 10 minutes for Michael, good eye to eye contact with his assistants.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:07:51

Excellent positioning by Michael, no contact by Stoke City Keeper on Swanseas Sigurdsson.

MH at 2014-10-19 16:03:58

Good non free kick by Michael after Wilson and Dyer challenge for the ball and Dyer fell awkwardly

MH at 2014-10-19 16:00:31

Swansea to kick off game on

MHZ at 2014-10-19 15:49:48

Today’s match official is Michael Oliver being assisted by Stuart Burt, Steve Child’s and 4th official Lee Mason.this is Michaels 7th premier league game today in his previous 6 showing a total of 24 yellow cards averaging 4 per game. He has shown no red cards to date although you could say he should of sent off the Burnley goalkeeper for fouling Chelsea’s Diago Costa which resulted in Costa receiving a yellow card for simulation.lets hope Michael has a controversial free game today as the Brittania Stadium is one of the most hostile grounds to officiate at.Michael does like to let the game flow let’s hope that hPpens today. Feel free to contact us on Twitter@youaretheref or email us at