Stoke City v Tottenham


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:58:53

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RCT at 2016-04-18 21:55:34

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That was a great display of low profile,no fuss refereeing; but we are interested in your thoughts with regard to the variance in refereeing styles across the Premier League. Let us know by contacting us @youaretheref

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RCT at 2016-04-18 21:52:36

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So, the referee’s “risk and reward” tactics worked – well done to Neil Swarbirck and his team for producing a confident and skillful display


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:48:29

More twitter discussions regarding referees being under pressure, thanks for your input to all who have contributed @youaretheref.  Pressure, ok, but you cant tell me that Neil Swarbrick was under more pressure than Jon Moss yesterday or the referee at the MLS game at Orlando yesterday evening.  Local park, MLS or Premiership, it’s how you cope with the pressure that counts.


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:43:14

Alli departs with a respectful handshake to Neil Swarbrick – that tells a story in itself !!


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:42:05

GOAL! Alli increases the pain threshold at Stoke and Leicester with a clinical volley to give Given no chance – game well and truly over


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:39:49

Yellow CardCharlie Adam does a passable impression of a loose head flanker and rugby tackles his way into Neil Swarbrick’s book



RCT at 2016-04-18 21:37:21

80 gone, 10 to go, game dead, NOW is the time for the refereeing team to step up their game and see the game safely home


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:34:07

Now this is interesting, Neil Swarbrick chooses to not caution, consistent in his approach, which is fine – the only caution so far being the mandatory card for Imbula for kicking the ball away.  Compare and contrast to several of his Premier League colleagues who wield cards around like they are going out of fashion, they too are consistent, so who is right and who is wrong ? Discuss please on twitter @youaretheref – surely we should have one set of standards so the players know where they stand?


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:30:55

GOAL! Surely game over as Kane adds a third on a quick break, but did you notice how well positioned the referee was?


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:29:18

Alli is human after all, reminds me of a passage of play from the Glasgow derby on Saturday (sorry to remind the Celtic fans) …..


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:27:10

GOAL! Alli fabulous finish, pure class, Eriksen through ball was stunning – Filbert Fox across in the East Midlands is not happy


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:22:46

Yellow Card Imbula finds row Z as is correctly cautioned for his petulance !


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:21:34

Interesting to see the host broadcaster highlighting Shawcross grappling with the Spurs attacker, illustrating the Wes Morgan issue I was discussing pre-match.  No penalty given because Shawcross’s actions are accepted practice!  Like it or dislike it, that’s how it is. Let us know what you think by tweeting us @youaretheref


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:16:51

Good positional sense again by the referee, he is always there or thereabouts when giving decisions


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:12:44

Full credit to Stoke who are trying to play the ball to feet and build from the back. completely different from the hoof it up approach of the previous Stoke teams.


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:07:50

No penalty for the challenge on Danny Rose and no simulation – spot on Neil Swarbrick ……


RCT at 2016-04-18 21:03:15

So here comes the most important 15 minutes of the game so far, my money is on a yellow card for both teams by the 60th minute …

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RCT at 2016-04-18 20:58:37

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Enjoy our David Moyes article at with your half-time Bovril.  If you are not from the UK, I’ll explain what Bovril is at some future point ….

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RCT at 2016-04-18 20:54:01

How do you think the refereeing team are doing so far, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

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RCT at 2016-04-18 20:52:01

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The appointments for this coming weekend have been announced. What is significant is that the key fixtures have gone to the senior officials, no risks being taken by the PGMO, which was the case with this current round of games.  Martin Atkinson has the Newcastle game, Mike Dean is looking after Sunderland and Mark Clattenburg is in charge of Leicester v Swansea.


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RCT at 2016-04-18 20:48:48

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Half-time and so far so good, the referee’s “risk and reward” decision appears to be the correct one, but we are a long way from home as yet. Is he giving licence for Shawcross, Vertonghen and company to offend? I suspect a card or two in the first 10 minutes of the second half.


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:43:38

More game management from Neil Swarbrick, no card for Shawcross, I hope he is right, one feels a card has to come soon ….


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:39:42

Good athletic movement by the referee as Karl Walker outruns several pigeons in a run which Mo Farrah would have been proud of


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:36:36

Perhaps Dembele was fortunate as well ? So, the referee has played ‘risk and reward’ – he has risked his match control by not cautioning in the hope that he is rewarded by controlling the game with as few cautions as possible – we shall see …..


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:33:31

Surely a caution for Whelan – that was a great opportunity for the referee to assert his authority !


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:31:36

This is sustained Stoke pressure, Stoke need to make this pressure pay by scoring the equaliser, which would please the good citizens of Leicester if they did ….


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:28:43

One distinctive part of Neil Swarbrick’s game is his lateral movement, he is not afraid to move across the field of play in order to get the best viewing angle and ‘cone of vision’ for the next phase of play.


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:25:55

It’s interesting to see Neil Swarbrick being pedantic over the position of throw-ins, he’s just buying time and ‘killing the game’ following on from the opening goal.


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:24:09

Good, athletic, sustained Clattenburg like sprinting from the referee as Spurs break at full pace ….


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:20:57

This is starting to get physical – keep things tight Neil ….


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:16:56

Keep focused Neil, Afellay challenge on Kane was not the best ….


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:13:41

A good steady start by Neil Swarbrick, 4 routine penal offences in the first 12 minutes – he just needs to maintain focus and not over or under utilise the advantage clause


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:11:26

GOAL! Kane is more than able, what a cracking start to the game for the Spurs and England striker to give the Away Team a 0-1 lead


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:07:54

7 minutes gone and all quiet so far for the Manchester based official and his team …..

RCT at 2016-04-18 20:06:06

It’s always interesting to see how a team who have “nothing to play for” perform, in this case Stoke, but I don’t think Mark Hughes will allow his team to under perform


RCT at 2016-04-18 20:01:39

Here we go …..  good luck to the Refereeing team …..


RCT at 2016-04-18 19:59:25

Neil Swarbrick takes charge this evening, Mike McDonough and Marc Perry are assisting, Mike Dean is on 4th official duties following his officiating at Chelsea v Manchester City on Saturday.  Is Neil Swarbrick experienced enough for this game – the next 90 minutes will tell us …..


RCT at 2016-04-18 19:55:37

Talking of referee’s being under pressure, did you see our RefCam coverage of Orlando v New England from the MLS, when the referee just lost his senses and awarded the world’s most ridiculous penalty in the closing moments of the game.  Take a look and see what you think !!!

RCT at 2016-04-18 19:50:30

Some cracking debate on out twitter page @youaretheref – mainly concerning the possible extended ban for Jamie Vardy, thanks to @JussiTheCat and @EmilArchambault, and others, for your constructive comments

RCT at 2016-04-18 19:47:20

The decision which really concerns me is the penalty awarded against Wes Morgan.  OK, if we look at that incident in isolation some could argue that a penal offence has been committed by the LCFC defender, but that type of challenge happens match in / match out and is not penalised – so why make the award in such a vital game ?


RCT at 2016-04-18 19:43:57

Talking of the race for the title, lots of talk around the Leicester City game on Social Media and here at You Are The Ref HQ.  Keith Hackett’s blog at tells our thoughts, but what do you think ? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RCT at 2016-04-18 19:40:38

Welcome to our coverage of this key Premiership fixture – a pivotal game in terms of who will become the 15/16 Champions