Sunderland v Everton


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:50:44

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Thanks for tuning in this evening, our next games here at You Are The Ref are both this coming Sunday as Chelsea entertain the champions, Leicester City (who would of thought that back in August) and later on, 9PM UK time, New York City take on Orlando City in our live MLS game.

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RCT at 2016-05-11 21:47:13

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Well done to the team leader, referee Anthony Taylor, a quiet, assured and confident performance, one well-timed caution to retain match control, with so many positive attributes to his game


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RCT at 2016-05-11 21:44:23

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An object lesson in not being involved unless you have to, the match officials have done well, the one major call, an offside decision by Lee Betts in the lead up to the 2nd goal, was correct and summed up and very good evening for them.

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RCT at 2016-05-11 21:41:07

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Anthony Taylor’s final whistle confirms Sunderland are safe and that Newcastle and Norwich are relegated



RCT at 2016-05-11 21:39:16

lukaku strikes the bar from 5 metres out – sums up the Everton performance ….


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:35:10

Just 5 additional minutes, not an unfair ask


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:27:57

Play is halted as a  brain dead intruder enters the field of play


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:25:00

A wise decision to substitute Cattermole, taking no chances in the final 10 minutes.


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:20:15

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RCT at 2016-05-11 21:15:00

Look like being a sad night for Newcastle and Norwich – unless we have a storming finish by Everton …


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:12:58

Yellow CardCattermole (perhaps inevitably) is cautioned for his umpteenth illegal challenge – a well – timed caution in terms of the referee’s overall match control.


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:09:39

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RCT at 2016-05-11 21:04:19

So, 30 minutes to go and this is where the refereeing team need to refocus. Clear heads needed as the game enters it’s final third – focus, focus and focus needed to see the game safely home.


RCT at 2016-05-11 21:00:57

GOAL! Robles error and Kone strikes from close range for his second of the evening and his team’s third – surely that is that …



RCT at 2016-05-11 20:55:31

Another positive aspect of Anthony Taylor’s refereeing is his fitness, positioning and movement – keep an eye on this as the game develops in the second half.


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:52:19

Good awareness by Peter Kirkup as he clearly indicates a free-kick to Sunderland for an incident close to his patrol-path


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:49:35

Lennon replaces Barkley for the Toffee-men ….


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:48:33

For the integrity of the competition, surely Everton have to come out and play to at least go for it – we shall see ………

RCT at 2016-05-11 20:42:15

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Anthony Taylor’s decision not to caution Cattermole for his 5th minute challenge on Barkley looks like being the correct one – no sign on major dissent and a very low foul count

RCT at 2016-05-11 20:38:08

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It should not matter one bit to the match officials, it’s a case of keeping a level head, judging each decision on it’s merits and ‘keeping out of it” until you are required to increase your profile


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:35:15

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Well, that game exploded in the final 5 minutes of the half as Sunderland established a key 2 goal lead – but how does that effect the refereeing team?



RCT at 2016-05-11 20:31:53

2 additional minutes in the first half


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:29:40

GOAL! the pressure pays off as Kone nets from close range – highlighted by an excellent non-offside decision by Lee Betts in the lead up to the goal


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:27:50

Defoe heads and Robles tips over the bar – Sunderland pressure ….


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:25:59

GOAL! At last, a genuine Sunderland chance and the net bulges – relief all round as van Aaanholt scores directly from a free-kick.


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:18:09

15 to go, see it home safely Gents,


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:14:39

I can’t believe that Sunderland would be happy to settle for a point, especially given that they are pushing forward …..


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:11:22

From a refereeing standpoint, the game will increase in temperature once a ‘trigger point’ is encounted, e.g. a goal to either side ….


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:08:54

Almost half-way through and still only 1 shot on target so far – the tension continues …..


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:05:43

No lack of endevour by either side, I feel at Sunderland goal on the horizon.


RCT at 2016-05-11 20:00:42

Still all fairly routine so far – nothing to concern the referee unduely  ………….


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:55:19

It all looks a bit nervy by the Home Team, foot on the ball time needed to calm proceedings down


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:53:17

Lee Cattermole makes his presence felt in midfield, a good decision not to caution by Anthony Taylor as doing so would have meant a too greater card count – hopefully he will manage this aa far as he can take it.  There will come a time when he has no option …..


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:49:36

From my experience of officiating at this stadium, the noise can be deafening and it will be no different this evening ….


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:46:20

Good luck to Anthony and his team, I hope the ball runs kindly for you ……

RCT at 2016-05-11 19:45:36

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RCT at 2016-05-11 19:42:38

This key game has been trusted to referee Anthony Taylor who has had, overall, a very good season.  He was involved in the farcical disallowed Leeds United goal at Sheffield Wednesday, but that aside he has performed well and deserves his appointment to officiate in the Champions League final later in the month. Lee Betts and the experienced Peter Kirkup are the Assistants and Lee Mason has the 4th official duties.

RCT at 2016-05-11 19:34:40

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RCT at 2016-05-11 19:33:32

Our congratulations from all of us here at ‘You Are The Ref’ go to Mark Clattenburg and his team for their appointment to the Champions League final.

RCT at 2016-05-11 19:32:22

A draw tonight and the same over the weekend would also see Sunderland safe, but I am sure that’s not in their thoughts as they push for all 3 points.

RCT at 2016-05-11 19:28:03

Everton’s season had drifted in mid-table nothingness and they must be disappointed to be finishing not challenging for honours.  Rumors are rife with regard to the future of Martinez, I think the Goodison faithful are now longer with him, but for the integrity of the competition, I am sure they will be giving their all and they have talent enough to win any game in this league.


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:24:07

The equation is clear for the Black Cats, a win secures their safety in the Premier League, with “Big Sam” Allardyce yet again pulling off some sort of survival miracle, this result also relegates local rivals Newcastle United and the much maligned Norwich City.


RCT at 2016-05-11 19:21:37

Welcome to the Stadium of Light for our coverage of this monumental tie as Sunderland entertain Everton.