Swansea City v Everton


GT at 2017-05-06 19:26:59

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GT at 2017-05-06 19:25:22

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GT at 2017-05-06 19:23:02

As for our match officials…

I really liked referee Atkinson’s approach to this game.
He was often the calmest man out there today.
He had clearly set his stall out to try and get through this one without a single caution, and he managed that.
I believe he let three go which were very obvious yellow card offences, and he would have done each of them in his midweek outing in the Champions League.
But that’s where game appreciation and management comes into consideration.
Atko remained consistent in his approach throughout and, in the end, no harm was done by not issuing those obvious cautions.
The players reacted well to him today, and he and his team came out of the game with their credibility intact.
There was little to really challenge them all today but do not take that as criticism.
It is easy to turn a good game bad with poor officiating, and this team was never in danger that happening today.
Well done referees…

GT at 2017-05-06 19:21:58

That win means Swansea City have their Premier League survival in their own hands.

If they win their remaining two games (Sunderland and WBA) they will stay in the top flight next season.

GT at 2017-05-06 19:20:26

That’s a MASSIVE three points for the Welsh side which takes them free of the drop zone….

Full Time

GT at 2017-05-06 19:18:04

Ayew is fouled by Baines, Atko gives the free kick and Swansea have some respite

GT at 2017-05-06 19:17:13

That’s the end of the 90 minutes…

3 added minutes to go on

GT at 2017-05-06 19:14:23

Final Swansea substitution.

Very sensible,,,

Llorente taken out of the action for Borja.

Atko will be pleased as it ends the battle with Williams!

GT at 2017-05-06 19:13:08

We are in the final 4 minutes of the regular 90

GT at 2017-05-06 19:12:40

Llorente and Williams need a to be calmed down as the Swansea man runs into the former Swansea man.

Williams reacted by pushing his opponent to the ground.

Both of them need to grow up and get on with it.

GT at 2017-05-06 19:06:25

Fer and Gana come together…no caution as both players simply collided.

It was a free kick for Swansea though.

Correct call, Atko.

GT at 2017-05-06 19:04:54

Everton take off Holgate with Kenny taking over for these last 12 minutes

GT at 2017-05-06 19:04:03

Outstanding save by Stekelenburg, but Fer really should have put The Swans out of sight

74 minutes

GT at 2017-05-06 19:02:08

Second change for Swansea as Leroy Fer comes on for Ki Sung-Yeung

GT at 2017-05-06 19:00:57

Cork on for captain Britton as Swansea make a change.

Note for all referees again…make sure someone else takes the captain’s armband when the skipper is taken off

GT at 2017-05-06 18:59:57

Ayew should, however, have been cautioned there for catching Ross Barkley with his arm

GT at 2017-05-06 18:59:01

Good refereeing and excellent positioning by Atko as he allows three challenges to go.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:56:57

Twenty minutes to go, and this is when we shall see if the midweek effort put in by Atko in the Champions League has taken its toll.

He looks fine so far though….

GT at 2017-05-06 18:55:49

From which, the big centre forward should have scored with a free header.

Still just one goal in it

GT at 2017-05-06 18:54:39

Llorente was having his shirt pulled close the the halfway line but Atko allowed play to continue.

Swansea end up with a corner kick

64 minutes

GT at 2017-05-06 18:51:54

Everton make their second change with Enner Valencia taking over from Gareth Barry

GT at 2017-05-06 18:50:11

Gueye (Everton) wants a free kick for some contact on him, but it will need to be a stronger challenge than that today.

Atko set his stall out early and has stuck to it throughout.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:47:48

We are two-thirds into this game and it’s so-far-so-good for Swansea as they seek Premier League survival

GT at 2017-05-06 18:43:54

Britton is a very, very lucky man.

He went into that challenge on Gana with excessive force and should have been cautioned.

I love a strong challenge as much as anyone but that was a stand-out yellow card.

Come on Atko…don’t attempt to get through this one without a card by risking your match control or credibility

GT at 2017-05-06 18:41:18

Swansea should be two up as Ayew hits the post with an effort he should have easily tucked away

GT at 2017-05-06 18:39:55

Very, very surprised to see Kevin Mirallas get away with nothing more than a free kick against him as his foot was so high in that challenge, his boot made contact with his opponent’s head.

A caution or a very stern word from Atko would have been more appropriate.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:38:07

Foul by Britton on Davies.

He had a couple of niggles at the Everton man, and Atko deemed enough was enough on the second one.

Good call.


GT at 2017-05-06 18:32:59

Ross Barkley is on for Everton, replacing Calvert-Lewin

That should spice things up a little!!

Atko and his team will be aware of the midfielder’s no-nonsense approach.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:31:39

Here we go for the second half…

Are Swansea heading for safety and preserving their Premier League status, or can Everton get back into this?

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GT at 2017-05-06 18:19:53

In a game full of tension for different reasons – Swansea fear relegation and Everton are chasing a european slot – Atko has been the epitome of calm.

He has remained unrushed throughout that opening half and allowed both sides to compete for the ball.

His approach has paid dividends as we have seen a game of strong yet fair challenges with very few stoppages for fouls.

More of the same in the second half please, referee.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:16:46

Half Time

GT at 2017-05-06 18:16:10

One additional minute to be played…

GT at 2017-05-06 18:15:47

Sigurdsson shows Tom Davies’ lack of experience and draws a foul from him

GT at 2017-05-06 18:11:33

Small foul by Calvert-Lewin.

Free kick only…good call referee

GT at 2017-05-06 18:10:15

Just five minutes of the opening 45 to go, and as it stands Swansea are out of the relegation zone.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:09:28

Another physical challenge goes in – this time by Everton’s Tom Davies – but Atko is happy to allow the game to continue.

Not a single complaint from any player of either side.

This is the type of football challenge people like to see.

Nothing reckless. nothing to endanger the safety of an opponent.

Just good, strong challenges.

GT at 2017-05-06 18:03:44

We have a game on our hands now…Swansea should have gone 2-0 up but the young Everton defender Mason Holgate makes a superb block

29 minutes

GT at 2017-05-06 18:00:26

HUGE call from Atko as he turned down a Swansea penalty appeal, but it mattered not in the end as the home side picked up play and Llorente out-leaps Jagielka to head home a crucial goal


GT at 2017-05-06 17:56:58

Atko gets caught up in play and sets Swansea off on a promising attack.

Unfortunately he was trying to be a little too clever there as he turned his back on active play and anticipated a pass being played….it was, but it was played directly at him!

Note to all match officials – NEVER turn your back on play. Anything could happen!

GT at 2017-05-06 17:54:17

Ki Sung-Yeung tries to buy a free kick but he’s not fooling Atko or assistant referee Steve Child.

Good call officials.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:50:28

Excellent spot by Atko for a sneaky handball against Lukaku

GT at 2017-05-06 17:49:46

Extremely low foul-count in this one.

Credit the players for their attitude and approach, but also the referee for allowing play to continue when less confident and able referees would stop the game.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:44:31

Everton have settled into this game now, and Swansea need to do something to change that if they are to take the spoils and climb out of the bottom three

GT at 2017-05-06 17:40:52

As we wait for Swansea to take a corner kick it’s a good time to note how hard Atko has worked on his physique over the past year.

It was fair to say last year he looked to struggle getting around the field of play at times, but he is now much leaner and fitter looking.

He’ll know that as age creeps up it becomes more difficult to keep off excess weight, so huge credit to him for the work he has obviously put into improving that aspect of his game.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:37:07

5 minutes into the game and there is plenty of endeavour but it lacks quality at the moment.

Atko and his team have settled well though.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:34:06

Good to see Atko prepared to allow a few physical challenges early on.

Football is a contact sport with physical challenges yet too many referees stifle games unnecessarily.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:31:58

It’s a lively start, as expected.

There is too much at stake on this one for it to drift by…

GT at 2017-05-06 17:30:20

Swansea take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2017-05-06 17:25:48

It’s almost time for kick-off in Swansea…

GT at 2017-05-06 17:21:55

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GT at 2017-05-06 17:19:10

As for our officials…

Fresh from his impressive midweek European expedition in the UEFA Champions League Martin Atkinson takes charge of this one.

With the absence of Mark Clattenburg, Atko could stake a claim to be the country’s lead referee now and should use all of his guile and experience in this big game to cement that place.

It has been another busy season for Atko despite the lack of a major international tournament but his increased fitness should prove to be a real bonus for him as he looks to end it strongly.

Lining today are Stuart Burt and Steve Child, both who are usually reliable yet have been the subject of the occasional ‘clanger’ this term.

Special attention will be on both assistants as they need to play their part helping to get their referee to the top of the charts, from where many bonuses can follow.

Patrolling the technical area is Kevin Friend who recently put in what YATR’s Keith Hackett described as “the worst refereeing display in the Premier League this season”.

Kev is usually an understated type of referee who doesn’t go chasing the headlines like some, but he should use today to observe how Atko performs under pressure and take those pointers into his own games.

Swansea boss Clement may need careful handling though as he is clearly aggrieved following last week’s really poor display by referee Neil Swarbrick, which has led to him publicly stating his surprise at having had no communication from Mike Riley or “anyone at all.”

This one will be far-from-easy, and we can expect a few fireworks along the way, but in Atko we have the referee to take control and see the game through to a successful conclusion.

GT at 2017-05-06 17:17:06

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second of today’s live Refcam commentary games today.

Swansea City host Everton in a must-win game for the Welsh side following Sunderland’s win at Hull City this afternoon.

After last week’s excellent result away to Manchester United, Paul Clement will be hopeful of his team taking the spoils in a massive game for them.

With just three games remaining The Swans still sit in the relegation zone, and desperately need to take all three points today if they are to retain their Premier League status next season.

With Everton looking like they may have blown their chances of qualification for the Europa League viewers may have thought this would be a game which saw some of The Toffees’ players playing with one eye already on their summer holidays.

Manager Ronald Koeman will not entertain any such behaviour though, and still believes his side could take that final European competition place.

Following last week’s hiding at the hands of leaders Chelsea the Dutchman will expect his side to bounce back in style.

This one almost qualifies as a ‘derby’ game with the sides not too far apart geographically and the Wales v England angle always adds a little more spice too, but of course the biggest incentive on offer is the chance of three very valuable points.

This is a tough one to call either way, but do let us know who you believe will be triumphant and what you think of the officials by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref