Swansea v Watford


Full Time

RCT at 2016-01-18 22:55:56

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Full Time

RCT at 2016-01-18 22:54:26

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Well, that was one for the purist, just 4 shots on target all game, but fascinating nevertheless. An object lesson in calm and collected match control by a referee who used his cautions wisely to gain and retain match control.  Michael’s fitness, positioning and movement are key attributes, and he also reads the game well.  As we predicted pre-match, this type of game suited his style of refereeing.


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:52:43

Yellow Cardgood pro-active, caution for Sigurdsson for delaying the restart, and rightly so.



RCT at 2016-01-18 22:49:55

Could Watford pinch an equaliser in the 3 minutes time added – it’s now or never and they have perhaps deserved something from the game.


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:45:30

Watford appeal for a penalty as Williams grapples in the penalty area – not for me – excellent placement helped to ‘sell’ the confident decision.


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:43:41

Good ficus by Steve Childs, nothing happens all game and 2 offsides within the space of 2 minutes ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:38:55

I have little doubt that the match officials will be talking down the comms kits “keep focused, keep going ….” – it’s a world apart from the local park, but the concentration levels needed are the same ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:37:25

Great refereeing again – most would have reached for the yellow card, but Michael just recognised that as a careless challenge and not a reckless one, yet still having the man-management skills to warn the player about further misconduct


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:34:48

15 to go – here we go boys, here’s where the quality referees come into their own, nailing the game from here with an increase in awareness, focus and concentration


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:32:15

Praise indeed from the host broadcaster, describing Michael Oliver’s position as “ideal”, very shrewd of you Mr Pundit


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:30:55

20 to go, the longer this stays at 1-0, the tension will increase – an equaling goal will mean Swansea will push in again, a second Swansea goal will kill the game ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:23:31

Yellow CardThe first yellow card of the evening to the Home Team, and a wry smile from the recipient Britton, as if to say, I deserved that Ref ….



RCT at 2016-01-18 22:21:51

Good refereeing again – the referee just waited to see if any advantage would accrue following the penal offence, and then halted play when it didn’t …


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:19:11

60 minutes gone and the intensity and speed of the game continues, as does the ideal level of intervention by Michael Oliver  – no threat at all to his match control ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:15:33

More exemplary movement, this time his fitness takes him to the edge of the ‘D’ as Swansea break swiftly ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:13:26

Watford’s increased drive forward may just open up the gaps for counter-attacks, let’s see what unfolds …


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:11:26

Watford had to change things and I detect a more attacking intent – time for the refereeing team to increase their awareness and perhaps their involvement if required


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:07:53

Steven Child’s turn to make a solid offside decision ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 22:05:03

Here we go for part two ….

RCT at 2016-01-18 22:04:32

Half Time

That is so out of character for Anthony Taylor this season …

Half Time

RCT at 2016-01-18 22:03:27

Half Time

Visit our web-site for a sneak preview of this week’s RefShow, which features Anthony Taylor’s unfortunate lack of focus at Hillsborough over the weekend

RCT at 2016-01-18 21:55:07

Half Time

Whilst waiting for the game to restart, our latest contribution from Kim Miton Nielson is certainly worth a read at http://you-are-the-ref.com/kim-milton-nielsen-worklife-balance-and-the-eternal-appeal-of-the-fa-cup/

Half Time

RCT at 2016-01-18 21:53:38

Half Time

So far, so good – but it’s no time for complacency, which I am sure will not happen when the 2nd half gets underway.

Half Time

RCT at 2016-01-18 21:50:49

Half Time

Calm, collected, confident (and several other compliments beginning with ‘C’ no doubt), a faultless first-half from Michael Oliver,


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:46:40

That’s the first shot on target for Watford, surely they will change tactics at half-time


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:42:31

This is very clever refereeing by Michael Oliver, he is increasing his profile to ‘kill the game’ for 5 minutes in the run up to half-time, great game management, showing his experience and maturity.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:38:59

That’s the first ‘blip’ of the evening, was there enough in that challenge for Jake Collin to award a free-kick.  We think no, and had Jake moved away from the incident, he would have been able to make a judgement.  A simple movement 3-5 meters along the touchline would have done the trick.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:35:34

Yellow CardCommendable refereeing again, this time to Nyom, again fully justified, and I admired the way that the referee gave himself thinking time before issuing the card


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:31:20

Goals, and the like, can be ‘trigger points’ for changes in patterns and an increase in the game’s temperature, let’s see what unfolds ….


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:29:07

GOAL!Ashley Williams opening the scoring for the Home Team – and they have deserved it



RCT at 2016-01-18 21:26:19

Just monitoring that passage of play before the caution which had 8 aerial challenges in a row and the referee was excellently placed, side-on 10-15 metres from the incident, to judge every one.  A further example of ‘text-book’ refereeing.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:24:23

Yellow CardJurado is reckless and Michael Oliver intervenes with his first key decision pf the game, and a correct one


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:19:14

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RCT at 2016-01-18 21:17:33

Jake Collin continues to be the ‘busiest’ of the 4 officials, all the play seems to be coming his way and the 3 offside calls have been spot-on.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:15:51

The cat and mouse tactical game continues, it’s all very technical and patterns of play, that won’t worry the match officials one bit – and as predicted post-match, Michael Oliver is just letting them play by keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:11:42

a second solid flag from Jake Collin – not the hardest offside decision he will give all season, but correct nevertheless.


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:08:37

I would love to have a GPS tracker on the referee tonight, his positioning and movement are ‘text-book’ and you will never see him poorly placed for a key decision


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:05:51

I think this fast-flowing technical game will suit Michael Oliver’s style of refereeing – he will let them play …..


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:04:29

Good early call from Jake Collin – Routledge had strayed offside – it’s always good to get your first decision in to settle the nerves …


RCT at 2016-01-18 21:01:25

Michael continues to perform at a consistently high level and we wish him and his team for this fixture.  Swansea will be keen to impress their new head coach Franceso Guidolin, Watford are looking for the points to climb closer to the top half of the table

RCT at 2016-01-18 20:57:31

The team of match officials this afternoon are referee Michael Oliver, Steve Child will operate on the technical area line, with Jake Collin on the other line.  Fourth Official duties lie with Neil Swarbrick

RCT at 2016-01-18 20:52:50

Whilst waiting for the game, our latest contribution from Kim Miton Nielson is certainly worth a read at http://you-are-the-ref.com/kim-milton-nielsen-worklife-balance-and-the-eternal-appeal-of-the-fa-cup/


RCT at 2016-01-18 20:48:58

Kyle Naughton is available fro Swansea City having had his red card overturned on appeal, correctly so as Graham Scott’s decision to dismiss him for his ‘offence’ against Sunderland last week was, without question, incorrect.

RCT at 2016-01-18 20:43:10

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RCT at 2016-01-18 20:42:44

What did you make of the decision at Stamford Bridge when John Terry’s “goal” was allowed when he was clearly offside. It was a very uncharacteristic mistake by Mike Mullarjkey on the line, or was the call made by Mike Jones.


RCT at 2016-01-18 20:39:38

Well, it’s not been the best weekend for the professional game referees – the ‘interesting’ situation at Hillsborough in the Yorkshire Derby is the subject of Keith Hackett’s blog at http://you-are-the-ref.com/hacketts-blog-yorkshire-derby-controversy/ and we will be discussing this at length tomorrow on the RefShow


RCT at 2016-01-18 20:31:47

Welcome to our coverage if this evenings Premier League game between Swansea City and Watford from the Liberty Stadium