West Brom v Stoke City


Full Time

AH at 2017-08-27 15:24:33

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AH at 2017-08-27 15:23:12

#WBASTO During the game I called for Anthony Taylor to display “calm authority”, and he certainly delivered – a very commendable performance.

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AH at 2017-08-27 15:22:02

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Honours even at the Hawthorns.

So how would you rate the referee’s performance on this game? Perhaps to the untrained eye he had “nothing to do”, but did he have nothing to do because of the accuracy of his penal offence and the consistency of his cautions, which meant that the players trusted him to make the correct decisions, which in turn meant that his match control was never in doubt.  If you give the players nothing to complain, then by and large they won’t complain.


AH at 2017-08-27 15:18:20

4 minutes to add – keep the focus gents …….


AH at 2017-08-27 15:15:13

Yellow CardJoe Allen becomes number 4 in the book today, once again totally justified and proving a very consistent interpretation by a referee very much on top of his game.



AH at 2017-08-27 15:13:04

Yellow CardRondon’s challenge in the centre-circle is reckless and once again no complaints from the recipient of the 3rd justified yellow card of the afternoon.



AH at 2017-08-27 15:10:38

Antony Taylor once again well positioned to detect 2 Stoke City players collided with each other and play is correctly allowed to continue ……


AH at 2017-08-27 15:07:32

GOAL! Well, where did that come from – an equaliser by Stoke’s veteran striker Peter Crouch and we are back at parity. Once again, time for the refereeing team to refocus for the final 10 minutes or so, one poor decision, especially a Key Match Incident, can undo all the good work put in since kick-off……


AH at 2017-08-27 14:59:04

20 minutes to go – let’s see if the refereeing team can maintain the standards of the first 70 – can’t see why not ….


AH at 2017-08-27 14:54:31

#WBASTO Great refereeing – Shawcross offends (where have we heard that before!) and the referee delays before awarding the free-kick, waiting for any possible advantage to accrue.  From the resulting free-kick, the Home Team almost double their lead.  A very good example of the referee contributing to the flow of the game.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:49:12

GOAL!Hah – a breakthrough at last – Rodriguez stoops to concur and the Baggies have the lead.  Now we have “game on”, time for the refereeing team to refocus and see the game safely home.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:42:13

Yellow CardAnthony Taylor takes the opportunity presented to him by Rodriguez’s reckless challenge – the expected yellow card is forthcoming – a good early caution early in the 2nd half cements the referees’ match control.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:37:07

Ho-hum, from a neutral spectator’s point of view, to coin a phrase, “this needs a goal”.  From a referee’s viewpoint, more of the same please – let’s have a low profile game, managed with quiet authority.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:31:52

As the second half gets underway, for you young aspiring referees tuning in to watch the game, just keep an eye on Anthony’s movement around the field of play and watch how he always seems to be well positioned through a combination of a high level of fitness and an uncanny ability to read the game.

Half Time

AH at 2017-08-27 14:26:04

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AH at 2017-08-27 14:24:00

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Half Time

AH at 2017-08-27 14:20:43

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Not much to report here at the Hawthorns, @RedSteva has summed it up well on Twitter – “An excellent first half performance by Anthony Taylor – he has made refereeing look easy in the first half!”- I couldn’t agree more.  We welcome your comments on this, and any other refereeing talking points, tweet us @youaretheref, it will be great to hear from you.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:15:55

Just 1 added minute in the first-half, no surprise there ……


AH at 2017-08-27 14:09:41

Anthony Taylor continues to impress with 5 minutes remaining  in the first half, have you also noticed how each and every decision is given from a credible position, leading to accuracy and therefore gaining the respect of the players ….


AH at 2017-08-27 14:05:54

Yellow CardPieters challenge is not so much late – it’s in the second half almost  No complaints from the offender as the referee raises his profile at exactly the right time.


AH at 2017-08-27 14:02:26

15 minute to go in the first half and there has been very little so far to set the pulses racing, not that the refereeing team will mind at all.  Meanwhile Nyom offends and bizarrely, protests his innocence – the penal offence count is beginning to rise.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:58:32

The ‘phantom whistler’ strikes at The Hawthorns as, comically almost, the players stop on hearing a whistle, but it was not the referees.  Everyone is surprised, an incident which brings a wry smile from Mark Hughes in the technical area, who sees the funny side – well done Mark.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:52:56

A quarter of the game on and all is well, so far, for the refereeing team – contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com if you agree, or otherwise?


AH at 2017-08-27 13:49:53

#WBASTO – A typical playground squabble ensues over the throw-in at the half-way line, causing consternation in both technical areas.  Anthony Taylor, calmness personified, simply awards a throw-in to the Home Team (never a bad call in this situation) and away we go …


AH at 2017-08-27 13:46:15

#WBASTO West Brom have 11 guys on the field of play who many commentator’s would define as being “big units” – the intention of Tony Pullis’ team is clear.  Stoke need to match them physicality and the refereeing team need to be aware of the likely style of play – not too much ticker tacker on display this afternoon !


AH at 2017-08-27 13:41:16

#WBASTO Chopupo-Moting, cutting into the penalty area, is clearly seeking the foul as he makes a considered effort to fall over Brunt’s leg – ‘play on’ is the call – 100% correct – more commendable refereeing.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:36:56

Did you notice Anthony Taylor’s position for that first Home team corner from his side?  He unusually positioned himself off the field of play near post, and guess where the ball was played – great start for a referee who had clearly done his homework.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:33:36

#WBASTO my prediction is that this will not be one for the purist, but it will certainly be a challenge for Anthony Taylor and his team


AH at 2017-08-27 13:31:34

We are underway at the Hawthorns ….


AH at 2017-08-27 13:29:30

Anthony Taylor, Mr Consistency is my book, takes charge today – Gary Beswick and Lee Betts are his wingmen – Kevin Friend (for reasons best known to the PGMO), has a second successive day as 4th official. Mind you, there is no love lost between Pullis and Hughes, so the technical area could be as lively as MacGregor v Mayweather last night.  Well perhaps not – but Kevin Friend will need to be alert this afternoon.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:21:43

#WBASTO  Messer’s Shearer and Crooks have had their say, and I understand their emotion, but the law in this context is black and white and Mike Dean had no choice.  Or did he? Where does COMMOM SENSE and EMPATHY WITH THE GAME we all love come into play – should the match officials be taking this into consideration? At all levels of the game, the spirit of the law could and should be taken into account when making key decisions, but, strictly speaking, the referee had no option here.    Of course, the overriding question here is “is the law correct?”.  We could go into that, but that’s a question for IFAB …….”


AH at 2017-08-27 13:19:43

#WBASTO Many talking points from yesterday’s games, no more so than the dismissal of Raheem Sterling for a second caution.  What is not is question is that Sterling’s first caution for a petulant challenge earlier in the game was totally justified, what also is not in question is that by the letter of the law, Sterling’s actions in the closing stages warrant a second yellow card, and therefore the subsequent red.  Take away the time of the incident (97th minute) and any other factors which have been referenced in the various discussions (was there a free-kick in the run up to the goal?), these are spurious in our discussions here.  What we need to determine is where does the spirit of the law take over from the letter of the law?

Pre Match

AH at 2017-08-27 13:17:25

Our second match today will be the high profile Liverpool v Arsenal from Anfield, kick-off at 4pm, but in the meantime, sit back and enjoy this game which will be a hard fought contest.


AH at 2017-08-27 13:10:36

Welcome to the Hawthorns for the first of today’s RefCam games as Stoke City are the visitors to take on West Brom