West Ham United v Stoke City


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AH at 2018-04-16 22:04:28

@WHUSTO Thanks for tuning in this evening, join us over the weekend here on RefCam here @youaretheref when we are covering both FA Cup semi-finals.  Manchester United v Tottenham is the first game on Saturday, under the watchful eye of @RefereeHalsey 17:15 KO UK time

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AH at 2018-04-16 21:58:35

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The proverbial game of 2 halves in terms of action items – in my summary I would just like to focus on the quality performance by the refereeing team.  Yes, the team leader Michael Oliver had a great game (when doesn’t he) – but he was superbly supported by Daniel Cook and Stuart Burt who correctly made 3 key offside decisions, ruling out 2 ‘goals’ and allowing the other.  Well done Gents!


AH at 2018-04-16 21:53:03

Yellow CardYellow CardIn a frantic final phase of the game, Ndiaye and Creswell are correctly cautioned and Hernandez correctly has a goal disallowed for an offence by the West Ham scorer Carroll in the build-up.  Did you notice I used the word ‘correctly’ twice in that sentence – sums the game up really from the Referee’s team viewpoint.


AH at 2018-04-16 21:49:10

GOAL! Andy Carroll fires home from the edge of the penalty area and parity is restored


AH at 2018-04-16 21:43:51

Yellow CardKouyate also joins the yellow card club – great to see the referee retaining match control is the final stages of the match.


AH at 2018-04-16 21:41:32

Yellow CardYellow CardMartins Indi is cautioned for his cynical challenge on Herandez, as predicted.  Crouch is cautioned, assumingly for running into the crowd after he had scored, but who can blame his as he has not scored this calendar year!


AH at 2018-04-16 21:38:38

GOAL! Sucker punch as Crouch pounces and the Away Team have the lead.  My praise to Stuart Burt who makes another correct Assistant Referee decision, correctly judging that the goalscorer was not offside as the shot came in.


AH at 2018-04-16 21:32:47

#WHUSTO Just wondering how long it will be before Michael Oliver decides that Stoke City, in particular Cameron, have offended too often and a caution for persistent infringement is issued.


AH at 2018-04-16 21:30:10

Thanks to Gav Scaife @gavsca for his justified praise for the Assistant Referee here @youaretheref


AH at 2018-04-16 21:27:20

#WHUSTOWell here we go – another stellar decision by the same Assistant Referee as Arnautovic steps over the ball and clearly offends – top marks Daniel Cook.  We were discussing this type of incident in the You Are The Ref office this afternoon @youaretheref and there appears to be a directive to ensure a level of consistency in this type of incident


AH at 2018-04-16 21:22:51

#WHUSTO How good can a referee’s positioning get – not much better than Michael Oliver’s could I suggest? How can he have to stand, 10 metres from the ball, and have to wait for the players to come to the ball! Outstanding !


AH at 2018-04-16 21:15:26

So, it’s taken us 54 minutes for the refereeing team to make a key decision and Daniel Cook meets the challenge head-on with an accurate offside flag.  It was close, but Arnautivic’s head was in an offside position when the ball was played forward….

AH at 2018-04-16 21:10:39

@sprodgers59 comments on Twitter about an apparently poor decision at Bramall Lane by Michael Oliver.  Tom, if it is the decision I think you are referring to, should the decision have been given by Michael Assistant on the day ?


AH at 2018-04-16 21:06:45

Same pattern in the first 5 minutes of the second-half, the defences remain on-top …….


AH at 2018-04-16 21:03:08

#WHUSTO The second half underway – will the Away Team go for the win – something for the refereeing team to be mindful of, could I suggest!

Half Time

AH at 2018-04-16 21:00:48

#WHUSTO Thanks to @DanielDav2017 and @Jackson_S_D for your comments on my thoughts re Michael Oliver being the leading referee,  they put it down to confidence – who am I to disagree. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us here @youaretheref


AH at 2018-04-16 20:56:37

So, what is said in the Match Officials dressing room in the Premier League at half-time?  Well today, not much discussion regarding the game – the Assistants may well exchange information regarding the patterns being adopted by the respective defensive lines, but apart from that – very little.


AH at 2018-04-16 20:49:11

Half Time

#WHUSTO Well, the football is not the best, but the refereeing is of the highest order – what do you think – let us know by tweeting us here @youaretheref


AH at 2018-04-16 20:46:09

1 minute remaining in the first-half


AH at 2018-04-16 20:42:49

Kayoute and Pieters shake hands following a penal office by the former, is this really the blood and guts of The Premier League?


AH at 2018-04-16 20:39:52

Just 5 minutes to go to half-time and I cannot recall one poor decision from any of the match officials – keep it going for the 2nd half Gents.


AH at 2018-04-16 20:36:53

Good to see both sides pushing forward in search of the first goal! Entertaining play – the refereeing team will be delighted by this as well


AH at 2018-04-16 20:30:24

Michael Oliver – calmness personified – an object lesson in how to manage with minimum fuss and maximum impact


AH at 2018-04-16 20:23:03

#WHUSTO Look how calmly Michael Oliver manages the 2 seasoned professionals as they come together in nothing more than a playground spat …..


AH at 2018-04-16 20:17:19

As Bauer is fouled close to the corner-flag, did you notice the referees position – ideal – 10 yards from play with an unobstructed view of proceedings – this could not be better.


AH at 2018-04-16 20:11:54

The game so far has gone a little-flat – we need a goal or some early excitement


AH at 2018-04-16 20:08:31

What’s your opinion on the game so far, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com.



AH at 2018-04-16 20:05:10

2 shots in target in the first 3 minutes. more of the same please.  If this happens the refereeing team will be delighted as the attention is on the on field action and not on them !


AH at 2018-04-16 19:59:34

#WHUSTO As the game gets underway, for you young aspiring referees tuning in to watch the game, just keep an eye on Michael’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.


AH at 2018-04-16 19:57:43

#WHUSTO Michael Oliver is in charge for this game, Stuart Burt and Daniel Cook provide the on the field support, Craig Pawson  has the 4th official duties. In my opinion, Michael is the best referee operating in the Premier League on current form ….


AH at 2018-04-16 19:52:10

On the flip-side, a win for West Ham should see then safe on 37 points ……


AH at 2018-04-16 19:50:13

#WHUSTO There can be little doubt that we are into the ‘business end’ of the season, a game which is of massive importance to both teams. especially Stoke City who could find themselves in deep trouble should the result not go there way this evening.


AH at 2018-04-16 19:46:55

Welcome to our 9th, yes 9th Refcam game over the last 3 days …..


AH at 2018-04-16 19:36:03

Welcome – our RefCam coverage will start at 19:45 UK time ……….