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Burnley’s home game tomorrow against Manchester City will be refereed by Paul Tierney from Wigan whose last game was our first home game of the season against Watford.

Tierney actually refereed consecutive league games on the Turf. He was in charge of the final game of last season against Bournemouth and then got the Watford game and tomorrow will be his 11th Burnley game in total and his seventh in the Premier League.

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If you look for him on the RATE THE REF Table you will be best advised to start at the bottom. His 49.44 out of 100 score means he’s the only referee below fifty and he holds the lowest overall rating for three of the four disciplines with only Jon Moss having a lower score for fitness and positioning.

We’ve seen a number of poor performances from him with the worst probably both coming in Yorkshire. He got the wrong man on a yellow card in his first Burnley game at Barnsley in the FA Cup which ultimately led to Brian Stock wrongly being sent off and I don’t think anyone has quite got over him deciding there had been no contact when Jeff Hendrick was taken out by the goalkeeper at Huddersfield last year; Tierney opted to shout ‘no contact’ several times when the whole ground could see it was a penalty.

This season he’s refereed 29 games in total which have seen him show 93 yellow cards and just the one red card. Of those yellows, 44 have gone to home team players and 49 to away team players. The only player he’s sent off this season is Southampton’s in their 3-1 home defeat against tomorrow’s opponents Manchester City.

He’s not a prolific carder although he has his moments, none more so than when nine players were shown yellow in Arsenal’s 1-0 home win against Huddersfield in December. It was more Tierney like last week when he yellow carded just Idrissa Gueye and Scott McTominay in Everton’s 4-0 home win against Manchester United.

Whatever happens tomorrow, he’ll still be bottom of that table, but it is about time we actually saw a decent performance from this referee.

We’ve also got Eddie Smart running the line too. He’s the assistant referee who failed to see the ball go out of play and David Silva come back onto the pitch in our defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad, admitting he’d switched off. Smart was also the assistant in the spotlight when Cardiff conceded that offside goal recently against Chelsea.

The other assistant referee tomorrow is Adrian Holmes and the fourth official is Craig Pawson whose last Burnley game was February’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Previous Burnley Games – Paul Tierney

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Barnsleya0-141Y: Stock, Marney R: Stock
2013/14Prestonh2-030Y: Trippier, Shackell
2015/16Charltonh4-000
2016/17Hullh1-120Y: Mee, Arfield
2016/17Southamptonh1-030Y: Marney
2017/18Leicestera0-120Y: Bardsley, Mee
2017/18Huddersfielda0-030Y: Mee
2017/18Watforda2-140Y: NKoudou, Lowton
2017/18Bournemouthh1-200
2018/19Watfordh1-330Y: Ward
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