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“No contact,” referee Paul Tierney repeatedly shouted at Huddersfield when Jeff Hendrick was hauled down by the goalkeeper. Yet again there was no penalty given to Burnley but for Tierney, who clearly thought Hendrick had not been fouled, there was no punishment for him going down untouched.

It was another poor decision in yet another poor performance from this particular referee although it was probably, all round, not quite as bad a game as he’d had at Leicester a few weeks earlier.

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Tomorrow will be his eighth Burnley game and I’ve been far from impressed in all of the previous seven. It is no surprise to me that he’s bottom of RATE THE REF with a rating of 47.72 out of 100. I think he’s the worst of the select group officials by some distance.

Maybe we’ve been unlucky and found him on a bad day. If that’s the case, thank goodness VAR isn’t in use at Vicarage Road tomorrow. Tierney was the referee who turned it into pure farce in the FA Cup replay between Spurs and Rochdale at Wembley recently.

The one saving grace with Tierney is the fact that he doesn’t over use his cards. On 4th April 2017 he sent off Watford’s Miguel Britos in a 2-0 home win against West Brom; he hasn’t sent off a player since. This season in 27 games he’s shown 69 yellow cards of which 32 have gone to home team players and 37 to away team players. There were no cards at all in his last game between Everton and Manchester City last Saturday.

Here’s hoping tomorrow that we finally get to see why Paul Tierney is a select group referee.

The assistant referees are Richard West (East Riding) and Nick Hopton (Derbyshire). The fourth official is Football League referee Tim Robinson (Bognor Regis) whose only Burnley game to date saw him turn in a disastrous performance in our 2-0 win against Rotherham in February 2016.

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
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