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I don’t suppose we should be too surprised that Wigan referee Paul Tierney will be the man in charge tomorrow when we face Watford at Vicarage Road; this is the third successive season in which he’s refereed a game between the two clubs.

Two seasons ago he was the referee for the very same fixture which we won 2-1 with goals from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork, the winner coming via goal line technology, while last season he was the first Turf Moor referee of the season in the Premier League for our 3-1 defeat against Watford.

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The 2017/18 game was one of four Burnley games he refereed that season but the home game was one of only two occasions he refereed us last season, the other being the 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

Tomorrow will be his 12th Burnley game and it is fair to say he hasn’t impressed us too much with his performances. I think maybe his poor decision to send off Brian Stock at Barnsley in the FA Cup is forgotten but his refusal to award Jeff Hendrick a penalty at Huddersfield two seasons ago is very much not. His performances, to date, see him in 16th place in the 17 referee RATE THE REF Table with a rating of just 49.38 out of 100.

He opened up this season with a game in the Europa League and since then has taken charge of 11 domestic games, nine of them in the Premier League with one in the Championship and one in the League Cup. In those games there have been 37 yellow cards of which 14 have gone to home team players and 23 to away team players.

There have been no red cards and that shouldn’t come as a shock. He sent off Watford’s Miguel Britos in a 2-0 home win against West Brom in April 2017 but since then he’s used his red card just once and that was the dismissal of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Manchester City in their last game of 2018.

Tierney’s most recent game was also at Southampton, their 2-1 loss against Everton. There were two yellow cards in that game for Southampton’s Soufiane Boufal and Djibril Sidibe (Everton).

The fourth official tomorrow is a newcomer to Burnley matches. Australian Jarred Gillett will be on the touchline and he has considerable experience having refereed in the Hyundai A-League, where he won the referee of the year award four years in succession. He’s also refereed league games in Japan, India, China and Saudi Arabia before moving to the Football League in the final weeks of last season.

On VAR duty is Peter Bankes, the one referee who is below Tierney in rate the ref. He’s refereed us twice, the most recent of them being the 0-0 home draw against Ipswich at the beginning of January, 2016.

Match Officials

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant Referees: Daniel Cook & Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett
VAR: Peter Bankes
AVAR: Marc Perry

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
2018/19Manchester Cityh0-120Y: Lowton
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