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Anthony Taylor, who didn’t referee a single Burnley game last season, is at Turf Moor for the third time this season for tomorrow’s game against Southampton.

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He’d had some pretty dismal games refereeing us, none more so than the defeat at Swansea almost two years ago. That was the day he awarded us a penalty for a Sam Vokes handball and then allowed a Swansea winner right on time when Fernando Llorente was clearly fouling Ben Mee.

This season, his performances have been fine, that is for the Burnley games. It appears not so much so when he was in charge of the game between Everton and Bournemouth three weeks ago. Everton boss Marco Silva was very unhappy at his team picking up five yellow cards while Bournemouth didn’t register one. Eddie Howe was also unhappy and felt they had players lucky to stay on the pitch.

On the subject of yellow cards, in 25 domestic games this season, he has issued 81 yellow cards and just two red cards. Of those yellows, 47 have gone to home team players and 34 to away team players. The two red cards came in the same game, Sheffield United’s 3-0 home win against Blackburn when he sent off Chris Basham of the Blades and then Blackburn’s Richard Smallwood.

His last game was last Saturday’s FA Cup tie between Wimbledon and West Ham which Wimbledon won 4-2. The only two yellow cards went to West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks

The assistant referees tomorrow are Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. The fourth official, as was the case against Manchester United three days ago, is Martin Atkinson.

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Leicesterh0-130Y: Mee, Ings, Wallace
2016/17Leicestera0-310Y: Lowton
2016/17Crystal Palaceh3-230Y: Marney
2016/17Swanseaa2-340Y: Ward, Mee
2018/19Bournemouthh4-020Y: Lowton, Westwood
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