Atkinson is in the middle tonight at West Ham
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 21st February 2011
Burnley travel to West Ham tonight for an FA Cup fifth round tie and the referee for the game is Martin Atkinson who refereed three of our away Premier League games last season against Wolves, Bolton and Hull.
Over at Hull it was Iain Dowie who was upset at some of the crucial decisions but the television cameras were able to sort those out and show he'd got them all correct.
This season Atkinson has refereed 23 domestic games and there have been 75 yellow cards and 8 red cards in those games. Of those yellow cards, 30 have gone to home team players and 45 to away team players.
All eight players sent off have been in Premier League games although there has been only one since November, that of Jermain Defoe in Tottenham's 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Last time out for Atkinson was on Saturday 5th February and Manchester City's 3-0 win against West Brom, the game that saw an end to Roberto Di Matteo's management of West Brom. There were three yellow cards in the game; they were Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) and both James Morrison and Steven Reid (West Brom).
The assistant referees tonight are Mike Mullarkey (Devon) and Mike Cairns (Somerset) and the fourth official is Premier League referee Phil Dowd (Stoke).
Previous Burnley games:
Burnley players carded