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Referee Watch – Gary Sutton

Barring any late changes Gary Sutton of Lincoln will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Charlton Athletic at St Andrews tomorrow. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance (2011/12)

Gary Sutton was in charge of thirty-seven games last year, and in that time he showed one hundred and four yellow cards and nine reds. He took charge of eight games in the Championship, showing twenty-five yellows and three reds in that time. Two of those reds came in the game between Coventry and Middlesbrough at the Ricoh in January 2012, which Coventry won 3-1. The BBC report for the game says that whilst Arca deserved to go, Thomson was a little unfortunate to receive his marching orders –  which is probably one of the reasons that he drew criticism from Tony Mowbray at the time.

Last Blues Game Refereed

Mr Sutton has not been in the middle for a Birmingham City game before.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game Mr Sutton refereed at this level was the 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace by Southampton at Selhurst Park in April 2012, in which he showed one yellow card. The referee isn’t mentioned in the BBC report for the game, nor the Croydon Advertiser (the local newspaper for Crystal Palace) which I take to be a positive sign. I’ve not been able to find a match report in the Southampton Daily Echo to get their take on Mr Sutton’s performance.

All stats are taken from Soccerbase

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