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Referee Watch – Darren Drysdale

Barring any late changes, Darren Drysdale of Lincolnshire will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Barnsley at St Andrews on Saturday. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Drysdale has officiated in seven games so far this season, showing twenty-eight yellow cards and no reds. Of those seven games, two have been in the Championship where he has shown ten yellows. Last season, Mr Drysdale officiated in forty-three games, handing out one hundred cautions and sending off five players. Of those games thirteen were in the Championship and in those matches Mr Drysdale issued 29 yellow cards and two reds.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last Blues game that Mr Drysdale was in charge of was the 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on February 7 of this year.  In that game Mr Drysdale showed just one yellow card, to Benjani Mwaruwari of Portsmouth for unsporting behaviour. In my match report I didn’t mention Mr Drysdale which I take to be a positive.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game at this level that was refereed by Mr Drysdale was the match between Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening. Mr Drysdale was a controversial figure in the match, booking seven players (Neuton, Daniel Pudil, Marco Cassetti and Nyron Nosworthy of Watford and Ashley Barnes, Liam Bridcutt and Stephen Dobbie of Brighton), and awarding a pen to the away side whilst denying the Hornets two. Mr Drysdale understandably drew some criticism from the Watford Observer whilst the Brighton Argus strangely doesn’t mention him.

All stats from Soccerbase.

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