Salisbury in charge of Watford visit - Referee
Wednesday, 18th Nov 2020 12:48 by Clive Whittingham
A second QPR appointment of the season, and eighth Championship career game, for Michael Salisbury at QPR v Watford this weekend.
Referee >>> Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)
Assistants >>> Richard Wild (Rochdale) and Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk)
Fourth Official >>> George Byrne (Suffolk)
Those subs reinvigorated Rangers to a certain extent, but the second half was mostly rather scrappy and lifeless - a procession of misplaced passes, endless free kicks from a rather pernickety referee, and throw ins or all shapes and sizes. Paterson was booked for taking out Osayi-Samuel, and Luongo for cracking into Chair high and late, but both would probably point to an earlier foul by Chair himself as worthy of greater punishment. That was one of four free kicks QPR conceded in little more than 90 seconds, and it quickly descended into exactly that sort of game. A nil nil in all but name. Wednesday rarely troubled as long as Tom Lees was still in the middle of their back three – dominating Dykes and clearing strongly at his near post whenever Rangers did attempt to get dangerous service in from wide.
Sheff Wed: Dawson 6; Shaw – (Palmer 5, 5 (Odubajo 46, 6)), Lees 7, Van Aken 5; Harris 5, Luongo 6, Bannan 7, Reach 6, Dele-Bashiru 6 (Pelupessy 69, 5); Windass 5, Paterson 6
Subs not used: Rhodes, Wildsmith, Kachunga, Waldock
Goals: Barbet own goal 54 (assisted Reach)
Bookings: Paterson 52 (foul), Luongo 63 (foul)
QPR: Dieng 7; Kakay 6, Dickie 7, Barbet 5, Wallace 5; Cameron 6, Carroll 5 (Bonne 64, 7); Osayi-Samuel 6, Amos 5 (Ball 73, 6), Chair 5; Dykes 5
Subs not used: Kane, Bettache, Hamalainen, Kelly, Smyth
Goals: Bonne 90+6 (assisted Barbet)
Bookings: Barbet 77 (foul)
Referee – Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) 5 A poor game for the neutrals not helped by the difficult conditions and a pernickety, fussy, over-involved performance from the referee. Twenty four free kicks to go with a dozen corners – the ball was out of play more than it was in.
Salisbury stepped up from the National League list at the end of the 2015/16 season and made his Championship debut last year with two appointments in our league. Strangely they were both at Reading – a 3-0 victory over Derby in which Scott Malone was sent off after four minutes conceding a penalty, and ten players had been yellow carded by the end. He did Reading 1-1 Stoke in lockdown and finished the campaign with the League Two play-off final between Exeter and Northampton which finished with three yellows and a red. Overall his yellow card total was low – 79 in 29 – but ten reds, under one in three games, is high.
So far this season he’s shown 20 yellows and one red in seven games. Three of those games, four of those yellows and the red have come in the Championship. This is only the eighth Championship game he’s had in his career so far.
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