The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of Aston Villa’s upcoming fixture against Millwall.
Steve Bruce’s side travel to Millwall on Sunday, May 6 for the game at The Den and the match commences at 12.30pm.
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox and Matthew McGrath
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin
We now turn to Vital Villa’s resident refereeing expert sirdennis for his unique insight into the appointed Official.
“Tim Robinson, didn’t he used to be in a band?
Anyway, I digress. Due to my diligent and exhaustive research, I can tell you we have had this bloke 3 times this season which were the losses at Cardiff and at home to QPR and the home win v Notts Forest.
What I do know is that he gave a dreadful performance at Cardiff (mind you so did we) and a repeat of that level of incompetence on Sunday will give a big advantage to Millwall who do play in a similar way to Cardiff. I hope he lays the law down because the last thing we need is a key player being injured by a bad tackle so I will be watching the buffoons performance closely.
As a footnote I am very much on edge about the choice of ref for the Play-Offs, I have a nasty feeling they may wheel out a premiership referee, which fills me with dread.”
As sirdennis rightly points out, he’s overseen Aston Villa games against Cardiff, Forest and most recently QPR. We have only picked up three points when he’s been in charge and he did show eight yellow cards across those matches – three of those yellows came in our direction.
Having been in charge for a total of 45 games in 2017/18 he’s shown a whopping 145 yellows and eleven reds.
With three points from nine under this man, we already know it’ll be a battle against Neil Harris’ over-performing boys but we will be looking to end the regular season on a high.
We shouldn’t treat it as a dead rubber but it’s the Play-Off games that take precedence so whether we give a few youngsters a run out (difficult now with the Under 23’s being on the cusp of a double success themselves) we certainly shouldn’t be looking to take any risks with players.