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Referee Watch – Keith Stroud

Barring any late changes Keith Stroud of Hampshire  will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Watford at Vicarage Road tomorrow. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance (2011/2)

Keith Stroud was in charge of thirty-nine games last season, showing one hundred and thirty-one yellow cards and six reds. In the Championship, he took charge of fifteen games, showing fifty yellow cards and one red. As I reported in my previous preview on this ref, the solitary red card he handed out in the Championship last season was to Lee Tomlin of Peterborough for a professional foul. Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony was incensed by Stroud’s performance in this game; something the Peterborough Evening Telegraph agreed with in awarding Stroud a 4. The York Press report was much shorter and made no mention of the ref.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last Blues game Mr Stroud refereed was the 2-2 draw between Birmingham City and Bristol City at St Andrews, of which my report is here. I didn’t mention the ref in that match reflections which means I didn’t notice him particularly – which to me is a positive sign that Mr Stroud is a good ref.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last Championship game Mr Stroud refereed was the aforementioned Blues game; the last game he has been in the middle for was the League One match between Swindon Town and Crawley Town  on Tuesday, which finished 3-0 to the hosts. In that game Mr Stroud showed yellow cards to Aden Flint of Swindon Town and to Kyle McFadzean of Crawley Town. Mr Stroud wasn’t mentoined in either the Swindon Advertiser‘s report nor the Crawley Observer‘s report – another positive indicator.

All stats taken from Soccerbase

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