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Referee Watch – David Phillips

Barring any late changes, David Phillips of West Sussex will be in the middle for Blues’ Championship game against Blackpool at St Andrews today. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Phillips has been in charge of twenty-six games this season, showing ninety-seven yellow cards and seven reds. Of those games, only two have been in the Championship and in those games Mr Phillips has given out nine cautions. In five years of being a Football League referee, Mr Phillips has only taken charge of twenty-two games at Championship level.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last game involving Blues that Mr Phillips took charge of was the 1-1 draw between Blues and Barnsley back in September 2011. On that day Mr Phillips handed out bookings to Curtis Davies and David Murphy of Blues and to Andy Gray of Barnsley. Unfortunately, I didn’t have reason to be complimentary of Mr Phillips in that game and indeed my match reflections for that game started off with me slating him.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game at this level refereed by Mr Phillips was the game between Crystal Palace and Wolves on New Year’s Day which finished 3-1 to the Londoners. In that game Mr Phillips showed six yellow cards – to Kagisho Digkacoi and Glenn Murray of Palace and to Richard Stearman, Roger Johnson, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Jamie O’Hara of Wolves. Neither the Croydon Advertiser nor the Birmingham Mail mentioned Mr Phillips performance which may be a positive sign.

All stats from Soccerbase

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