Newcastle United positive choice of referee named for key Cardiff relegation clash
Looking for any possible Newcastle United positives ahead of Saturday, the match officials have just been announced.
When you hear which referee you have got, it is the rubbish choices such as Mike Dean and Anthony Taylor who come to mind.
The old adage about the best referees being the ones you take little notice of, definitely ringing true.
Thursday brings news that Stuart Attwell will take charge of the Cardiff game on Saturday.
He isn’t one that quickly comes to mind if asked to name Premier League referees but he has certainly done ok by Newcastle United in recent times.
Newcastle are yet to have him this season but the last campaign saw him take charge of four games.
Attwell taking charge of the Newcastle United wins at home against Crystal Palace (1-0) and Stoke (2-1) last season, as well as the 2-1 victory at Leicester City. Representing 25% of Newcastle’s wins last season despite officiating at only 10% of the NUFC games.
The only reverse was the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and I don’t remember any negatives from the referee that day.
All you can hope for is a referee with no negative baggage where NUFC are concerned, so here’s hoping he can make it four wins in five games on Saturday.
Newcastle United official site:
‘Stuart Attwell will be the referee when Newcastle United host Cardiff City in their Premier League encounter on Saturday (kick-off 3pm GMT).
It will be the first time the Nuneaton-born official has been in charge of a game involving the Magpies this season, although the 36-year-old was the man in the middle for four of United’s top flight fixtures last term.
Three of those games ended in victories for Newcastle – with home wins over Stoke City and Crystal Palace before a 2-1 away win at Leicester City in April.
Attwell, who became the youngest ever Premier League referee at 25, has taken charge of a total of 16 fixtures this season across the Premier League, Championship, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and League Two.
In those games, Attwell has issued 53 yellow cards and one red card, sending off Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero in their Carabao Cup loss to Derby County.
Attwell will be assisted by Stephen Child and Neil Davies at St. James’ Park on Saturday, while Martin Atkinson will be the fourth official.’
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