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Kavanagh gets Wednesday gig again - Referee
Thursday, 10th Aug 2017 08:23 by Clive Whittingham

QPR have the same referee for this Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday as they did for the same fixture last season, which is terribly exciting.

Referee >>> Chris Kavanagh (Manchester), fourth full season on the league list, refereed Rangers’ 1-0 defeat at Hillsborough last season.

Assistants >>> Lee Betts (Norfolk) and Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands), yes that Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official >>> Robert Jones (Merseyside)


Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0, Saturday October 22, 2016, Championship

QPR, unbeaten in five prior to kick off, will feel they could and should have taken something from it. Rangers had the ball in the net before half time through Conor Washington but he’d been penalised as the cross came over for a push before he headed into the net. Referee Chris Kavanagh was hot (or, put another way, pedantic) on upper body contact throughout the the game, which proved to be bad news for Seb Polter when he came on in the second half and was penalised every time he got within 20 yards of the ball.

The forced selection of young Nico Hamalainen at left back bore no ill-results as the American Fin turned in a steady, solid, unpanicked performance. Certainly you’d never have picked him out as a player without a senior start to his name at this level. He was booked late on for pulling back his man close to the byline though – earlier Onuoha, Gladwin and Borysiuk had both been rightly carded for bad tackles, and Pudil saw yellow for yelling at the linesman and booting the ball away in disgust at one decision.

Sheff Wed: Dawson 6; Hunt 6 (Palmer 70, 6), Lees 6, Hutchinson 7, Pudil 6; Bannan 7, Jones 6, Lee 7 (Wallace 87, -), Reach 6; Forestieri 5, Hooper 6 (Fletcher 74, 6)

Subs not used: Kean, Loovens, Nuhui, Buckley

Goals: Hooper 40 (assisted Jones)

Bookings: Pudil 77 (dissent)

QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 6, Onuoha 6, Caulker 6, Hamalainen 6; Borysiuk 7 (Shodipo 80, 7); Gladwin 5 (Wszolek 74, 6), Luongo 6, Chery 6, Washington 6; Sylla 6 (Polter 64, 5)

Subs not used: Ingram, El Khayati, Kakay, Henry

Bookings: Borysiuk 13 (foul), Gladwin 17 (foul), Onuoha 85 (foul), Hamalainen 90+1 (foul)

Referee – Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) 6 Rather pedantic, particularly with any sort of upper body contact – shoulders, leaning, flailing arms, all immediately punished for pushing when really it was nothing of the sort. Five bookings all spot on and no major decisions wrong though.

Wigan 0 QPR 1, Saturday August 27, 2016, Championship

The second half was much better, but it simply had to be. Three minutes after the restart Rangers took the lead with a lovely finish from Onuoha. Our ability to score from open play should have been apparent to Wigan if they’d done any homework, but they gave a needless free kick away and following a poor clearance, our captain smashed in what turned out to be the winner.

Following the goal it seemed like only a matter of time before a second would follow and the points secured. The referee had seen how many penalties we’ve been awarded this season and waved away pretty valid claims after Polter was shoved over by Jake Buxton. The second goal didn’t arrive and as the half progressed the home side came back into the game and we started to back off. Half chances started to arrive for Wigan and from one of these Smithies made a fine save- the only save of the game for both teams. So yet another game where we didn’t test their keeper, bar the goal. Our approach play was often easy on the eye but we simply don’t get enough bodies forward to support the ever hard working Polter.

Wigan: Bogdan N/A; Power 6; Morgan 5; Buxton 5; Warnock 6; Garbutt 6 (Davies 81); Gilbey 5 (Gomez 68); Macdonald (Wildschut 54); Powell 6; Jacobs 5; Grigg 5

Subs not used: Flores, Burke, Burn Jääskeläinen

Bookings: Powell 42 (foul), MacDonald 51 (dissent), Jacobs 66 (foul), Morgan 82 (foul)

QPR: Smithies 7; Perch 6; Hall 8, Onuoha 8, Bidwell 7; Henry 6; Luongo 7, Cousins 5, NGkakato 5; Chery 6 (Borysuik 83, -); Polter 6.

Subs not used: Washington, Ingram, El Khayati, Paul, Kakay, Shodipo

Goals: Onuoha 48 (assisted Bidwell)

Bookings: Cousins 13 (foul), Bidwell 38 (foul), Henry 42 (dissent)

Referee - Chris Kavanagh 7 No issues, hardly noticed him. Thought he managed the game well and tried to play the advantage wherever he could. Seemed consistent with bookings and not allowing dissent to go unpunished. Could have awarded us a penalty but we have had our fair share.

Middlesbrough 1 QPR 0, Friday November 20, 2015, Championship

He may have had a goal too, had he not been wrestled to the ground in the area as he honed in on a corner. There were a couple of incidents like that but once Boro realised referee Chris Kavanagh was going to let it go on, they continued safe in the knowledge no spot kicks would be awarded. If only QPR had realised too, this may have finished 0-0 after all given how the match ended.

For all the defensive improvements in the first period they only had an Ale Faurlin free kick, whipped in from a wide area after a foul on Fer by Leadbitter for which he was booked, that Konstantopoulos nervously fisted away to show for it. Faurlin had struggled during the first half, yards off the pace defensively and lucky to get away with a final warning from referee Chris Kavanagh for a wild lunge after 22 minutes. But with Neil Warnock literally phoning it in, in constant communication with Steve Gallen after a personal problem had prevented him from travelling, Faurlin and QPR began to grow into the game.

Five minutes of added time seemed generous given the lack of injuries and incident in the second half, but Boro only needed two of them to win the game. A simple back post corner, James Perch left Daniel Ayala unmarked, the Spanish defender executed a bicycle kick and Fer thrust out an arm on the goal line to divert it away. Replays suggested Robert Green may have got to it, although the shot carried plenty of power and the keeper looked to be too low to do much about it, but we’ll never know. I’ll castigate Perch for losing his man more than Fer for making a split second decision like that.

A red card, a Grant Leadbitter penalty, another 1-0 loss. QPR have tightened up at the back, but have now stopped scoring completely – from the most goals in the division to five blanks in six outings - and are thirteenth in the league.
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos 6; Nsue 6, Ayala 6, Gibson 6, Friend 6; Leadbitter 7, Clayton 7; Adomah 6 (Kike 78, 6), Fabbrini 7 (Stuani 63, 6), Downing 6; Nugent 5

Subs not used: de Pena, Meijas, Stephens, Zuculini, Woodgate

Goals: Leadbitter (penalty, handball Fer, 90)

Bookings: Leabitter (foul)

QPR: Green 6; Perch 5, Onuoha 7, Hall 7, Konchesky 5; Henry 6, Sandro 6 (Emmanuel-Thomas 81, -), Fer 5, Faurlin 6 (Tozser 75, 5), Phillips 6, Yun 6.

Subs not used: Smithies, Angella, Luongo, Petrasso, Blackwood

Red Cards: Fer 90 (deliberate handball preventing a goal)

Booked: Phillips (foul), Faurlin (repetitive fouling), Onuoha (foul)

Referee – Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) 6 I liked how he started this game. Faurlin, Friend and Leadbitter were all let away with a warning for fouls other referees would have booked them for, and by not showing yellows he didn’t create a situation later in the game where he would be under pressure to start showing red cards in a contest that never really called for it. Good game management. The big decision for the handball was correct as well, but QPR had one decent and one stone-wall shout for a penalty of their own when Hall was dragged to the floor as a cross was delivered. You have to be brave enough to give away teams decisions like that if they’re merited.


Kavanagh finished last season with the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final between Scunthorpe and Millwall but this is his first appointment of the new season. Overall last year he showed a fairly standard 133 yellows in his 40 games (3.325) and a well below par three reds. His only Wednesday appointment apart from our game was their 3-0 home win against Birmingham in February. His biggest card haul in a single game was eight in the Derby v Forest grudge match in December.

Leroy Fer’s red card at Middlesbrough was one of three he showed the season before across 32 games with 114 yellows thrown into the bargain as well. The eight yellows and a red shown at Brighton’s Championship match with MK Dons was as hectic as it got in a single game. Last season he refereed Sheff Wed’s 1-0 League Cup win at Newcastle, and 1-0 home defeat in the league by Rotherham.

In 2014/15 he showed 86 yellows and three reds in 29 appointments, of which eight were in the Championship – all in the second half of the season.

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