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Donohue takes Cardiff trip - Referee
Tuesday, 1st Oct 2019 17:41 by Clive Whittingham

Matt Donohue, new to the Championship this season, gets a second QPR game in quick succession at Cardiff on Wednesday.

Referee >>> Matt Donohue (Manchester)

Assistants >>> Mark Russell (Somerset) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire)

Fourth Official >>> Ollie Yates (Staffordshire)


QPR 3 Wigan 1, Saturday August 24, 2019, Championship

Wigan, so comfortable in the first half, were now having a bit of a panic for themselves. Kipre, a human Redwood for the first 45, was starting to sway a bit in the growing storm. A high boot on Ilias Chair – not difficult, to be fair to him – was right on the cusp of the penalty box but drew only a free kick from newbie referee Matt Donohue. Rangers protested, as well they might, they haven’t scored a direct free kick since Yeni Ngbakoto did so at Birmingham City in February 2017 and have spent the early rounds of 2019/20 hopelessly punting one attempt after another into the base of the wall. Not, it should be said, that we’ve been a lot better with penalties recently either. All runs come to an end eventually though and with two QPR men allowed to stand on the end of the Wigan wall (thought there was a new rule about that this season?) Ebere Eze was able to cutely pick his spot to the left of the defenders, and the keeper, but not so far that the ball couldn’t neatly beautifully in the side-netting for 2-1. We have choreographed handshakes now too, just in case any Spurs scouts are in the house.

QPR: Lumley 5; Rangel 5, Hall 6, Barbet 6, Manning 6; Scowen 5 (Leistner, 46 7), Ball 5 (Smith 71, 6); Eze 8, Chair 7, Pugh 7 (Hugill 68, 6); Wells 6

Subs not used: Kane, Osayi-Samuel, Owens, Kelly

Goals: Wells 48 (assisted Rangel, pre-assist Manning), Eze 61 (direct free kick, won Chair), Hugill 81 (assisted Eze)

Bookings: Char 45+2 (diving), Hall 78 (unsporting)

Wigan: Marshall 4; Kipre 6 (Massey 78, 6), Dunkley 5, Fox 5; Byrne 6, Robinson 7; Morsy 5, Evans 5, Jacobs 5 (Naismith 56, 5); Lowe 6 (Lang 59, 5), Garner 5

Subs not used: MacLeod, Mulgrew, Roberts, Jones

Goals: Kipre 2 (assisted Fox)

Bookings: Dunkley 58 (foul), Kipre 65 (foul), Robinson 76 (foul), Garner 78 (unsporting)

Referee – Matt Donohue (Manchester) 7 Lot of bookings, but all justified. Maybe could have done more to stop Joe Garner being Joe Garner before it finally boiled over into a spat with Hall for which both were yellow carded but everything else pretty spot on and game management was fine.


This is Donohue’s second full season on the league list as a referee and he’s started it with 35 yellows and no reds nine games, five of which have been at this level. That includes seven and a late penalty in Barnsley’s 2-2 draw at home to Charlton and eight yellows at Plymouth’s 3-0 opening day win at Crewe. Last season he booked 135 players (3.64) and sent a further seven off in 37 appointments. All of those were in League’s One and Two, and the cup competitions, with the Championship step up only coming this season. Needless to say it’s his first ever Cardiff game.

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