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Salisbury clocks on for Huddersfield at home - Referee
Thursday, 11th Mar 2021 12:43 by Clive Whittingham

Michael Salisbury, last seen making rather a pig's ear of our home game with Watford before Christmas, is back at Loftus Road for the visit of Huddersfield this Saturday.

Referee >>> Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Assistants >>> Graham Kane and Michael George (Norfolk)

Fourth Official >>> Gavin Ward (Surrey)


QPR 1 Watford 1, Saturday November 21, 2020, Championship

It quickly became a question of whether QPR would be able to make weight of pressure and possession pay with an equaliser, and there were unfortunately plenty of signs that it just wasn’t to be their day, not least through the refereeing of Michael Salisbury. Macauley Bonne was clearly caught in the box after reaching a loose ball first for a stick on penalty – Salisbury gave a goal kick. Twice Craig Cathcart cracked through the back of opponents on halfway to deliberately disrupt attacks – not so much as a word on the run as he jogged back into team shape, job done – meaning that when he later came in over the ball on Todd Kane’s ankle it was only his first yellow of the game when it really should have been a second. Chalobah not only had similar carte blanche with the repetitive fouling, but was also allowed a spray in the referee’s face without action. Dom Ball flicked one over his head on the edge of the box, stretched with a Watford player to reach it on the other side – Watford free kick. Yoann Barbet got a run on his man from a corner, was clearly and obviously pulled to ground to stop him meeting the cross for the most blatant penalty you’ll ever see – Watford free kick. Sadly out of his depth in only an eighth career Championship game, when Salisbury did finally produce a yellow for Ken Sema’s desperate pull back on the always impressive Bright Osayi-Samuel, Conor Masterson headed onto the top of the cross bar from the free kick. Not our day.

QPR: Dieng 7; Kane 7, Masterson 5, Barbet 6, Wallace 5 (Hämäläinen 46, 7); Carroll 7, Cameron 6; Osayi-Samuel 7 (Adomah 69, 6), Ball 6 (Willock 56, 7), Chair 7; Bonne 5 (Dykes 56, 6)

Subs not used: Kakay, Bettache, Kelman, Kelly, Alfa

Goals: Chair 77 (assisted Dykes)

Bookings: Dykes 90+1 (deliberate handball)

Watford: Foster 7; Wilmot 6, Troost-Ekong 6, Cathcart 6; Femenia 6, Sarr 6, Capoue 5, Chalobah 6, Sema 5; Pedro 5 (Quina 46, 6), Gray 5 (Deeney 46, 7)

Subs not used: Ngakia, Garner, Murray, Bachmann, Sierralta, Navarro, Crichlow

Goals: Wilmot 3 (assisted Sema)

Bookings: Sema 59 (foul), Cathcart 85 (foul)

Referee – Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) 4 Only an eighth career Championship match and, frankly, felt out of his depth. The trip on Macauley Bonne is a penalty – gets to the ball first, defender treads on his foot, penalty. The hauling back of Yoann Barbet is even more blatant. To not only wave it away but award the free kick the other way is incredible. Allowed Craig Cathcart to commit several cynical, tactical fouls to disrupt attacks without so much as a word, which meant he wasn’t on a yellow card when he should have been for his late over the ball ankle snapper on Todd Kane. Allowed Chalobah a similar free reign of fouls, including one which he followed up by screaming in the referee’s face, to no sanction. Very, very poor. Big decisions wrong. Several very obvious, basic, not difficult to get right moments botched.

Sheff Wed 1 QPR 1, Saturday October 3, 2020, Championship

Those subs reinvigorated Rangers to a certain extent, but the second half was mostly rather scrappy and lifeless - a procession of misplaced passes, endless free kicks from a rather pernickety referee, and throw ins or all shapes and sizes. Paterson was booked for taking out Osayi-Samuel, and Luongo for cracking into Chair high and late, but both would probably point to an earlier foul by Chair himself as worthy of greater punishment. That was one of four free kicks QPR conceded in little more than 90 seconds, and it quickly descended into exactly that sort of game. A nil nil in all but name. Wednesday rarely troubled as long as Tom Lees was still in the middle of their back three – dominating Dykes and clearing strongly at his near post whenever Rangers did attempt to get dangerous service in from wide.

Sheff Wed: Dawson 6; Shaw – (Palmer 5, 5 (Odubajo 46, 6)), Lees 7, Van Aken 5; Harris 5, Luongo 6, Bannan 7, Reach 6, Dele-Bashiru 6 (Pelupessy 69, 5); Windass 5, Paterson 6

Subs not used: Rhodes, Wildsmith, Kachunga, Waldock

Goals: Barbet own goal 54 (assisted Reach)

Bookings: Paterson 52 (foul), Luongo 63 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 7; Kakay 6, Dickie 7, Barbet 5, Wallace 5; Cameron 6, Carroll 5 (Bonne 64, 7); Osayi-Samuel 6, Amos 5 (Ball 73, 6), Chair 5; Dykes 5

Subs not used: Kane, Bettache, Hamalainen, Kelly, Smyth

Goals: Bonne 90+6 (assisted Barbet)

Bookings: Barbet 77 (foul)

Referee – Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) 5 A poor game for the neutrals not helped by the difficult conditions and a pernickety, fussy, over-involved performance from the referee. Twenty four free kicks to go with a dozen corners – the ball was out of play more than it was in.


Salisbury stepped up from the National League list at the end of the 2015/16 season and made his Championship debut last year with two appointments in our league. Strangely they were both at Reading – a 3-0 victory over Derby in which Scott Malone was sent off after four minutes conceding a penalty, and ten players had been yellow carded by the end. He did Reading 1-1 Stoke in lockdown and finished the campaign with the League Two play-off final between Exeter and Northampton which finished with three yellows and a red. Overall his yellow card total was low – 79 in 29 – but ten reds, under one in three games, is high.

So far this season he’s shown 42 yellows and one red in 18 games, led by six yellows at Morecambe v Forest Green in League Two. His only previous Huddersfield appointment was also against Watford – a 2-0 defeat there in January with five yellows shown.

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francisbowles added 15:04 - Mar 11
Well we've done ok with refs recently, even with Chuckles. Maybe he will be better this time, can't be much worse!

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