We have a Kettle at Cardiff

Last updated : 21 January 2005 By Tony Scholes

It is fair to say that Kettle has calmed down somewhat this year but in the previous two seasons, in 38 matches, he handed out 171 yellow cards and an amazing 20 red cards.

In that time he sent off two players in a match on no fewer than six occasions and has added a seventh this season, sending off David Flitcroft and Micky Mellon in Bury’s 3-2 win against Kidderminster.

He was very much in the news last week as Barnsley beat Huddersfield 4-2. He sent off one goalkeeper, Barnsley’s Ross Turnbull, and then ludicrously awarded the home side a penalty and booked Huddersfield’s former Burnley keeper Paul Rachubka in the last minute. Neither club appeared to be happy with his handling of the game.

This week he has been bang on form again with ten yellow cards and one red in two matches, the other was the cup replay between Blackpool and Leicester.

He has calmed down though this season and in 25 games has given out 79 yellow cards and 5 red cards. At least there isn’t much of a bias towards the home side with 36 of those yellow cards going the way of home players and 43 to away players.

Apart from Mellon there is another ex-Claret who has seen his red card this season, he sent off Ian Cox in Gillingham’s 1-0 home win over Wolves.

Although he does occasionally have a card free game, he has on occasions reached double figures, although nine is the most cards in a game this season. I think we can certainly expect a few yellow cards tomorrow.

He will be assisted at Cardiff by Martin Cassidy (Somerset) and Andy Page (Derbyshire).