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Ref-Watch: Norwich City (A)

Reading take on Norwich City at Carrow Road this Saturday, looking to earn what would be a crucial three points. But what can the Royals expect from this weekend's official? The_Biscuitman investigates in his Ref Watch.

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There are three David Webbs in the world of sport. The British marathon runner, the former Chelsea defender and the football referee. No, I hadn't heard of any of them either.

We are of course concerned about the latter, the subject of my first Ref-Watch here on the Tilehurst End for Reading's trip to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

I'll start with a video clip (because everyone loves a video clip and then maybe you'll like me), showing Webb getting knocked over and then having to be a stretched off in a League One game in 2011 between Charlton and Peterborough. You really shouldn't laugh, but with chants of "You're not fit to referee" ringing out around The Valley, it's hard not too.

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That's the best bit over with, as David (no relation to Howard), has had a pretty boring 2014-15 campaign so far, his seventh term as a Football League referee.

Webb has been in charge of 14 games so far (five in the Championship), and has given just 27 yellow cards and 1 red.

There's even been two games this season where he hasn't given any cards at all, three weeks ago in the FA Cup clash between Barnsley and Burton, and in Oldham and Gillingham's League One meeting back in September.

I'm afraid to say that there's no penalty decisions to report either. Mr Webb certainly isn't helping me out in my first Ref-Watch article.

You have to go back to January 28th when he last pointed to the spot, giving Leeds the decision when they hosted Ipswich. Furthermore, he has only given two red cards in his last 52 games. Why couldn't he have been in charge last week?

The County Durham official has previously refereed three Reading games (we've lost two and won one), and surprise, surprise has only shown four yellow cards, giving no penalties.

But I'm not really sure why I'm complaining about his leniency when it comes to fouls, with Reading making the fourth most fouls per game in the Championship this season.

Who knows? Maybe Webb will surprise us all and give multiple penalties and red cards at Carrow Road. Then again, perhaps not...