It will be a case of history repeating itself on Wednesday night, as Oliver Langford takes charge of Reading’s trip to Hull City. The West Midlands official was the man in the middle the last time the two sides met at the KC Stadium in August 2011 – when Hull won 1-0.
Let’s hope for a different outcome this time around, but generally Reading’s record when Langford is the referee is pretty good. Out of six games, we’ve won four and lost twice – with the most recent encounter being a 4-2 win at Leeds in March 2014 when Royston Drenthe scored (*shudders*).
So far this season, Langford has officiated 18 games in all competitions, giving out 45 yellow cards and just the one red card along with three penalties. Paul McShane will have to be careful against his former employers having picked up two yellow cards in his last three appearances.
The assistant referees for the game will be Christopher Akers and Guy Stretton, whilst the fourth official will be Andy Madley.