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Ref-Watch: Watford (A)

After Steve Clarke's comments in midweek about the standard of Championship referees, DARREN BOND will be under pressure when he takes charge of Reading's visit to Watford.

"Stop right there, Goldfinger!
"Stop right there, Goldfinger!
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The name's Bond. Darren Bond. License to referee.

Come on, with a name like that, you had to expect some sort of 007 pun! His mission this weekend is to take charge of Reading's trip to Watford, armed with a whistle, a red and yellow card and the fairly new gadget - vanishing spray.

It's fair to say Bond has used the cards quite a lot in 2014/15 (his third as a Football League official), giving out 85 yellows and five reds in 31 games. Two of those reds have come in his last two Championship matches, as both Sheffield Wedensday's Keiren Westwood and Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson have been sent for an early bath. Penalties awarded by the Lancashire-born official have been harder to come by, as Bond has only pointed to the spot twice this season.

Darren has only previously refereed one Reading game, our early season 1-0 win at now high-flying Middlesbrough. After Reading's 2-1 over Brighton on Tuesday, Steve Clarke hit out at the standard of Championship referees.
The Scot said: "The thing is, we get into trouble for speaking about them, but the people who run the game have got to make sure they have better officials."

Watch out Mr Bond, you're being watched.