Many Reading fans haven't been happy with refereeing performances so far this season, and it appears that the Football League may have heard your frustrations, as they have appointed a man with Premier League experience to take charge of our trip to Sheffield Wednesday – Paul Tierney.
It might only be two games worth of Premier League experience, but it’s still Premier League experience none the less, eh Paul?! He first took charge of a top flight game last August when Swansea beat West Brom 3-0, whilst the other fixture came on the opening day of this campaign as the Baggies travelled to newly promoted Watford in a 0-0 draw.
Tierney’s only other game so far this season was Portsmouth’s Capital One Cup tie with Derby, in which the South Coast side won 2-1 and booked a date with the Royals in the second round. In those two games he has taken charge of 2015-16, the Wigan born official has given just four yellow cards. So to get a better idea of what kind of ref he is, let’s look at his stats from 2014-15.
In the entirety of the campaign, Tierney took charge of 37 games in all competitions, handing out 134 yellows and eight reds. On top of that, he gave a generous 13 penalties, including two in one game.
He has previously taken charge of two Reading games, but I’m sorry to say we didn’t win either of them, with the most recent being a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in December 2013. If it makes you feel any better, Sheffield Wednesday’s last game under him was a 7-0 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup last season.
But as we learn every week here on Ref-Watch, the referee’s past never affects the outcome of the game. In reality I’m just here to give you information on the official so you know who you're shouting at every game. But that won't happen this time will it Mr Tierney? Because you've got Premier League experience…