Ref watch…Howard Webb
By Les Roberts
Updated Saturday, 29th March 2008
He's not from New York City, he's from Rotherham so get on the bandwagon and come on the Blue boys…or something like that! Anyway, Howard Melton (no, really) Webb will officiate in the 207th Merseyside derby.
And, hopefully, he'll put in a better performance than that clown did in the 206th!
But that one's been done to death so let's look forward to tomorrow's clash when we will have the opportunity to right the wrongs of October 20th.
And, barring an out of character performance from the
Howard Webb has taken charge of just one Everton game this season and, though it ended in defeat, it was arguably one of the best performances of the season as the Blues went down 1-2 at Old Trafford on Christmas Eve eve.
Everton had pretty much matched United in every department in that game and we'd even come back from behind after giving Christiano Ronaldo his obligatory goal.
But a crazy roundhouse kick from Steven Pienaar, like the one Chip tries on Rex Kwan Do in Napoleon Dynamite, felled Ryan Giggs in the box in the dying minutes and the Blues suffered an unjust defeat.
Cahill, Hibbert and Pienaar were all booked in that match.
He has refereed two
The first was the 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal when Voronin, Mascherano and Carragher were all booked and the other was the 1-1 draw at
Alonso, Riise and Hyypia were all shown yellow cards in that one.
Howard Webb refereed two Everton games last season, both of which the Blues won scoring five and conceding none.
The first was the 2-0 win at
The other was the UEFA Cup clincher against
Mr Webb refereed three games involving the shite last season (well you didn't think I was going to get through the whole piece referring to them as
He took charge of the 3-0 wins over Tottenham and Charlton, with just one player booked in each match, and the 1-0 League Cup win over
So, all told, both teams have got reasonable records under Howard Webb and he always does come across as one of the better Premier League officials.
But he's no mug as his stats show that he is sixth strictest of the 18 Premier League officials.
He has issued 79 yellow cards and one red in his 23 appointments which gives him an average of 3.48 cards per game.
But the Blues shouldn't worry too much as they have far and away the best disciplinary record in the division with just 30 yellow cards and three red cards - none of which have been issued for dissent I might add!
Two of those red cards came in the last derby day debacle and the other was shown to Mikel Arteta during the 1-4 defeat to Arsenal.
Time to set the record straight tomorrow…
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