Date: 16th September 2020 at 7:00am
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The Football League has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Milton Keynes Dons (managed by Russell Martin) and Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon.

Milton Keynes Dons host Lincoln City on Saturday, September 19 for the match at Stadium MK and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Brett Huxtable.
Assistants Refs: Conor Farrell and Ollie Williams.
Fourth Official: Michael Chard.

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Brett Huxtable has been the man in the middle for 7 matches involving Lincoln City:

13/10/12: Wrexham 2-4 Lincoln City (Conference) – 5 yellow cards
19/10/13: Kidderminster Harriers 4-1 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card
15/08/15: Eastleigh 1-1 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card and 1 red card
23/12/17: Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City (League Two) – 5 yellow cards and 1 red card
13/10/18: Port Vale 2-6 Lincoln City (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
30/03/19: Lincoln City 1-1 Macclesfield Town (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
05/10/19: Lincoln City 2-0 Sunderland (League One) – 8 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 7 Yellow Cards: 25 Red Cards: 2

He received an average rating of 5.32 following the 2-0 win at home against Sunderland last season. Some of the comments can be found below:

kickingimp: “I thought the man was clueless, he clearly wasn’t applying the rules of the modern game.

The only saving grace was he was equally ***** for both teams, so consistently awful. He missed pushes in the back (from both sides) awful tackles. Walker should have seen yellow for a dive tom Daley would have been proud of. And all this with never moving more than 30 yards from the centre spot.

For me, it’s a 2 our of ten 1 for turning up, 1 for having the right shirt.”

bbh 11: “5.5/10. Strange performance for me a lot of players could have had cards. Morrell two-footed challenge, not even a free-kick, Bruno’s yellow might of been red, Walker not booked for diving. Michael O’Connor taken out on the edge of their area, not even a free-kick, not a fan of McGeady but not sure he deserved that booking unless I missed something.

As has been said he was equal and consistent for both sides, loads of shirt pulling, very little given for it.

I have no problem with him carrying a little extra timber if he gets the decisions right. I did think he calmed the players down well when they started to get annoyed.”

sedgleyimp: “Hmmm.

Are some judging this performance on previous ones?

From what I saw the bookings given for both sides were fairly given and appropriate. He allowed a bit of physical play to go which is fine otherwise you get the ball in play for about 10 minutes per match. He was on the spot for the penalty and correctly didn’t give the one moments later which would have been very soft (though he should have booked Walker for the dive).

Being at the other end of the ground it wasn’t clear what nonsense went on at the end with one of their players and our supporters but he seemed to deal with it pretty quickly.

So I’m going to put a bit of balance on his score and give him an 8/10.”

Brett Huxtable: 2020/21 Stats:

05/09/20: Swindon Town 1-3 Charlton Athletic (EFL Cup) – 3 yellow cards
08/09/20: Bristol Rovers 2-2 Walsall (EFL Trophy) – 6 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 2 Yellow Cards: 9 Red Cards: 0

Brett Huxtable took in 27 matches last season, showing a total of 97 yellow cards and 4 red cards, 8 of which were shown in The Imps home match against Sunderland.

He took his cards out of his pocket on ten occasions during the League One encounter between Portsmouth and Ipswich Town (1-0) in December 2019, showing 9 yellow cards and 1 red card.

During the 2018/19 season, Huxtable oversaw 39 matches, showing 128 yellow cards and 7 red cards.

When I went through the figures to find out his highest card count for matches during the 2018/19 season, I got to the Southend United 1-2 Charlton Athletic match in Sky Bet League One and saw that he’d given 7 yellow cards and 3 red cards, and I thought to myself “Surely he didn’t show more than 10 cards in a match?”, then I got to the Bristol Rovers 2-1 Fleetwood Town match, which was also in Sky Bet League One, and saw that he’d given 11 yellow cards and 1 red card

Brett Huxtable was the man in the middle for 37 matches during the 2017/18 season. In those matches, he showed a total of 136 yellow cards and 7 red cards.

He showed 9 cards on two occasions during the 2017/18 season: Cheltenham Town 3-0 Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two (9 yellow cards) and Yeovil Town 1-2 Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two (7 yellow cards and 2 red cards).

Sources: English Football League & Soccer Base.

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