Date: 25th February 2021 at 7:15am
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The Football League has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Plymouth Argyle and Lincoln City in League One.

Plymouth Argyle host Lincoln City on Saturday, February 27 for the match at Home Park and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Kevin Johnson.
Assistants Refs: Steven Plane and Simon Shaw.
Fourth Official: Mark Derrien.

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Kevin Johnson has been the man in the middle for 9 matches involving Lincoln City:

27/03/12: Hayes & Yeading 1-2 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card
28/04/12: Ebbsfleet 2-3 Lincoln City (Conference) – 2 yellow cards
09/03/13: Lincoln City 1-0 Southport (Conference) – 4 yellow cards and 2 red cards
14/10/17: Lincoln City 0-0 Cambridge United (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
01/09/19: Exeter City 0-3 Lincoln City (League Two) – 7 yellow cards
06/04/19: Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Lincoln City (League Two) – 7 yellow cards
27/04/19: Newport County 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two) – 5 yellow cards
09/11/19: Ipswich Town 1-1 Lincoln City (FA Cup) – 3 yellow cards
24/10/20: Lincoln City 1-0 Ipswich Town (League One) – 3 yellow cards and 1 red card

TOTALS: Matches: 9 Yellow Cards: 35 Red Cards: 1

He received an average rating of 3.846 following the 1-0 win at home against Ipswich Town earlier this season. Some of the comments can be found below:

sedgleyimp: “To start it off I thought it was a bit of an odd referring performance today. Bar the last few minutes really shouldn’t have been that difficult but he seemed to make it so by being over officious. Lots of talking for ages at players rather than letting the game flow. An offside given in our own half (the player came back so FK surely should have been from where he made the run)….Bridcutt clearly told to go off the pitch late on and just ignored him. The penalty was soft shall we say. Correct decision for Nolan’s assault on Harry at the end.

4/10 for me to be a bit generous.”

Chesterimp: “Ironically he will be remembered as making bad decisions against Ipswich but for much of the game we were getting the raw deal. He clearly had Johnson as ‘a diver’ and had given him nothing up to the penalty, which was just about right.

Too fussy and not in full control. Now where’s that number for PGMOL?


GreenNeedle: “He was terrible from start to finish. They gave 2 “reducers” to our players in the first 5 and no cards. Throughout the game he didn’t really know what was going on and even in the latter second half he should have known the offside against their player could never have been offside.


Kevin Johnson: 2020/21 Stats:

05/09/20: Newport County 2-0 Swansea City (EFL Cup) – 2 yellow cards
12/09/20: Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Blackpool (League One) – 4 yellow cards
26/09/20: Swindon Town 4-2 Burton Albion (League One) – 3 yellow cards
10/10/20: Southend United 2-2 Exeter City (League Two) – no cards given
20/10/20: Oxford United 3-2 Milton Keynes Dons (League One) – 5 yellow cards
24/10/20: Lincoln City 1-0 Ipswich Town (League One) – 3 yellow cards and 1 red card
10/11/20: Portsmouth 0-1 West Ham United U21s (EFL Trophy) – 3 yellow cards
14/11/20: Northampton Town 0-1 Accrington Stanley (League One) – 2 yellow cards
24/11/20: Crawley Town 1-2 Grimsby Town (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
28/11/20: Newport County 3-0 Salford City (FA Cup) – 3 yellow cards and 1 red card
02/12/20: AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Peterborough United (League One) – 2 yellow cards
08/12/20: Cheltenham Town 0-3 Portsmouth (EFL Trophy) – 2 yellow cards
12/12/20: Exeter City 5-0 Tranmere Rovers (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
15/12/20: Cambridge United 2-1 Colchester United (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
16/01/21: Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Port Vale (League Two) – no cards
23/01/21: Crewe Alexandra 1-1 AFC Wimbledon (League One) – 1 yellow card
30/01/21: Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Peterborough United (League One) – 3 yellow cards
02/02/21: Crawley Town 0-0 Leyton Orient (League Two) – 5 yellow cards and 1 red card
13/02/21: Charlton Athletic 2-3 Gillingham (League One) – 5 yellow cards and 1 red card
20/02/21: Salford City 1-1 Carlisle United (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
23/02/21: Northampton Town 0-0 Rochdale (League One) – 3 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 21 Yellow Cards: 59 Red Cards: 4

Kevin Johnson took in 28 matches last season. In those matches, he showed a total of 93 yellow cards and 8 red cards.

He showed seven cards on two occasions, both of which were in League One: Portsmouth 3-3 Coventry City (5 yellow cards and 2 red cards) and AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Gillingham (6 yellow cards and 1 red card).

Johnson oversaw 42 matches during the 2018/19 season, showing a total of 130 yellow cards and 6 red cards.

He showed 7 cards on 6 occasions last season, including The Imps 3-0 win away at Exeter City on Saturday, September 1st, when he showed 7 yellow cards and the 2-0 win away at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, April 6th, when he also showed 7 yellow cards.

Johnson was the man in the middle for 37 matches during the 2017/18 season, showing a total of 111 yellow cards and 9 red cards.

He showed 9 cards on two occasions that season: Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Wigan Athletic (7 yellow cards and 2 red cards) in League One and Crawley Town 0-1 Carlisle United (6 yellow cards and 3 red cards, including a booking for future Lincoln City loanee Jordan Roberts) in League Two.

Sources: English Football League & Soccer Base.

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