Taking our weekly look at the man in the middle, I have to say I cannot see the logic in this one, we fully understand that refs have to do the rounds in the interest of fairness, but to bring in a ref from a Tier 3 county such as Lancashire doesn’t make sense to me, it probably does to someone at the EFL, but I’m struggling to get my head around it much like all things Covid 19.
So, fanfare please, its Graham Salisbury from a Tier 3 county, and it has been a long time since our paths have crossed, in fact way back in December 2017 in what was a bit of a feisty affair against Scunthorpe on the road.
Scunthorpe were leading 2-1, but the game changed bang on halftime when Bishop elbowed Chuks Aneke in the face and was given a straight red card. The second half was all Dons pressure, we levelled through Aneke, then had numerous chances to win it, including three from Aneke in injury time alone, but it finished all square at 2-2, Kieran Agard scoring the Dons first goal.
Mr Salisbury has been in charge of 10 games this season, although that should have been more with three games called off with Covid, and he has been the 4th official twice. In those game ref Salisbury has shown an amazing 36 yellow cards and one red card, and that in his last game when he sent off McWilliams for Northampton in the 18th minute.
He is joined on the flags by Hristo Karaivanov, and Grant Taylor, with Andrew Laver as the 4th official.