It is fair to say that Nottingham Forest have not had the best of luck with match officials this season.

Dwight Gayle recently accepted a charge of successful deception of a match official which denied the Reds a vital three points.

Other episodes of less than convincing officiating have cost Forest points against Leeds, Norwich City and again on Saturday at Preston North End.

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Reds boss Martin O’Neill was less than impressed with Tim Robinson at the weekend.

The referee disallowed a perfectly good goal which would have given Forest a massive win.

He told the Nottingham Post: “We should have taken all three points, the goal should have stood. The goalkeeper has spilled the ball. It is there to be fought for.  We put the ball in the back of the net and it should have been a goal.

“And so, we have been robbed of all three points. In the matter of a few days, that is four points. It is a lot to take. A goal, is a goal, is a goal – it should have counted.”

Quite simply the refereeing has not been great in the Championship this season.


The inconsistency has been there for all to see.

The referees and their assistants have the hardest job in football and all paying supporters expect is a bit of consistency from the men in black – or blue as it is these days!

Robert Jones is the man tasked with keeping a lid on Nottingham Forest’s game with Derby County on Monday.

Good appointment

The Merseyside-based referee oversaw Forest’s recent 2-1 win over Brentford and looked calm and composed throughout.

It will be Jones’ third Forest appointment this season having also refereed the 1-0 win over Rotherham in September.

Perhaps more encouraging is that the Reds have received a penalty in each of Jones’s games in charge.

Lewis Grabban scoring against the Millers and missing against Brentford a fortnight ago.

The referee also arrives at the City Ground on Monday with derby-day experience.

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The Select Group official took charge of Aston Villa’s 4-2 win over Birmingham City back in December and did a superb job.

Jones has issued 68 yellow cards and one red this season, averaging 3.24 yellows per game, according to Who Scored.

People say refereeing decisions even themselves out over the course of a season.

Forest are running out of games to get back the ones they are owed.

O’Neill and Reds supporters will certainly hope that talk following Derby’s visit isn’t with reference to the performance of the man in the middle.