Ref is not Taylor-made for Roeder

Glenn Roeder will have to be on his best behaviour tomorrow when he comes up against a referee who sent off two of his players the last time their paths crossed.

Glenn Roeder will have to be on his best behaviour tomorrow when he comes up against a referee who sent off two of his players the last time their paths crossed.

Paul Taylor has been handed the duties at Carrow Road tomorrow when City take on Preston North End in front of another full house.

Roeder currently has an FA charge of improper conduct hanging over his head having been sent from the dug-out during last week's defeat at Derby.

And he will have to watch his step with the Hertfordshire official, who sent off Gary Doherty and Darel Russell at Coventry in March, a match which City lost 1-0.


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Both went for two yellow cards, Doherty departing seven minutes into the second half for a foul on Jay Tabb, while Russell - who had been sent off in his previous game, at Leicester - followed him six minutes from the final whistle, after a foul on the same player.

Roeder was distinctly non-plussed by Taylor's performance, saying afterwards: "Some referees, this one in particular, are too quick to reach for their cards and don't show common sense.

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"I don't think that was a performance he should be proud of, but knowing Paul Taylor he probably will be."

Three weeks later Roeder vented his anger at referee Andy D'Urso after a late goal which denied the Canaries a point at Bristol City - a confrontation on the pitch that cost Roeder £1,000 and a suspended two-match touchline ban.

Roeder was in trouble again after the match at Derby last week after confronting match officials in the tunnel area at half-time. He was later charged with improper conduct and has until next Thursday to respond.

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