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Darren Deadman will referee tonight’s game at Fratton Park - here’s all you need to know about the match official.

Who is he?

Darren Deadman sends off Crawley's Josh Simpson during Pompey's win at the Red Devils during the 2012-13 League One season

Darren Deadman sends off Crawley's Josh Simpson during Pompey's win at the Red Devils during the 2012-13 League One season

Peterborough official who has refereed 320 Football League matches since making the step up in the 2005-06 season.

Most of his career has been spent at Championship level, but this season he has been allocated more games in League One (18) than any other division.

He has officiated in nine League Two matches this term and has never taken charge of a Premier League match.

What’s his record?

In that time, Deadman has issued 1,091 yellow cards, which works out at more than three a game.

He has handed out 42 straight red cards, with his last sending off being Swindon goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux in the Robins’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Oxford on February 5.

Has he refereed Pompey before?

Yes, 11 times in total, with the last being this season’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at Fratton Park in October.

What’s Pompey’s record with him in charge?

Pompey have won four games with Deadman officiating.

Their last victory with this match referee came during the 2013-14 League Two season, when they beat Northampton 1-0 away on April 2014.

Other Blues victories with Deadman in the middle were against Crawley during the 2012-13 League One season (3-0) and the 2-1 2010-11 Championship win at Hull.

He has also refereed a Pompey v Blackpool game, too, which finished in a Blues win.

Deadman was in charge of proceedings when Pompey beat the Tangerines in the 2011-12 Championship season.

An Erik Huseklepp goal on 90 minutes saw Pompey win 1-0 on September 24, 2011.

Is Pompey’s record with Deadman officiating not so good in more recent years?

It’s far from good!

Since that win against Northampton in April 2014, Deadman has refereed four Blues games – and they’ve failed to register a win in any of them.

This season’s defeat to Doncaster was preceded by three draws - Yeovil (October 3, 2015), Oxford (February 28, 2015) and Luton (December 28, 2014).

And in those four games, the Blues only scored two goals.

Has he ever sent a Pompey player off?

No, although he’s not afraid to dish out a card or two.

In the 11 Blues games he’s officiated, Deadman has handed out 51 yellows, with 17 of those going to Pompey players.

In total, nine yellows were shown in the 1-0 win over Blackpool in 2011.

On that day, Jason Pearce, David Norris and Ricardo Rocha were all disciplined, while the Tangerines saw six players pick up yellows.

Two red cards were issued when the Blues beat Crawley 3-0 in the 2012-13 season.

But they were both for Red Devils players – Hope Akpan and Josh Simpson.

Pompey’s 1-0 Championship defeat to Ipswich on this day in 2012 saw Deadman fail to take a card out of his pocket.