Pompey vs Newport: Who’s the man in the middle?

Referee Tim Robinson
Referee Tim Robinson
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Pompey’s clash against Newport County today will be under the control of Tim Robinson.

Here’s all you need to know about him:

Who is he?

Sussex-born Robinson has been a Football League referee since 2012.

Has been in charge of Pompey before?

Robinson has taken charge of the Blues twice this season.

His presence seems to be a good omen for Paul Cook’s side.

He was in the middle for Pompey’s 4-2 victory against Wycombe at Fratton Park in September.

The game is best remembered for Conor Chaplin’s stunning solo goal, but Robinson was also busy that day.

He dished out 10 yellow cards – three of them to Blues players.

The other occasion he took charge of Pompey was the 1-0 win over promotion rivals Luton on January 2.

Robinson was criticised by Hatters boss Nathan Jones for booking midfielder Cameron McGeehan while he was receiving treatment for what turned out to be a broken leg.

Where else has Robinson officiated this campaign?

Robinson has spent most of this season at a higher level, officiating 22 Championship games.

He is yet to make his Premier League debut.

Who are his assistants today?

He will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Mark Pottage.

John Busby is the fourth official.