Paul Taylor: Mark Clattenburg might actually be a good choice for Nottingham Forest on Saturday
MANY Forest fans seemed to issue a collective groan on the internet when news of Mark Clattenburg's appointment as referee for the East Midlands derby was announced last night.
But, while the phrase 'controversial red card' may be synonymous with the Tyne and Wear match official, it may not all be bad news for the Reds.
Clattenburg, after all, can hardly produce a worse display than the one conjured up by Robert Madley at the City Ground, when the two sides met back in September.
Madley changed the course of the game when he harshly sent off Dexter Blackstock for an elbow in the 46th minute, with the Rams holding out for a 1-0 win against ten men.
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Clattenburg, who has far more experience of big games, did send off Radi Majewski at QPR last season, but it was a deserved red card, following a rash tackle from the Pole.
And he also took charge of the play-off semi-final second leg against Blackpool, which obviously has bad memories attached to it.
But, in the six Nottingham Forest games Clattenburg has refereed since 2006, that is the only time they have lost.
Otherwise, they have won four and even held on for a draw at Loftus Road.
Derby, on the other hand, have lost all four of their fixtures Clattenburg has taken charge of in the same period...