Referees named for next two matches, something to look into?

Jamie McDonald

Yesterday the Premier League named Mike Dean and Michael Oliver for Aston Villa's next two matches. Villa haven't had much success as of late when either of these men are officiating, but is that just a coincidence?

Mike Dean has been appointed to referee the match against Hull City this Saturday 3 May, and Michael Oliver will officiate the match at Manchester City on Wednesday 7 May.

Somewhat curiously, the last Premier League win that the Villans recorded in a match overseen by Dean was a 3-0 win over West Ham in August of 2010. In the nine matches since then, Villa have been winless, drawing three times but losing the last six. This season, losses include 0-2 at Villa Park to West Ham in February , 0-2 to Fulham at Craven Cottage, and 1-2 to Newcastle at Villa Park.

You don't have to look back as far to see the last time Villa won when Michael Oliver was in charge, although it seems like forever ago. That day was 21 January 2012, a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton, where Robbie Keane was the hero bagging a brace and Darren Bent chipping in with one. (Note: in the League Cup we beat Norwich 4-1 in December 2012.) Oliver has done two Villa matches this season, the 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns in November, and the 1-2 home loss to Fulham.

Personally I don't like to complain about the referee, at least until he has wronged us in a match. Even then it is trivial, somewhat childish (think Mourinho). Attributing Villa's poor home form cannot fall on a referee or two, so the problem is obviously bigger. I just found it strange that the club have found success hard to come by when these two men are the referees.

Do you think there is anything to this? Let us know in the comments!

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