A look at Leeds United's history with referee for tonight's Brentford clash Robert Jones and his record this season

Leeds United have experienced more than their fair share of controversy in London this season, so will hope Robert Jones has a quiet night tonight at Griffin Park.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 3:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 3:42 pm
Derby County's Wayne Rooney enquiring of referee Robert Jones' certainty after a decision earlier this season (Pic: Getty)

The Merseyside official takes charge of his ninth Whites game and his third of the 2019/20 season - he refereed their draws with Nottingham Forest and West Brom and a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.

In the Elland Road clash with Forest, Jones missed what Leeds felt was a clear foul on Stuart Dallas in the penalty area and Forest were aggrieved by the referee's decision to show only a yellow card for Kalvin Phillips' lunge on Tiago Silva.

When Jones officiated United's game against West Brom, away from home, Baggies boss Slaven Bilic felt he missed a foul in the area on Romaine Sawyers by Mateusz Klich, although the Croatian only commented after watching the game back.

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In all, Leeds have won four and drawn three of their games involving Jones as a referee, with a solitary defeat by Ipswich in January 2018 blotting the copybook, when he sent off Eunan O'Kane for violent conduct.

Jones has never awarded a penalty in a Leeds game, but in his five Championship matches involving tonight's hosts Brentford he has pointed to the spot three times, twice in favour of the Bees. Brentford have won one of their five games he refereed.

This season in the Championship he's given six penalties in 15 appearances and issued 52 yellow cards. He's yet to send a player off in any competition this season.

Leeds have suffered at the hands of officials on trips to the capital in the 2019/20 campaign. Gaetano Berardi was wrongly sent off at Millwall, where the Whites fell behind to the resulting penalty, while another refereeing error handed Fulham a spot-kick that they converted in a 2-1 win. Against Arsenal, VAR checked a kick on Berardi by Alexandre Lacazette but decided it wasn't worth action, before QPR claimed a 1-0 win over United thanks to a goal scored after two handballs by Nahki Wells.