PNE in Numbers: Four straight bookings means a ban for Fisher

Preston North End's Darnell Fisher.
Preston North End's Darnell Fisher.

Given the reaction when he arrived at the club, few would have thought Preston North End would be missing such a key man at Fulham.

Darnell Fisher was given quite the send-off by Rotherham’s fans, not impressed with his role as the Millers were emphatically relegated to League One.

But 890 minutes of action across 10 Championship appearances later his suspension after picking up five bookings will be seen as a real blow to PNE when they head to Craven Cottage.

After picking up his first card of the season in the win over Reading, Fisher has felt the wrath of the referee in the last four games, seeing yellow against Cardiff, Millwall, Hull and Sunderland in consecutive matches.

The former Celtic youngster was booked eight times for Rotherham last season, being sent off in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in September 2016.

He is no stranger to a card then, rather like Ben Pearson after he picked up a staggering 16 last term, resulting in six games suspended.

PNE’s combative midfielder, who could return from injury in the capital on Saturday, has already served North End’s first ban of the season after his sending off at Leeds in the second league game of the campaign.

That was remarkably the first red of the 22-year-old’s career.

Despite warnings about his conduct, Pearson has certainly picked up from where he left off at the end of the previous campaign.

Injury has limited him to just four appearances but as well as the sending-off for two bookable offences at Elland Road, he has been carded in the other three games he featured in, his infamous reputation surely doing him no favours.

Alex Neil wants him to learn to curb his enthusiasm a little bit and it will be interesting to see if anything has changed during his time on the sidelines.

In total, North End have picked up 24 bookings as well as Pearson’s sending off, giving them the fifth worse disciplinary record in the Championship so far.

According to the FA website that adds up to 106 points under their system.

Norwich are top of the pile on 120, 27 yellows and one red, while Birmingham are the good guys with 16 bookings and one sending off, 64 points.

North End’s cards have been fairly well shared around.

Jordan Hugill’s physical style means he has come out on the wrong side of referees three times while there are two bookings for Paul Huntington, Josh Harrop, John Welsh and Daniel Johnson.