Preston North End are one the Championship's best behaved clubs this season

Preston North End are proving to be one of the better behaved clubs in the Championship this season.

Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 12:20 pm

They have the joint-fifth best disciplinary record, having had 59 bookings and just one red card.

The FA’s Fair Play table is still showing the red card for Darnell Fisher at West Bromwich Albion last week.

However, the right-back’s dismissal got overturned on appeal.

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Preston right-back Darnell Fisher has a chat with referee David Webb in the game against Fulham at Craven Cottage

That leaves Joe Rafferty as North End’s one recipient of a red card, in the 2-1 win over Fulham at Deepdale in December.

Adjusting the Fair Play table to take out Fisher’s overturned red, PNE have 248 disciplinary points.

Four points are awarded for a yellow, 10 for a red shown for denial of a goalscoring opportunity or two cautions, and 12 for violent conduct, serious foul play or abusive language.

Rafferty’s early bath was for serious foul play, and he received a straight red card and a three-match ban.

Joe Rafferty (on the floor) gets a red card in PNE's win over Fulham at Deepdale in December

North End have certainly been better behaved this season than last.

They racked up seven red cards in 2018/19, three of those shown to Ben Pearson. Midfielder Pearson also got 14 yellow cards last season.

This season he has been booked nine times and his current injury absence means he is not at peril of a two-match ban for 10 yellows.

After the 37th game – which is PNE’s clash with QPR on Saturday – 10 cautions do not trigger a ban.

Those players receiving 15 yellow cards in the regular season face a three-game suspension though.

Fisher has collected the most bookings in the PNE squad this season, with him cautioned 12 times.

Pearson is next with nine and then Jayden Stockley who has got five.

QPR are the bad boys of the Championship, with them having 364 disciplinary points.

They have had 86 bookings and two dismissals.

Their visit to Deepdale on Saturday will be refereed by Dean Whitestone.

Barnsley are just behind them with 360 points, with Charlton in third with 344.

Derby’s 342 points puts them in fourth, with Sheffield Wednesday in fifth.

The Owls have 334 points, with five red cards – the most in the division – contributing to those.

Brentford are the best behaved Championship side with 192 points, having had 45 bookings and one red.