Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday managers clash on big decisions
OPINION was well and truly split on two big talking points when Dougie Freedman and Dave Jones headed back down the tunnel after the final whistle.
Though both managers felt their teams were worth more than the point they gained, it was two decisions from referee Chris Foy and his assistant Sian Massey that really polarised views on Saturday evening.
Firstly, Jose Semedo’s red card for a challenge on Jay Spearing in the centre circle – either a cynical lunge that deserved a dismissal or a perfectly fair effort, depending on which side of the fence you were on.
“It was a terrible tackle – I’m not interested in what other managers say, anyone, just look at the video,” protested Freedman. “If you lunge in and jump off the floor with a straight foot then you are going to cause damage, and Jay is in there right now with a swollen ankle. I thought the referee got it right as I thought he did most of the decisions.”
Unsurprisingly, his opinion was not shared by Owls boss Jones, who announced he would be appealing the red card issued to his Portuguese midfielder.
“You can tell by the reaction of the players and Jose is distraught because there is nothing wrong with the tackle,” he said.
“We know his game inside out and it is not his nature to go out and hurt someone. He has one foot on the floor and we will appeal the decision.
“Hopefully, the referee will look at it again and reverse the decision.”
Wednesday felt they should have had a goal on 68 minutes when Reda Johnson headed home from around 15 yards out.
Lineswoman Massey ruled that players in an offside position had obstructed Adam Bogdan in his attempts to get to the ball – but once again, the two managers differed considerably in their interpretation of events.
“There is nothing wrong with it from what we saw at the time and from what we have seen on the video,” Jones said.
“Jermaine heads it in but the assistant’s flag is up and there’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t get the goal back but we can get the sending-off rescinded on appeal if the referee changes his mind after seeing it again.”
Freedman argued, however, that his side had got their defensive line just right.
“We practise all the time to make sure when the ball comes out we get out, and I think we had a yard to spare,” he said. “It was Matt Mills’ reaction to get out, that was practised; it wasn’t luck.”