Sheffield Wednesday are now three points adrift of safety in the Championship, after they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.
The Owls had their fair share of chances against Alex Neil’s side, and looked bright under the management of newly-appointed boss Tony Pulis.
But the game’s turning point came after 17 minutes, as Sheffield Wednesday forward Josh Windass was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Preston’s Joe Rafferty.
The home side went on to make their man advantage count, as Tom Barkhuizen netted the winner with a well-timed effort that beat the returning Keiren Westwood in the Sheffield Wednesday goal.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Yorkshire Live) following the defeat to the Lilywhites, Owls boss Tony Pulis issued his thoughts on Windass’ dismissal, and revealed that they won’t be appealing his red card.
“I haven’t seen it back yet. His foot was high, We are not going to get away with the appeal because they will say it was dangerous play.
“I spoke to Sky Sports and they thought it was harsh and should have been a yellow card but it’s the toss of a coin really.”
Sheffield Wednesday are set to return to action in midweek when they take on promotion-chasing Swansea City, in a tough test for Pulis’ side.
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I can see why the referee sent him off.
It might come across as slightly harsh as he was going for the ball, but it was a dangerous challenge to make by Windass, and I wasn’t surprised to see him dismissed.
It’s a shame because I was impressed by him during the match against Preston, and his dismissal immediately put Tony Pulis’ side on the back foot.
That pressure proved too much as well, as the hosts picked up the three points, which leaves the Owls three points adrift of safety after their opening 12 matches of this year’s campaign.