The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew West

AFRE­NETIC York­shire derby was sparked by con­tro­versy when Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Jeremy He­lan was booked twice yet wasn’t sent off, leav­ing Simon Grayson call­ing for match of­fi­cials to pub­licly ex­plain their de­ci­sions.

Ref­eree Mick Rus­sell showed the French winger a yel­low card for div­ing in the eighth minute, and a sec­ond when he tripped Hud­der­s­field’s Adam Ham­mill 17 min­utes later.

But he failed to pro­duce a red card and the on-loan Manch­ester City man went on to com­plete the full 90 min­utes. It later tran­spired Rus­sell had mis­tak­enly writ­ten the num­ber of He­lan’s team-mate Michail An­to­nio in his book fol­low­ing the first book­ing.

Af­ter a game of lit­tle goal­mouth ac­tion, the in­ci­dent was the ma­jor talk­ing point for Hud­der­s­field man­ager Grayson and his Sh­effield Wed­nes­day equiv­a­lent Dave Jones.

And it drew con­trast­ing post­match re­ac­tions from the John Smith’s Sta­dium, with Grayson left be­mused and Jones aghast that the Owls hadn’t been given a penalty when He­lan was first booked.

“As we came off the pitch the ref came to me to apol­o­gise for the er­ror he made,” re­vealed Grayson.

“I think he’s prob­a­bly writ­ten the wrong num­ber down in his book which is stag­ger­ing. I also think he should have been helped by his of­fi­cials who should be over­rul­ing be­cause they all know, when a ref­eree makes a mis­take like that, who he’s book­ing.

“He’s not done it de­lib­er­ately, but you can’t make ma­jor mis­takes like that.

“He’s put An­to­nio’s num­ber in his book, but he was nowhere near the in­ci­dent. I don’t mind ref­eree’s mak­ing big mis­takes in terms of tack­les and send­ing’s off, but some­thing quite sim­ple like that shouldn’t be hap- pen­ing at this level.”

“I’m not go­ing to say Wed­nes­day go­ing down to ten men would have guar­an­teed us win­ning the game, but it would have cer­tainly helped us and what if the lad had gone on to score or cre­ated the win­ning goal?

“Ref­er­ees in gen­eral should be ac­count­able for any de­ci­sions and have a press con­fer­ence af­ter the game, whether good de­ci­sions or bad de­ci­sions. It shouldn’t be for me or Dave Jones to ex­plain.”

Eight min­utes in Alex Smithies pro­duced a smart save to keep out He­lan’s strike and the home keeper was then alert to stop a David Prut­ton vol­ley.

A minute be­fore the break Grayson’s men cre­ated their first op­por­tu­nity when Chris Kirk­land – mak­ing his 250th club ca­reer start – thwarted Simon Church.

Both sides had late chances as Town’s James Vaughan fired wide and Wed­nes­day’s Ma­mady Sidibe drew a save from Smithies.

Jones re­fused to ac­cept He­lan should have been dis­missed though, claim­ing his side had been de­nied a spot kick in the first in­ci­dent.

“It was a penalty,” he said. “I don’t know about the book­ing but it was a clear penalty.

“That is the con­tro­versy - he should give it. It’s a clear penalty for me, a big de­ci­sion to make and he has got it wrong.

“Michail got the yel­low, he said Michail made the dive.The ref­eree missed a penalty early on, and if that is at home we get that.

“De­fen­sively we were solid and on the break we caused them all sorts of prob­lems.

“The lads are work­ing really hard, and they are get­ting their re­wards for stick­ing at it when we went through a bad patch..”

STALE­MATE: James Vaughan of Hud­der­s­field and An­thony Gard­ner of Wed­nes­day in ac­tion

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ER­ROR: Ref­eree Mick Rus­sell and Jeremy He­lan

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