Danny rage over flurry of cards
BARNSLEY boss Danny Wilson was left furious after his team had two men sent off and conceded a last-second goal in an agonising defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Emmanuel Frimpong – signed from Arsenal this week on a deal until the end of the season – was given his marching orders after 31 minutes for his second yellow card.
And Jacob Mellis was red carded in the final minute for a reckless challenge on Jacques Maghoma – just after Mellis felt he should have had a penalty for tumbling in the box.
Seconds after Mellis’ departure, the impressive Chris Maguire drilled in an effort from 20 yards after Barnsley sloppily gave the ball away and it flew past Luke Steele to give Wednesday – who stretched their unbeaten run to ten games – the points.
Wilson fumed: “We kept our cool for most of the game, we then have a stonewall penalty which Jacob shouldn’t have gone down for. He then loses his cool and gets sent off. The game should have been over by then and I don’t know where the referee has found the time.
“We had played about seven and a half minutes by that point and it was unbelievable that the game was still being played. The sendings off frustrated me.
“It was a bit naive from Frimpong but it’s his debut and the referee should show some common sense. “The lads are down in the dressing room but they can hold their heads high. They gave it everything and deserved something from the game.You don’t often see your fans clapping you behind after the game when you lose but they have done that.
“When you wear your heart on your sleeve like that you deserve more from the game.”
Wednesday had started well and had a few early chances but the game changed when Frimpong was given his marching orders.
The hosts had all the possession but failed to carve out any serious chances and Barnsley stopper Steele had a quiet afternoon until being stunned in the dying seconds by Maguire’s wonder goal.
Wednesday boss Stuart Gray – whose side moved nine points above Barnsley after the win – was delighted to get the points against his former club.
He said: “It’s a great feeling when it happens to you but it’s horrible when it doesn’t.
“When they went down to ten men people thought it’d be an easier game but it wasn’t.
“I kept encouraging the players to cross and shoot but I don’t have to encourage Chris Maguire to shoot. You could feel the tension come off the players and crowd when the ball went in.
“We were edgy and frustrated against ten men for most of the game.
“But my only concern was that our spare man was our centre half and sometimes they get carried away and get done on the counter attack and we needed to concentrate for the whole game.
“Chris Maguire went to Coventry on loan and got some games and he’s come back in great form.
“He’s shown what he can do and is in a great run of form. I’m proud of all our players, we’re on a great run and confidence in the camp is high.”
LAST ACTION HERO: Sheffield Wednesday’s Chris Maguire scores the late winner
SEEING RED: Frimpong
is sent off