Danny rage over flurry of cards

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Matthew Mur­ray To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

PIC­TURES: Steve El­lis

LAST AC­TION HERO: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Chris Maguire scores the late win­ner

SEE­ING RED: Frim­pong

is sent off

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