FU­RI­OUS OWLS BEATEN AF­TER FORESTIERI RED

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Scott Hunt

SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY boss Car­los Car­val­hal was left fum­ing at Fer­nando Forestieri’s red card which he claimed was the turn­ing point in the Owls’ loss to Pre­ston.

Joe Garner’s header se­cured the win seven min­utes af­ter Forestieri was sent off hav­ing re­ceived a se­cond yel­low for try­ing to han­dle the ball into the net.

It was a first de­feat in eight league games for Wed­nes­day, while Pre­ston are up to 10th hav­ing lost just one of their last nine Cham­pi­onship matches.

It was Forestieri’s first yel­low card which had Car­val­hal seething. The Ital­ian was booked for div­ing, and Car­val­hal said: “The first yel­low card is un­be­liev­able be­cause it was a clear foul to us and he gives a yel­low to Fer­nando.

“If he doesn’t go down he will be in front of goal in the area with a very clear chance to score a goal.

“The se­cond yel­low seems cor­rect even. Though he doesn’t touch the ball he’s tried to put his hand on the ball and the ref­eree there­fore was cor­rect.

“The game was bal­anced, we both cre­ated chances and in the se­cond half we looked as though we would score, but the red card changed it.

“Even with 10 play­ers we took risks and the play­ers fought un­til the last se­cond to try to win the game.”

Grayson, who cel­e­brated his three-year an­niver­sary at Pre­ston this week, said his side claimed a big scalp by beat­ing the pro­mo­tion­chas­ing Owls and sin­gled out the de­fen­sive dis­play.

“We’re de­lighted, we knew it would be a tough test for us,” said Grayson. “Wed­nes­day are go­ing re­ally well and they are a mas­sive foot­ball club – we’ve got a big scalp to­day.

“Our de­fend­ers want to de­fend. Some de­fend­ers want to be ballplay­ers but our lads want to de­fend. They want to get hurt, to tackle and make sure they do ev­ery­thing re­quired to keep a clean sheet.

“There’s been talk about Joe Garner not scor­ing but he thor­oughly de­served his goal. He al­ways puts his body on the line and gives you so much to the team even when he’s not scor­ing.”

The hosts had the first chance af­ter 10 min­utes when Greg Cun­ning­ham’s left-wing cross picked out fel­low full-back Calum Woods, but he struck wide from 12 yards.

And the Pre­ston pres­sure con­tin­ued a minute later when Adam Reach whis­tled a strike from 20 yards inches over the bar.The hosts were suc­cess­fully si­lenc­ing the vast away sup­port.

Were it not for the ex­cel­lent West­wood, Pre­ston would have taken the lead af­ter 27 min­utes, but the keeper sprung low to his right to save Garner’s header from Paul Gal­lagher’s free-kick.

Sh­effield Wed­nes­day are the Cham­pi­onship’s top scor­ers, but the chances con­tin­ued to fall for Pre­ston as an­other Gal­lagher free-kick made its way to Tom Clarke, but he thrashed wide when un­marked from eight yards.

Ross Wal­lace’s free-kick on the hour sparked panic in the Pre­ston area and even­tu­ally fell to Daniel Pudil, who volleyed over the bar from 12 yards.

The cru­cial mo­ment came in the 66th minute when Wed­nes­day’s top scorer Forestieri was dis­missed, and seven min­utes later Pre­ston made the ex­tra man count. Woods’ left-wing cross found Garner at the far post, and his bul­let header from six yards gave West­wood no chance.

The vis­i­tors pushed for an equaliser and Lu­cas Joao looked cer­tain to tap home Gary Hooper’s cross af­ter 83 min­utes, but a bril­liant last-ditch tackle from Clarke de­nied him.

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