The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Wragg

SENT off Car­los Car­val­hal could only watch from the main stand as his ten-man Sh­effield Wed­nes­day side crum­bled.

Car­val­hal’s re­ac­tion to Vin­cent Sasso’s send­ing off three min­utes into the sec­ond half was so long and out­ra­geous he was or­dered out of the dug-out by ref­eree Lee Probert.

Wed­nes­day’s boss didn’t know where to go – a bit like his team.

At one point Car­val­hal went to sit in the Villa dugout un­til a stew­ard es­corted him to a seat in the stands.

But no-one sorted out Wed­nes­day.

Jonathan Kod­jia’s two goals de­stroyed them and Villa ought to have had more.

“It is the first time I have ever been sent off,” said Car­val­hal.

“I spoke with the ref­eree but I con­firm I was not of­fen­sive with any­body. I did not use one sin­gle of­fen­sive word. I did not com­plain about noth­ing.

“He took the de­ci­sion to send me off be­cause I was out of the tech­ni­cal area. I just re­spect that.

“I do not talk usu­ally about the de­ci­sions of the ref­eree be­cause it is not my job and I don’t talk about this.

“I re­peat I said noth­ing of­fen­sive to the ref­eree. I know the words in English, but I did not use them.”

It’s a dan­ger­ous time in the sea­son to hit a slump and Wed­nes­day will be out of the Championship’s play-off places if Ful­ham win on Tues­day night.

“Sh­effield Wed­nes­day have been in the top six for most of the past two years,” said Villa boss Steve Bruce.

“They are a good side, but I didn’t see my goal­keeper having to make many saves.

“I didn’t think Car­val­hal was go­ing to go. That would have been in­ter­est­ing. At one stage he was head­ing for our bench.

“Sasso’s tackle, in this day and age, I think he had to be red carded for that one. Luck­ily [Conor] Houri­hane saw it com­ing and got out the way. I have to say I think the ref­eree got it right.”

It was Bruce, as Hull man­ager, who beat Wed­nes­day in last sea­son’s Wem­b­ley play-off fi­nal and Car­val­hal in­sists they are still on course again.

“We beat Nor­wich 5-1 last

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

THE ARTFUL KOD­JIA: Jonathan Kod­jia cel­e­brates with Conor Houri­hane after scor­ing the first of his two goals, in­set

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