Sheffield Wednesday: Owls vow to move on after Dons draw

Tom Lees
Tom Lees

Play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday are determined to reignite their faltering promotion bid away at rivals Derby County this weekend.

Carlos Carvalhal’s charges head to the iPro Stadium on Saturday seeking their first victory in four outings.

Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez

Tuesday’s controversial goalless draw at home to MK Dons leaves the Owls in sixth position, six points clear of nearest rivals Cardiff City, with three matches left in the scrap to secure a play-off spot.

Wednesday’s coaching staff were left frustrated after a series of refereeing decisions went against them in midweek.

But Lee Bullen has told The Star: “We are not getting those little breaks at the moment but we can’t keep bleating on about them.

“We have to take them on the chin and head down to Derby and use them as a motivational tool and get everyone wound up and pushed on for what will be a great game and atmosphere down at the iPro.”

The Owls coach criticised referee Darren Handley, a late replacement for the injured Peter Bankes, after penalising Fernando Forestieri for diving versus the third-from-bottom Dons.

“Referees have a very difficult job, especially when the stakes are high at this stage of the season,” said the Scot. “It’s when you need as strong a referee as possible, as these are important decisions..

“MK Dons were as frustrated as much as us over the decisions. I do feel sorry for the referee because it was a tough one to be thrown in like that at the last minute.”

Bullen said he missed Ross Wallace’s sending off. The winger will now sit-out their last three league fixtures.

“I’m not doing an Arsene Wenger; I genuinely didn’t see what happened,” he said. “I will have to look at it again.”