Liam Palmer has defended teammate Sam Hutchinson after the midfielder was sent off in the Owls’ home defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
Hutchinson lasted just 14 minutes after coming on as a second half substitute. Making his first appearance since October 18, Hutchinson was booked for a high challenge on Darren Pratley and then received a second booking for a challenge on Josh Vela.
It is the third time Hutchinson has been red carded in 15 Wednesday appearances.
Palmer had no complaints over Hutchinson’s first booking but thought the second was “harsh”.
“Sam was perhaps too keen to make an impact but that’s the type of character he is,” he told The Star. “For the first offence, he was enthusiastic.
“He wants to get there, win the ball and get us moving. I think his intentions are right and he’s not doing it out of any sort of malice.
“It was an all or nothing challenge. If he gets the ball, it is a great tackle but he mis-timed it, took the player out so that was fair enough.
“There were two fouls in quick succession after that. For the second booking, he slid in for the initial challenge and has got his back to the player when he has tackled him and doesn’t really know too much about it. I think the momentum of the pitch took him threw so I think it was harsh to send him off.
“Sam was sat in the dressing room afterwards and you could see on his face he was gutted. He has worked hard to get himself back and he’s a big player for us. For him to get sent off is disappointing for everybody.”
Hutchinson will sit out Wednesday’s home clash with Birmingham City a week on Tuesday due to suspension.
Bolton condemned Stuart Gray’s side to a fifth Hillsborough defeat of the season thanks to first half goals by Liam Feeney and Pratley.
Chris Maguire’s 28th minute penalty handed the Owls a lifeline and although they piled on the pressure in the closing stages, they failed to find a leveller. Defeat means they are seven points adrift of Watford, who occupy the final play-off position.
Palmer said: “You want to be within touching distance of the top six. We have got to look at the next game. It is better to be looking up than the other way.
“We have got another big game a week on Tuesday so we have to look to go again. The league is tight so we have to keep plugging away and look to pick up the three points.”
Due to Birmingham’s FA Cup involvement, Owls have no match this weekend.
“It is quite unusual; the games normally come thick and fast around this period,” said Worksop-born Palmer. “If you have had a disappointing result, it’s a good thing if you can put it right straight away.
“We have got time to prepare and rest up. There have been a lot of games so we will be ready to go when the Birmingham game comes around.”