Dark times for unlucky ex-Owls ace

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FORMER Owls left back Peter Gilbert has seen the lights go out on a quick comeback for the second season in succession.

Floodlight failure has twice prolonged his absence from Southend’s side, who are currently managed by ex-Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock.

The defender was suspended for a Boxing Day game at Aldershot - who were knocked out of the FA Cup by the Owls - after picking up five bookings.

But because the game was abandoned after the lights failed, his one-match suspension must now be fulfilled at Wimbledon tomorrow.

The same thing happened to him last season: he was suspended for a game at Cheltenham but that was abandoned because of floodlight failure and his return to the team was held up.

“It’s just absolutely mad it’s happened again and I can’t believe it,” he said.

“Games are hardly ever called off because of floodlight failures these days but it’s happened two seasons in a row now and both times I’ve been banned.

“What must be the chances of that happening? It’s just incredible and I guess I must just be quite unlucky.

“I just hope that the weather and the lights at Wimbledon are OK.”