Madine hails Owls’ Coke

Penalty woe: Giles Coke after missing his spot kick.
Penalty woe: Giles Coke after missing his spot kick.
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NEW Owls striker Gary Madine has saluted Giles Coke for refusing to hide after the midfield man was “devastated” by his penalty miss against Yeovil.

Coke was in tears at the end of the 2-2 draw over a moment that was regarded by Alan Irvine as a key point in the game.

After succeeding with his attempt, Coke was ordered to retake the kick because of encroachment and then shot over the bar.

Madine said: “Giles is devastated; he blames himself because he missed. But he still wanted the ball after that; a lot of players wouldn’t have wanted the ball after that. Fair play to him.”

Boss Irvine has described the decision to have the penalty retaken as “ridiculous”. Slow motion replays have shown that though Paul Heffernan was penalised for encroachment, he was not in the box but two Yeovil players were.

On Coke, Irvine said: “The penalty was the big moment. Tommy Miller usually takes them. Giles had put himself up. His first one was excellent. The second one became very difficult, with all the time-wasting before it.

“He had to do it all over again. Mentally, that becomes a challenge.”

Irvine believes that if the Owls had equalised from the penalty, in the 71st minute, then they could have gone on to win against Yeovil’s nine men, instead of running out of time after Reda Johnson’s 86th minute leveller.

For Madine, the lack of a win took the shine off his first goal for the club, on his home debut.

“The ball didn’t seem to drop to us in the box in the last 20 minutes,” said the £400,000 striker. “On another day, we might have got a few more goals.

“They were on the back foot in the second half. We were unlucky. Their first goal was one of the luckiest I’ve seen in my life.

“With no disrespect to Yeovil, we should be beating teams like them.

“There’s still a long way to go. If we play the way we can, there’s not many teams in this league better than us.”

Midfielder Luke Boden has left Wednesday by mutual consent. The 22-year-old came through the ranks, making 19 senior appearances at Hillsborough.