Madine red card as ‘15 crazy minutes’ wreck Owls hopes

Off: Top scorer Gary Madine is sent off to complete a miserable night for the Owls. Picture: STEVE ELLIS
Off: Top scorer Gary Madine is sent off to complete a miserable night for the Owls. Picture: STEVE ELLIS
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GARY Megson blamed last night’s 3-2 defeat for Wednesday at Carlisle on a 15-minute spell of “crazy football.”

The Owls saw a 1-0 lead transformed into a 3-1 deficit during that devastating period early in the second half.

But the Hillsborough boss had some sympathy for Gary Madine, who was sent off near the end after receiving two bookings.

Megson said: “It should have been all over before half time time; we were 1-0 up; Chris Lines had a great chance but didn’t connect with it enough.

“We had quite a few chances to see it off, and in the second half we started okay, but after five minutes we had about 15 minutes of crazy football and found ourselves 3-1 down, in a game we had controlled in the first half.”

“With Gary Madine’s sending-off, it made life even more difficult for us.”

Madine was dismissed in the 81st minute.

Ben Marshal put the Owls ahead in the first half and Rob Jones added a late second goal.Megson said he was not sure what the striker’s first booking, in the 57th minute, was for. The second one was for a challenge.

But the Owls boss said: “From what I saw, Gary’s gone jumping in...whether he’s gone to block it.

“But he hasn’t touched anybody, so he seems to have been sent off for kicking fresh air.”

Megson - who was fined by the FA last season after controversy at Dagenham and Redbridge, is believed to have been unhappy with ref Paul Tierney’s handling of last night’s game but said:

“I have to be careful what I say. It cost me three grand last time after Dagenham.

“I can’t say anything about the referee; it would certainly be more than three grand this time.”