Owls: Potter throws light on what really happened

Frustrated: Subbed Darren Potter shows his feelings on Saturday
Frustrated: Subbed Darren Potter shows his feelings on Saturday
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DARREN Potter has strongly denied claims that he threw down his shirt after being taken off in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Hereford.

The Owls midfield player explained that he merely handed his wet shirt to the kit man in exchange for a warm top, after reaching the dug-out.

He admits that he did feel angry as he left the field - but only because he felt there had been a mix-up over whether or not he was injured, and not because he had been substituted.

Potter says he would be horrified if fans thought that he had shown disrespect to the Wednesday shirt.

The incident developed after he had received treatment for a knock. He asked physio Paul Smith for five minutes to see how it went, and they walked to the touchline.

Potter, keen to put the record straight about what happened next, told The Star: “I looked to my right and saw my number was up. I asked Smudger why, and he said ‘I don’t know’.

“I said to the manager ‘why have you taken me off?’ He said ‘I thought you were injured’. I said ‘I’m not’.

“Then I sat down and I was arguing with Smudger because I thought the message hadn’t got through - that’s why I was angry, not because I had been substituted.

“I did sulk; I was very frustrated. I did take my shirt off, but I didn’t slam it down or anything. I have too much respect for the club to do anything like that. I just passed it to the kit man and put a clean top on.

“If anybody thinks I did a disservice to the club, I apologise.”

Alan Irvine said after Saturday’s game that he had been thinking of making a change anyway; and the injury incident hastened his decision.

The Owls manager said yesterday: “I know there was bit of a disagreement between Darren and Paul. I spoke to Paul. Everything was ironed out.

“Darren is a good lad. He knows what’s expected of any player who is substituted. I don’t think there’s any problem.”

Meanwhile, the visit of the Owls to Peterborough tonight is regarded by Posh as one of two big tests for them this week: they play Southampton in a televised game on Friday.

Centre half Kelvin Langmead said: “It’s a big week and two massive tests against two massive clubs, but we have no reason to be worried about them.

“We have been very good at home and we will relish the big occasions. We have a lot of quality in the side and a huge attacking threat.

“The manager has been saying that clean sheets are vital. If we stop the opposition scoring we will usually win because of the forwards we have.”

Posh are the division’s top scorers with 51 goals, but only two clubs have conceded more than their tally of 48.

Owls keeper Richard O’Donnell has joined Blue Square North club Alfreton on a two-month loan.