GARY Madine must learn from his sending-off at Carlisle, says Gary Megson.
The Wednesday manager has some sympathy with the striker over his dismissal which puts him out of Saturday’s game at Wycombe.
Megson awaits clarification over the reason for Madine’s first booking at Brunton Park but thinks he was booked a second time for “kicking fresh air” in his challenge on an opponent.
The Owls manager said: “When you’re playing against your old club, your focus can waver a bit. He was getting a bit of gyp.
“I’m watching the game and Rob Jones has been booked for his first foul after 12 minutes; I’m watching the other end and their fellas are booting Gary Madine and Chris O’Grady up hill and down dale, and nothing happens.
“It’s expensive to start criticising referees. You can not understand it, but have a little bit of sympathy with Gary, with what was going on. He’s lost his barnet a little bit and consequently been sent off. Making a mistake is acceptable; doing it twice isn’t, so he just has to learn from that.”
Megson steered clear of heaping criticism on referee Paul Tierney after being fined £3,000 by the FA last season for his reaction to a controversial decision over the referee’s conduct at the 1-1 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge.
Tierney, Tuesday night’s official, has now issued five red cards and 47 yellows in only 12 games this season.
He booked seven players in last Saturday’s game between MK Dons and Scunthorpe.
In April he booked eight players and sent off both managers during a game between Hereford and Gillingham and was criticised by both camps.
Tierney’s record last season was eight red cards and 113 yellows in 32 games.
At Carlisle, he also booked Rob Jones, James O’Connor, Chris Lines and Jermaine Johnson, plus Carlisle’s James Berrett, Lubo Michalik and Liam Noble.
Megson added: “That’s the first time this season we’ve scored the first goal and not won. But it happens. We have to deal with it.”