Sheffield Wednesday ace in stamping accusation

Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday.....Referee Lee Probert wields the red card
Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday.....Referee Lee Probert wields the red card
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Giles Coke is upset over the red card that he received in last night’s 1-1 draw at Millwall - a dismissal that will cost him a three-match ban.

That was Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray’s reaction as he also revealed that the Owls midfielder was the victim of a stamping by Lions’ player Shane Lowry who was sent off with him.

It was a bitter-sweet night for Coke, as earlier he had scored his first goal of the season to put the Owls ahead after he had gone on as a substitute.

Gray said: “Giles is adamant that the boy stamped on him. But you can’t react like that. I think Giles just pushed him away. It is difficult for me to say but sometimes you just have to walk away from the situation and let the referee deal with it.”

Coke manhandled Lowry and the clash sparked a confrontation involving players of both sides.

Gray added: “Giles is upset. He scored a good goal and I think he is probably very upset that he has let the team down by his reaction.”

Gray was also disappointed with Millwall’s equaliser which came from DJ Campbell as one of his own team-mates was lying injured in the penalty area.

Wednesday thought that play might have been stopped with Gray explaining: “It looked like it was a head injury and normally in that case the referee blows the whistle to allow the physio on. He probably was in Chris Kirkland’s way. Whether it was a lapse in concentration on our part or a decision that didn’t go for us I expected the whistle to go.” Gray said that Glenn Loovens’ second half absence was down to a hamstring injury.