SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Defending’s gone to pot

Seeing red: Joe Mattock sent off, taking Owls hopes with him.'    Picture: steve ellis
Seeing red: Joe Mattock sent off, taking Owls hopes with him.' Picture: steve ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones pointed the finger at his team’s defending and the sending off of fullback Joe Mattock after last night’s 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield.

Jones felt that Mattock was in the wrong in picking up a second yellow card which saw him dismissed after Wednesday had fought back to 2-1 and the Terriers had already seen their centre half Joel Lynch sent off.

Jones also felt that once again his team’s defending was not good enough as they lost for the third successive time.

He said: “We got ourselves back in the game. They had a man sent off and that’s our advantage. Then we do the most stupid thing and get one sent off. It levels it up again. The first challenge by Joe is not a yellow card. But he had it. You don’t then go and block the lad. I can’t justify that.

“We can’t defend at the moment. We’re conceding too many goals and don’t have a base to build on because of that.

“It wasn’t good enough. We are making basic errors. You can’t let people get crosses in.You can’t get shoved off the ball. They get two entries in the box and score two goals. We have to be stronger and better than that. We have got to take a long, hard look at ourselves.”

Huddersfield’s first goal came after a penalty was conceded by Jermaine Johnson. Jones said: “It probably was because JJ has clipped him but it’s whether it was intentional.”

The visitors’ third goal came for a hotly disputed penalty for handball against Rhys McCabe. “I don’t know whether it was a penalty or not. The referee waved it away. The linesman gave it,” said Jones.