Sheffield Wednesday have last laugh after Yeovil goal controversy

Protest: Wednesday players remonstrate with the referee after Yeovil's equaliser.     Picture: Steve ellis
Protest: Wednesday players remonstrate with the referee after Yeovil's equaliser. Picture: Steve ellis
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Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has hit out at the Sheffield Wednesday players for their reaction to the Glovers’ controversial equaliser.

The Owls’ players were incensed after Kieran Agard chased down a drop ball, which was being returned to Wednesday’s possession.

In the ensuing confusion centre-half Rob Jones and goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell collided to allow Agard the simple task of sliding the ball into the empty net.

It resulted in a long delay to the match as the Wednesday players and coaching staff protested to Yeovil and the referee that it wasn’t in the spirit of the game.

Usually if a goal is scored in that fashion the opposition are allowed to walk the ball the length of the pitch unchallenged to right the perceived wrong.

However, Skiverton admitted the reaction of the Wednesday players made up his mind to tell his team not to do that. He said: “It was not a satisfactory goal but in the end we let the referee make the decision.

“I might have been more inclined to give them a goal back but their number six (Jose Semedo) was effing and blinding me to such an extent that I didn’t feel like trying to help them out.”

Owls midfielder James O’Connor said: “In fairness to the ref he can’t do anything. It has happened many times and there’s a way to behave and a way not to behave and I think today was an example of what not to do.”

Despite the controversy Wednesday went on to secure their first away win of the season 3-2 after goals from David McGoldrick on his debut, Julian Bennett and Gary Madine.

Skiverton praised striker Madine and believes the Owls are a force to be reckoned with this season.

He said: “Madine is top scorer in the league and worth a lot of money. So is McGoldrick. They get paid big bucks to get the goals and they are up there with the top strikers.”