SHEFFIELD Wednesday star Gary Madine has been praised for giving up the chance of a hat-trick to allow an Owls youngster to take a penalty.
Madine’s gesture came in the 3-2 win for the Under-21s against Sheffield United.
The centre forward had scored two but unselfishly allowed 19-year-old striker Caolan Lavery to have the spot kick, which he missed.
Coach Lee Bullen told The Star: “At first I wanted Gary to get his hat-trick but after speaking to him I understand his decision, and fair play to him for doing what he did.
“He showed a lot of maturity, a lot of respect towards a younger player.
“He felt that Caolan has a lot of potential and that it would be great for him to get a goal in a derby, at home, in front of the fans. Complete respect to him for that decision.
“It could be that some of the players there will become star players and will remember that gesture of respect towards the young and learn from it.”
Madine said on Twitter: “Good run-out, good bunch of lads. Gave (Lavery) the pen because I see big things from this lad at SWFC.”
Bullen praised the attitude of the relatively experienced members of the team that represented the development squad against United: Madine, Rodri, Paul Corry, Danny Mayor and Arron Jameson: “It would be easy to come into a game like this and go through the motions but they were exemplary.”
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