Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield ace hopes for Owls luck to change

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan
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One of the Owls’ top performers is praying the old adage that refereeing decisions even themselves out over the course of the season proves to be true ahead of the run-in.

Barry Bannan is convinced he was a victim of a poor officiating call against Nottingham Forest last month. The industrious midfielder was controversially dismissed following a tackle on Eric Lichaj.

Wednesday appealed Bannan’s red card but it was rejected by a Football Association regulatory commission.

Bannan sat-out the Owls’ victories over Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers.

He said: “It was frustrating personally because I didn’t think it was a red card. I thought I got the ball but that’s football. It happens.

“Sometimes you get decisions. Sometimes you don’t. A few weeks ago, we had a period where we weren’t quite getting the decisions but it evens itself out over a season. We have got five games left so hopefully we can get a run of decisions.”

There was no happy return to the starting line-up for Bannan as Carlos Carvalhal’s side slumped to a 4-1 loss at Bristol City last weekend.

“It was good to be back out there,” he said. “It felt like I was out for ages with the international break.

“I missed three games but we luckily won them all. The boys were brilliant so that made it a bit easier.”