Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss slams ref

Owls Lewis Buxton and keeper Chris Kirkland
Owls Lewis Buxton and keeper Chris Kirkland
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DAVE Jones slammed referee Darren Sheldrake over an incident that robbed the Owls of a 2-0 lead at Watford.

Wednesday were winning 1-0 through a goal by Michail Antonio when a header by Lewis Buxton appeared both to cross the goal-line and be handled by Hornets defender Nyron Nosworthy. It came only three days after the Owls were controversially denied at least one spot kick for handball in the game against Forest.

Jones said: “We should have been 2-0 up. I don’t know how the referee and linesman missed it. He (Sheldrake) either gives handball or gives the ball across the line. He can’t miss both - he did. That changes the whole complexion of the game. Some of the decisions he made - it’s not acceptable.”

Jones said video evidence supported his view. He added: “It can’t keep going on. He should be dropped to wherever they drop them. That was the poorest (refereeing) performance I’ve seen in a long time. We had a 10-minute spell where they got the goals but we took the game to them and had chances in both halves; we should have been 2-0 up.”