Sheffield Wednesday: Stu unhappy over Caolan card

Caolan Lavery's celebration after his first goal against Birmingham
Caolan Lavery's celebration after his first goal against Birmingham
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Stuart Gray is against players being booked for taking off their shirts in goal celebrations.

It happened to Caolan Lavery after his ‘get well soon mum’ display last Saturday.

Gray admitted that he also had to warn the striker at half time to be careful not to pick up a second yellow card: “I’m disappointed now because I think next season they’re talking about players not even being allowed to take their shirts off,” he said.

“But the hardest part of football is scoring a goal. The fans want to celebrate with the players.

“So to take away the excitement of the boy wanting to show his pride to his mother....it’s disappointing for him to get the booking.

“Suddenly at half time I’m saying to him ‘you’ve got to be very, very careful...another yellow and you’ll be sent off.’

“But I don’t think we should be taking away the excitement of the crowd and the player about the scoring of a goal, because it is an unbelievable feeling - if I can remember that far back!”

Gray, who scored 35 league goals in his career as a left back or midfield player with Forest, Barnsley, Villa and Southampton, said that new contracts for Lavery and Liam Palmer will be sorted out: “They want to stay and we want them to stay.” Lavery’s loan spell at Plymouth boosted his experience and the Owls will hope that Rhys McCabe’s switch to Portsmouth for the rest of the season will do the same for him.

Lewis Buxton’s deal ends next year but he says he wants to spend the rest of his career with the Owls.