Darren Moore on Julian Börner's 'elementary miscontrol' and some shocking Sheffield Wednesday dismissal stats

Darren Moore described Julian Börner’s error as ‘elementary’ after the German joined the list of Sheffield Wednesday dismissals for the season.

By Joe Crann
Saturday, 6th March 2021, 8:26 pm
Julian Börner became Sheffield Wednesday's seventh sending off this season. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Julian Börner became Sheffield Wednesday's seventh sending off this season. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The Wednesday defender misplaced his pass and then brought down George Puscas in the area to give Reading the perfect opportunity to lake the lead from the spot as the Owls once more were forced to try and get something out of a game despite having less players than their opponents. It was their seventh dismissal in 2020/21 so far and they went on to lose 3-0.

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Speaking to The Star after the game, Moore said of the incident, “I’ve not really looked back at the red card yet, but in real time it looked like an elementary miscontrol of the ball and he got the weight of his pass wrong.

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“He was a bit heavy on the pass and it allowed the lad to run in and get the penalty.

“I’ll wait until I’ve seen it back, and spoke to the player himself, but it looked like an elementary mishap with the ball.”

And so it was that Börner became the latest Owl to be given his marching orders in what has been the club’s most ill-disciplined season since 2016/17 when they also got seven dismissals.

In total, Wednesday have spent 314 minutes with 10 men on the field, with only three of them coming in the second half of games, and it’s even worst against Reading where they’ve spent 121 minutes of the 180 without a full complement of players.

And that’s not the only miserable stat…

Wednesday have now lost six games in a row for the first time since November/December 2012 when they lost seven on the bounce midway through their first season back in the Championship.

It’s - sadly – also worth noting that they’re now just three defeats away for setting a new record losing streak for the club. The current record is eight games in 2000 following relegation out of the Premier League.

Börner will now miss the game against Norwich City next weekend as he serves a suspension, but the Owls need to get back to winning ways and sharpish if they’re to stand any chance of retaining their place in the Championship.

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