Lee Bullen comments on Korede Adedoyin’s debut red card for Sheffield Wednesday
The good news was that he was able to play for Sheffield Wednesday, finally, and while Korede Adedoyin’s first appearance for the Owls’ U23 ended in a red card, Lee Bullen has jumped to his defence.
Adedoyin travelled with the senior Wednesday team to Fulham earlier this month as Garry Monk hoped to hand him his debut down in London, however his paperwork wasn’t finalised in time – Monk said it was with the English Football League – and the teenage Nigerian was forced to wait.
Now though, it appears that all the documentation has been sorted out, giving ‘Cody’ the green light to face Hull City’s U23s at the KC Stadium on Monday evening.
The 19-year-old, however, didn’t quite make it to the final whistle, and was unfortunately sent off in his first game in this year’s U23 Professional Development League North for a high foot – but his coach had no issues with it.
As quoted by the Owls’ official website, Bullen said, "It was one of them where he was committed to the challenge and he couldn't pull out of it. The boy slipped at the same time as he went for the ball.
"It was not malicious. It was one of them where he caught the boy slightly late and it is sod's law that as soon as we get an opportunity to play the kid he gets sent off."
The game ended 1-0 to an in-form Hull side who are now three for three in the PDL North, although the visitors could’ve levelled as Manuel Hidalgo hit the post in the final 20 minutes.
The defeat left Wednesday’s U23s, who have lost several players to the senior setup this season, bottom of the table, and Bullen says they’re happy to now have a large chunk of their players back with them.
He added, “It is three games and three defeats and there are no excuses for it but there are reasons behind it.
"We have not had a chance to properly work with some of them because they have been playing for the first-team. It was a good test. We enjoyed it.”