Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal hoping the rest of the referees are like the one at Villa

Thumbs up on the victory from Carlos Carvalhal....Pic Steve Ellis
Thumbs up on the victory from Carlos Carvalhal....Pic Steve Ellis
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Carlos Carvalhal wants Championship referees to learn lessons from the performance from the man in the middle at Sheffield Wednesday’s clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.

Match official Geoff Eltringham was virtually anonymous during the 2-1 win for the Owls over Steve Bruce’s side and the showing drew praise from Carvalhal.

The Wednesday head coach had been critical of referees in some games this season, claiming that a number of decisions going against his team have denied them points.

The Owls had a goal chalked off against Birmingham, another against Leeds and clear penalties denied in defeats to Bolton and Derby and Carvalhal hasn’t been slow is voicing his disapproval at some of the refereeing performances.

However, Saturday was different and the Portuguese made the point of responding positively about Eltringham’s display.

“We had a strong referee against Villa,” said Carvalhal. “He didn’t feel the atmosphere and made good decisions.

“If we had had referees like him in the previous five games, we would probably have minimum of five more points which would make a massive difference. We lost points in games.

“We would have more points if we had had referees who didn’t make mistakes.”

n Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday’s U23 beat Sheffield United 2-1 in the Professional Development League derby at Hillsborough last night. Report: Page 53.

George Hirst, who has yet to play at any level this season for the Owls due to a contract dispute, could get some welcome game time tonight as England U19s take on Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifier in Bulgaria.