GILES Coke has backed Kieran Lee after his fellow Owls midfield player was taken off in only the 25th minute of the 1-1 draw with Ipswich.
Coke said that the other players felt as if they had let Lee down because he was the one to miss out in a tactical change caused by a poor start for the team. “It wasn’t because he was playing badly,” said Coke. “I feel sorry because I’m partly to blame as well; I don’t think I played well in the first half. All the boys were disappointed we let him down, we let everyone down in the first half.
“But at the time we needed to change it; unfortunately it was Kieran. But he’s been brilliant since he’s been in; he’s a really a good player. Obviously he’s upset but he’ll be fine. It could have been anyone. I wasn’t happy with the first-half performance. That said, I thought we did ok for the first 10 minutes; it went a bit pear-shaped after that. We got a telling off at at half time, and in the second half we put in a good performance. We got closer to our men and won more second balls and created chances.”
Jermaine Johnson went off with a pulled hamstring and likely miss the final two games.