'Very unfortunate' - Pundit and former Leeds United star on Sheffield Wednesday kid Liam Shaw's red card against Reading FC

It was one of those nights at Hillsborough when the referee was in the spotlight more than anyone else on the pitch.

Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 9:16 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 9:33 am

Man-in-the-middle Oliver Langford had an interesting night officiating Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Reading – a match that meant that Owls boss Tony Pulis is still awaiting his first win since taking charge.

Langford first came to prominence when he sent off Liam Shaw for a strong challenge on Royals’ Omar Richards in the first half.

It certainly wasn’t a clear-cut decision but it would be the away side who would fall foul of the referee after the break when they should have had at least one penalty.

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Moses Odubajo hauled down Richards; Adam Reach clearly used his arm when trying to block a shot and Josh Laurent went down in the box while tangling with Elias Kachunga, though on that occasion the Reading player had a handful of the Owls substitute’s shirt.

It made for a busy night of analysis across social media and on the airwaves and one former Leeds United and Liverpool star said Wedesday were unlucky to go down to ten men after that that tackle from Shaw.

Speaking as a pundit on EFL on Quest, Stephen Warnock felt the Owls youngster wasn’t endangering Richards in the challenge.

Liam Shaw of Sheffield Wednesday (obscured) receives a red card from Match Referee, Oliver Langford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading at Hillsborough. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

"I think it was a genuine attempt to go for the ball," said Warnock. "It was the following leg coming through.

"I don't think he is endangering the other player and for me I don't think it is a sending off. He is very unfortunate."

On the other hand, Warnock was critical of the referee’s call on each of those aforementioned penalty appeals for Reading.

"The first one on [Omar] Richards is a clear penalty," Warnock added. "He gets the wrong side of the defender.

"The handball [by Reach] - how you cannot see that, it's so clear. The height of the ball and the way it hits Adam Reach, it's a clear penalty.

"There was talk of Laurent having a chunk of Kachunga's shirt but it's still a penalty. He has spun him and done too much.

"The referee had a tough night and he's got a few decisions wrong, for me."