“We won’t get away with it…” – Tony Pulis gives his thoughts on Josh Windass’ Sheffield Wednesday red card
Tony Pulis admitted that Sheffield Wednesday won’t be appealing Josh Windass’ red card, saying that he thought he ‘could have headed it’ based on his first impression of the challenge.
Windass’ early dismissal in Pulis’ first game in charge put the Owls on the back foot against Preston North End, with Wednesday playing 75 minutes while down to 10 men after the SWFC forward was given the first red card of his career.
Referee, David Webb, gave Windass his marching orders as he became the fourth Wednesday player to be sent off so far this season, equalling their tally for the entirety of the 2019/20 Championship campaign after just 12 matches.
Pulis, who appeared sympathetic to the situation, will now face both Windass (three games) and Kadeem Harris (two games) suspended as November comes to an end.
Speaking to the media after the defeat at Deepdale, the new Wednesday boss said, “I haven’t seen it back yet, but his foot was high… We’re not going to be able to appeal, we won’t get away with it, because they’ll say it was dangerous play - and that’s me just seeing it when it happened.
“I spoke to Sky Sports and they thought it was harsh and should have been a yellow card, but it’s tossing a coin.”
He went on to say, “I thought Josh could have headed it… I thought he could’ve come and not put his foot up there and take that chance.
“He says he was trying to flick it over to Reachy and didn’t see the player until late, and obviously he’s caught the player - there’s no question of that.
“Red cards are not what we need, and the three games that Josh is going to miss is another stick that’s going to hit us that we don’t need.”
Windass will miss games against Swansea City, Stoke City and Reading, while Harris will be back in contention for the home clash against the Royals once he has served his respective suspension.
SWFC face Swansea on Wednesday night as they seek a return to winning ways on the road.