Wednesday pay penalty for strange decisions

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DAVE Jones is getting fed up of decisions that go against the Owls.

He is probably just as fed up of talking about them, but what else can he do?

The number of controversies in the last two months has been quite extraordinary.

In nine of the last 13 matches there has been at least one incident that has come under close scrutiny.

Officials’ decisions have ranged from debatable to shocking.

There have been other moments than have gone Wednesday’s way but nothing on the scale of the misfortune that they have suffered.

The trouble is, people may suspect that Jones is moaning just to deflect inadequacies in his team. But that is not true, as he has always been pretty frank, like on Tuesday night after the Blackpool game when he admitted: “We were second best in the first half.”

The catalogue of unhapppy events looks like this:

Sept 1, Palace away: Incredibly, a penalty is signalled for a perfect tackle by Mark Beevers. The ref is persuaded to change his mind, but the uproar changes the mood of the match and Palace score a late winner.

Sept 19, Huddersfield at home: It is obvious (or should be to the linesman and referee) that it is accidental when a cross hits Rhys McCabe’s arm when it is down by his side. But a penalty is given and Huddersfield score a killer third goal.

Sept 25, Southampton away: Saints hit a decisive second goal from a penalty given for a foul by Joe Mattock that is actually outside the box.

Sept 30, Wolves away: Michail Antonio appears to be fouled in the box in the second minute, but nothing is given; Wolves’ goal comes from a controversial, twice-taken free kick.

Oct 2, Burnley away: Jones argues that the Clarets should have had a man sent off for clipping Antonio when he was getting clear, long before the end of a 3-3 thriller.

Oct 6, Hull at home: The ball looks as if it could be over the line from a Miguel Llera, and Antonio seems to be upended in the box, but again there are no penalties. Hull score a late winner.

Oct 19, Leeds at home: Leeds striker Luciano Becchio dives to handle the ball in the area but somehow the referee does not see it.

Nov 3, Peterborough at home: A push in the back on Miguel Llera in the box goes unpunished, and Dave Jones insists there were two challenges on Antonio that should have been penalties. A spot kick for a handball would have been harsh but was the same sort of incident over which McCabe was penalised in the Huddersfield game.

Nov 6, Blackpool at home: Jones studies the replay and detects another “stonewall” penalty, with Antonio again involved.

They say that these sort of issues even themselves out eventually, but it looks as if Wednesday will need a whole lot of lucky or dubious decisions to go their way if that is to happen. They deserve sympathy but must battle on.