What Sheffield Wednesday’s under-23 coach said about Alex Hunt's straight red card in their derby win over Barnsley
An impressive 2-0 win for Sheffield Wednesday under-23s over Barnsley on Tuesday was not without its disappointments as first team hopeful Alex Hunt was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on 55 minutes.
Fraser Preston bagged both Wednesday goals in dismal South Yorkshire derby conditions at the Tykes’ Oakwell training ground.
The win was only the young Owls’ second in eight matches and put breathing space between them and the bottom two – Bolton Wanderers are bottom with city rivals Sheffield United between them.
But Hunt’s tackle was a learning curve for the side, said under-23s coach Andy Holdsworth, on an afternoon that saw his players excel.
“It’s a tough one with the tempo of the game and the conditions,” he told swfc.co.uk.
“Alex has made a bad challenge but I didn’t think it was a red card, potentially a yellow.
“But playing with 10 men is part and parcel of their development, there are going to be occasions where it is the other way round but the lads stuck to the game plan and remained hard to beat throughout.
“It was a great performance on a tough pitch in difficult conditions. I was really impressed with the desire, determination and togetherness the group showed to get a clean sheet and win the game.
“There were two good finishes from Fraser who latched on to two good balls. He’s worked hard to get into those positions and finished the chances really well.”