Why Sheffield Wednesday were able to make four substitutions against Morecambe

Sheffield Wednesday made four substitutes in one game against Morecambe after three players were forced off with injuries.

Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 11:04 pm
Sheffield Wednesday had a bad night on the injury front - and used four substitutes.
Sheffield Wednesday had a bad night on the injury front - and used four substitutes.

The Owls had a torrid evening on the fitness front, with Harlee Dean, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and then Josh Windass all having to limp down the tunnel after various ailments.

Dean was replaced by Liam Palmer and Dele-Bashiru came off for Callum Paterson before a third sub saw Sylla Sow come on for Kamberi in what many thought was their final substitution of the game – however Windass was then replaced by Saido Berahino late on, much to the confusion of several.

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But a fourth substitute was perfectly legal for Wednesay, with the first half replacement of Trevor Carson as a ‘concussion substitute’ giving the Owls the opportunity to make one more in order to level the playing field.

Speaking after the game, Wednesday’s stand-in manager, Jamie Smith, told The Star, “Because they made a concussion substitution, the fourth official said that we had an extra sub ourselves - which was obviously good for us… He told us as their goalkeeper came off, so we knew when we made our third substitute that we had another one.”

Wednesday hung on to the 1-0 lead that George Byers had given them in the second half, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing going on to seal a 2-0 win in injury time with a deflected effort.

There has been no comment on the severity of the injuries sustained at Hillsborough on Tuesday, but Darren Moore will be hoping that they’re not as bad as first feared as they look to push on in the second half of the season.

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