SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Duo escape Owls action

Flashpoint: Joe Mattock and Jermaine Johnson clash at the final whistle.  Picture: steve ellis
Flashpoint: Joe Mattock and Jermaine Johnson clash at the final whistle. Picture: steve ellis

TROUBLED Sheffield Wednesday will not take action against Jermaine Johnson and Joe Mattock following their bust-up after the Yorkshire derby loss to Hull City.

The pair were involved in a heated argument at the final whistle and pushed each other after the Owls slipped to a third successive defeat at Hillsborough.

Some fans speculated online that Johnson and Mattock clashed in the tunnel and claimed punches were thrown but a source told The Star that was not the case and described the incident as just a ‘storm in a teacup’.

The source added: “It was just something that happened in the heat of the moment. It was nothing more than a disagreement and was just a storm in a teacup.

“To be honest, the manager would be more concerned if the players didn’t have any disputes and showed no passion in the midst of our current run. Their reaction shows they care.”

Jamaican international Johnson came on as a second-half substitute for Jay Bothroyd, who was taken off because he was having trouble with his breathing.

Mattock has started the last three matches and was restored to his preferred position of left-back last weekend.

The Owls have gone eight matches in all competitions without a victory and find themselves in the Championship relegation zone. They entertain Leeds United after the international break and manager Dave Jones is convinced results will improve.

“We’ve come up to a completely differently league, and it’s not as if we aren’t matching teams at this level,” he insisted.

Mark Beevers, meanwhile, concedes he is uncertain over his future at Wednesday. The centre-back, a graduate of the club’s youth system, joined Millwall on a one-month emergency loan deal last Friday. Beevers shone alongside Danny Shittu at the heart of the defence as the Lions saw off fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers 2-1.

“I’m here [Millwall] to play games; where that takes me I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll do my business and try my hardest. Clean sheets are what us defenders thrive off so hopefully we can get them in the next four games I’m eligible to play in.”