Sheffield Wednesday: Owls face new threat from old enemy

First try: Bakary Sako missed with this free kick and was booked for taking it too quickly but was allowed to take it again and scored the winner. Picture: Steve ellis
First try: Bakary Sako missed with this free kick and was booked for taking it too quickly but was allowed to take it again and scored the winner. Picture: Steve ellis

WEDNESDAY face a new threat from Bakary Sako, the Wolves winger was a central figure in their 1-0 defeat at Molineux.

Sako not only scored the winner but caused controversy in its execution.

He took a free kick quickly and put it wide.

But the referee was not ready, booked the forward for taking the free kick too quickly and allowed him a second go - from which he scored.

If the ref, Simon Hooper, had not told him to wait for the whistle, then the quick free kick would have been acceptable and play would have re-started with a goal kick to Wednesday.

Dave Jones argued that there was no sign of Sako having been ordered to wait, and the Owls boss asked why Sako had taken the kick early if he had been told not to.

Sako has had a lean time in recent weeks but has been praised by Dean Saunders in the wake of last Friday’s 1-1 home draw with Blackburn - Saunders’ first game as manager after he left Doncaster.

Saunders says: “You need players who will head the ball out of your box, tackle and chase, and you’ve got to have players who can do what Sako did when he ran the length of the pitch with the ball.

“I would have paid for a ticket to watch that if I knew it was going to happen; some of the flashes of brilliance as he was carrying the ball up the pitch – I’m sure the fans enjoyed it.

“Sako caused them all sorts of problems, running the length of the pitch with the ball. He was class.

“We had them pinned in for long periods but we couldn’t finish off one of those crosses or corners – Sako was flashing crosses across the goal and we didn’t seem to be able to get on the end of any of them to get in front.”

Sako will be looking for his eighth goal of the season at Hillsborough tomorrow.