Steel City row rages on over late equaliser
GARY Megson insists that the Owls earned a point fairly at Bramall Lane as the derby debate continues.
The Wednesday manager saw nothing wrong with Gary Madine’s late equaliser, which United claimed should have been disallowed for a foul by Reda Johnson on keeper Steve Simonsen.
Megson told The Star: “I didn’t think it was an issue. The goalkeeper’s made his decision to come for it. Because of our intensity at that stage of the game, we had a lot of people trying to knock it in, and Gary Madine did.
“I didn’t think there was a foul, and never did I think the referee was going to blow his whistle.”
The Owls chief also said he had seen the incident again on DVD and saw nothing that changed his mind.
Megson agrees with Danny Wilson that the referee was right not to give United an early penalty for a collision between Reda Johnson and Lee Williamson.
“I didn’t think it was even close,” said Megson, “But I didn’t think the free-kick from which they scored their second goal was a great decision, and there were other decisions that could have gone different ways.”
But in general the Owls are understood to have been happy with the performance of 26-year-old referee Michael Wilson, whose appointment for a Sheffield derby was questioned by Wilson.
Megson’s re-run of the match also confirmed to him his team’s greater number of strikes at goal and how close they came to winning, with a stoppage-time chance for captain Rob Jones.
n Crewe Alexandra have taken ex-Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Hinds on trial for a second time. The League Two outfit had a look at the 31-year-old, who was released by the Owls in May, two months ago but Hinds opted to look elsewhere. He played in a reserves match last week.