I’m no diver, raps Owls striker Best

Sheffield Wednesday's Leon Best celebrates scoring against QPR
Sheffield Wednesday's Leon Best celebrates scoring against QPR

Owls striker Leon Best has angrily denied claims he dived to win a penalty during Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

The game’s major talking point arrived in the 35th minute, when Best went down under the challenge of former Republic of Ireland team-mate Richard Dunne.

Dunne was subsequently sent off, and Chris Maguire confidently dispatched the resulting penalty to put the Owls ahead.

“I could have struck it with my left foot, but I took another touch to get in front of him,” Best said.

“He’s then clipped my inside thigh/knee area, and I’ve lost my balance.

“But I’m not a diver. I know Richard from the Ireland squad, and he knows I don’t dive, but if I’d tried to stay on my feet and not scored, it could have been a different game.

“But I was delighted to score.

“I’ve not played football for a long, long time at Blackburn and I love the game, so it’s frustrating to be not playing.

“Before the game, I watched vidoes of my penalty miss [at Wigan] because I’m my own worst critic, and I always like to look at what I can do better in the next game.”

The goal was on-loan Best’s second in two games - and he will be gunning for a third in three at the weekend, when Wednesday face South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers.

Before then, however, Best may have more pressing matters to deal with - as his partner is expecting twins!

“The boys have been unbelievable since I arrived here,” Best added, “and it’s important. I remember us doing well at Newcastle because the team spirit was excellent.”