Sheffield Wednesday: Sam Hutchinson won’t hold a grudge over Adam Hammill tackle

Sam Hutchinson beats Conor Hourihane in the air in the last meeting between Wednesday and Barnsley
Sam Hutchinson beats Conor Hourihane in the air in the last meeting between Wednesday and Barnsley

In the red corner, Adam Hammill, still claiming even now that he was unjustifiably sent off when Barnsley lost to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough earlier this season.

In the blue corner, Sam Hutchinson, the man on the receiving end of the challenge, who takes a very different view.

But you won’t find Hutchinson harbouring any animosity when the sides meet again at Oakwell.

Hammill said earlier this week, when asked about his sending off in the 2-0 defeat: “For me on a personal level there’s extra incentive. Obviously in the last game against them I was sent off and don’t think it was warranted. So that adds fuel to the fire.”

With a smile, Hutchinson offered his own view on the incident.

“He should have gone, he tried to two-foot me that’s the truth,” he said. “He’s a winger and he can’t tackle.

“I went in fairly and he tried to two-foot me. I have got no hard feelings about that, but that’s the truth.

“I say that in jest, it was just one of those things and that’s what happens in football.

“If someone does a bad tackle on me, it is what it is, I would never hold a grudge.

“It’s the competition, sometimes you get carried away with it, like I have done many a time.

“I thought the referee had sent me off, because he pointed the card at me. That was strange. Tackling is not a winger’s game. I can’t do skills. He can go and take someone on, I can’t do that, but I can tackle.”

That he can, but it was just that which cost Hutchinson a few games as he picked up a knee injury last month.

Now, though, the 27-year-old defender-turned-midfielder is more than ready for a return to action.

He said: “I just have to manage it. It happened at Forest, I made a tackle which made my knee a little bit sore.

“I got through the game against Leeds, then couldn’t manage it. But it’s not bad at the moment. Hopefully I can play in all the last eight games now.

“The manager knows me, I know my body, so fingers crossed we can manage it and play as many games as possible.”