Simek red splits managers
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brian Laws and Mick McCarthy had opposing views as Frankie Simek was sent off.
Brian Laws and Mick McCarthy had contrasting views as Frankie Simek was sent off in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Wolves.
Simek was dismissed in the second half for a challenge on Michael McIndoe before Andy Keogh netted a last-minute equaliser for the visitors.
But Owls boss Laws was unhappy with the red card and felt the referee's decision was key to his side not winning the match.
"To get the ingredients and to get the crowd going and everything else, referees, I'm afraid, do take part in that," said Laws.
"There were some seriously wrong decisions, some seriously bad decisions that have caused mayhem.
"Possibly that, the Frankie Simek incident, has caused mayhem on the touchline which maybe helped make the referee's mind up.
"But he went for the ball and got it, yet the referee deemed it as a red card. It changed the complexity of the game and to concede in the last seconds is soul-destroying because we were on course to get three points and we would have deserved it."
Wolves boss McCarthy, though, had little sympathy for Simek, insisting the American defender merited his red card.
McCarthy said: "Red card. Deserved it. I don't think he played the ball. Even if he did, and I don't think he did, that is an unacceptable challenge whether he's going to get the ball or not.
"I reacted to it and it was a red card in my book. I like Simek, I think he's a good player, competitive.
"But he's done it and got his punishment. I haven't fallen out with Lawsy and I hope he's not fallen out with me. I don't think there's a problem between him and I.
"I guarantee, had it been the other way round Lawsy would have reacted just the way I did."