Yorkshire news Pundit backs Tony Pulis over Keiren Westwood stance despite Preston error MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley was the guest on Championship highlights show EFL On Quest on Saturday evening and had his say on the 1-0 defeat
Breaking News ! Danny Cowley has backed Tony Pulis’ decision to restore Keiren Westwood to the starting lineup, but acknowledged that he should have done better in the build-up to Tom Barkhuizen’s decisive goal at Deepdale. The new Sheffield Wednesday manager took charge of his first game on Saturday afternoon in a losing effort away to Preston North End – the hosts’ first home win of the season. Speaking as a pundit on EFL on Quest, the former Huddersfield Town manager said: “Westwood, I have to say if I was in Tony Pulis’ position I probably would have played him because I think he experience brings a lot to the Sheffield Wednesday team. Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter for reaction to Tony Pulis appointment Why you should sign up? Sheffield Wednesday have found their new manager in Tony Pulis. The former Stoke City, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Middlesbrough manager succeeds Garry Monk at Hillsborough and we will be right across the story in the coming days on Yorkshire Live. Each weekday at 3pm, a daily bulletin of all the latest news and best analysis from Dom Howson and Ricky Charlesworth will be sent to your inbox. How do you sign up? It's easy and takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article or any article on the Sheffield Wednesday section of Yorkshire Live. And that's it, you're all set. You can unsubscribe at any time and your data will not be shared with any other party. You can also follow us on Twitter and visit our dedicated Facebook page.
“But he’ll be disappointed with that goal. If you’re going to punch you’ve got to clear your area and he didn’t quite manage that.” Cowley also felt that the referee made the right decision in sending Josh Windass off in the first half for a high-foot challenge. The forward caught Joe Rafferty with both his foot and knee at head height and become the fourth Owls man to be dismissed in the last six games. However, Cowley saw that not as a continuation of an existing problem but as simple over-eagerness to get off to a good start by making an impression on the new gaffer.
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He said: “Sometimes this can happen when a new manager comes in: the players are almost too motivated and then that spills out to ill-discipline. “That’s a clear red card to me, just a really reckless unnecessary challenge. I know the ball’s high so the foot’s going to be high but it’s the follow-through for me that makes it a certain red card.” Wednesday remain in the relegation zone after that result with the gap to Coventry City stretching to three points after Coventry City played out a goalless draw against Birmingham City on Friday evening.
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