Tony Pulis said his game plan went out of the window as soon as Josh Windass was sent off at Preston today … just 17 minutes into the manager’s first match as Wednesday boss.
Windass was sent off for a high-footed challenge and Pulis said afterwards: “There were good signs at times but when you go down to 10 men it’s really difficult. You have to change the system completely, we’ve worked all week on certain things and it all goes out of the window.”
On the red card, which is Wednesday’s fourth this season and means Windass is now out for three games, the manager said: “We don’t need red cards in the situation we are in at the moment.
“I thought Josh could have headed it. He said he was trying to flick it over to Reachy but he caught the player.”
Reflecting on the overall performance, he added: “I thought the lads’ effort and commitment was absolutely fabulous. You have to give them a lot of credit. Preston only had one shot at goal and that was their goal.”
Pulis said of the goal, which came after a poor punched clearance by Keiren Westwood: “It’s his mistake. He’s big enough and experienced enough to take it.”
The manager also revealed that striker Jack Marriott is expected to be ruled out for six to seven weeks with a calf injury and the loanee has returned to his parent club, Derby.