Byers and Smith ‘make up’ ahead of Bolton trip

Darren Moore says his assistant Jamie Smith and midfielder George Byers have “made up”ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bolton, following their touchline confrontation at Peterborough on Tuesday evening.

Byers reacted angrily when subbed following the red card for Reece James, snubbing Smith’s attempted handshake as he left the field which, in turn, led to Smith pursuing the player and the pair arguing in the dugout.

Manager Moore said at today’s press conference: “My eyes never left the pitch so I didn’t see what happened. I have looked at the footage and have spoken to players and staff. It is a storm in a teacup – the emotions in the game.

“George didn’t want to come off the pitch. As professional people, we are paid to keep our emotions in check.

“Both men have apologised. They hugged and made up yesterday.”

After a first defeat of the season at Peterborough, we will be looking to get back on track at Bolton tomorrow.

The 2-0 loss saw us drop to eighth in the table, three points behind leaders Ipswich, while opponents Bolton are a point clear of us in fourth.

Moore confirmed that, if selected, Barry Bannan and Josh Windass are both ready to start tomorrow after being on the bench at Peterborough.

Season-long loan signing Mark McGuinness is also available, the 21-year-old central defender having joined us from Cardiff yesterday.

Moore said Michael Smith is getting closer to full fitness but will not be ready for tomorrow while he hopes long-term casualty Akin Famewo could be fit to return by the end of the year.

Liam Palmer will make his 350th appearance for Wednesday if picked for the Bolton clash.

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