‘Ref couldn’t wait to give the penalty’ says Megson

Gary Megson felt the referee couldn’t wait to give Blackpool the injury-time penalty that robbed us of a place in the FA Cup fifth round.

Referring to the penalty award, given for Chris Sedgwick’s challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Megson pointed to a similar challenge on Jermaine Johnson seconds earlier which was allowed to go unpunished.

The Owls boss said: “I wasn’t in the best position to see but it looked a soft penalty . . . there were about 18 players in the box, the ball was just hoofed into the area and there was bound to be a coming together of players and I felt the ref couldn’t wait to give a penalty.”

Megson felt the Owls performance was “okay” but added : “It was really disappointing not to have held on and to have conceded another late goal.”

He also praised Stephen Bywater for two top drawer saves and said Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks performed likewise with two first-half stops from Ryan Lowe.

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