Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Aston Villa 4
Sheffield Wednesday fans are seething on Saturday night after a 4-2 home defeat to Aston Villa.
The win means Villa are third in the Championship. The Owls are down in 17th as their season is petering out.
The match was a seesaw affair as Villa twice came from behind to win.
Sheffield Wednesday took the lead through Sean Clare before Lewis Grabban levelled in the 21st minute.
Wednesday retook the lead in first half injury time courtesy of a Lucas Joao header.
Villa levelled for a second time through Genn Whelan. The visitors then won the match with goals from Conor Hourihane and a Robert Snodgrass injury-time penalty.
‘Match fixing’ claims aimed at referee Neil Swarbrick
After the match Sheffield Wednesday fans poured onto social media to blast referee Neil Swabrick for his performance at Hillsborourgh.
The Owls felt that they were denied huge decisions in the game. George Boyd had a questionable penalty shout, while John Terry could have seen red for taking out Atdhe Nuhiu in the Villa box.
But none of those decisions went in Sheffield Wednesday’s favour, leading to their supporters making match fixing claims.
Will the FA look into the performance of referee Neil Swabrick?
@FA & @EFL – I sincerely hope you'll be looking into match fixing by Neil Swarbrick. How a professional can get away with what he has today and not be brought to task is diabolical. pic.twitter.com/MKGytSceGA
— Marc (@MarcNormanton) February 24, 2018
@FA @EFL Neil Swarbrick needs to be looked at today with that performance never seen a performance so bad and one sided. Is match fixing a issue we really start to look and take seriously @BBCSheffield #swfc
— Liz and Lee (@lizandlee04) February 24, 2018
Sick of hearing "ref had a bad game" having a bad game means he gave poor decisions all round, he didn't it was only against us. 16 fouls to 1 screams bias. Conversations with Bruce halfway through game makes it look worse, definitely wants investigating #swfc @FA
— Alex Ozzie Osborne (@AlexSwfcOsborne) February 24, 2018
@FA As fans we pay a lot of hard earned money to watch our teams play football, not your (PGMOL’s) officials take centre stage with poor refereeing.
The ref at #SWFC today needs investigating. I’m not another bitter fan, I genuinely believe he deliberately cost us that game!
— Lee Brown (@leeSWFCbrown) February 24, 2018
— Alan Biggs (@AlanBiggs1) February 24, 2018
As I am a referee myself, I normally keep tongue in cheek.
But Neil Swarbrick, that was seriously inexcusable.
It was borderline disgraceful.
That is not how to referee a football game.
It is not all about you.
The FA need to watch that game back.
— George Barber (@georgefbarber1) February 24, 2018
— Thomas Griffiths (@thomasgriffiths) February 24, 2018