Date: 4th March 2008 at 11:55pm
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Wednesday boss Brian Laws was left questioning the decision to send Jermaine Johnson off in the Owls’ defeat to West Brom, but didn’t put the blame at feet of Andy D’Urso.

The man in black gave Johnson his marching orders with 12 minutes remaining of the Owls’ clash with the Baggies on Tuesday night, which saw Kevin Phillips bag a late, late winner against ten-man Wednesday.

Baggies midfielder Jonathan Greening looked to have grabbed Johnson by the neck after a tussle, but the former Middlesbrough man only saw a yellow card while JJ was sent for an early bath after D’Urso asked for the assistance of his assistant referee.

The decision forced Laws to leave his technical area and go and confront the linesman, but the Owls’ gaffer insists he will be leaving it up to D’Urso whether to change his mind on the decision or not after another mistake in the Stoke City clash at the weekend.

‘It was a turning point because we were down to ten men and to have any chance of winning or getting a result against West Brom you want all of your players on the pitch,’ Laws told the official SWFC website.

‘I think that incident upset quite a lot of people, particularly the supporters, players and myself because I didn’t think there was anything in it to justify a red card.’

He continued: ‘Mr D’Urso sent somebody off for Stoke at the weekend and made a blatant mistake. Let’s hope he looks at this one again and says the same thing, I don’t know.

‘I will have to leave that call to him I think, we can use every excuse under the sun and have a right go at the referee but that’s not the right option; I still believe we should have done better, even in those last two minutes of the game when you have to run the clock down.’

Johnson had only just returned from sitting out the Barnsley clash through suspension, and now faces more time on the sidelines at the worst possible time for the Owls.