Gary’s great escape

Gary Madine: Red card at Carlisle
Gary Madine: Red card at Carlisle

SHEFFIELD Wednesday fans who feared Gary Madine would miss the club’s next two matches over his sending off at Carlisle got some positive news with confirmation that he will be banned for just one match.

His first booking at former club Carlisle was his fifth of the season and so triggered an automatic one match ban.

However, when he then collected a second booking in the game and was sent off, some Wednesday fans feared he would get another one-match ban - the punishment for a red card which arises out of two bookings in the same game.

But, the disciplinary procedure is that he will serve a one-match ban (thus missing the trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday) and will revert back to four bookings, leaving him on the brink of another one game ban should he reach five bookings any time before December 31.

Ryan Lowe, who missed a chance to make it 3-3 in the last of four added minutes at Brunton Park, looks set to come in for Madine. Reda Johnson could return at left back in place of Julian Bennett after missing the Carlisle match because of suspension.Meanwhile, boss Gary Megson is looking on the bright side despite losing their six match unbeaten run at Carlisle.

He pointed out that his team remain third in the table and they proved after the 5-1 defeat at Stevenage last month that they could recover from a setback.

“We found ourselves on the end of a right good hiding then went on a decent run,” said Megson. “We’ve lost; it was going to end at some point. We’ve to smarten ourselves up and shape up but we’re still third, not a bad position with a third of the season gone.”