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Two red cards at full time as tempers flare between Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday players

Two red cards were shown at full time as tempers flare between Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday players come the final whistle.

Coventry’s Liam Kitching and Wednesday’s Bambo Diaby were both sent off following a scuffle, Diaby seen in the footage below pushing Kitching, who then barges back in retaliation, and then they both go head to head.

Should the red cards come under cases of violent conduct, Diaby and Kitching are expected to face an automatic three-match ban effective in the event no appeal is lodged or upheld.

He would miss a return to Preston this Friday, along with games against Hull City on New Year’s Day and an FA Cup tie with Cardiff City in January.

The game itself saw Tatsuhiro Sakamoto scored twice to seal victory for the Sky Blues.

The first of his two came on the 21st minute, Haji Wright assisting with a cross to Sakamoto who fired into the bottom corner.

He wrapped up the three points on 87 minutes, beating the defender and belt the ball into the far corner to double the lead.

The result means that Coventry stay in the middle of the Championship table, but are three points behind the play-off places following their third win in five games unbeaten. Coventry are 13th with 33 points from 24 games played.

The situation becomes more desperate for the Owls however, they are 23rd with 16 points from 24 games and are also 9 points from safety.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Rohl said to swfc.co.uk post-match: “We wanted to attack and create some moments but we were not clean enough to have good transitions and I think in the second half we changed the shape a little bit.

“This helped us have better control in the game, good pressing moments and winning the ball high.

“We created a big opportunity to come back into the game and equalise but missed the chance.

“Then I think it was the first shot in the second half from the opponent and they scored.

“It shows the quality in the two boxes.

“When you look back at the first goal we conceded, we were not able to defend this and if you always do the same mistakes then it will be hard to take something in this league.

“When you look to a 2-0 from the opponent and their shooting, you can see the quality from them. We have three times in the one moment to finish the action with a goal but are not able to do this.

“Maybe not calm enough, we know this so then it’s about creating more and more. To take something in this league you have to be clinical and take opportunities when they are there.

“I tried everything with substitutes, almost everybody got an opportunity, it was nearly all-in with what I have at the moment. Hopefully we can have some players come back soon.”

Callum Paterson picked up an injury just before the opening goal and looks set to miss their trip to Preston on Friday.

Bambo Diaby was sent off after the full time whistle for an off-the-ball incident with Liam Kitching and will also miss out through suspension.

“We will miss two more players now,” the manager continued. “Callum is injured and will be out the next games I think.

“Then we got the red card too so, yes, it is hard.

“It is normal to have emotions in the game, the game was played fairly so it’s hard to see the red cards at the end and now we have the player out.

“But, ok, we have to go forward and do it again and create a new momentum.

“It’s not a straight forward process, you won’t just have ups, there will be ups and downs.

“It is disappointing today, we didn’t take anything and we have to accept this but now it is about recovery and preparing for the next game.”

Mark Robins said to ccfc.co.uk on Tatsu’s first goal: “It was a really good first half performance, there’s no getting away from that. I thought we controlled from start to finish.

“We got a really good goal, albeit they had a man off the field at time.

“We make a break down that left hand side after having a really decent possession spell of possession then Haji has picked out a brilliant ball for Tatsu and his movement was outstanding and his finish was even better.

“So that was one nil up really without them having laid a glove on us for that period of time, although there were fouls and things the referee seemed to play on.”

On Tatsu’s second goal: “In the second half, they started a little bit higher, and they come a bit more aggressive and pressed and we just didn’t have that quality often enough, primarily because of starting positions, but decisions on the ball obviously contribute to that.

“We got forward, we got out, when we got out, we looked threat and then they made changes to try and maintain that intensity of the press.

“We made some changes because things started to settle for us and slow down a bit although we looked like we were getting a rhythm and then we’ve made some changes and then Tatsu gets his gets his second goal which is brilliant.

“It’s a great bit of movement but a great bit of play. He gets the ball in the box and then does what he does and picks the far corner out brilliantly which shows that his confidence is sky high which is fantastic because it’s what we’ve been after for a while but overall his performance was really good anyway, barring without the two goals.”

On the incident at full time: “I am furious. If we miss Liam Kitching for three games, then that’s a travesty. It needs looking at because the referee hasn’t really seen it, he’s been told that Kitch has put his hands up.

“Kitch is well within his rights to stand his ground. He is in his space; he can’t do anything.

The lad has come, and he’s pushed him in the face two handed and his then put his head into Kitch’s head and Kitch just backs away.

“Then there’s a coming together and he’s done the same thing agai and I don’t know what’s going on and I don’t know why he is gone like that, but Kitch is totally innocent.

“He’s not raised his hands. He’s not done anything, and he can’t get out of the way, so that needs looking at.

“Please do not tell me that that’s a three-game ban. Absolutely not from our player, not a prayer. So, I’m furious with it.”

This is what fans had on two red cards at full time as tempers flare between Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday players…

@Danmcgran13: Got head butted by Diaby and got red carded. How’s that work then?

@mrdjmasters: Headbutted TWICE. It’s on camera. Kitching does nothing. Got to be reversed.

@Matt95Hagan: Appeal that

@superman_R6: Bottle job referee. Got strangled by an opposition player. Pushed the player off himself so he could breathe. Shown a red card. Disgustingly bad. No protection for our player, then give him a suspension aswell for the rouble of being assaulted. Shocking @FA_PGMOL @EFL

@beanie59186661: Got strangled and then sent off? Make it make sense

@skybluedave74: Unless I missed something that’s got to be appealed and overturned

@Zipper282: Headbutted & expected not to react, with a shove! Absolutely ridiculous referee. It wouldn’t be so bad, but you had an unobstructed view & were only a few yards away and looking straight at it. Managed to spoil another win & good performance! Absolute shocker!! #PUSB

@graham_ccfc: Don’t think I’ve ever heard King Robins so angry on the radio interview. Kitching simply standing his ground whilst getting pushed & head butted by their big lump. Will surely be overturned as long as there’s footage @FA_PGMOL @EFL #PUSB

@CeeJayMilner: Merry Christmas everyone #swfc

@Jack_0744: No centre half’s as it is and he starts fighting after game, great #swfc

@EagleJagOwl: Pathetic. Just like that performance. Those players are absolutely washed. Get rid of the lot.

@gillyno9_gill: Hope diaby is banned for rest of the season

@nathanswfc04_2: idiot, show passion during the game

@ccfcfan: MR furious on the post match interview (CWR) with the Kitching Red Card and the referee… sounds like he wants it to be appealed #pusb

@alexsmith_1999: Robins livid with the ref on CWR about the Kitching red as well – Sounds like an appeal is going straight in #pusb

@ccfc_jake: Wow. I’ve never heard Robins more angry at a decision than he is about the Kitching red card, we’re definitely appealing it #PUSB

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