Millwall manager Gary Rowett says Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass was disrespectful to him in an alteration between the duo at Hillsborough, Yorkshire Live report.
Wednesday and Millwall played out a 0-0 bore draw in South Yorkshire.
The game wasn’t a great spectacle by any means, and the biggest talking point came towards the end following a poor challenge from Wednesday’s Izzy Brown on Murray Wallace.
The Owls man received a yellow card, yet he can count himself somewhat fortunate.
Speaking to reporters, Rowett felt the challenge deserved a red card and his frustrations boiled over when Owls ace Josh Windass told him to relax after the final whistle.
What angered me after the whistle, on the challenge which was a really poor challenge from [Izzy] Brown, Windass decided to say, ‘why are you being chirpy? You need to relax.’ Which I’d say is quite disrespectful to a manager. It’s right in front of the fourth official. If there’s a crowd there – I’m not saying the reaction gets a red card, but it has an effect. I don’t want to see any player get sent off but it was a clear red card. I find it strange.
Windass isn’t new to controversy while prompting criticism.
The 26-year-old was accused of disrespect by John Coleman following his move to Rangers from Accrington Stanley, while he openly admitted he didn’t see eye to eye with former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook prior to moving to Wednesday.
Rowett is the latest to have his say, and the Millwall boss won’t be the last.
On the field, Windass appeared the most likely to find the breakthrough for the Owls as he had four attempts with two of those testing Millwall’s Bartosz Bialkowski.
Unfortunately for the Owls, another game passed where they failed to make the most of their opportunities – a common theme this calendar year under Garry Monk.
Wednesday have managed just eight goals in 16 league games at Hillsborough in 2020.