Sheffield Wednesday defender Moses Odubajo says he didn’t celebrate Nottingham Forest’s second goal despite smiling while giving striker Lewis Grabban a high-five.
The Owls are rooted to the foot of the Championship table.
Tony Pulis’s side travelled to Forest knowing a defeat would leave them seven points adrift of safety.
Goals from Yuri Ribeiro and Grabban condemned the Owls to another defeat, and some Owls fans were disappointed with Odubajo’s reaction to the second goal.
The right-back clearly high-fived Grabban while smiling. However, he took to Twitter to claim his reaction was innocent as he believed the goal would be disallowed.
Grabban caught Tom Lees in possession before clinically firing past Joe Wildsmith. Normally, Odubajo’s immediate reaction should have been directed towards the officials.
But instead, the former Hull City man has left himself open to criticism.
The incident capped a disappointing evening for the Owls. Tony Pulis’s side rarely looked like scoring, while confidence is clearly at a low following their poor form.
Pulis has made no secret of his desire to add to the squad in January. However, Wednesday may find it tough to attract the right type of players if they are cut adrift.
Forest are seven points clear, while fellow east Midlands side Derby County are improving.
If the Owls are to preserve their Championship status, they may need another league rival to go into freefall with no obvious candidate standing out right now.