One of the weirdest nights in recent Sheffield Wednesday memory somehow got weirder unbeknownst to many Owls supporters.
Garry Monk’s side were on the receiving end of an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium.
They conceded the first goal in comical fashion just seconds after play resumed, following a 10-minute delay sparked by an unauthorised drone sighting.
Then, after losing Aden Flint to injury – just weeks after he was signed to soothe the Owls’ defender shortage – the visiting side saw another centre-back, Tom Lees, sent off for denying the Millers what would have been a certain second.
Dan Barlaser went on to dispatch the resulting spot-kick, before Jamie Lindsay completed the scoring before half-time after yet more shambolic Wednesday defending.
Questions were once again asked – and correctly so, in this website’s option – of the Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
And Dawson’s role in the defeat caused one Owls fan to tweet, early in the second half: ‘If I was (Dawson’s understudy, Joe) Wildsmith, I’d be raging.’
What followed could not have been predicted, and was swiftly deleted before it could inevitably go viral.
We can say with near certainty that the account that posted the tweet was that of the Wednesday wing-back Matt Penney, who wasn’t involved at Rotherham.
Its followers include Keiren Westwood, Josh Windass, Izzy Brown, Moses Odubajo and Chey Dunkley. We checked at the time and we’ve checked again.
What we don’t know is whether or not it was being operated by Penney at the time.
It was a strange thing to tweet, if it was, especially given the wording.
And it would offer a worrying insight into the harmony (or lack thereof) at Hillsborough right now.