Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson makes strong accusation about Adam Hammill, invites round two with Barnsley man

Referee Peter Bankes appears to send off Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson before sending off Barnsley's Adam Hamill (R)

Hammill was sent off in Barnsley's last encounter with Sheffield Wednesday in December.

Referee Peter Bankes appears to send off Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson before sending off Barnsley's Adam Hamill (R)Referee Peter Bankes appears to show a red card to Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson before sending off Barnsley's Adam Hammill (right)

Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson has responded to Adam Hammill's claim that the Barnsley man should not have been sent off in December's derby encounter at Hillsborough.

Hammill was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Hutchinson, after the Owls midfielder had successfully challenged the Liverpudlian, whom he will face again at Oakwell on Saturday.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday, Hammill maintained his innocence, claiming he had gone to protect himself before adding that 10 years ago the referee would have waved play-on.

Hutchinson, though, has a different view of the incident, which he expressed in an interview with the broadcaster on Friday.

"No, he should have gone, he tried to two-foot me - that's the truth," said the former Chelsea youngster. "He's a winger and he can't tackle. I went in fairly and he tried to two-foot me - so that's what it is. I've got no hard feelings about that, but that's the truth."

Despite this, Hutchinson has insisted he holds no grudge against Hammill, accepting that players - "like I've done many a time" - can get carried away.

"Wingers, that's [tackling] not their game," he added. "I can't do skill. He can go and take someone on - I can't do that. I can tackle, that's what I do."

Hutchinson, who also claimed that Wednesday striker Sam Winnall had "joined a bigger club" upon leaving Barnsley in January, later encouraged Hammill to try his luck again on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Winnall celebrates after scoring their second goalSheffield Wednesday's Sam Winnall celebrates his first goal for the club

"I hope he tries to smash me," he said. "It'll be fun - I'll quite enjoy that."

Wednesday are on a wretched run of one win in their last six Championship fixtures, but remain in sixth position after recent Fulham slip-ups.

Carlos Carvalhal's side will, however, surrender their play-off place if the Cottagers better their result this weekend.

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