Sam Hutchinson: ‘I just wanted to stop the pain and never come back’

Brighton's Glenn Murray in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson

“Is that OK? I’ll be straight back afterwards.” Sam Hutchinson breaks off halfway through the interview to officiate a wrestling match between the Sheffield Wednesday masseur and physio, the rest of the squad gathered round a makeshift ring to watch. It is a duel he arranged and one the physio comprehensively wins with a perfectly executed judo throw.

Glenn Loovens shocks Newcastle in Sheffield Wednesday bruising

Glenn Loovens of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring their first goal

Sheffield Wednesday were very good but, without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle United looked much diminished. Rather like a mesmerising actor suddenly stripped of stage make-up and photographed in unflattering daylight they lost their mystique and were reduced to the realms of the distinctly ordinary.