Tony Pulis's complaints about EFL fixture scheduling have attracted little sympathy from fans of Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday host Pulis's Middlesbrough side on Friday evening in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon until Sky Sports intervened.
It is the first either side has played since the October international break, which, for some players did not end until Tuesday evening.
And speaking to the media ahead of Boro's visit to Hillsborough, Pulis said: "I think Sheffield Wednesday have had one player away, we've had 10.
"This will be our first day back to do any work, which is one day before the game. That's the disappointing thing, but we have to get on with it.
"It's no good crying and moping about it now. The facts are the facts and we've put that forward to the bodies concerned in respect of us having a lot of players away and Sheffield Wednesday almost having no players away."
It would be a fair point, had the Owls not released FOUR first team players - Atdhe Nuhiu (Kosovo), Michael Hector (Jamaica), Josh Onomah (England Under-21s) and Ash Baker (Wales U21s) - for international duty.
And when you remove those yet to feature in Middlesbrough's Championship campaign, the Teesside club released just two more (SIX).
Here is what those of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion are reacting on Twitter...
Bit rich him complaining about all the international call ups they've had when they've had £35m In parachute payments to play with #swingsandroundabouts— Ricky Keogh (@RickyKeogh) October 19, 2018
Tony Pulis grumbling it's not fair playing Friday as @Boro had 10 players away on international duty & @swfc only had one. #Boohoo Tony. What ain't fair is boro's £35M parachute payment, whilst #swfc have cash but had transfer embargo imposed! Get a grip Pulis! #UTO #EFL #Boro— Thomas Sharman (@sharmo79) October 19, 2018
This!— PzrGren (@PzrGren) October 19, 2018
We’ve actually had 4 players away and about 6 players still injured !— D.J. Nick Prewett (@DJNICK1212) October 19, 2018
I’d happily have 10 players return safely from international duty to a fully fit squad!
One?— Kat (@kmowl44) October 18, 2018
Sheffield Wednesday didn’t receive £90 million for being relegated a year ago either. Fkn diddums Pulis.— Mark Bryan (@mark1867bryan) October 18, 2018
The Owls' assistant manager, Lee Bullen, also got involved in the discussion, tweeting:
4— Lee Bullen (@BullenFootball) October 18, 2018
Middlesbrough will go top of the table with a win against Sheffield Wednesday, who will draw level on points with the fourth-placed side should they emerge victorious.
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