Football - Gray: Pearce had to go

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray thought referee Keith Hill made the right call in sending off Reading's Alex Pearce in his side's 2-0 win.

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Royals boss Nigel Adkins branded Hill's decision to dismiss Royals defender Alex Pearce in the ninth minute for fouling on-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe as "ridiculous".

Wednesday's Chris Maguire converted that penalty and Afobe added another in the second period.

"I thought it was the correct decision," Gray said of Pearce's red card.

"Perhaps we had a bit of luck in the first five minutes, when they missed their two chances, but I thought we dominated after that.

"I'm grateful to Arsenal for letting us have Afobe. He's got real talent and caused Reading a lot of problems with his pace and power.

"But it's not really fair to pick out individuals. It was a collective team performance. With a bit better finishing, we could have finished them off earlier."

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