Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goal Decision Cuts like Knife for Blades' Boss; MIDDLESBROUGH 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goal Decision Cuts like Knife for Blades' Boss; MIDDLESBROUGH 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0

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SHEFFIELD United manager Chris Wilder bemoaned a "very, very poor decision" after his Blades were controversially denied a point from their Championship trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday night.

It was Rudy Gestede's 21st-minute header which settled the 1-0 home win, the lofty Benin international nodding Patrick Bamford's chipped assist over Jamal Blackman - but after the match, the focus was on a goal that never was.

Two minutes into stoppage time, from a free-kick, Blades' defender Jack O'Connell shaped his body to guide the ball beyond Darren Randolph, with a helpful deflection off Boro man Dael Fry.

However, as the large travelling party turned delirious, the linesman's flag cut through their joy.

It seemed midfielder Chris Basham had been adjudged offside but it was difficult for anyone in attendance to establish what had really occurred, with the confusion and disappointment perhaps hitting United boss Wilder harder than most.

After watching the Blades' long unbeaten run - their last loss was to Fleetwood in January - come to an end in controversial circumstances, he said: "He started off in an offside position but moved back into an onside position and then impeded their centre-half from heading the ball.

"Are we going to just let their centre-half head it clear in the last minute at Middlesbrough when we're after a result when we've been unbeaten for about... three years? "You just can't get those decisions wrong.

"I'm not saying we've come here and dominated the game, as this is and will be a tough place to come with the players they' have and a new manager in place.

"Yet when we play like we did in the second half, I think it was a just reward to get something from the game; that's been taken away from us by a very, very poor decision."

Boro boss Garry Monk, celebrating his first three-point haul of the fledgling season, thought the whole incident was avoidable. …

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