MX23RW : Sunday, January 19 16:37:22| >> :600:3804983:3804983:
Dec 5, 2019 at 7.30pm UK at ​Bramall Lane
Attendance: 30,409
Sheff UtdSheffield United
0-2
NewcastleNewcastle United
FT(HT: 0-1)
Saint-Maximin (15'), Shelvey (70')

Chris Wilder denies Jonjo Shelvey claim over controversial VAR goal

Chris Wilder denies Jonjo Shelvey claim over controversial VAR goal
© Reuters
The Blades' seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end in controversial fashion.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder called Jonjo Shelvey "an unbelievably good actor" as the VAR row over Newcastle's controversial second goal at Bramall Lane rumbled on.

Shelvey ran through to secure a 2-0 win for Newcastle on Thursday night despite Andy Carroll having been flagged offside for his flick on.

The England midfielder said later that referee Stuart Attwell had told him before the game to play to the whistle in such circumstances.

Wilder criticised VAR after the game, saying he is "drained" and "saddened" by the technology, and he turned his attention to Shelvey's role in the goal at his press conference for the weekend trip to Norwich.

"Jonjo is an unbelievably good actor if he's telling me that he knew," Wilder said.

"He strolled up to that ball and thought 'I'll take a little bit of a chance. I'll just roll it in and see what happens'.

"That's what he did. Don't kid yourself that he was through and he knew he was going to be in."

Wilder said Shelvey's goal, which came 20 minutes from time, "sucked the life" out of his players and 30,000 Sheffield United fans.

The result ended the Blades' seven-game unbeaten Premier League run and, having slept on the incident, Wilder admitted he is still nonplussed by VAR.

"It's consistently inconsistent," Wilder said. "That's what it is, it's still subjective.

"It's every pre-match, every post-match. It's on the box every morning.

"(Former referee) Dermot Gallagher must be getting a right few bob! He's getting work (on Sky Sports), so he possibly needs a holiday.

"My comments after the game, that's the frustration on the night, and the overall situation regarding VAR as well.

"It wasn't just condensed into that one decision. You looked at the reaction of the players.

"I went through all the spiel of my career from 14 and 16 and bored everybody to bits.

"But these boys have played football from a young age and all of a sudden it's changed for them, and it's changed for the supporters. You just saw the reaction of everybody."

Wilder has no new injury concerns for Sunday's game at Carrow Road.

The in-form strike partnership of Lys Mousset and David McGoldrick could return after being rested in favour of Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie against Newcastle.

The ninth-placed Blades, who were promoted alongside Norwich last season, have exceeded expectations during the first half of the campaign.

But Wilder says he still needs to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.

"There's always a short, medium and long-term plan for this football club," he said.

"We're going through that process at the moment, we have to.

"It's important we cement our position in the Premier League, we cement our position in the table as it is now, and we'll only do that by investing in January."

body check tags ::

VAR - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Chris Wilder

Click here for more stories about Sheffield United

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford scores against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on December 4, 2019
Read Next:
PL Team of the Week - Mane, Rashford, Jesus
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Eerste Divisie
Women's Super League
International Friendlies
NFL Playoffs
European Champions Cup
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22202050143662
2Manchester CityMan City23153564273748
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd2398636251135
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd238962522333
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace237972226-430
10Arsenal2361163032-229
11Everton2385102633-729
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2385102234-1229
13Southampton2384112942-1328
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2367102631-525
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
17Watford2358102034-1423
18Aston Villa2364132944-1522
19Bournemouth2355132036-1620
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!