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Chris Wilder blames VAR and Steve Bruce’s super negative tactics for defeat at Bramall Lane

2 months ago
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Chris Wilder wasn’t a happy man.

Watching on as his team lost 2-0 at home on Thursday night.

A Saint-Maximin header and a Shelvey run and finish from a Carroll flick, the difference between the two teams.

However, Chris Wilder felt hard done by and like a big kid he probably wanted to say it just wasn’t fair.

Steve Bruce produced arguably his most negative tactics so far this season, which is saying something.

The Sheffield United boss commenting on the away side tactics: ‘It was always going to be difficult against a team that never shifted.’

ASM giving Newcastle the vital lead with just about the only time NUFC got in the opposition box before the break.

It wasn’t pretty but it was effective, when you have a keeper like Dubravka and those defenders in front of them, it is a formidable barrier.

Chris Wilder declaring; ‘The first goal is really important and it is super difficult when you go behind against a team like Newcastle.’

His main ire though was for the second and killer goal.

With 20 minutes left, Andy Carroll flicked a long ball on and Jonjo Shelvey ran onto it.

The linesman raised his flag, the referee didn’t blow his whistle, Jonjo Shelvey sidefooted it, the keeper made no attempt to save.

All down to VAR and the video clearly showed Carroll onside when releasing Shelvey.

A bit lame the Sheff Utd boss blaming VAR, there are other occasions where a referee might ignore/overrule a linesman and keep playing, it isn’t just a VAR thing.

Play to the whistle, that never changes.

Chris Wilder after Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 2:

“A missed opportunity (overall).

“I am OK with that performance.

“It was always going to be difficult against a team that never shifted.

“The first goal is really important and it is super difficult when you go behind against a team like Newcastle.

“I was told at the start of the season that the linesman would not put his flag up and let it go. He put his flag up and the referee was about to blow his whistle.

“Everyone in the ground stopped.

“Jonjo Shelvey even nonchalantly went up and took an opportunity.

“His body language said to me he had seen the linesman had put the flag up and he was going to be offside.

“The game has changed.

“This game now is completely different to what I experienced as a 16 year old lad as an apprentice.

“This game in a heartbeat has changed.

“I don’t know where it is going and it is sucking the life out of me and the supporters.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 2  – Thursday 5 December 7.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Saint-Maximin 15, Shelvey 70

Possession was Sheff Utd 73%, Newcastle 27%

Total shots were Sheff Utd 13, Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Sheff Utd 6, Newcastle 4

Corners were Sheff Utd 8, Newcastle 1

Crowd: 30,409 (2,900 Newcastle)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle team v Sheffield Utd:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 81), Almiron (Krafth 88), Carroll (Joelinton 72)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Schar, Sean Longstaff, Gayle

(Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Thursday’s win – Read HERE)

(Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 2 – Watch official match highlights and both goals here! – Read HERE)

(Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 2 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players – Read HERE)

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