Robson leaves players to do the talking

CHRIS LAKEY Angry Bryan Robson became Blade Runner after the controversial finale to Saturday's match.The Sheffield United manager, who was incensed at referee Darren Deadman's decision to disallow what would have been an injury-time equaliser by Matthew Kilgallon, did not appear for the post-match press conference, leaving his players to do the talking.

CHRIS LAKEY

Angry Bryan Robson became Blade Runner after the controversial finale to Saturday's match.

The Sheffield United manager, who was incensed at referee Darren Deadman's decision to disallow what would have been an injury-time equaliser by Matthew Kilgallon, did not appear for the post-match press conference, leaving his players to do the talking.

And they weren't happy.

Midfielder Lee Hendrie said: "It was an absolutely ridiculous decision. We all watched it again on the DVD afterwards and Matt was onside - and clearly onside.

"But it just underlines the need for instant replays - these sort of things shouldn't be happening. Matt was clearly onside when he scored but the referee has just not given it.

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"The fact that four of us got booked just shows how frustrated we were, because we all knew that he was definitely onside. But unfortunately they are not going to over-rule the decision now, even though it was the wrong one.

"But it's our own fault because we started so poorly. If we had started the game the way we finished it we would have won.

"We didn't start the game particularly well but we absolutely battered them in the second half and if one goal had gone in then we would have been flying. But sometimes you get games when the chances just won't go in and in the end it was disappointing to come away with nothing. But we just have to pick ourselves up again.

"We have had a really good run of results away from home recently and we need to start pushing on again now. But if we do start and finish games like that in the future then I don't think there are many teams in this league that are going to be able to get near us."

Kilgallon said the decision "flattening".

The defender thought he had scored his first goal for the Blades when he connected with Keith Gillespie's cross, only for the officials to rule out the effort.

"The main point is that we were denied a point when we scored a good goal," said Kilgallon. "We can't believe the decision, we don't know where it has come from. It is flattening and the lads are gutted.

"We've looked at the DVD of the game and can't believe he had his flag up. It is a great ball and I got a good header in and I'm just about to celebrate with the fans when we see that the goal has been disallowed."

Kilgallon added: "We battered Norwich in the second half and deserved a point. We are gutted at the moment but we have to forget about it and get on with preparing for next Saturday."