A tackle from Enda Stevens on Dominic Solanke was the talking point for Sheffield United and Bournemouth fans as the Blades lost 2-1 on the south coast today.
United had looked on course for a big away win after taking the lead through Morgan Gibbs-White. However, Solanke scored a penalty after Stevens’ tackle was adjudged to be inside the box. Philip Billing then scored immediately after to ensure the Cherries remain unbeaten this term.
Replays and photographic evidence after the game show Stevens tackled Solanke outside the box. After the game, Slavisa Jokanovic fumed about the decision, and criticised the referee and his assistants.
Solanke shows off injury from Enda Stevens tackle
In what was a strange picture to come across on social media, Bournemouth forward Solanke seemed like he couldn’t wait to show off his war wounds.
As tweeted out by BBC Journalist, Kris Temple, the former Chelsea striker showed off what was a nasty looking row of stud marks across his thigh.
What Solanke is trying to achieve with the image, is anyone’s guess really.
On the replays of the tackle from Stevens, in addition to stills taken of the challenge, you can clearly see the United defender’s trailing leg catches Solanke higher up. But this is not due to a lunge. It’s simply down to the Irishman lifting his leg in a natural motion as he slides along the wet turf.
If Solanke is trying to prove something here, it’s a waste of time. The striker was lucky to get the decision. And in the PL, with VAR, it doesn’t get given.
Further, Solanke also hobbled about before being fine to take the resulting penalty. He then hobbled back to the halfway line once again.
On a frustrating day for the Blades, this sort of thing will no doubt wind some fans up that little bit more.