Despite another Sheffield United loss at Fulham this weekend, Chris Wilder was pleased to see Jayden Bogle back on the coach back to Sheffield.
Bogle was in the headlines late on as Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola seemed to clatter him in the six yard box. At first glance, it did appear Areola got a bit of the ball. But the more you watched the footage, the more you realised the Cottagers’ stopper should have been punished.
The incident caused widespread uproar among pundits and fans alike.
Graeme Souness slammed the decision, accusing the referees of simply making things up as they go along at the moment.
And speaking after the game, Chris Wilder admitted he was ‘delighted’ to see Bogle not become the latest Blades injury victim.
“I am delighted that my young right wing back, who is going to be a player and is getting used to the Premier League, is back on the coach tonight and not somewhere else,” Wilder fumed (Yorkshire Live)
“I am delighted because he could quite easily be, without even talking about whether it’s a penalty or not, or us getting that penalty and us sticking that penalty away because the skipper is decent on spot kicks and us trying to win a game of football.“
Areola took Jayden Bogle down and it was a penalty, simple as that
I must admit I initially thought Areola had saved it and simply followed through by accident to take Bogle out. But I was wrong.
On reflection, it was a shocker. He completely swiped Bogle in the shin and the young right-back was lucky to walk away from the challenge relatively unscathed.
The big problem with this decision is that if it’s anywhere else on the park, the player gets a red card. We know this because it happened to John Lundstram earlier in the season.
Yet again, it’s another kick in the teeth for the Blades and Chris Wilder in what is already a tough campaign overall.