Sheffield United lost 2-1 at Bournemouth today in the pouring rain and Slavisa Jokanovic was not a happy man following the game.
The Blades had initially led when Morgan Gibbs-White guided Billy Sharp’s ball into the Cherries net to give the Blades a deserved lead. However, two goals in quick succession from Scott Parker’s men ensured it was long trip home with no points for United.
But rather than play United off the park, Bournemouth got the rub of the green as the referee awarded a penalty for a foul by Enda Stevens that was blatantly outside the box. Dominic Solanke duly dispatched the spot-kick, before Phillip Billing scored the winner moments later.
And United boss, Slavisa Jokanovic, was left fuming with the ref and made his feelings clear after the game.
“If I answer you honestly it will be ugly. If I answer you kindly it will be fake. “I’m not chasing him (The ref) around the field. It’s simple respect. I hope we will be respected soon. The ref – I can understand our mistakes – but that was huge,” Jokanovic told BBC Sheffield’s Andy Giddings.
The defeat left United down in 14th place in the Sky Bet Championship, with just the three wins from their opening 11 games of the season.
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In fairness to the Blades, they were the better side for large parts of this clash on the south coast. Billy Sharp should have scored, while Lys Mousset hit the bar late on as well.
Bournemouth, too, can count themselves lucky. The penalty gave them momentum, and to their credit they capitalised on United being shell shocked to take all three points.
Jokanovic is right to be fuming at the referee. In the Premier League, these mistakes get overturned. The linesman, too, has a lot to answer for.