'Certainly': Dean Smith says Sheffield United should have had a red card against Norwich

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'Certainly': Dean Smith says Sheffield United should have had a red card against Norwich

Norwich City manager, Dean Smith, was frustrated after his side drew with Sheffield United and felt the Blades should have had a red card.

Josh Sargent was the subject of a clip on the ankle from John Egan as Norwich led 2-0 at Bramall Lane. However, the decision wasn’t given and it denied the Canaries a potential penalty, as well as a call on Egan’s participation in the rest of the game.

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And speaking after the game at the weekend, Norwich boss Smith felt that it was a huge moment in the game and that Egan should have indeed seen red.

“I thought we definitely should have had a penalty at 2-0, on the counter again. Sarge has made a run down the middle and the lad’s clipped him. It’s touch and go maybe whether he’s inside the box but it’s certainly a foul and a red card then,” Smith told Norwich’s official website.

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Norwich had a number of chances on the counter-attack as their early lead allowed them to spring on United at any given moment. But it was the Blades who fought back to 2-2 and in the end, might have won it when Oli McBurnie missed a golden chance at the back post.

Smith, meanwhile, was left to rue a missed penalty from Teemu Pukki which would have given his side all three points.

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As good as John Egan has been for Sheffield United down the years, that direct punt down the middle does seem to catch him out at times and Pukki preyed on it all game on Saturday.

The striker is always a nightmare to play against just because of his energy and willingness to pressure defenders and that was no different this weekend.

As for Smith’s calls for a red, well, that’s no surprise. He has a history – certainly in the eyes of Sheffield United fans anyway – of being quick to complain.

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