Frank Lampard has revealed the reason behind his touchline argument with Chris Wilder.
The two managers had a heated discussion during Sheffield United’s 3-1 win over Derby County on Boxing Day.
According to Daily Mail, Lampard said the flare up was “just frustration”. “It needed a referee with a cool head to make decisions with clarity,” the Derby boss added.
However, Lampard also said that the Blades are “one of the best teams in the league and a difficult team to play against”. The win saw United jump above the Rams into fourth position.
How United beat Derby
Billy Sharp opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play when the striker headed in a Jack O’Connell cross. Sharp now has 13 goals in the Championship this season.
Wilder and the Blades had claims for a penalty in one of the criticised decisions from the officials. Fikayo Tomori hauled David McGoldrick to the ground inside the box and arguably should have also been sent off.
To make things worse for United the visitors equalised soon after as Harry Wilson scored directly from a free-kick. This sparked a melee in the net as the Derby players tried to quickly get the ball back to the centre circle.
Back came the home side and John Fleck played in McGoldrick, who sought his revenge by lofting it over the onrushing Scott Carson.
Despite leading 2-1 Wilder showed his and his team’s bravery and desire to win by bringing on striker Leon Clarke for midfielder Mark Duffy. The gamble paid off as Clarke headed in a third from a deflected Oliver Norwood free-kick.
It was the Blades’ third win in their last nine Championship outings and strengthened their position in the playoffs. They also moved above Middlesbrough, who lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Wilder’s men remain ten points off leaders Leeds United, though, who beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2.