Promotion-chasing Brentford had to settle for a draw in a game which saw referee Eddie Ilderton change his mind about sending off Sheffield United's Kieron Freeman and awarding a penalty.

Freeman was dismissed after he was ruled to have fouled Marcello Trotta.

But, after consulting with assistant Mark Dwyer, Ilderton rescinded the red card and gave a drop ball.

"He got it wrong but he put it right," said Blades boss Nigel Clough. "It takes a lot of courage to do that."

The Bees stay second in League One, five points clear of Leyton Orient.

But there was only one talking point after the game, and Clough praised Ilderton for getting the decision right - eventually.

"He has to be commended for putting it right," the Blades boss said.

"We wish he hadn't got it that wrong in the first place, but he waited in the tunnel and talked to the lads at half-time and said he had a bad angle, so that is absolutely fine, everyone got on with the game. But it was very, very brave and the correct thing to do.

"If he'd have just given himself 30 seconds ... but as long as you get the right decision in the end, that's the main thing."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton called the decision 'bizarre.'

"I have never seen anything like that in my life before," he said.

"The obvious thing to do is just take your time and go over and speak to your linesman and then make your decision.

"But he has brandished the red card and given the penalty and all of a sudden we end up with a drop ball. It was absolutely bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before.

"I haven't seen it again, but the fact of the matter is he has brandished the red card and pointed to the penalty spot."

Brentford had their best chances in the opening 20 minutes as Trotta had a shot blocked while Clayton Donaldson and Toumani Diagouraga put efforts wide.

United's best opportunity came through Billy Paynter, who was brilliantly denied by a last-ditch tackle from James Tarkowski as he was about to put Conor Coady's cross into an unguarded net.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 22 Davies Booked
  • 28 Freeman
  • 17 Coady
  • 04 Brayford
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (Kennedy - 92' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 18 Paynter (Porter - 59' )
  • 14 McGinn (Baxter - 84' )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 09 Porter
  • 11 Baxter
  • 21 Scougall
  • 25 Long
  • 29 Khan
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 42 Dimaio

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 05 Craig Booked
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 09 Donaldson Booked
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 29 Trotta
  • 18 Judge (Dallas - 79' )
  • 20 Diagouraga Booked (Saville - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 06 Dean
  • 11 Grigg
  • 15 Dallas
  • 17 Saville
  • 22 Reeves
  • 28 Yennaris
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 15,730

Match Stats

Shots

9 17

On target

1 5

Corners

10 7

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +2:14

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Terry Kennedy replaces Ryan Flynn.

90:00 +1:31 Booking

Booking Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:19

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:19

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

90:00 +0:32 Booking

Booking Ben Davies (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

90:00 +0:25

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:57

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:11

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

87:11

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

86:07

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

85:47

Attempt blocked. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

84:54

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

83:50

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Stephen McGinn.

80:18 Booking

Booking Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

80:11

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:11

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

79:15

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Button.

79:03

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Alan Judge.

78:00

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:59

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

75:20

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

72:33

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:26

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:26

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

70:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. George Saville replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

70:31

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

70:05

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

69:24

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:34

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

67:55

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

67:35

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:35

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

66:30

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:54

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

63:05

Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:33

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

58:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Billy Paynter.

58:39 Booking

Booking Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

58:32

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:32

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

56:38

Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:37

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by John Brayford.

51:54

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

51:54

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:10

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:16

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

47:59

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:17

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

45:17

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

45:00 +5:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

45:00 +4:21

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Conor Coady.

45:00 +2:41

Hand ball by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

45:00 +2:05

Hand ball by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

45:00 +0:16

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

44:28

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

44:28

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:11

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

40:51

Attempt missed. Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

39:53

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

39:07 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

39:00

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

38:23

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

38:23

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:11

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

29:09

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

26:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:51

Delay in match Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

22:18

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:18

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

21:27

Attempt missed. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

20:59

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by John Brayford.

18:35

Attempt missed. John Brayford (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

18:03

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

16:02

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

16:02

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:16

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:25

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:25

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

11:30

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

10:50

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:50

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

10:18

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

9:46

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

9:32

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

8:02

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mark Howard.

0:23

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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