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Sheffield United 0-0 Brentford

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But, after consulting with assistant Mark Dwyer, Ilderton rescinded the red card and gave a drop ball.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

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Penalty reversal bizarre - Warburton

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.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 22DaviesBooked at 90mins
  • 28Freeman
  • 17Coady
  • 4Brayford
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forKennedyat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 18PaynterSubstituted forPorterat 59'minutes
  • 14McGinnSubstituted forBaxterat 84'minutes
  • 23Murphy

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 11Baxter
  • 21Scougall
  • 25Long
  • 29Khan
  • 32Kennedy
  • 42Dimaio

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackBooked at 40mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 5CraigBooked at 90mins
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 81mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 29Trotta
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forDallasat 79'minutes
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSavilleat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 6Dean
  • 11Grigg
  • 15Dallas
  • 17Saville
  • 22Reeves
  • 28Yennaris
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
15,730

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.
Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).
Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Terry Kennedy replaces Ryan Flynn.

Booking

Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

Booking

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).
Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Stephen McGinn.

Booking

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Button.
Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Alan Judge.
John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).
Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. George Saville replaces Toumani Diagouraga.
Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.
Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.
Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Billy Paynter.

Booking

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).
Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by John Brayford.
Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).
Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.
Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).
James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Brentford 0.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Conor Coady.
Hand ball by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).
Hand ball by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).
goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves4026954787
2Brentford3924962781
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3818416758
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Port Vale4016618-1254
11Sheff Utd39141015-252
12Bradford40111613249
13Coventry40161113149
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley37111313-746
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester39101316-943
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Stevenage4010921-2039
24Shrewsbury4081418-1438
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