SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades fight red cards

Proud: Fans show their delight at a draw for the nine-man Blades.                              Picture: martyn harrison
Proud: Fans show their delight at a draw for the nine-man Blades. Picture: martyn harrison
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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, revealed Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn were inconsolable after being sent-off during a dramatic draw with Scunthorpe.

Wilson, who insisted he will lodge an appeal against their red cards this morning, challenged referee Steve Rushton to overturn both decisions when video evidence is reviewed.

“If you do get sent-off then you want something to show for it,” Wilson told The Star.

“But we’ve had absolutely nothing to show the lads in the dressing room.

“Doyler has gone in for a tackle and yes, he’s stamped down, but it’s about a foot away from their lad who didn’t complain.

“So what the ref has seen I don’t know.

“As for Ryan, well, he’s a really nasty player isn’t he? He’s right up there with some of the worst playing the game.

“What you’ve seen there is two players, both committed, both going for the ball. If he’d been booked we’d have argued but accepted it.

“But a sending-off?”

Despite his tongue-in-cheek assessment of Flynn’s character, Wilson hopes the match official will back United’s campaign to prevent both the diminituve winger and midfielder Doyle from receiving three match bans.

“I didn’t speak to the ref afterwards because it’s pointless,” Wilson added.

“I hope he has the courage to say that he got it wrong and, if he does, then he’ll come out of it a better man.”

United appeared destined for their first defeat of the new League One season when Leon Clarke edged Scunthorpe into a second-half lead.

But, despite being reduced to nine men when Flynn became the fifth player Rushton has dismissed this term, Neill Collins ensured the visitors’ courageous display did not go unrewarded.

“If there were any questions marks about the lads’ commitment to the cause, well, they’ve just anwered them,” Wilson said. “They were brilliant.

“Didn’t they dig in. (Goalkeeper) Mark (Howard) probably only had one save to make because the lads covered every blade of grass.

“As a manager, that makes you feel so proud to see that commitment. And the fans showed that too.

“To see them celebrate a 1-1 draw like that proves they understood the commitment that had gone in.”