Sheffield United’s sense of injustice following their defeat by Coventry City became more acute last night when Steve Pressley admitted the hosts were fortunate not to have been reduced to 10 men.
Pressley, whose City team survived a gusty fightback from the visitors during Sunday’s League One clash at Sixfields Stadium, revealed he feared Andy Webster would be dismissed following a foul on Febian Brandy.
The first-half incident took place moments after referee Mike Dean had cautioned the defender for a challenge on Jose Baxter, but the match official elected to warn Webster instead.
“I seriously considered making a change for the second half because I was concerned,” Pressley said.
“Neil McFarlane and I discussed the situation and decided that Andy only had one more foul in him so it was a clear risk.”
United seemed destined to suffer a heavy defeat when two goals from Leon Clarke and a Callum Wilson strike saw City take a 3-0 lead.
However, Lyle Taylor’s brace - his first goals for the club - set up a tense finish after Conor Coady and Brandy had earlier gone close.
Meanwhile, Port Vale manager Micky Adams has lavished praise on former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Chris Lines ahead of Saturday’s match at Bramall Lane. Adams, who spent a brief spell in charge of United before parting company with his boyhood club in 2011, described Lines as “outstanding” during Vale’s t game against Peterborough.
Adams said: “I thought in terms of all the midfield players out there he was the one that really did stand out from the rest.”