Sheffield United: Saddlers chief perplexed by Blades plight

Aidan White appeared to be tripped up by Walsall's Milan Lalkovic in the penalty area but no spot kick was awarded.
Aidan White appeared to be tripped up by Walsall's Milan Lalkovic in the penalty area but no spot kick was awarded.
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Walsall manager Dean Smith admits he is surprised Sheffield United are languishing in the lower reaches of League One.

Nigel Clough’s men remain in the bottom four after drawing 1-1 with the Saddlers in midweek at Bramall Lane.

Smith told The Star: “I certainly didn’t expect them [United] to be in the position they are in at the moment but it is a tough league this year. They have had a change of management; Nigel has come in and he will get things right.”

Smith, approaching his third anniversary as Walsall boss, was left bemused by “inconsistent refereeing decisions”. Like Clough, he felt United should have been awarded a penalty when Milan Lalkovic appeared to bring down Aidy White in the area but referee Chris Sarginson waved away their appeals. Smith was unhappy over Sarginson’s decision to penalise James Chambers for handball just before half-time. He pointed to the spot and Chris Porter duly converted from 12 yards.