SHEFFIELD United could this morning lodge an official complaint with Leyton Orient after Danny Wilson accused one of the London club’s supporters of spitting in winger Matt Phillips’ face.
The incident happened when Kevin Lisbie snatched a 96th minute equaliser for Russell Slade’s side during Saturday’s League One contest and provoked angry scenes between the visitors’ bench and home crowd.
United manager Wilson said: “It was very unsavoury and that sort of thing just shouldn’t happen. One of their fans - a big guy - came down and spat in Matty’s face before running-off. That’s disgusting. It’s just not on.
“We’ll investigate exactly what happened and then decide what to do. We’ll take things from there.”
Wilson, already seething at United’s inability to hold on to their lead against opponents who had Charlie Daniels dismissed before Chris Porter opened the scoring, appeared incandescent with rage when asked to describe what had provoked the row.
United will ask Orient to review their in-house CCTV footage before deciding whether to take the matter further but Wilson insisted that, irrespective of whether the confrontation had been captured on camera, officials at Brisbane Road should improve security around the dug-out area.
“It’s just not acceptable for fans to be able to come down from the stands in situations like that,” he said.
Phillips, on loan from Blackpool, was standing in the technical area when he was approached having earlier been replaced by Lee Williamson.
The United substitute left the pitch less than five minutes later after being injured by Daniels’ tackle.
“He’s got a bad gash just under his knee so that shows you how high the tackle was,” said Wilson.
“It was two-footed and I don’t think the ref could do anything about it other than to show a red.”
United enter tomorrow’s meeting with MK Dons fifth in the table.
Wilson said: “We’ve got experienced players and we should have seen that out. It was criminal not to.
“I don’t care whether it’s against 10 men, nine or eight, you see that game out.
“It’s frustrating. Very frustrating.
“We knew the game would be a scrap but to have gone one nil up and be in a winning position only to give it away because of bad decisions is not what you want to see.”