Aston Villa 0 Sheffield United 0: Fuming Chris Wilder 'doesn't know whether to laugh or cry' over 'sorry' Hawk-Eye
Sheffield United appear to have been ‘robbed’ of victory in controversial circumstances as Premier League football returned.
The Blades drew 0-0 at Aston Villa after incredible goalline technology controversy denied Chris Wilder’s side three points in their push for Europe. All the updates, reaction and news to the game below.
Sheffield United Matchday LIVE: Build-up, team news and previews ahead of Blades trip to Aston Villa
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 June, 2020, 13:02
- Sheffield United kick-off the Premier League’s restart at Aston Villa at 6pm
- James Shield will be at Villa Park reporting for The Star this evening
- Home side welcome back key man John McGinn
- Jack O’Connell and John Fleck miss out through injury, Jack Robinson and Sander Berge play
- Controversy as United denied a clear goal after Hawkeye glitch
- HawkEye apologise to Blades after tech error cost them two points at Villa Park
- Wilder says goal blunder ’difficult to take’
Good morning, Blades. Are you ready?
It’s Wednesday, June 17 and after three barren months without action, football is back. It’s very different to how we remember it, pre-shutdown, but we’ll take it whatever way we can. The Star’s team of writers will be with you - virtually - every step of the way today and throughout the night as you watch from home and James Shield will provide a taste of the unusual circumstances, live from Villa Park.
Stay with us for all the latest news and get involved in the conversation by tweeting us @TheStarBlades or email [email protected]
Tale of the tape
Predicted team, the man to watch, the form … James Shield has the run down HERE
'In United's heads?'
A former Villa player says the strange surroundings at Villa Park tonight could have an impact on Sheffield United’s preparations and ’mess with their heads’. Alan Hutton told Football Insider that he felt that the fact that Blades players will be getting ready in converted executive boxes, while Villa have extended their space by knocking through the home and away dressing rooms could have an impact in Chris Wilder’s side.
“It’s not ideal, I’d like to see how they’re going to work that because obviously I know the layout of the stadium so both the home and away dressing room are both very big within Villa Park.
“If they’re thinking about using both and putting the away team somewhere else, it definitely messes with your head a little bit. Even if you’re a player going into an away dressing room, you know the surroundings – you know where the showers are, you know what it looks like.
“To be carted off somewhere else, to have to walk downstairs and round about to get to out on to the pitch, it does mess with you a little bit. I think they’re maybe using this to their advantage a little bit and trying to get one up."
Skipper Billy Sharp
“There’s going to be more people watching than usual, even though we won’t be able to see or hear them. But that won’t affect us, because we know that our fans are still with us.”
'O'Connell out for Villa clash' and Fleck is a 'doubt' - reports
Blades defender Jack O’Connell will reportedly miss tonight’s match against Aston Villa due to a knee injury, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The centre-back has been an ever present for United this season, playing every single minute of their top flight campaign.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph is also reporting that midfielder John Fleck is also a doubt.
The Scotland midfielder has been a key part of Wilder’s team this season, scoring five goals.
Chris Wilder previously said he has a full squad to choose from so we shall see.
We’ll have confirmation of the team news around 5pm so remember to check back later on.