Sheffield United: 'This game is losing a bit for me' - Chris Wilder has his say on VAR again after Blades' 2-1 win at Norwich City

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, admitted the game is ‘losing a bit’ because of VAR after his side won 2-1 at Norwich City this afternoon.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 5:22 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 5:23 pm
George Baldock of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game at Carrow Road, Norwich: James Wilson/Sportimage

On an another afternoon of VAR controversy, United were denied a penalty for a challenge on Chris Basham and a goal for John Lundstram, when he was adjudged offside.

Chris Basham was later sent off by referee Simon Hooper, before VAR intervened and the red card was downgraded to a yellow.

The latest controversies came just days after Thursday evening’s defeat at home to Newcastle, when Jonjo Shelvey’s goal was allowed to stand after VAR intervened.

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And Wilder, speaking after goals from Enda Stevens and George Baldock saw the Blades come from behind to win at Carrow Road, said: “We have the elite refs in the world. The percentage improvement VAR is supposed to bring is not happening.

"I'm a traditionalist. I like challenges. I like proper football. But this game is losing a bit for me.

"Momentum is a big thing in football. We had huge momentum in that second half and the VAR checks totally hit that.

“I go back to what I said the other night. We had 28,000 fans in the stadium singing the same songs. They are not having it. They are the stakeholders."

On the match itself, Wilder added: “What a tough game that was. One of the toughest we have had.”