Norwich Time Wasting Irritates Wilder
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was non too pleased following the weekend's loss to Norwich City.
Hosting Norwich at Bramall Lane for the game, United went down to a first half goal from the visitors but we had far more possession on the day, greater goal attempts and one more effort directly on goal, but sadly we couldn't find that equaliser.
Wilder was pretty blunt when he spoke with the media following the game, and obviously his own sending off in the game featured, but the Sheffield Star quote him from his post game press conference as saying one big bug bear from the game was their time wasting on the day.
'There were some time-wasting issues that are ridiculous. Referees have to do something about it. It breaks the flow of the game up when you're in the ascendancy. I went in their technical area, that was the problem, a bit of a frustration, having five centre forwards out. I thought my team were outstanding for a new team in the division. I thought we deserved something from the game.'
Wilder went on to say.
'They've taken the three points but there's a lot of pride that's been on show in the shirt today and I think that was recognised by the supporters I can accept losing, I just can't accept when players hide or don't take responsibility. Those players haven't done that today, they've given it a good go. We moved the ball about the pitch ever so well today. We were up against it but I thought we showed all the qualities I'd expect us to show.'
The Star also have him saying about his sending off that he would obviously be disappointed if he had to miss the trip to Hillsborough.
'I don`t know, we will have to deal with that if it happens. I would be disappointed. The thing I said to the referee is this is a passionate game. Should I have stepped into their technical area? By the letter of the law, possibly not. Should he have gone to me and said 'next time you step into the technical area, I am going to send you to the stand`. That puts me on a warning.'
'Fair enough, I did wrong. I booted the ball back, stepped into their technical area. There`s obviously a couple of bottles in front of the ball, which went a bit. I didn`t injure anybody, cause any harm to anybody. I wasn`t picking the ball up and chucking it in the stand, throwing it at the referee. I have passed the ball back to get the game going.'
Looking ahead to Sheffield Wednesday, we could be without a few players with injury but they will be assessed and Wilder ended by saying.
'Whatever team we can muster together to go there (Hillsborough), we will go there competitive and in good spirits. We are back in Tuesday, those players have run through brick walls for me and the football club and not really got their rewards. They have not got anything to feel sorry for themselves about. They can be disappointed not to get something. Whether we deserved to win, who knows, but I thought we deserved something from the game. It`s a great game the Sheffield derby to look forward to.'
With the game being our first defeat in five games, Wilder wasn't quite finished there though and the Eastern Daily Press also have him saying.
'Dear me, where do you start? They put the team sheet in at 1:45pm but was there a lot of traffic around Sheffield about 1pm? Well, get here a bit earlier then. What you do is get a coach driver to do his job and find out if you are in the city centre there might be a bit of traffic. There might be a bit of traffic around 1:30pm at a football stadium when about 28,000 are turning up. Do a little bit of homework and possibly set off 10 minutes earlier. There wasn`t a crash on the M1 or whatever, they came up on Friday night. Get to the game on time and show the opposition manager and captain and referee and fourth official and the assistant and the assessor a little bit of respect.'
He went on to say.
'That is my first one, 1:45pm, not there, on my own. Sat in the changing room at half-time when the referee had blown the whistle and my players are out on the pitch. That is the second thing. Get out on the pitch on time. I will let you make up your own mind on how we set our team up, how they set their team up and what it represents.'
'Obviously I had to deal with a couple of little issues. I felt we should have had a penalty first half. To be fair, they could have had one late on but the time-wasting issues are ridiculous. I think referees have to get to the bottom of that earlier and a bit quicker. They are the custodians of the game and they have a duty. I know there is a fine line between being professional and taking the mick. People say you get it added on at the end but it breaks up the flow.'