Cape Town - Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was frustrated that
his side's performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham played second fiddle to
the VAR controversy.
Wilder watched as his side recovered from going a goal
behind at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when David McGoldrick scored what
looked like an equaliser just 129 seconds after Son Heung-min put the hosts
The Republic of Ireland international converted at the far
post from Enda Stevens' cross but John Lundstram's toe was ruled to be offside
in the opening phase of the attack.
It was anything but clear and obvious as it took over three
minutes for the Video Assistant Referee, Jonathan Moss, at Stockley Park to
make the call.
Wilder's men did grab a deserved share of the spoils when
George Baldock scored a fortuitous equaliser in the 78th minute but the manager
was left reflecting on how VAR was again a "major talking point".
He said: "The length of that stoppage I think doesn't
do anybody any good, from the managers to players and, more importantly, the
supporters. If it is offside, it's offside and we have to get on with it and
"I am disappointed with that because we should be
talking about how we have gone toe-to-toe with the Champions League finalists,
it fills me with immense pride with how we have played."
The draw was enough to ensure Sheffield United go into the
two-week international break in the lofty heights of fifth position in the
They sit on 17 points from their opening 12 games, with
Arsenal just behind them on goal difference.
Tottenham are down in 14th position after a disappointing
start to the season but only three points separate the Blades and Everton ten
places below them in 15th.
- TeamTalk Media