Chris Wilder says Sheffield United ‘have to accept’ VAR as Blades are denied goal at Tottenham with marginal offside call
Chris Wilder refused to get sucked into the debate about VAR even though his Sheffield United side were on the wrong end of an incredibly tight decision at Tottenham.
The Blades thought they had levelled the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when David McGoldrick got on the end of a low cross from the left.
However, it was disallowed because John Lundstram, who put in a cross from the right earlier in the move, was ruled offside.
The decision is likely to raise questions about whether VAR is fit for purpose as Lundstram was offside by a mere toe’s length. Below you can see just how close the call was.
But United got over this setback with George Baldock’s cross-cum-shot in the 78th minute cancelling out Heung-min Son’s opener.
Baldock’s goal was actually reviewed despite taking a nick off Eric Dier as those at Stockley Park in London wanted to see whether the onrushing Chris Basham was offside but this time the visitors weren’t to be denied.
VAR is a topic that has been debated every week since it was brought into the Premier League this season but Wilder refused to be drawn into it when speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after the game.
Wilder said: “The big toe of John Lundstram, eh? If he had been a size seven…
“Listen, is it plain and obvious as people talk about? I’m not so sure about that. But somebody has given it so you have to accept it.
“What I want to talk about is our reaction, the way my team turned up today and put in a performance for a promoted side.
“We gifted the opposition their goal and it’s obvious there’s going to be opportunities for them with the number of top class players they have, but we limited really good players and a really good to very little and really took the game to the opposition.
“We didn’t see it or wait to get beat, we wanted to win and we’re disappointed we didn’t do that.”
Wilder was pushed further on VAR, but the Blades boss reiterated his point that he and his team would accept any VAR decision that comes their way.
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He added: “It’s difficult to get your head around it at times.
“But it’s here to stay, we have to accept it and try and move on.
“The Premier League does seem to be a different sport when there are players flying about all over the place with minimal contact. I don’t want my teams to do that and I feel our supporters don’t want their players to do that.
“But it happens, we have to get used to it.”
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