Sheffield United boss unhappy with ref after Millwall defeat

2014 FA Championship Millwall v Reading Feb 1stSHEFFIELD United manager Nigel Adkins criticised referee Andy Haines for his handling of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Millwall.

The Blades boss was particularly aggrieved at a challenge by George Saville on his midfielder Dean Hammond which went unpunished, with Adkins feeling some action should have been taken against the Lions player.

Adkins felt his side had put themselves in the ideal position to win the game when they equalised in the 70th minute, but he was unhappy United didn’t get a free-kick for another couple of challenges he deemed fouls in the moments before Aiden O’Brien’s 80th-minute winner.

“We changed it around tactically at half-time, scored a good goal and were generally looking for the full-backs to go and give us that bit of width,” Adkins said.

“Jose Baxter scores a great goal and for me there was only one winner and we had the ascendancy.

“And lo and behold the referee for me… it should be two free-kicks for us. He eventually gives them one free-kick and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded then.

“That changed the complexion of the way things were because, as I say, we were in the ascendancy.

“But I must say, some of the decisions. I’m never one to have a go at the referees but I must admit I was very disappointed with some things. When we talk about consistency in refereeing decisions, one, for example, the challenge on Dean Hammond, who went in so bravely, all season they have been cautioned by the official.

“So I was very disappointed in his performance. But I always say we look at ourselves and from a position where I thought we were going to go on and win it, we’ve not picked up the three points we were after.

“We were looking to go and win it, but you can’t legislate for things that go against you at times.”