Harris: Millwall denied clear penalty at Sheffield United – but 'no sour grapes'

MILLWALL were denied an “absolute stonewall penalty” against Sheffield United as the sides drew 1-1 on Saturday, according to Lions boss Neil Harris.

Jed Wallace went down in the box under Chris Basham’s challenge in the second half, but play was waved on.

Leon Clarke put Sheffield United ahead in the 74th minute before Steve Morison levelled two minutes later.

“I thought it was a stonewall penalty,” Harris said. “I made sure I watched it back before coming in here [the press room], I don’t always do that but I wanted to do it today because I was convinced it was a penalty.

“The ball is between Jed and Chris Basham and Jed flicks the ball and Chris Basham barges into the back of the player with his shoulder, and Jed flicks the ball backwards.

“Anywhere else on the pitch it’s a foul, so why the referee hasn’t given it I don’t know.”

Harris also felt the Blades shouldn’t have been awarded a corner before Clarke scored. “Without sounding like sour grapes, it wasn’t a corner. Both sets of players said it wasn’t a corner.”

Blades boss Chris Wailder agreed with Harris’ assessment of the penalty claim. “I think I had a pop [at the referee] at Halifax about 25 years ago… I don’t think he’s a very good referee. I think it was a penalty.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly