Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder fears it will be “pointless” launching an appeal against Chris Basham’s red card during Saturday’s draw with Scunthorpe, despite insisting the midfielder did not deserve to be sent-off.
Basham faces a three match suspension after being controversially dismissed for a second-half challenge on Neal Bishop.
Although Wilder criticised referee Darren Deadman’s performance at Glanford Park - “I think there were a lot of inconsistencies out there. It’s unusual when both sets of supporters are having a pop at him”- he warned the decision is unlikely to be overturned.
Claiming Scunthorpe’s Murray Wallace could also have walked earlier in the game, Wilder told The Star: “I’ll look at it but I’m used to putting pointless appeals in and them getting turned down. The game’s changed. I just don’t think that’s a sending-off. And the talking point is the tackle earlier from their boy (Wallace) on Basham. If he sends their boy off and then sends Basham off then I think both managers and six or seven thousand people agree with it.”
Admitting he was upset with Bishop’s reaction to the challenge which saw Basham receive his marching orders, Wilder added: “Chris is disappointed because he’s a committed player. He’s gone on his backside and their lad has gone on his backside. I think Bash’s problem was that he didn’t roll about and done that. Which is disappointing. You can make your own mind up but I think that happened a few times out there today. I believe in my opinion, that it’s two boys going in to win a ball. When Murray Wallace went in on Basham, he didn’t roll about all over the place and neither have a lot of our players in a lot of the challenges. I’ve looked at the video. The referee turns away, then turns back and makes a decision.”
Basham, who is set to sit-out tomorrow’s game against Bristol Rovers, had earlier given United the lead following a clever set-piece routine before Josh Morris and Duane Holmes put Scunthorpe in the driving seat. But the visitors claimed a point when Billy Sharp converted a late penalty.
“Let’s be right about it, punters want to see competition and players making contact with each other,” Wilder said. “Let’s make sure that doesn’t go out of the game. I’ve managed for about 15 years now, put about half a dozen requests in and I’ve never won one. We’ll have a look but I don’t think it’s going to get turned over. Which is a shame because now we miss an important player for three games.”