Sheffield United: It’s out of our hands

Three players sent off and four penalties given in a heated clash
Three players sent off and four penalties given in a heated clash

Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan believes his team will enter the final match of the League One season with a chance of automatic promotion despite last night’s draw with fellow Brentford.

United appeared on course for a crucial victory after goals from Barry Robson and Dave Kitson cancelled out Marcello Trotta’s opener for the visitors.

But Bradley Wright-Phillips pounced in the final minute to ensure Uwe Rosler’s third placed side secured a share of the spoils despite finishing this extraordinary contest with nine men following red cards for Tony Craig and Clayton Donaldson.

United, who will be without defender Harry Maguire for Saturday’s outing at Portsmouth after he was also dismissed, are now five points behind AFC Bournemouth in second with a game in hand.

Morgan said: “I firmly believe that we’ll kick off against Preston North End on the last day of the season with a chance of going straight up.

“I might be wrong but I do reckon that will be the case.

“I learned a lot about the players out there.

“I learned they’ve got the heart and desire to come back into a match.

“I learned they’ve got tons of character and the stomach for the fight. I didn’t doubt that anyway.”

Morgan described some of referee Keith Stroud’s decision making as “questionable” during a pulsating match with Brentford who return to London a place above United.

Trotta edged Rosler’s charges ahead with a penalty before Robson equalised from the spot after Tony McMahon’s penalty had hit the bar.

Kitson headed home Jamie Murphy’s centre before Wright-Phillips levelled.