Date:Monday February 25 2013
AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman shrugged off criticism from Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson following the game on Saturday.
The Cherries 1-0 home defeat at Dean Court was filled with incidents more fitting to the ugly side of the game.
Whilst Sheffield United who now top the League One table have to be commended for their workman like performance, with a well drilled and organised defence that limited AFC Bournemouth to a handful of chances. They were also guilty of using every trick available, to turn the game in their favour.
On a bobbly pitch that didn't suite the Cherries passing game, Sheffield United were happy to slow the game down at every opportunity. Throw ins and free-kicks would be taken with the urgency of someone with Coulrophobia going to the circus, while the frequency that their players appeared to require treatment was astounding.
Not helped by referee Gary Sutton who appeared oblivious to everything around him. It was certainly the definition of 'winning ugly'.
Once such incident led to Pitman being clattered off the ball. Sheffield United had a player go down inside their own half, their 'keeper attempted to kick the ball out of play but instead launched it back to the Cherries. After wasting thirty seconds working out if the Cherries should knock it out of play or play on, they played on. Injured Sheffield United player fortunately makes a full recovery during this period only to go down again once there is another break in play.
The referee re-starts play with a drop ball and Pitman knocks the ball towards the corner to give possession back to Sheffield United, admittedly not the traditional sporting way of handing back possession, but with the gamesmanship leading up to the incident, not surprising.
With the ball still in play Pitman is checked off the ball and is sent to the ground in what should have been a clear free kick only for Mr G Sutton to wave play away and award a throw in.
Discussing the incident Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told the Daily Echo...
'...I have to say, they have to count themselves lucky they didn`t have one of their men sent off because the way he (Pitman) went down holding his face, trying to get Neill Collins sent off, was very unpleasant.
Pitman shrugged off the criticism and simply said...
"The geezer just walked into me. There was no need for it.
"I think that is part and parcel of football and if he (Wilson) wants to go on about unsavoury incidents, he needs to have a closer look at his captain and what he does and how he conducts himself on the pitch.
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Date:Monday February 25 2013
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