Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom humorously commented that he might be in prison if his team hadn’t been awarded a last-minute penalty, which ultimately allowed them to secure their first Premier League victory, a 2-1 win over Wolves.
The Blades secured their first win after 11 attempts when Oliver Norwood scored from the penalty spot in the 10th minute of added time, following a foul on George Baldock by Fabio Silva. Wolves boss Gary O’Neil described the decision as “absolutely crazy.”
This penalty provided a moment of relief for Sheffield United after Cameron Archer’s excellent opening goal was canceled out by Jean-Ricner Bellegarde’s deflected effort in the 89th minute, finally kick-starting their campaign.
Heckingbottom said: “I don’t think you’d have seen me if we hadn’t been given that penalty, I might be in prison somewhere.
“I have not seen it but the people who have seen it have said because there was no contact there was no way it was going to be overturned. It’s one of those where the ref makes the call and there is not enough to overturn the decision.
“The dramatic nature of it makes victory feel even sweeter but it would have been harsh had we not won, especially after the way we performed in the second half.” [SUTV]