Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has expressed the view that Sheffield United should not have been awarded a penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
In the dying moments of added time, with the score level at 1-1, the on-field official, Robert Jones, judged that Fábio Silva had fouled George Baldock inside the penalty area.
The penalty was given and subsequently converted by Oliver Norwood, securing a first top-flight victory for Sheffield United since their promotion from the Championship last season, moving their tally onto four points, level with Burnley.
Wolves boss Gary O’Neil criticised the decision made by Jones, and Gallagher shared O’Neil’s sentiment, believing that the referee should have taken more time to make the call.
“I think the referee gave it too quickly. The best players in the world create time on the ball, the best referees create a little bit of thinking time.
“Unfortunately for Rob Jones, whether he wanted to get in quick because he just wanted to make a decision, I don’t know, but there was no need to rush it and I think if he had waited two seconds, he would have seen how it unfolded and he would have probably made a different decision,” Gallagher said live on Sky Sports News.