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Unhappy Blackwell feels ref had `big influence`

10 Feb 2010 12:38:12

Unhappy Blackwell feels ref had `big influence`

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell was unhappy with the performance of referee Eddie Ilderton in his side's 2-1 defeat at Preston.Matthew James' deflected shot and a second from Jon Parkin, who tucked home the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Ian Bennett, sent the Blades crashing to a third defeat in four league matches, despite a late consolation from Mark Yeates.But Blackwell believes his side were worthy of a point. He said: "We should have got something out of the game, that's for sure."I thought the referee had a big influence on the shape of the game. For the penalty Nyron Nosworthy has used his body to get between (Danny) Welbeck and himself. It's on the DVD so I know what I'm talking about."But we had some chances second half and really should have finished them off. The problem at the moment is that we are throwing players together."The Blades, decimated again by injuries, handed a debut to on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley due to the absence of skipper Chris Morgan (ribs) and fellow centre-half Marcel Seip (hamstring).


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