Sheffield United manager sparks chaos in Forest clash after aggressive move on Djed Spence 1 month ago

Sheffield United manager sparks chaos in Forest clash after aggressive move on Djed Spence

Play-off tension at the City Ground

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was shown a yellow card following an altercation with Nottingham Forest defender Djed Spence during the second leg of their play-off tie on Tuesday night.

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Forest took an early lead on the night

Following their 2-1 win at Bramall Lane last weekend, Brennan Johnson gave the Reds extra breathing room with a first half strike to put Steve Cooper's side 3-1 up on aggregate. The Blades later equalised through Morgan Gibbs-White.

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With Forest in the ascendancy and the Blades in danger of fading away after a positive start, tensions threatened to boil over at the City Ground as the United boss lost his cool.

As he watched Forest full back Spence take his time over a throw-in before dropping the ball, Heckingbottom aggressively slammed the ball into the chest of Spence.

While the defender smirked at the incident, others were not so happy as goalscorer Johnson and a series of other Forest players confronted Heckingbottom, leading to everyone on the pitch getting involved.

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The away side got themselves back into contention early into the second half

After cooling down people on both parties, experienced referee Michael Oliver showed the Blades boss a yellow card while Forest captain Joe Worrall and teammate Ryan Yeates spoke to Spence, presumably to prevent him from losing his cool.

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Despite their lacklustre end to the first half, the away side came out the blocks early in the second half and found a goal back through Morgan Gibbs-White to make it 1-1 on the night.

John Fleck then put the Blades in front on the night and levelled the aggregate score with 15 minutes to play to take the game into extra-time.

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