Phil Jagielka becomes second oldest player to get red card in Premier League history but Sheffield United cling on to beat Aston Villa for just fourth win of season

Phil Jagielka was sent off against Aston Villa following VAR intervention at Bramall Lane in a decision labelled ‘disgraceful’.

Sheffield United were able to hold on to the 1-0 victory, just their fourth win of the season, thanks to a David McGoldrick goal despite a barrage of pressure from the visitors.

Phil Jagielka was sent off early in the second half

Phil Jagielka was sent off early in the second half

But it was the incident involving the Blades defender that was the big talking point of the match.

The Sheffield United man was initially shown a yellow card for his challenge on Anwar El Ghazi early on in the second half of the Premier League match.

VAR told referee Robert Jones to go and have a look at the pitchside monitor to see if Jagielka had denied a goalscoring opportunity.

Jones decided he had and changed his decision to a red card. Jagielka became the second oldest player to receive a red card in the Premier League (38y 198d) behind only Stuart Pearce (38y 341 days).

Referee Robert Jones was told to check the monitor for the Jagielka decision

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Referee Robert Jones was told to check the monitor for the Jagielka decision

Jagielka became the second oldest player in Premier League history to be sent off

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Jagielka became the second oldest player in Premier League history to be sent off

When discussing the decision, talkSPORT host Hugh Woozencroft said: “Absolutely disgraceful decision. There’s no way Jagielka is the last man there.

“There’s another defender who’s deeper than him. He’s across the pitch but you can’t say it’s the denial of a goalscoring opportunity. There’s ample time for a defender to get back.”

Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton said: “The angle as well, he’s just about going away from goal. The touch he takes is not a touch that’s going to take him into the box for a shooting opportunity.

David McGoldrick scored for Sheffield United

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David McGoldrick scored for Sheffield United

“If he’s going to have to take a shot from 20 yards out before there’s a defender there to make a challenge then it’s a red card. 

“But that’s not what it is. A goalscoring opportunity is a genuine goalscoring opportunity 1v1 with a goalkeeper but it wasn’t the case.”

McGoldrick’s goal gave Sheffield United a glimmer of hope of fighting for survival with 11 games to go.

They reduced the gap to 12 points to safety but may find that time is running out.



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