Lundstram tackle not worthy of red card, says Wilder

The visitor was reduced to 10 men when Lundstram was dismissed for upending Joel Veltman in a reckless challenge after he lost control of the ball.

The referee initially gave Lundstram a yellow card as Brighton's players surrounded him in protest before a VAR review convinced him to brandish a red one.   -  GETTY IMAGES

John Lundstram's tackle which earned the Sheffield United midfielder a sending-off against Brighton & Hove Albion is a red card only in modern day football, Blades manager Chris Wilder said after the 1-1 draw on Sunday.

The visitor was reduced to 10 men when Lundstram was dismissed for upending Joel Veltman in a reckless challenge after he lost control of the ball.

The referee initially gave Lundstram a yellow card as Brighton's players surrounded him in protest before a VAR review convinced him to brandish a red one.

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“Modern day football, everybody will say 'yeah, that's the world we're living in',” Wilder told Sky Sports when asked whether the challenge deserved a red card.

“I've been brought up to talk about it as being a contact sport, all us old 'uns would possibly turn the clock back and say a yellow card at best.

“But these are the rules. Contact is going out the game but I accept that that's the way it is.”

The sending-off left United with 10 men for 50 minutes and despite going ahead through debutant Jayden Bogle, it came away with only one point after Danny Welbeck struck a late equaliser for Brighton.

The Blades, five points adrift at the foot of the table, is still searching for its first league win of the season but Wilder said it could take positives from the result.

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“When you get that close it's disappointing not to see the game out but it was going to be a long afternoon being down to 10 men,” Wilder said.

“We showed ambition to get the first goal but we're disappointed with the equaliser and then it was a long seven minutes to see it out. But we managed to and it's a small step for us, we were competitive today.”

Wilder confirmed that midfielder Sander Berge will be sidelined for three months after he sustained a hamstring injury in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Manchester United.