Milivojevic feels Sheffield United lucky to avoid clear red card

Luka Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic reckons it was clear that Sheffield United should have had a player sent off.

Referee Andy Madley kept his cards in his pocket when United defender George Baldock piled into Palace danger man Wilfried Zaha on the touchline in the first half.

Baldock had already been booked and skipper Milivojevic was at a loss to understand why the defender wasn’t handed a second yellow card.

“For me it was clear – if the guy didn’t have a yellow card in that moment he would give it to him,” said Milivojevic. “But because he did have it he decided not to give it. It was a big decision not to give it.”

Baldock stayed on the pitch and helped the Blades to a 1-0 victory after Palace keeper Vicente Guaita dropped the ball over his goal line.

Milivojevic joined manager Roy Hodgson in refusing to blame the Spanish stopper for making the error after his fine performances in goal.

“He has been very consistent this season and we’re very proud to have him in the team,” said the Serbian. “He decided to try to catch it and that’s it.

“We had more than enough to get something from the game but in the end we can’t say it’s the fault of anyone – we’re all a team.”

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