Sheffield United 3-3 Blackpool: The match descends into chaos, ending with four red cards and a massive brawl.


Where do you start in a game like this? 98th minute equaliser, or four red cards? Missed penalty or maybe a massive brawl?

There was little time to catch our breath at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United and Blackpool drew 3-3 in a thrilling English Championship match.

Oliver Norwood scored a stoppage-time equalizer for United as Blackpool thought they had done enough to secure a comeback victory from 2-0 down in the first half.

After going 3-2 up with goals from Jerry Yates (2) and Kenny Dougall, Blackpool were fortunate when Rhian Brewster missed a penalty in the 88th minute.

That came after the visitors had been reduced to nine men following the sending offs of Marvin Ekpitete (78th min.) and Dominic Thompson (81st min.).

After the final whistle, matters became even more infuriating when Blackpool’s Shayne Lavery and United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham were shown red for a brawl that saw both players on the ground. That led to four red cards in the final 20 minutes, with both sets of players involved in a chaotic head-to-head at full-time.

“It’s not the kind of scene you want to see at the end of a game,” former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson told Sky Sports.

According to PA Media, Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “Lavery comes over and grabs Wes out of the way and as Wes spins, they both tackle each other and go down.

“They didn’t seem to think anything had happened, but it’s clear that the referee has seen two boys on the ground and is thinking that they are fighting. We will have to look and see what we do.”

“It’s easy to say that people have to keep their control,” Blackpool manager Michael Appelton told the BBC.

“But when it happens so quickly and suddenly at the end of the game, I felt I had to speak to the referee.

“I said it because I was disappointed. I thought of them [the officials] he had a bad day.”