Chris Wilder Defends George Baldock After All-Action Display Against Wilfried Zaha

​Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder praised his right-back George Baldock for dealing with the threat of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, despite his man being fortunate to escape a red card.

The Ivorian gave the Blades defender a torrid time on Saturday, causing problems with his renowned pace and providing the full-back with one of his toughest jobs of the season.

George Baldock,Wilfried Zaha

At one point, it seemed he was on the way for an early bath after catching Zaha while already on a yellow. However, the referee declined to show the red and he was ultimately influential in the 1-0 win for his side.

Post-game, Wilder praised both ​Zaha and his defender, saying, as quoted by ​ "The experience that George Baldock has had, up against arguably the best winger in the division who is valued at £90m.

"He gets booked after ten minutes and he has to deal with that, no easy way out, he was never coming off as far as I was concerned, and he had to find a way of dealing with that difficult opponent on a booking."

Chris Wilder

Wilder defended the decision made by referee Andy Madley to not book his man, and made a reference to how he was satisfied with the decision to overturn the red card issued to Zaha's teammate Joel Ward. 

The decision was changed following a review where the official used the pitch-side monitor to replay the incident.

Andy Madley

"I thought it was a bit disappointing that he [Baldock] received his first yellow, but after that a couple of guys got booked and fouled, so I think the referee was consistent in his approach," Wilder added.

"I have said before, we are not a malicious side, but we are a competitive side and this is a competitive sport.

"If it had been a yellow card, we would have been disappointed. Just as Joel Ward’s, I didn’t think that was a red, I didn’t think it was a second yellow for George Baldock."

Source : 90min