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Bramall Lane (ATT 15,730) 1st April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Brentford Brentford

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K Freeman (S/O 34)

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Controversy in goalless draw

Last Updated: 01/04/14 10:34pm

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Billy Paynter: Denied by James Tarkowski

Billy Paynter: Denied by James Tarkowski

Brentford earned a vital point in a 0-0 draw at Sheffield United where referee Eddie Ilderton controversially took centre stage.

Ilderton inexplicably awarded the Bees a penalty and showed Kieron Freeman a red card in the first half, despite the Blades defender clearly winning the ball.

But the referee then overturned both decisions after a discussion with his linesman.

It meant Brentford were rightly denied the opportunity to take the lead from the spot, and despite both teams having numerous chances, neither could break the deadlock in an entertaining clash.

Most of the Bees' opportunities game in the first 20 minutes where they could have had a three-goal lead but Marcello Trotta had a shot blocked, Clayton Donaldson planted a header from the resulting corner wide and Toumani Diagouraga fired just off target.

The Blades were only denied the lead by a superb last-ditch tackle from James Tarkowski which stopped Billy Paynter tapping into an empty net after Conor Coady broke clear.

Then came the game's controversial incident 15 minutes before the break as Freeman superbly tackled Trotta, but Ilderton sent Bramall Lane into uproar by pointing to the spot and sending the on-loan defender off.

However, after consulting his linesman Mark Dwyer, the Tyne and Wear official overturned his decision, gave a drop-ball and rescinded Freeman's red.

The second half offered both sides decent chances as Trotta tested Blades keeper Mark Howard's handling from the edge of the area while Ryan Flynn curled just wide for the hosts.

But the match ended in stalemate meaning the Bees move five points clear of third-placed Leyton Orient, while the Blades' optimistic play-off hopes are dented.

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4 Preston North End 26 47
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6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
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12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
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16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24