Sport: Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom wants talks after controversial penalty decision

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Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has declared his intention to 'speak to someone' after his side were denied a penalty in their 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth. The Blades picked up a respectable point against the high-flying Cherries but were left reeling late on when a foul by Nathaniel Phillips on Morgan Gibbs-White went unpunished.

Paul Heckingbottom,manager of Sheffield United © Craig Thomas/News Images Paul Heckingbottom,manager of Sheffield United

Heckingbottom has already spoken with referee Dean Whitestone and has revealed he wants to take the matter further after the decision denied his side a chance to clinch three crucial points at Bramall Lane. He said: "I want to speak to someone. I do want to have a chat with someone and then have them come in.

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"All you can do is try and work out what is happening. Clearly I’m frustrated and not happy about it. But I also want to try and be constructive. We can’t do anything about it now and, in one sense, we have to move on. But I also want to try and get to the bottom of it, to see if there’s anything we should be doing or aren’t doing.

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"I went in (to see Whitestone), yes. But what can we do about it? Go on, tell me? I don’t mean the reports, because you just tend to get some fluff back. That’s why I want to speak to someone."

Gibbs-White posed a threat throughout and had been denied by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers before he was left appealing for a spot-kick. The hosts could have still won it in the dying embers but recent recruit Filip Uremovic blasted his half-volley wide. The match saw two of the Championship's most impressive sides go head-to-head but was overshadowed by a decision which drew the ire of the Bramall Lane faithful.

Heckingbottom said: "The penalty, I’ve seen it back and it is worse than what I first thought. I thought we did our job well and you just want others to do their job as well. I’m not talking about fouls, because they can be debatable. I’m talking about black and white, blatant ones."

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The Reading boss dealt the Blades' promotion hopes a blow but still expects them to finish in the top six The result gave the Royals' survival hopes a real boost, opening up a nine-point cushion over third-bottom Derby. He was understandably delighted with his side's performance against a Sheffield United side he feels is a 'top team'.

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