Blades boss Bryan Robson has finally had his say over that furious, late bust-up at Carrow Road after Matthew Kilgallon's 89th minute 'goal' was controversially ruled offside by a distant linesman.
It left City basking in the unexpected pleasure of a fourth win in five games and left Blades risking the wrath of the Football Association as four United players were booked either side of the final whistle for protesting too lng and too loud, while a fuming Robson himself stormed the full width of the pitch to confront referee Darren Deadman.
He then opted to take the first flight home rather than attending the required post-match Press conference. Some 48 hours on and the Blades boss was insisting that this was not the first time officialdom had cost them.
Among certain sections of the Blades support, Robson already had some explaining to do after an under-whelming return from the top flight in which United have yet to really trouble the top six. Defeat in the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley this week could see the pressure pile up further on the former England skipper.
“It's not the first time something like this has happened,” Robson told the Sheffield Star. “We've had quite a few poor decisions go against us already this season and I've always said that things like that can have a big impact on your position.
“If I think about how many decisions that opponents have had against us then I can think of quite a few. If I try and think of occasions when we've got something that has helped us a little bit then I can't think of one,” he complained.
Canary fans had, before Saturday, every right to feel aggrieved at certain decisions – Dion Dublin's late dismissal at The Valley being principal among them.
But, according to the old football adage, you tend to earn your luck in this division and if only for their first-half efforts and their new-found defensive resolution, the Norfolk side might claim to have earned their little slice of luck from the far assistant.
“There's no point in complaining (to the Referee's Association) about it because it doesn't so any good,” added Robson. “I've been in this situation before and nothing ever comes of it.”
His side did, he insisted, deserve something from the game after penning the home side back in their own box for lengthy periods of this weekend's contest – just as Norwich had done to them in the first-half.
“The way we played in the second-half (at Carrow Road) deserved something,” Robson said. “That was how I expect us to play.
“The first-half, however wasn't acceptable and we told the lads so at half-time. But the second-half warranted something.”
With the Canaries having long since taken all three points and run, all eyes in Norfolk today were on the whereabouts of in-demand centre-half Martin Taylor.
The 28-year-old said himself after the game that he would now take a few days to ponder where next career-wise after being told by new Blues boss Alex McLeish that his future would lie elsewhere.
But with no-one able to make a permanent move for 'Tiny' until that January 1 window opens, he now has this Darren Huckerby-like three weeks where he can go back to Blues reserves and wait for the offers to mount.
Or – unlike Huckerby who had, by now, completed his full, 93-day loan period – Taylor could agree to a further one month's loan deal at Carrow Road which would then leave all options open come the New Year.
The whole situation is, however, clouded by the uncertainty surrounding the proposed takeover at St Andrews by Far Eastern business man Carson Yeung.
With Steve McManaman's pal now reported to be struggling to put the finances together to conclude the deal before a December 20 deadline, it could yet leave the controlling Sullivan and Gold clans right back where they started – and in even less of a mood to pump fresh money into a club that they cannot sell.
Hence reports in Birmingham today that McLeish would be handed a paltry war kitty of just ?3 million in January if – as expected – the Yeung bid fails to materialise; a figure made up of the compensation package Blues agreed with Wigan for the services of Steve Bruce.
Over and above that, McLeish will have to wheel and deal with Taylor and ex-Luton Town striker Rowan Vine two of his principal money-spinners.
According to tonight's Birmingham Evening Mail, McLeish has already identified Sheffield United left-back Gary Naysmith and Rangers striker Kris Boyd as two for his New Year shopping list.
Together the pair would probably blow most of that ?3 million out of the water.
Given Birmingham's urgent need for players, the net result of all the above is the fact that they will not be wanting to see the Taylor situation dragging on until January 31 as the player 'Ums…' and 'Aaaghhs…' his way through the window.
Likewise, the Golds and Sullivans are sufficiently wise in the ways of the footballing world to recognise that the Canary board need – for so many reasons – the Taylor deal to happen. Redemption lies in their grasp if 'Tiny' arrives for Christmas.
Which, in turn, means that Taylor himself could virtually name his own price, whilst Birmingham can turn the negotiating screw that much harder. It could be a long night for all concerned as, according to club sources, the talks continue.
Meanwhile Ricky Martin's youngsters open their FA Youth Cup campaign tonight away at Sunderland (7pm). The third round clash at the Stadium Of Light promises to be a tough examination of the young Canaries. This time last year, however, and the competition proved to be the launch pad for Chris Martin's first team breakthrough…
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