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Sheffield United keeper Jamal Blackman and Brentford ace Ryan Woods both sent off in bizarre clash over the ball after goal

Chris Mepham fired in on 68 minutes to cancel out Chris Basham's opener for Blades - leading to a mega mismatch as Blackman and Woods skirmished to get hold of ball

Jamal Blackman and Ryan Woods both saw red in a bizarre clash during Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw at Brentford.

The mismatched duo battled for the ball in the aftermath of Chris Mepham’s equaliser on 68 minutes.

Ryan Woods is sent off after his clash with Jamal Blackman

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Ryan Woods is sent off after his clash with Jamal Blackman

Blades keeper Blackman picked the ball out of the net as Bees midfielder Woods tried to beat him to it.


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Blackman, standing at 6ft7in, used his height advantage to keep the ball out of Woods’ reach by holding it above the head of his opponent – who is ten inches shorter than on-loan Chelsea stopper.

Woods appeared to grab Blackman around the neck as he looked for a quick restart so Bees could go in search of a winner that would propel them closer to the play-off spots.

Blackman retaliated by pushing Woods in the face, before referee Jeremy Simpson showed both players straight red cards.

Sheffield United keeper Jamal Blackman is given his marching orders at Grifffin Park

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Sheffield United keeper Jamal Blackman is given his marching orders at Grifffin Park

Jamal Blackman is chased by Ryan Woods as he picks the ball out of the net

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Jamal Blackman is chased by Ryan Woods as he picks the ball out of the net

Woods attempts to take the ball from Blackman after Brentford equalise

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Woods attempts to take the ball from Blackman after Brentford equalise

Blackman holds the ball above his head and out of Woods’ reach

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Blackman holds the ball above his head and out of Woods’ reach

Bees midfielder Woods then comes around Blackman and appears to grab his neck

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Bees midfielder Woods then comes around Blackman and appears to grab his neck

Blackman then appeared to push Woods in the face as he retaliated

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Blackman then appeared to push Woods in the face as he retaliated

Woods looked bemused by Jeremy Simpson’s decision to send him off

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Woods looked bemused by Jeremy Simpson’s decision to send him off

Blackman sees red after the 68th-minute incident

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Blackman sees red after the 68th-minute incident

But a point is of more use to Chris Wilder’s Blades, who took the lead through Chris Basham and move to within a point of the play-off spots ahead of Friday night’s clash between Boro and Wolves.

Brentford are 11th, two places below their hosts, and seven points from the play-off places.


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