SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Chris Wilder was shown a yellow card for scrapping with Bournemouth’s midfielder Andrew Surman during the feisty Premier League clash between the two sides.
Referee Jonathan Moss dished out yellow cards to both Wilder and Surman after a touch-line shoving match broke out between the pair.
Fourth official Lee Mason and a security guard were forced to get involved to separate them as tensions boiled over at Bramall Lane.
Less than ten minutes into the second half, Sheffield United and Wilder took offence to Dan Gosling’s reaction after John Egan’s challenge.
The hosts and their supporters were fuming and Wilder and Surman went head-to-head after the midfielder tried to collect the ball from the Blades’ subs bench.
Surman shoved Wilder before the highly rated United boss followed suit in ugly and controversial scenes.
Players and officials from both sides quickly joined the flashpoint before both individuals were cautioned in the 53rd minute for their role in the melee.
United supporters responded to the confrontation by chanting “Wilder, knock him out” as they backed their boss who has greatly impressed in his first season in the Premier League.
Surman was pictured grinning during the encounter but Wilder had the last laugh after John Lundstram’s 84th minute winner handed his high-flying Blades a 2-1 win.
United achieved automatic promotion from the Championship last season after finishing second and incredibly have now virtually guaranteed Premier League survival after racking up 39 points in just 26 games.
Wilder said: “Their player thought I had the ball behind my back [to stop a quick throw-in], but I didn’t.
“I’m still coming to terms with this division, it’s a passionate game, I’m a passionate manager and I have no issue with Eddie Howe.
“It calmed down after that but I want to win, Andrew Surman wants to win, they want the result for their team and I do for mine.”