Ipswich Town striker James Norwood has taken to social media to give his thoughts on a tackle by John Fleck in the Premier League game between Sheffield United and Arsenal last night.
Fleck was one of the standout players for Sheffield United, as the Blades won 1-0 on a memorable night at Bramall Lane, but he was booked in the first half for a strong challenge on Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The midfielder was shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean for the hefty tackle in the 15th minute – where he appeared to win the ball, but also caught the forward on the follow-through.
Fleck was disappointed to have been shown the yellow card and the decision also frustrated Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, who was standing on the touchline just a few meters away from the tackle.
Ipswich striker Norwood took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the challenge and admitted that he was disappointed to see Fleck get booked for it, claiming that football is becoming a non-contact sport.
Games gone !!! No more ball then man .. fleck wins the ball and cos someone is hurt it’s a yellow 😭 . Footballs Becoming a non contact sport 😷
— James Norwood (@jnorwood_10) October 21, 2019
Norwood has been an important player for Ipswich this season, scoring five goals, although he missed the 2-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on Sunday after undergoing groin surgery during the international break.
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Fleck was outstanding for Sheffield United last night, he was a driving force for the Blades in midfield and he certainly wasn’t afraid to get stuck in.
It was a strong challenge on Aubameyang, but I wasn’t at all surprised to see him shown a yellow card for it. I also understand why the midfielder was disappointed to be booked though, because he did get a foot on the ball.
Norwood has been an important player for Ipswich so far this season and he isn’t afraid to get stuck in on the pitch either – he’s been booked three times already this season.
Town missed his physical presence up front against Accrington and it’ll be a major boost for them when he’s ready to return to action.