Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has raged about Nottingham Forest getting away with fouls inside the penalty area.

Forest made the trip to Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon to play the first leg of the Championship playoff semi-final.

It could have been a pretty much perfect day for Forest.

Jack Colback opened the scoring for Forest from close range before Brennan Johnson made it 2-0.

That would have been a perfect result but there was a late twist as Sander Berge pulled one back for the Blades.

That gives Sheffield United hope of turning the tie around on Tuesday night as they travel to the City Ground.

Still, Forest are in the box seat having claimed this first-leg lead away from home.

It could have been more in truth with Forest creating a number of openings, but United did dominate possession in the second half.

It seems that United boss Heckingbottom isn’t happy at all – and it isn’t just about the final score at Bramall Lane.

Heckingbottom has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Forest escaped giving away a penalty.

Sander Berge went down inside the box but received nothing before popping up with that late goal.

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Heckingbottom not only feels that the incident was a foul and a penalty to Sheffield United, but feels it wasn’t even an isolated instance.

Heckingbottom claims that Forest are always dragging opposition players down inside the penalty area but have only been penalised for it once this season.

“They must see that,” said Heckingbottom. “Forest have only given one penalty away from dragging players down in the box, yet they do it every game,” he added.

This may well be a tactic to pressure officials into making big decisions in the second leg on Tuesday night.

We can only hope that Forest now aren’t on the receiving end of any soft decisions for the second leg as Sheffield United face 90 minutes to try and overhaul Forest’s first-leg lead.

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