Chris Wilder gave a hilarious reaction after Wolves youngster Ryan Giles scored an own goal for Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Giles was starting his third Championship game on loan for the club against Sheffield United, and was unfortunate to put into his own net at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United - Sky Bet Championship
Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Sander Berge put the Blades ahead with a great strike from just inside the box.

Boro equalised through Chuba Akpom after a great move down the right wing.

But then came Giles’ moment to forget.

It came from a throw in near the corner flag, and it was a great touch through from Oliver Norwood to find Iliman Ndiaye.

The Frenchman flashed the ball across the face of goal, and Giles’ attempted to clear his lines with his weak foot but punted the ball into the roof of his own net.

In fairness it was an awkward ball to deal with.

Boro did then get back on level terms again, with Akpom heading in his second of the game.

The game finished 2-2, meaning Boro are still yet to win a game in 2022/23.

You might have thought Wilder would have been slightly irked post-match. But he gave a brilliant reaction to Giles’ own goal.

He joked (via BBC Sport Tees): “Great finish isn’t it! Great right-foot finish. I tell you what, he tucked it away fabulously for them didn’t he. It’s just when he went off celebrating it did my nut in!

“All I said to him was ‘don’t tell 25,000 people that you’ve scored an own goal, so get on with it and get back on the bike’, which he did. He was involved in the equaliser.”

A great reaction from Chris Wilder as Wolves youngster Ryan Giles suffers unfortunate moment

It is good to see Wilder giving such a response to Giles’ own goal.

In this instance, there is absolutely no need for any kind of criticism as the ball across from Ndiaye was tough to defend.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Training Session
Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

Wilder has recognised that and made sure to let Giles know he is blameless.

Giles actually took to social media to apologise for it, which is nice of him but absolutely not needed. Many responding Boro fans supported him in the comments, which is great to see.

Hopefully the youngster will put it firmly behind him and soon open his goal/assist account for the club.

Related Topics