David Brooks in action for Sheffield United (left)
Sheffield Wednesday fans have reacted with anger after three Owls youngsters either congratulated or appeared to congratulate Sheffield United's David Brooks on Twitter, following the Blades' 4-2 win at Hillsborough on Sunday.
Strikers George Hirst and Jordan Lonchar - both of whom purport to be Wednesday supporters - 'liked' a tweet from Brooks, which showed yesterday's man of the match getting the better of the Owls' Jack Hunt.
Brooks' England teammate George Hirst in action (right)
But defender Jordan Thorniley - who is currently on loan from Wednesday to Accrington Stanley - went a step further than that, tweeting that he was "buzzing for the main man", Brooks, who hails from his hometown of Warrington and is the 20-year-old's best friend from school, according to ex-United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Thorniley has since deleted his account altogether, while Hirst and Lonchar have each retracted their 'likes'.
However, it would appear the trio have some way to go if they are earn the forgiveness of the Wednesday fanbase, some of whom are calling for Thorniley to be released from his contract.
Don't even mind players liking/supporting their local mates but to publicly do it like Thorniley did when he knows Owls follow him is stupid— Will Lowley (@LowleyW) 24 September 2017
Thorniley should be released from his contract— Edders (@eddersswfc_17) 24 September 2017
Yeah fair enough like, no beef if he sends it privately. Just totally disrespectful to fans of the club he plays for. Surely?— Matt (@MatttttDent) 24 September 2017
Sheffield United went 2-0 up inside 15 minutes at Hillsborough, courtesy of goals from John Fleck and Leon Clarke, before Wednesday hit back through Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao.
However, United again scored twice in quick succession, with Mark Duffy and Clarke on target, to hand the Blades their first away victory against their city rivals since February 2006.