Blades pay penalty in Sh­effield derby draw

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

LON­DON: David McGoldrick had a penalty saved as Sh­effield United missed out on the chance to top English foot­ball's sec­ond-tier Cham­pi­onship ta­ble af­ter a goal­less derby draw with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day on Fri­day.

Clear chances were scarce at a rain-soaked Bra­mall Lane, United's home ground

But McGoldrick had a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity af­ter just 14 min­utes when the Blades were awarded a penalty for a foul on Mark Duffy by Mor­gan Fox in­side the box.

A tame ef­fort, how­ever, was saved by Wed­nes­day goal­keeper Cameron Daw­son.

With Wed­nes­day de­fend­ing in depth as they ended a run of four straight de­feats, United couldn't find a way through and had to set­tle for a point in the 'Steel City' derby -- the north­ern English city of Sh­effield has long been re­garded as the home of Bri­tain's steel in­dus­try.

But the draw was still good enough to see United go level on points with Cham­pi­onship lead­ers and York­shire ri­vals Leeds United, who re­mained top on goal dif­fer­ence ahead of the bulk of this week­end's fix­tures.

"It was a mas­sive mo­ment that penalty save and ab­so­lutely huge to do it in front of our own sup­port­ers," Daw­son told Sky Sports."We dug in there and fought right un­til the end."

Sh­effield United striker Billy Sharp, who went close with a header late on, added: "We got the penalty, a great chance, but af­ter that, we just couldn't break them down.

"I should've put that header away at the end. I thought I got enough on it, but then I saw it just sail past the post."

Only the top two sides at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son are guar­an­teed pro­mo­tion to the lu­cra­tive Pre­mier League, with the other spot go­ing to the even­tual win­ners of a se­ries of post-sea­son play-off matches in­volv­ing the teams fin­ish­ing in third to sixth po­si­tions. - AFP

David McGoldrick (L) had a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity af­ter just 14 min­utes when the Blades were awarded a penalty. - AFP photo

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