IF ONLY EV­ERY GAME WAS A CUP FIX­TURE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SH­EFFIELD United must wish that ev­ery match was a cup game.

The Blades, supreme in the Cap­i­tal One Cup this sea­son, suf­fered a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show after be­ing held 1-1 by Walsall.

So of­ten this sea­son United are faced with the task of break­ing down teams who camp in their own half for 90 min­utes.

And it was a sim­i­lar story as Walsall came to Bra­mall Lane ea­ger to show why they boast the best de­fence in League One.

That de­fence stood firm against United’s cup kings dur­ing the first half be­fore they were fi­nally breached by Chris O’Grady cool fin­ish on 56 min­utes.

The sweet strike promised to bring a re­peat of the mem­o­rable mid­week win over Southamp­ton. But in­stead plucky Walsall de­servedly lev­elled through Tom Bradshaw just three min­utes later.

The vis­i­tors then stood firm to re­mind United that their sea­son risks be­ing a fail­ure un­less they learn to break teams down.

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