Blades blunted by ten-man Lat­ics

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

OLD­HAM boss David Dunn is still search­ing for his first win in man­age­ment, but he had no com­plaints over the way his side bat­tled for a draw de­spite hav­ing to play out the fi­nal half-hour with only ten men.

Danny Philliskirk’s early header from a cor­ner was an­swered by a su­perb curl­ing fin­ish from Blades man Matt Done in a first half a bright home out­fit had the bet­ter of.

United re­sponded af­ter the break and af­ter Old­ham cen­tre-back Jonathan Burn was dis­missed in the 62nd minute for haul­ing back Billy Sharp, pick­ing up a sec­ond book­ing, Nigel Ad­kins’ side wasted two great chances to make it three wins in a row.

First Sharp some­how sliced wide from a low cen­tre when it ap­peared eas­ier to score, then Ste­fan Scougall hit a post with the whole goal at his mercy.

Still, Dunn felt that a point each was mer­ited, given the over­all ef­fort of his men.

“We were great value for money in the first half, when we were out­stand­ing,” said the Old­ham man­ager, who has now drawn five and lost one of his six games in charge.

“All over the pitch, you couldn’t say a bad thing about any one of the play­ers from one to 11.

“We said at half-time that they would come out and step their game up and they did that.

“They had the mo­men­tum a lit­tle in the sec­ond half, but we were re­silient and I was proud of our work-rate.

“We take a load of credit from that game, against a re­ally strong Sh­effield United side.”

Dunn had few com­plaints over the de­ci­sion of referee Kevin Wright to send Burn for an early bath.

“If I am hon­est, it is a re­ally good les­son for Jonathan Burn,” he added.

“He is a young cen­tre-half who was up against play­ers who are more ex­pe­ri­enced than him.” With the club’s new North Stand open to sup­port­ers for the first time, Old­ham started the con­test strongly and Do­minic Poleon twice tested Mark Howard in the vis­i­tors’ goal with ef­forts on tar­get be­fore the in­ter­val.

Done’s bolt from the blue, strik­ing home with his left foot from out­side the penalty area, was a rare foray for the Blades who only got into their stride af­ter the break.

Neil Collins saw a shot saved on the line by Old­ham goal­keeper David Cor­nell and Done pulled wide when clean in on goal be­fore the red card changed the game.

While Old­ham re­or­gan­ised to see the game out well in the lat­ter stages, Ad­kins was left be­moan­ing his side's waste­ful­ness in front of goal with Sharp and Scougall fail­ing to make golden chances count.

“It is a game we had to win,” he said.

“We gave away a poor goal be­cause of an in­di­vid­ual mis­take when we didn't mark a player.

“In the sec­ond half, we had more than enough chances and I thought we would go and win it with all the space that was open­ing up for us in the game.

“Af­ter their player was sent off, maybe they sat deeper. They de­serve credit as they worked re­ally hard.

“But Billy Sharp has had one go across the goal and Ste­fan Scougall has hit the post.They are chances you have got to take if you are go­ing to win games.

“We came here look­ing for three points as we need a run and want to get some mo­men­tum.”



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