LAT­ICS DRAW IS MAS­SIVE BOOST – DONE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

MATT Done took mat­ters into his own hands in mid­week but the striker be­lieves Sh­effield United have all the tools they need to chal­lenge for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

The Blades com­pleted a re­mark­able come­back on Tues­day night, over­turn­ing a three-goal deficit with 24 min­utes left to earn a point against Wi­gan Ath­letic.

Done net­ted twice in the process and the 27-year-old is con­fi­dent that re­silience is a sign of things to come in the se­cond half of the sea­son.

“We had a strong month in De­cem­ber and, de­spite los­ing to Peter­bor­ough, the per­for­mances have been good,” he said.

“We are a con­fi­dent group, we have got a strong squad that the gaffer (Nigel Ad­kins) is al­ways try­ing to en­hance and we aren’t too far away from where we want to be.

“There is still a long way to go and hope­fully if we can keep chip­ping away at the teams above us then, come the busi­ness end of the sea­son, we will be in con­tention for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.”

The Blades had be­gan 2016 with de­feat to Peter­bor­ough be­fore a last-gasp loss to Manch­ester United ended their FA Cup run last week.

It meant the events against the Lat­ics were im­por­tant for morale, ac­cord­ing to Done.

“Tues­day night was a strange one, with a real mix­ture of emo­tions,” he added.

“From the frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment at 3-0 down to the de­light and ju­bi­la­tion when we equalised, it was some fight­back in the cir­cum­stances.

“Hope­fully it is a turn­ing point, a sea­son-chang­ing game in some re­spects, as it was a big psy­cho­log­i­cal thing to get a draw against all the odds against a pro­mo­tion ri­val away from home.

“We can take pos­i­tives from the game. The big­gest thing is the char­ac­ter and de­ter­mi­na­tion within the squad. We could have even snatched the game on Tues­day in stop­page time.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HIGH FIVES: Not­ting­ham For­est’s Oliver Burke cel­e­brates with team-mates af­ter scor­ing the se­cond goal

POS­I­TIVE: Matt Done

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