BRANDON BLUNTS THE BLADES
SHEFFIELD United manager Nigel Adkins was left frustrated as his side conceded a late equaliser against Swindon.
An early Billy Sharp penalty saw the the home side go into the break with a slender advantage and they paid for failing to take their chances when Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill earned the Robins a well-deserved point.
Adkins said: “We just needed that second goal, but the only time they’ve got into our penalty area they’ve scored and, to be fair, he’s taken it well.
“It’s our frustration that we want to go and win games of football but what we’ve got is a group of players who work extremely hard and it’s important that our players contribute.”
Swindon controlled the early stages of the game but it was the home side which took the lead on eight minutes through Sharp, with their first attack of the game.
A neat interchange between Paul Coutts and Sharp saw Swindon’s Jordan Turnbull leave a trailing leg to give away the penalty, with the in-form striker smashing the spot-kick down the middle.
David Edgar had the chance to double the Blades’ lead soon after but failed to connect with a header, before the Robins began to grow into the game with Jonathan Obika shooting wide.
Swindon manager Luke Williams, appointed until the end of the season earlier in the week, felt his side were unlucky not to take all three points.
“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s a tough place to come and play and the performance was very good and, in the end, we’re probably a little disappointed not to go home with all three points.
“What we saw on the pitch was drive and determination, an attacking stance. We’re always going to have a young squad and make mistakes but overall it represents what I want.
“I expected the boys to come here and dominate the ball and that’s not taking anything away from Sheffield United, but they’re happier to sit and defend and try and hurt sides on the break.”
A mistake from Robins goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux early in the second half almost led to a second Sheffield United goal before he made two crucial saves to deny Sharp as the home side pushed to double their lead.
Swindon were by no means out of the game with Michael Doughty’s chip not too far wide of the post. And they duly got their equaliser when Ormonde-Ottewill found himself with space in the box, cut inside and fired in.
It was now the Robins in the driving seat as they looked to snatch victory with Obika forcing Jordan Long into a save, but both teams had to settle for a point.
Adkins added:“It’s all about results and maybe the frustrating thing is the results of the teams above us. There was a good opportunity if we’d got the three points but we’ve only got one so we have to move forward.”
FIRST BLOOD: Billy Sharp scores from the spot for Sheffield United
JOY: Brandon OrmondeOttewill equalises
STAR MAN BILLY SHARP Sheffie ld