BRAN­DON BLUNTS THE BLADES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Moore

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.”

PIC­TURES: Sport Im­age

FIRST BLOOD: Billy Sharp scores from the spot for Sh­effield United

JOY: Bran­don Or­mon­deOt­tewill equalises

STAR MAN BILLY SHARP Sh­effie ld

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