Date: 20th September 2018 at 10:31am
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Sheffield United
0 – 0
BIRMINGHAM CITY

Bramall Lane

Sky Bet Championship

19/09/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 23525

Referee: Gavin Ward

Sheffield United BIRMINGHAM CITY
1. Dean Henderson (GK) 1. Lee Camp (GK)
2. George Baldock 3. Kristian Pedersen
4. John Fleck 5. Maxime Colin
5. Jack O'Connell
 
9. Che Adams (Bogle 69')
6. Chris Basham 10. Lukas Jutkiewicz
9. Leon Clarke (C) (Sharp 70') 12. Harlee Dean
12. John Egan 19. Jacques Maghoma (Mahoney 78')
16. Oliver Norwood 20. Gary Gardner
21. Mark Duffy (Woodburn 77') 23. Jota
22. Marvin Johnson 28. Michael Morrison (C)
39. Conor Washington (McGoldrick 61') 31. Charlie Lakin (Harding 89')

Substitutes

3. Enda Stevens 4. Marc Roberts
7. John Lundstram 7. Connor Mahoney
10. Billy Sharp 14. Omar Bogle
11. Ben Woodburn 22. Viv Solomon-Otabor
17. David McGoldrick 27. Connal Trueman (GK)
19. Richard Stearman 30. Beryly Lubala
25. Simon Moore (GK) 45. Wes Harding

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 13
3 On Target 5
9 Corners 5
10 Fouls 11
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
63 % 37

Just when are we going to get that first win?

Sheffield United become the latest team fortunate to come away with a point against us. We’ve hit the post twice and great chances from Omar Bogle and Connor Mahoney just further our despair and make us wonder, when will we get that first win?

To be honest, before the game, if you’d have asked me, I’d have taken a point. Knowing Sheffield United had won four of their last five games and would be determined to bounce back from their weekend loss against Bristol City, an away point wouldn’t seem all that bad.

But, as with a few of the results this season, the frustration lies with the fact that we are performing so well and playing with so much endeavour, but just aren’t getting the reward. Yes, there are things we can do better, but still, we seem to be just lacking that slice of luck. Would the frustration be there if we’d already got a couple of wins on the board? Not nearly as much.

Looking above at the stats from last night, it just tells the same old story, less possession, more chances. We know we’re not a possession based side, but we work hard and the performances have been there. Last night we created chances, but once again, we just couldn’t snatch the victory.

First-half we were solid, but unspectacular. Sheffield United had more of the ball in our half, but didn’t cause much of a problem. Jutkiewicz had the best chance of the half, hitting the post with a solid effort from 20 yards.

The second-half epitomised Blues’ season so far. We had the better of the half, we had the chances, but we just couldn’t kill Sheffield United off.

Once again, we come away from the game feeling both somewhat encouraged and frustrated. The performance again gave me enough encouragement to believe that the results will come, but I still sit that just a bit frustrated that we still haven’t been able to kill a team off and get our first win on the board.

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