A few of them got blood on their shirts

Last updated : 05 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
Bryan Robson is not the most popular of people on the red side of Sheffield and the comments of the fans on local radio were hardly encouraging for him. He himself admitted that his side deserved no more than the point.

"A point is probably as much as we deserved, but it was a scrappy affair which wasn't really acceptable from us," he said. "I take two positives from it, my two centre backs were excellent and we kept a clean sheet, but our passing and movement were still not of a good enough quality to entertain the crowd."

Robson, who claimed on television that he felt the referee rightly ruled out our goal but should have allowed their disallowed effort continued: "A win in the last minute would have been great for confidence, however it came about, with another home game on Tuesday night ahead of us. But we must take on board the fact that we are now unbeaten in four in the league, we play at the Lane again soon, and that we must ensure that the run becomes unbeaten in five.

"Although their goalkeeper was probably man of the match, we didn't raise our game until the last few minutes which is disappointing because we can't expect everyone to go home with that. The support in attack was lacking and it does seem that whilst we have stabilised at the back, the creativity we had earlier in the season has dried up. It is now about working hard to find the right balance.

"Maybe our full backs could have pushed on a bit more, especially when Webber and Shelton were on, but when we have played with width teams have scored against us, so we have to keep it tight in there."

Steve Cotterill as the much happier of the two managers after this game and he felt the referee got it wrong with one of the two disallowed goals. "I have seen the two incidents and in my opinion ours is a goal and theirs isn't," he said.

"I know Bryan Robson will differ, but David's is definitely not a foul, while their lad is all over Jon Harley. What I would say is that you don't always get them as an away team and, hand on heart, when I first saw theirs I hoped it was a foul.

"Down at that end it was a brave decision by the referee, but he has just disallowed one of ours that was a perfectly good goal. Those incidents will take care of the match reports but to be fair in the second half we were the better team and we deserved to win the game.

"I think we would have taken the clean sheet before kick off, but with hindsight we are a tinge disappointed that we haven't taken all three. I thought we created numerous chances and the second half performance warranted all three points."

Cotterill also noted that this, our second clean sheet of the season, came in the same city as the first. "We need to move over here, and start playing our games over here," he joked. "We've had quite a few kicks in the teeth with defenders and things, but I thought the boys and the goalkeeper that were out there were first class.

"I thought they were committed and ran their socks off. A few of them got blood on their shirts and I think that's always a little bit of a tale. I don't think we had a lot of pressure to soak up and I wasn't too uneasy, only when the three minutes went up and they had a couple of corners and two or three long throws.

Have a look at their team, they're not bad you know. Beattie up front, Webber somewhere around him, Gillespie back in midfield, Bardsley at right back, Cahill at centre half, so we were going to have some pressure some time. But I thought this was a really good team performance."