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Gaffer praises character

2 January 2013

Danny Wilson hailed Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Doncaster Rovers as 'a fantastic point' for the Blades.


In their first game of 2013, United trailed 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium as the game entered the final ten minutes, but a Nick Blackman penalty gave the visitors hope before Dave Kitson secured a share of the spoils with a last gasp effort.


Looking back, the Gaffer commented: "From our perspective it was a fantastic point, for Doncaster it will feel like a defeat, so psychologically it could give us a boost.


"I was delighted with the last half hour; we played with a good tempo and put a real aggression into our game.


"I thought we stood off them too much in the first half, but after going 2-0 down we responded really well and got a head of steam up.


"We showed when we are the top of our game people cannot handle us. The penalty came at a crucial time and once Nick (Blackman) scored I really believed we would get the equaliser.


"Doncaster perhaps thought the game was won at 2-0, but we certainly didn't think we had lost it and in the end thoroughly deserved a point.


Wilson made four changes for the South Yorkshire derby, including full debuts for youngsters Terry Kennedy and Elliott Whitehouse, in addition to new signing Danny Higginbotham, who replaced the suspended Harry Maguire.


The Blades boss added: "We were delighted to be able to get Danny signed in time to play and he slotted straight in as we expected.


"I thought both Terry (Kennedy) and Elliott (Whitehouse) both stuck gamely to their task, it was certainly a baptism of fire for both of them and you won't make your debut in a tougher game than that one.


"We found it difficult early on to influence the game in the first half, but as the match went on we started to pass it well and stretch them and that was before Billy (Paynter) was sent off.


"Of course we are disappointed with the two goals we conceded, especially the second one from a set play."


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