Danny Wilson refused to get too downhearted despite the Blades exit from the FA Cup at the fourth round stage for a second consecutive season.
A 4-0 defeat against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday mirrored last season's reversal to Birmingham City at Bramall Lane, but Wilson felt with more composure in the final third coupled with a tighter rearguard at the other end would have seen the tie be a much closer affair.
He commented: "We were obviously dissapointed with the manner of how we conceded the first goal.
"To come to Reading and to lose a goal so early certainly gave them the impetus but I thought we settled down after falling behind and played some decent football.
"The goals we have conceded are poor, in particular the first one. The second one is a great strike, but to concede just after half time put the game to bed really and that was frustrating as we also conceded so early in the first half.
"We have created a lot of chances all season and not been clinical enough, so that is an area we must address."
Wilson, who confirmed Crystal Palace's offer for Nick Blackman, added: "As a biased opinion I think the scoreline flatters Reading, but you must take your chances.
"They had five chances and scored four goals, we had as many chances and didn't make the most of them.
"We you are playing teams from the Premiership you know they will make you pay and ultimately their finishing was the difference.
"We would be foolish not to be worried about recent results, but this was something of a one off and hopefully we will have players returning to fitness in the next week or so in addition to hopefully a couple of further signings.
"We have had a bid for Nick (Blackman) but he played and is still very much our player as we speak.
"I would like him to stay for sure, he is a very good player and our leading goalscorer."