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Gaffer's Southend verdict

15 November 2015

Despite having to settle for a share of the spoils, boss Nigel Adkins felt the Blades did enough in the second-half of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash with Southend United to take all three points.


Goals from Ryan Leonard and Jack Payne had given the Shrimpers a two-goal advantage at a soaked Bramall Lane, but a toe poke from Jose Baxter and an excellent finish from Neill Collins on his 200th appearance for the Club restored parity before the interval.


And speaking after witnessing his side hit to goal frame on three occasions in the second period, Adkins was ultimately frustrated at the stalemate but praised the character of his side.


Reflecting on the entertaining draw, the Gaffer commented: "It was a good game, credit to Southend they came here and scored two excellent goals to put themselves 2-0 up and we found ourselves up against it.


"But give our players some credit too, we showed the resilience required to play for Sheffield United and having got ourselves back in the game with a goal off the training ground, we then got the equaliser before half-time.


"In the second-half, I thought as a team we were excellent, we were positive, we were in the ascendency and hit the woodwork on three occasions.


"The game was there for us to go and win and did everything we could to get the three points, we were caught on the counter attack on a couple of occasions but we put our bodies on the line defensively."