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Gaffer's Burton assessment

30 September 2015

Blades boss Nigel Adkins admitted a draw in Tuesday's Sky Bet League One clash at leaders Burton Albion was a fair result.


Goalscoring opportunities were at a premium at the Pirelli Stadium, but Adkins was happy enough with his side's endeavours and delighted with a first clean sheet in five games.


Reflecting on the midweek stalemate, the Gaffer remarked: "It could have gone either way, but Mark Howard has only had one shot to deal with, whilst we had a few opportunities and a penalty shout in the first-half that wasn't given.


"It was a decent game, end-to-end at times and Burton were defensively resolute as we expected, but we came close to breaking them down on occasions.


"All in all it is a good point and a clean sheet, but I was disappointed with our delivery from set-plays, it could have been the difference in such a tight game.


"Burton are a massive threat on the counter attack, they are top of the league for a reason, so to keep a clean sheet is a big positive."


Adkins concluded by discussing the availability of a handful of individuals, ahead of Saturday's trip to Port Vale.


He ended: "Ryan Flynn and Paul Coutts did well again, but we knew they wouldn't last the full game. Hopefully with some rest and recovery both will be in contention for the weekend.


"Jose Baxter has a groin injury, he isn't 100% and Chris Basham is currently on four bookings so we were mindful of those scenarios, whilst Craig Alcock is still very sore from the weekend."


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