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Basham reflects on derby draw

5 March 2019

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Chris Basham admitted Monday's Sheffield derby stalemate at Hillsborough was a fair result.

Speaking in the aftermath of another goalless stalemate against Wednesday, one of United's most dependable concede it was a game that never really got going.

He remarked: "It was a tight affair, both teams ran out around, gave it everything and put tackles in, but we lacked a bit of calmness in key areas.

"It was a game that had two chances really, one for each team, neither were converted, some we now have to look forward to Rotherham.

"It was a great atmosphere and we wanted to send our fans home happy. We've got our eyes on something bigger and better, so we wanted to win this game badly."

Basham added: "But these things happen, we've walked away with a point and another clean sheet. If you can't win a derby, you mustn't lose it.

"They offered a lot more going forward, they fancied themselves and played with more confidence under a manager that has been around the block.

"They made it hard for us, we couldn't create chance, it was a tough game, but they will all be tough between now and the end of the season.

"The manager knows we give our best every week, he's proud that we turn up and give ourselves opportunities and that's why we're fighting for promotion to the Premier League."

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