Rochdale draw, Defensive errors & Keeping Consistent

Sheffield United scored three goals but were only able to claim a point from Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

The Blades got off to a blistering start as in the fifth minute. Attacking midfielder Mark Duffy managed to curl the ball from a set piece situation past Dale keeper Ben Wilson, who had been penalised for picking up the ball from a pass back from Keith Keane.

Six minutes later, Chris Wilder’s men went two goals to the good. As, wing back Daniel Lafferty rifled a spectacular 25-yard strike into the top corner of Wilson’s goal.

However, It didn’t take long for the home side to respond. Dale’s Mathew Lund measured a cross into the six-yard box which eventually found Steven Davies, who could guide the ball into the net with his chest.

Keith Hill’s side drew level terms in the 47th minute. Dale’s Lund squeezed the ball past Simon Moore’s goal, following some indecisive defending which Davies took advantage off.

Blades skipper Billy Sharp restored the lead, when he volleyed home Duffy’s delivery from the left, in the 69th minute. Making that his 24th goal of the season.

Dale managed to level again, after Nathaniel Mendez-Lang rounded a muddled Blades back-line before slipping a tidy finish past Moore, which saw the game finish 3-3.

After the match, Wilder added: “I was disappointed in certain aspects of our game – even when we went two goals up, we got caught out.”

He further stated, that a point was a huge reward from the game as his players didn’t play well but were still able to steal a point. Overall, he was happy that his team’s unbeaten run continues. Although, he was very disappointed with his side’s defending.

Despite the result, Wilder’s side remain in a fantastic place coming into the closing end of the season. Eight points clear of third placed Scunthorpe United and six points clear of second place Fleetwood Town.

But there is still a tough job ahead for the Blades, if they are to guarantee championship football for next season.

If Wilder can fix up the defensive mix-ups which occurred in this fixture and keep his players composed going into the final games of the season. Dominant wins which we’ve seen as a recurrence at Bramall Lane, should come the Blades way.

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