SHEFFIELD United preserved their unbeaten record in League One after securing a hard earned goalless draw at fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon Town, writes Dom Howson.
The result moves them to the top of the table on goal difference and means the South Yorkshire club have gone 16 league matches without a defeat.
United, who made just one alteration from the team who beat Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend, recalling Marcus Williams at the expense of Shaun Miller, were on the back foot early on, with Matt Ritchie shooting just wide from distance.
The visitors offered little as an attacking force. Nick Blackman, their leading goal-scorer, tried his luck from 20 yards just before the interval but Wes Foderingham was equal to it.
Swindon continued to dominate after the re-start, with James Collins directing a close range header wide. Joe Devera and Gary Roberts also spurned other opportunities to break the deadlock.
In the dying minutes, Kevin McDonald blasted wide as United were made to settle for a point.
SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham, McEveley, Devera, Ferry, Collins, Ritchie, Roberts, N Thompson, A Williams, L Thompson, Ward. Not used: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Benson, Storey, DeVita, Rooney, Oakley.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Long, Maguire, Hill, Flynn, Doyle, Porter, Blackman, McDonald, Collins, McMahon, M Williams. Not used: Willis, Westlake, Miller, McAllister, Cresswell, Cofie, Kennedy.
REFEREE: O Langford