DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, admitted he was furious with his players after watching them held to a draw by Colchester.
The visitors seemed destined to record a resounding victory after dominating for long periods either side of John Cofie’s spectacular first-half strike.
But they paid a heavy price for their profligacy when former Sheffield Wednesday centre-forward Clinton Morrison pounced towards the end of Saturday’s contest at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Wilson fumed: “Their ears will be ringing for a few days.
“Listen, we have to realise and get realistic when you come to places like this and understand these are going to be b****y hard games.
“We showed Colchester respect by creating the chances we did.
“For one reason or another we didn’t put them away and so, if that’s the case, we’ve got to say ‘okay we’ve tried and tried to get the second goal and it just hasn’t happened. Just make sure we don’t given them anything.’
“We’ve come away with a point away from home and people will say it’s a good result. It’s not.
“We can’t be satisfied with that. Not getting a clean sheet has p****d me off more than anything.”
United, who were also guilty of wasting numerous chances in their draw with Coventry City earlier in the week, have made a solid start to the new season by taking five points from their opening three games.
But Wilson, insisting he has yet to receive any firm offers for midfield talisman Stephen Quinn, knows it could have been spectacular.
For the second match in a row, United were guilty of wasting numerous opportunities to put the contest beyond their opponents reach with Cofie, whose first goal in United colours was later cancelled-out by Morrison, Tony McMahon and Quinn all going close before Colchester levelled.
United return to action when AFC Bournemouth visit Bramall Lane in five days time and Wilson said: “It’s not a state of mind “We’ve been too loose in terms of finishing and final pass. People have been expecting the ball to come to their feet or not making runs.
“Then when they did do that, we’ve not put the ball away.
“Listen, I’ve got the utmost respect for (Colchester manager) John (Ward) and I hold him in the highest regard so I hope he doesn’t take offence at what I’m saying.
“But we completely dominated that game and conceded a nothing goal.
“The way to put it behind us is to go out there and get a win in our next one.”