SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson ordered his players to develop a ruthless streak after watching them throw away two more precious League One points against Exeter City.
United, who have been paired with Chris Wilder’s Oxford United in the FA Cup first round draw, hauled themselves back from the brink of defeat before twice taking the lead against Paul Tisdale’s team during a dramatic contest at Bramall Lane. But on both occasions, individual errors proved costly as the visitors snatched a share of the spoils courtesy of James Dunne’s late equaliser.
Wilson said: “We give teams crumbs rather than really p*****g them off. We have to be more ruthless.
“We know we can score but we have to understand sometimes that you settle for what you’ve got if you’re in a winning position.
“We’ve got to show that nasty side.”
United remained fourth in the table following Saturday’s match but lost ground on second-placed Huddersfield Town ahead of this weekend’s visit to Stevenage.
Having already thrown away winning positions against Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient this month, lapses in concentration again proved costly during the closing stages.
On-loan duo Matt Phillips (2) and Billy Clarke joined Matthew Lowton on the score sheet and Wilson, who heard Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insist United have no hope of signing either permanently on the eve of Exeter’s visit, said: “If you’ve got players like that in your team then you let them go and win the game for you.
“The rest of you just make sure that you don’t lose it. As simple as.
“It was a roller-coaster of emotions out there.
“We showed great character but again made individual mistakes and unfortunately you can’t legislate for those.
“All four of the goals we have conceded were bad decisions. The positions we were taking-up encouraged the opposition to come forward.”