sheffield United had to settle for a point against lowly Bury at Bramall Lane despite taking the lead.
The arrival of Paul Gallagher - the Leicester City winger arrived on loan 48 hours ahead of kick-off - has caused much excitement among United’s support.
An exciting player with a point to prove, he made in almost immediate impact by creating the opportunity which saw United take a 10th minute lead.
But, barring a remarkable chain of events, neither are likely to command the same affection from United supporters as Nick Montgomery.
By his own admission, the midfielder has his critics. But not even the 30-year-old’s detractors could claim he never gave anything less than his all in pursuit of the cause.
The rousing reception he received before the action underway raised hairs on the back of necks and brought tears to eyes among those family and friends watching from the stands.
Gallagher clipped a ball over-the-top and BLACKMAN, evading his markers, chested it down and volleyed home from close-range.
United lead lasted barely two minutes. McAllister conceded a free-kick by fouling Marshall and, from 25 yards out, SWEENEY looped the resulting set-piece over the wall and beyond Howard.
Blackman saw an appeal for a 19th minute penalty waved away by the referee who instead deemed he was guilty of backing into Sodje.
Half-time: United 1 Bury 1
United appeared a more convincing proposition at the start of the second-half when they won a quick corner and Cofie nearly latched on to Blackman’s flick.
Skarz produced a superb tackle just before the hour to prevent Blackman from shooting.
Bury, though, served notice of the threat they continued to pose when Cullen out-witted Maguire and sent a piercing shot flying just wide of Howard’s right hand post.Had the attempt been on target, the United goalkeeper would not have stood a chance.
In the 68th minute, Hooper redeemed himself in United eyes by not showing McDonald his second yellow card of the afternoon for a blatant trip on Sweeney. The Scot could, probably should, have walked but the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt,
Cullen missed a gilt-edged chance to snatch victory for Bury in the 90th minute but inexplicably headed over from point blank range.