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Sheffield United: Blades show their mettle

Comeback complete: Dave Kitson celebrates his equaliser for United. Photo: Martyn Harrison.

Comeback complete: Dave Kitson celebrates his equaliser for United. Photo: Martyn Harrison.

DANNY Wilson believes Sheffield United delivered a significant psychological blow in the League One promotion race after their dramatic late fightback at rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The Blades battled back from two goals down at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday to secure a 2-2 draw thanks to a Nick Blackman penalty and a Dave Kitson strike in the final 10 minutes.

The result keeps United in second place, ahead of Rovers, who had Billy Paynter sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Tony McMahon, on goal difference.

United boss Wilson said: “It could be a massive point at the end of the season. It will feel like a loss to them. Psychologically it will do us no harm but it could possibly do a bit of damage to them.

“It is a good result because Doncaster are going well and we know what a tough team they are to beat but we showed our credentials.”

With Neill Collins facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Wilson swooped to sign Danny Higginbotham from Stoke City on a free transfer yesterday and paired the 34-year-old alongside academy graduate Terry Kennedy at the heart of the defence. As well as Kennedy, Elliott Whitehouse also made his full debut.

Of the youngsters, Wilson said: “It was a baptism of fire but I thought they coped well.”

Higginbotham has initially agreed a six-month deal with an option to extend his contract at the end of the season.

“We brought Danny in at the eleventh hour and he got better and better as the game went on,” said Wilson, who has confirmed they will sign forward Jamie Murphy from Motherwell tomorrow.

“We would have been in trouble without him. He is a terrific defender.”

 

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