SHEFFIELD United had to settle for a point despite some late pressure at home to MK Dons.
Two footballing teams. Both with plenty to play for between now and the end of the League One campaign.
This afternoon’s fixture at Bramall Lane promised to be an intriguing, absorbing contest.
What transpired, during the opening exchanges, proved predictably lively and tense although Sheffield United made the better start.
Robson nearly fired United in front when his low drive from outside the area troubled McLoughlin before being saved at the second attempt.
United had kicked-off second in the table, unbeaten since losing to Coventry City last month and searching for a sixth successive clean sheet.
Two Robson corners, in the 11th and 12th minutes, tested the visitors’ resolve.
United could count themselves unfortunate not to be leading when the re-emerged after the interval.
Dons, condensing space in and around the penalty box, had shown little inclination to press forward during the first half but made a more positive start to the second, pressing higher up the pitch with Smith handed a more advanced role before being withdrawn just before the hour.
Consequently, United were forced to spray longer passes forward
Forte should have broken the deadlock when he beat the offside trap from McDonald’s pass.
But the advancing McLoughlin got a faint but crucial touch on his shot.
Boyeson had incurred United’s wrath with some irritating decisions but, in the 68th minute, they had the East Yorkshire referee to thank when he cautioned Bamford for diving after tangling with Doyle in the area rather than pointing to the spot.
United applied some intense pressure during the closing stages but could not claim that elusive but deserved goal.