Blades run at an end MK DONS 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0

Kevin McDonald and Darren Potter tangle for possession
Kevin McDonald and Darren Potter tangle for possession
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sheffield United saw their unbeaten run ended by a late, harsh penalty.

United manager Danny Wilson acknowledged yesterday that Dons would pose an altogether different test to the one his side encountered at Swindon in midweek.

Certainly their latest opponents were far more willing - perhaps able - to pass rather than simply power their way up field.

United have proved a remarkably durable proposition since their previous visit to this ground.

Indeed, they made the journey south having not tasted defeat over the course of 90 minutes following Alan Smith’s winner for Dons seven months ago. nd, in the 18th minute, Long embellished his reputation still further with an excellent reaction save to deny Lowe.

Long required two attempts to gather the ball but his intervention brought a deserved round of applause from the United supporters and a nod of appreciation from Robinson on the Dons bench.

In the 27th minute, United were dealt a blow when McMahon, gingerly feeling the back of his leg, was forced off.

In the 51st minute, though, United were fortunate not to fall behind when Lowe inexplicably fired straight at Long following some good work by Chadwick. Seconds later, the Dons number 26 was booked.It proved to be Lowe’s last act as, just before the hour, he made way for Smith.

Then, in the 90th minute, Dons were awarded a penalty when McAllister was harshly adjudged to have tripped Balanta from Bowditch’s cross. Long guessed right but could not save SHAUN WILLIAMS’ penalty. Doyle was booked for protesting and then exchanged angry words with Dons manager Robinson.

One colsolation for United is that defender Harry Maguire is tomorrow night set to be included in the England under-21 squad.