Managerless Sheffield United claimed a battling draw at high-flying Peterborough United tonight.
It is United’s first point and clean sheet on the road in League One this season. However, the goalless draw sees them slide back into the relegation zone. The South Yorkshire outfit are expected to unveil a new manager before they entertain Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Interim United manager Chris Morgan made two changes to his starting line-up for their clash at London Road.
Morgan handed starts to Simon Lappin and Conor Coady at the expense of Matt Hill and Marlon King. Hill was left out of the match-day squad while King dropped to the substitutes bench.
Saturday’s victory over Port Vale was United’s first since the opening weekend of the season and the result moved them off the bottom of the table.
United, missing Jose Baxter (thigh) and Callum McFadzean (ankle) through injury, deployed a 4-5-1 formation, leaving Lyle Taylor up front on his own.
It was the hosts who created the first meaningful opportunity in the 12th minute when Danny Swanson out-paced Harry Maguire and Neill Collins and then drilled a low shot at goal which forced George Long into a smart stop.
Peterborough, seeking a seventh straight league win, continued to monopolise possession and territory, with Paul Taylor firing into the side-netting just before the half hour mark. Tommy Rowe then flashed a left-footed shot narrowly wide.
Against the run of play, United almost opened the scoring when Taylor rattled the crossbar with an effort from 20 yards out in the 36th minute. Febian Brandy’s fired off target when well-placed while Long easily held Michael Bostwick’s drive.
Long dived down well at his near post to parry Taylor’s strike just after the re-start.
Brandy was yellow-carded after fouling Peterborough substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who had a brief loan spell at Bramall Lane two years ago.
The visitors threw on King and Jamie Murphy in the latter stages but neither side could find a way through.
United: Long; McMahon, Collins, Maguire, Lappin; Flynn (Westlake 87), Doyle, McGinn, Coady, Brandy (Murphy 78); Taylor (King 71). Substitutes: Howard, Miller, Cuvelier, McGinty.