Sheffield United: James Shield's verdict on Blades' defeat at Bolton

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Sheffield United can take the positives from their defeat at Bolton today, according to The Star's Blades expert James Shield.

United lost 1-0 at the Macron Stadium thanks to Jay Spearing's stunning volley, and Chris Wilder bemoaned his side's finishing as they spurned a number of early chances.

George Long was the only goalkeeper to make a serious save, from Darren Pratley's header, but James reckons that statistic doesn't tell the whole story of the game between two League One heavyweights.

Match report: Bolton 1, Blades 0

"That will be difficult to take for Chris Wilder, as it would be for any manager, but football can be a cruel game at times," James said.

"I don't think anyone could argue that United deserved at least a point from the game and even if they had, I still think they'd have felt hard done by that they didn't win the game."

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