AS DANNY Wilson trudged into the press room following Sheffield United’s cup exit, the disappointment of bowing out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was etched all over his face.
The competition has its detractors but the Blades chief wanted nothing more than for his players to beat Bradford City and reach the semi-final of the northern section.
Instead, the Bantams dumped out United 6-5 on penalties after Michael Flynn had cancelled out Matt Phillips’ superb solo strike in an enthralling first-half at Bramall Lane.
Wilson, who rested key trio Stephen Quinn, Nick Montgomery and Richard Cresswell for the tie, kept his squad locked in the dressing room for 40 minutes after the shoot-out. He blamed sloppy finishing in normal time and a lack of application for their defeat.
“We should have had enough to get through the tie,” he admitted. “I’m taking nothing away from Bradford because they worked their tails off for the result and in key areas they worked harder than us and that galls me.
“In a cup tie, you can’t have passengers. Players might not be having the best of games but you can get that commitment and desire and unfortunately there were two or three areas against Bradford where I was disappointed we didn’t have that.
“They taught us a lesson in terms of commitment.”