Sheffield United were forced to settle for a point in their clash with Preston North End last night at Bramall Lane.
The Blades were seemingly heading towards another victory in-front of their supporters following a late strike from Sander Berge.
However, Preston made it 2-2 on the night in the dying embers of the game as Emil Riis Jakobsen fired past goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
As a result of this draw, the Blades moved up to 17th in the Championship standings.
With the dust having now settled from this meeting, here are THREE things we clearly learnt about Slavisa Jokanovic’s side in their showdown with Preston…
Morgan Gibbs-White could provide the spark needed for the Blades to launch a push for promotion
After marking his debut with a stunning strike against Peterborough United, Morgan Gibbs-White produced another promising performance yesterday.
The midfielder opened the scoring for United and went on to record a WhoScored match rating of 7.33 in this fixture.
If he is able to maintain his consistency over the course of the 2021/22 campaign, the midfielder could potentially provide the spark that the Blades will need to launch a push for promotion.
United will need to improve defensively if they are to push on this season
Whilst United have seemingly resolved their issues in-front of goal, they are currently being let down by a failure to deliver the goods in a defensive sense.
Having conceded another two goals in yesterday’s meeting with Preston, the Blades now possess the third-worst defensive record in the Championship alongside Blackpool.
A failure to address this problem in the coming weeks may have a detrimental impact on the club’s fortunes in the second-tier.
The Blades cannot continue to drop points at home
In order for the Blades to push on under the guidance of Jokanovic, they will need to improve their record at Bramall Lane.
United have only managed to pick up four points from their four home league fixtures this season which is an underwhelming total for a club who will be wanting to secure an immediate return to the Premier League next year.
If Jokanovic is able to turn Bramall Lane into a fortress, the Blades will eventually provide their supporters with something to shout about.