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Sheffield United player outlines why Bristol City draw was a particular blow

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Sheffield United midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White has revealed results on Easter Monday has meant their 1-1 draw against Bristol City was a real kick in the teeth for the Blades, speaking to The Star.

They were desperate to bounce back to winning ways following their first Bramall Lane loss under Paul Heckingbottom on Good Friday, equalising against Reading late on but conceding shortly after that with Tom McIntyre clinching the winner for the visitors.

Heckingbottom’s men went behind again shortly after the interval at Ashton Gate as Chris Martin put the Robins 1-0 up, only for Gibbs-White to equalise shortly after the hour mark.

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However, the South Yorkshire side will be disappointed not to have picked up three points considering their dominance in the game and their superior league position, currently sitting 12 places higher than Nigel Pearson’s men going into the latter stages of the campaign.

It could also be argued that they missed a real opportunity with both Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough losing their second-tier ties earlier this week, two sides that are still keen to take sixth spot away from United.

And that’s the key factor that makes their dropped points in Bristol such a setback according to goalscorer Gibbs-White, who expressed his anguish to the Sheffield Star.

He said: “That’s what burns even more.

“We went into the game seeing the other results before us and knew it was vital for us to go and get the three points. But it happens.

“We move onto the next one and hopefully keep climbing.”

The Verdict:

Considering Boro are still just three points behind the Blades with a game in hand over them, it was particularly frustrating for Heckingbottom’s side that they weren’t able to make the most of Chris Wilder’s side’s slip-ups.

Winning just one point from 12, United had a real chance to pull away from them so in that respect, their result against the Royals on Friday was another very frustrating game and that could be key in deciding who and who doesn’t make the play-offs at the end of the campaign.

Blackburn have also been extremely poor despite being treated to a reasonably decent set of games in the run-in, so a bigger gap between the Blades and Tony Mowbray’s side should have been created.

However, the South Yorkshire outfit also need to realise that a lot of teams are currently going through a sticky spell and this is why they shouldn’t be too harsh on themselves after proving themselves to be a real force for much of their current manager’s spell.

How they respond to these recent setbacks will determine whether they are ready for the trials and tribulations of the Premier League though – and considering they are a recently relegated side – there will be plenty of expectation on their shoulders in the coming weeks.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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