Blades draw was fair says Robbo

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Karl Robinson felt a draw was the right result against Sheffield United even though his side were denied a penalty in the second half.

As the game looked to be heading towards a goalless stalemate, Patrick Bamford was pulled back by Neill Collins in the area with 15 minutes to go, but was booked for diving.

Robinson said he felt referee Carl Boyeson got the decision wrong, but that a draw was probably fair in the overall game.

He said: “Bamford got caught, he tried to stay on his feet and then lost his footing. He was in on goal, he wasn’t going to just go down. But he showed what he’s got when he ghosted past three players, and that’s what we’ve missed. I’m looking forward to working with him,

“The draw was fair. We’ve played United twice and got four points from them. We should have had a penalty in the second half, but I think it would have been a harsh result for Sheffield United. But key decisions have to be right.

“We still tried to play on this difficult pitch, We retained the ball well and we frustrated the home crowd too.

“They had a 10 minutes spell at the beginning of the second half, but they’re as good a League 1 team that you’re going to see.

“It’s important to build on this now, and I just hope it’s not too late that our performance are starting to pick up.

“We’ve now got two big home games against Shrewsbury and Tranmere.

“I felt we were coming in with so much confidence. Losing Daniel Powell was a killer blow for us. I had to make a lot of changes to bring one person coming off!

“We’re looking forward to the games now. We’ve got a small squad, we played on a heavy pitch and we’re asking them to go again,

“I’m pleased. You’ve got to accept the draw because I think it was the fair result.

“We’ve beaten the top two sides at home and taken a point away. That’s frustrating because we’ve picked up a lot of points against the best sides. That’s promotion form. We should have done better in other games.”

Ian McLoughlin was left to play the remaining five minutes on an injured ankle after picking up a knock when he challenged Jonathan Forte outside the box.

And Robinson praised his stand-in skipper for the job he has been doing in David Martin’s absence.

He said: “Ian’s hobbling around the dressing room, I don’t know if he’s milking it!

“We got him in to be the number two, and he has to perform really well. He’s gone out on loan, done what he’s needed to do. When he’s been called upon here, he’s not let us down.”