Blades lucky to take point off Royals

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Sheffield United manager Micky Adams admitted his side were fortunate to claim a point in their 1-1 draw with Reading.

The Royals dominated for large periods of the game and Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen had to make several fine saves before he was finally beaten when Shane Long slotted home from Jobi McAnuff's through ball in the 81st minute.

However, seven minutes later, Andy Griffin rashly challenged Daniel Bogdanovic in the area and the substitute got up to net the resulting penalty.

Adams said: "We got a lucky point. Reading were the better team."

He added: "At times, we couldn't cope with their shape and we had to change ours to combat it but we've played a lot better than that and lost so maybe our luck is turning.

"I thought Simmo (Simonsen) kept us in the game first half and his saves in the second half were crucial.

"It's something to build on. On Saturday we were disappointed that we've not get the three points and we're happy to get a point so it's a platform."


Shane Lowry (dead leg) and Ched Evans (illness) pulled out before the game to join several other players on the treatment table and Adams was left to bemoan his side's injury record.

He added: "Once again, injuries and illness have messed our preparations up and that is the one thing about this place that is driving me mad. We can't prepare properly at all for anything. There's either an illness or an injury so until we've got a settled unit, we've got no chance."

Sam Vokes was given his debut up front after joining on loan from Wolves and although he cut a forlorn figure for most of the match, Adams believes there is more to come.

He said: "We were careful with him, we only played him for an hour or so but he'll be better."

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