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Yeates Snatches Hard-Earned Point

A mass exodus from Bramall Lane followed Jay Rodriguez's 90th minute strike, but those of little faith were suitably punished deep into stoppage time.

Mark Yeates collected the ball on the edge of the area, shifted it onto his left foot and stabbed it past Brian Jensen to send the remaining fans into raptures.

The Blades had fought back from two goals down to get back on level terms before the former Barnsley loanee appeared to have snatched it moments later, but the Blades found what was needed to deny the clarets their first away win of the season.

Gary Speed shuffled his side around once again, Nick Montgomery having to settle for a place on the bench, handing over the captain's armband to the returning Chris Morgan.

The first half was played at a high tempo, with both sides going close, but neither could make the breakthrough. Yeates' free-kick beat the wall and the goalkeeper, but couldn't beat the post, deflecting out for a goal kick.

At the other end Andre Bikey headed over the bar unchallenged, before Chris Iwelumo couldn't make contact sliding into Chris Eagles' cross.

Jonny Ertl had earlier forced Jensen to tip over, and Quinn's low shot kept him on his toes as the first half to an end.

With optimism reigning, spirits were high as the second half begun, but defensive lapses soon brought an end to that.

A cross from the right saw Dean Marney head the ball into an empty goal after Steve Simonsen had rushed off his line and fail to get anywhere close.

Heads dropped, and before any hope of a comeback could be dreamed of, Ritchie De Laet brought down Tyrone Mears in the area to give Chris Eagles a chance to double the visitors lead.

The former Manchester United player placed it into the top corner, and another defeat loomed for Speed's sinking Blades.

The chances dried up as the Blades probed and their blunt attack lived up to its name, before Mears' slip under pressure let in Bogdanovic who calmly slotted the ball past Jensen to score his first goal for United in front of the Kop.

The goalscorer was replaced by Ched Evans and then a chorus of groans emanated as Matt Lowton was brought on in place of Jonny Ertl.

The sub payed off just moments later after a teasing cross by man of the match Yeates from the left dropped to Lowton whose side-foot volley bounced, bobbled and struggled before creeping over the line an completing an excellent comeback.

Ten minutes remaining and the game was United's to win, until a horrendous defensive display allowed Rodriguez to collect the ball on the right stroll into the area and put Burnley back in front.

The fans headed for the turnstiles before Yeates' late drama in the third of five added minutes rescued a point in a stunning game at Bramall Lane.




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Writer: Shepsblade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 18 2010

Time: 7:48AM

Your Comments

Yeates had a great game, but PLEASE will the coaches teach him how to lift the ball over the first defender at a corner.
BilboBlade
It is trues his corner and free kick distribution when not shooting was terrible. That is not to take away from a magnificent performance, he really seems to be coming into his own under speed. Another issue is the goalkeeper Simonsen. I feel he is making far too many costly mistakes that are losing us points. He is a fantastic shot stopper no doubt but maybe it's time to give Wright a go in goal. After all he is a former England international. What do we think?
southsideblade
Yes Sheps, I was one who was so frustrated by Burnleys third goal that I was moving to the exit but saw the third goal go in. What on earth was going on on our left side to allow so much space and time for Rodriguez to score in the last minute after the team had worked so hard to get back to level. I didnt think the penalty was one, De Laet brushed Mears with the slighest touch, but his hands were up so he was asking for trouble. I couldnt believe that Laws brought Eagles off, and when Lowton came on for Ertl I did question what Speed was thinking, how wrong could I get, Lowton fitted in to midfield easily and his positioning for his goal was spot on. On the positive side three goals scored and other good chances created, on the negative side, the back four still look shaky - Morgs was certainly off the pace - and questions about Simonsens propensity to go walk-abouts. [Edited by GloucBlade]
gloucblade
Southside - I am beginning to think that Simmo might need a rest. What none of us know is if Richard Wright is ready for first team action. Simmo was his understudy at Everton, and he has undoubted pedegree, but why was he unattached if he is still a good keeper? Simmo has certainly had a mixed start to the season, he does like to go walk abouts though, at Derby he got away with a charge out of the area, same at Forest then caught off his line for the equaliser, silly goal given away against Scunthorpe then came for a ball on Saturday he got no where near. To be fair, he has made some great saves and usually handled well, and he could never be criticised for not being brave. Its perhaps a bit too soon to drop him, but the string of mistakes need to stop.
gloucblade
Simmo prob does need to be changed, and Evans was at fault for their third- didn't track the man after quinny had pushed on...was def a pen, silly from de laet - I'm glad we got a point but i think burnely and more importantly laws gave us the point- they were comfy against us... We have a very hard remainder season here- that team has all on to stay up i fear
gleadlessblade
disagree gleadless not a pen in a million years. the lad barely brushed him, not enough contact to send him sprawling and was it actually in the area?
BilboBlade
youre right contact was minimal but why go the wrong side of him - just asking for him to go down with the slightest touvh - he'll learn from it as what he was trying to do there was no way he could win the ball
gleadlessblade
 

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