Richard Rescues Blades against Resilient Rovers
Richard Cresswell bagged his first Blades goal to give the Blades their second successive draw after coming from behind.
Cresswell netted the equaliser in the second half with a header from close range, after James Hayter had put the visitors in front.
Kevin Blackwell made a number of changes to the team, with Jordan Stewart, Richard Cresswell and Glen Little all getting their first starts of the season, in place of Andy Taylor, David Cotterill (on the bench) and James Harper (missed out altogether).
Doncaster lined up in a similar way to last season, with Sam Hird protecting the back four, and often stepping back, to make a back five. Despite Hayter starting up front on his own, it was the visitors who got the first attack, Shiels going close early on.
That would be the last time Rovers made it into the Blades area until the goal. The Blades dominated their visitors without testing the goalkeeper, balls in the box were being cleared, and bodies were being thrown in the way. Jordan Stewart made a good run down the left and cut back for Ched Evans, but the Welshman fired well wide from a good position. The Blades did have four early corners, of which three found their way to Andrew Davies, deputising for Matt Kilgallon, but his headers were all wayward.
The Blades were punished for not making the possession count just before half time. Shiels again the catalyst, setting up Hayter whose deflected shot wrong footed Bunn and found its way into the Blades goal.
Cresswell ended the half with a shot, but it was saved by the 'keeper after good work by Henderson.
Ryan France replaced Nick Montgomery at half time, who added to the Blades injury woes with a bang to the knee. The Blades levelled early in the second half. Little's deep cross appeared to come off either the crossbar or Sullivan's finger tips, and Cresswell threw himself at the ball, to make it 1-1, hitting the post himself in the process.
The Blades almost went ahead soon after, a cross from the right was met by the head of Darius Henderson, but his effort came off the post. United were still on top, with Rovers showing little signs of their trademark passing game. However, the chances still weren't coming until Kyle Walker surged into the area in injury time, but Sullivan tipped his effort over the bar, leaving the Blades with just a point from this South Yorkshire derby.
Early season School grade so far: B - Looks good, but not perfect.
Early season School grade so far: A- Been caught out a couple of times, noticeably at Swansea, but showing real signs of class.
Early season School grade so far: B - Started well, but the centre of defence is looking shaky at the moment. (Leading the man of the match polls).
Early season School grade so far: Not really seen enough of the loanee.
Early season School grade so far: Not enough games to have an opinion
Early season School grade so far: Only played two games.
Early season School grade so far: A - Integral to the team when chasing a game, but not always perfect.
Early season School grade so far: A- After a terrible start to the season, Quinn has turned it round, thanks to Kevin Blackwell replacing him with Brian Howard. But following being dropped, Quinn began to look like the player who first broke in to the team in 2005
Early season School grade so far: Too early to judge, but looking ok so far.
Early season School grade so far: C - Pass, just! Hindered by the officials, but needs to prove the fans wrong who are on his back.
Early season School grade so far: D - Scored 3 goals, but hasn't lived up to the hype despite clearly having the ability. Must do better!
"They scored a scruffy goal that came off Kyle Walker and went through Mark Bunns' leg with probably their first visit into our 18 yard box.
"It gave them a platform to sit on and they set up to stop balls getting into our forwards. But Sullivan made two saves from his own players, and from Quinn and Cresswell, as well as being helped by the woodwork from Henderson.
"I am disappointed and frustrated but I can't complain about what the lads gave me. We had Cresswell, Stewart and Little making full debuts and France hasn't played much for us yet.