Wilson: We can't complain

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson felt lapses in concentration proved costly as they suffered a 3-2 home loss to Hartlepool.

Last Updated: 29/12/12 at 21:13

Wilson: Disappointed with poor finishing

Wilson: Disappointed with poor finishing

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Blades were unbeaten in the league at Bramall Lane and facing a team who had not won in their last 22 matches, but veteran striker Steve Howard headed Pools in front after seven minutes.

Michael Doyle equalised courtesy of a mistake by goalkeeper Scott Flinders before lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan Ritchie Humphreys restored the visitors' lead early in the second half and Howard headed them a two-goal cushion after 72 minutes.

Harry Maguire's stoppage-time strike was too little, too late for the Blades, who began the day top of the table but slipped to second place after their surprise defeat.

"Overall, we can't really complain too much about the result because they took their chances better than we did and we defended poorly in key areas at key times in the game and that gave us a mountain to climb," said Wilson.

"You've got to roll your socks up and have a go and in fairness to Hartlepool, they did that. We had the chances in the game and that's the biggest disappointment. We haven't constructed goals when we had good chances.

"We had a very dodgy offside decision against us and we had a penalty turned down when Harry Maguire was brought down right at the end. If we had got one of those then it might have been a different game but unfortunately we didn't."

Wilson added: "We missed Shaun Miller and Neill Collins greatly. Shaun has been a threat in recent games and Neill is a key defender for us.

"We also had Tony McMahon out. That created a big void in the team, with all due respect to the players who came in."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company