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Morgan rues wasteful Blades

30 September 2012

Sheffield United coach Chris Morgan was left to rue his side's failure to capitalise on the chances they created after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Notts County.

Dave Kitson marked his full home debut with a goal five minutes after the break when he met Ryan Flynn's cross with a header but substitute Lee Hughes grabbed an equaliser, tapping in at the far post from Jeff Hughes' ball across the face of goal.

Morgan said: "We're pleased with a lot of things such as the way we started the game and the application of the players but we could and should have been better in front of goal.

"The frustration from the game is that we had enough chances in front of goal to win the game. We didn't kill the game off. When you're playing against a team like Notts County, who've started the season off really well, you know that they're always going to get a chance in the game.

"Unfortunately for us, there were a couple of scruffy clearances, the ball dropped on top of the bar and finds its way back to Lee Hughes. It was good for Dave Kitson that he got a goal on his full home debut. 'Kits' has been great since he came in.

"He worked really hard and if we put quality balls into the box - not just for Kits but for all the strikers - then we'll score goals. Maybe at times we just need to have that bit of composure in front of goal."

County manager Keith Curle was pleased with the way his side stuck to their game plan and showed the character to come back from a goal down.

He said: "Make no mistake, this is a very difficult place to come and play at. We had to try and quieten the crowd, play the game at our tempo and slow down any momentum they had. I thought in the first-half we did that.

"In the second-half they got the break and got the goal but there was great belief from our lads and we stuck to our game-plan.

"There is a never-say-die attitude which is growing game by game in the changing room. We also try and leave no stone unturned, giving the players as much information as we can."

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