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Wilson frustrated by stalemate

27 February 2013

Danny Wilson admitted his frustration after seeing his promotion-chasing Sheffield United side held to a goalless draw at home to Leyton Orient.

The Blades were knocked off the top of League One as a result but Wilson was, at least, pleased to avoid a defeat and keep a clean sheet in the process.

United's Ryan Flynn struck a post with a second-half shot while home keeper George Long came to his side's rescue with a fine double save to keep out Romain Vincelot's shot and David Mooney's follow-up.

Orient striker Shaun Batt was also thwarted by Long early on after finding himself through on goal. Wilson said: "It was frustrating, particularly as the game went on. We didn't really have that little bit of luck. The keeper pulled off a couple of good saves and we hit the post.

"We had a couple of counter-attacks against us that could have been costly but they weren't. It was one of those nights but we'll get through it. I think that 13 points out of 15 is not a bad return. If you'd said that five games ago, I'd have snatched your hand off. If we do that in the next five games, I'll be more than happy.

"We didn't lose - that's the main priority - and it's another clean sheet. It's a great clean sheet and that's what we'll build success on. There's nobody more disappointed in terms of not getting three points than the players but they still understand that it keeps the run going."

Orient had lost their last two league games and manager Russell Slade was relieved to see his tactics pay off.

He said: "It was a tight game. We came with a certain game plan and even though we had just one striker, we still wanted to create chances and we did that. We were very much 4-3-3 when we were going forward and I thought we created a few really good openings.

"Shaun Batt had a great chance in the first period and then a shot from Vincelot which was followed up by Mooney. They were probably our best two chances and we maybe should have got ourselves a goal from that situation.

"It is pleasing when you come to places like Sheffield and Swindon and see that we have a group that's capable of getting a result. I wish we could play the top six teams every week, then I think we might be all right!"

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