The Bees concluded a spell of 3 long away trips in a week with an improved performance but had to settle for a share of the spoils.
A point which moved us 5 clear of the chasing pack with a game in hand.
Marcello Trotta was recalled to the starting line up in place of Will Grigg and justified selection creating openings for himself on several occasions in an opening to the game that could and probably should have seen the Bees 2 up.
Sheffield Uniteds players and fans didn’t seem interested, their impending trip to Wembley on their minds, they seemed content to stand and admire our movement passing and creativity.
Of the onlookers on the pitch the goalkeeper seemed most intent on giving us 3 points as he proceeded to slice clearances to give us throw ins and in one instance allow Marcello to take up possession in the box only to see his shot cleared off the line.
A number of opportunities came our way but the final killer ball wasn’t forthcoming, flighted balls were just drifting beyond targets, Alan Judge the main culprit in the early going.
The hosts and Cup semi finalists did briefly threaten, massively against the run of play, firstly Alan McCormack had a rare rush of blood when he appeared to pull a Blades attacker back in the box, a penalty seemed the only option but play on was the decision.
Then a through ball left Dougie chasing shadows for the only time in living memory, a lay off to a team mate looked to result in a certain goal to give the home side an undeserved lead, only for James ‘Marco’ Tarkowski to intervene with a challenge that if an English premiership defender had made it they’d be touted as a World Cup option, spectacular and received a standing ovation from the Jess Ennis(Hill) Upper which housed the travelling Bees fans
Then came a moment that had bees fans on their feet again, Marcello wriggled free of the defense and broke into the box only to be brought down. Instantly the referee pointed to the spot, penalty!
He went to consult with the linesman, the Bees fans thought the topic of conversation was the fait of the defender, he had to go surely? It became apparent that something was amiss when the consultation spread from being between linesman and ref to involving players from both sides, for the first time in living memory, the referee changed his mind and decided against a penalty after all, understandably this annoyed the away end and seemed to knock the team for six.
You can tell an incident is controversial when it’s not shown on the big screen highlights package in order to prevent a riot.
A plethora of changes came and went in the second half from a whole host of Bees players as they continued to express themselves and take the game to a disinterested Sheffield United who were content to settle for last minute blocks and conceding corners.
Alas the whistle blew to end proceedings in stalemate. A much improved dominant display from the previous two games and more importantly 5 points now separate Mark Warburton’s men from the chasing pack, most of whom we still have games in hand on. Games are running out and it’s still in our hands, the next two home games look likely to produce goals but won’t be easy against a Notts County side on an improving run of form and Crawley who in recent weeks saw off Wolves.
We all know what the bees are capable of, this squad is special, play like we did at Bramall Lane in the last 7 and goals, wins and success will come
It’s all about ‘Beelief’