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I think all Blades fans have to admit we were expecting a loss on this occasion, Leyton Orient have been top of the table for most of the season and have been the surprise package of the division. But the day ended with United taking a share of the points which could prove vital at this stage of the season. We, by no stretch
Orient had the brighter start, Mooney getting into good space exposing Uniteds weakness at the back, luckily on this occasion Mooney shot wide of the mark. Mooney picked up the ball after the defence failed to get it clear but there were no Orient front men in the area to convert. The Blades dug in but were again caught out by the divisions high flyers, Shaun Batt showed incredible pace to run the ball from the halfway line into The Blades area, his cross met Mooney who looked odds on to give Orient the lead, however on this occasion George Long pulled a composed save out of the bag, getting low down to stop the ball rolling underneath him into the goal. Batt's pace continued to cause us problems but for all the opportunities Orient were not showing the killer instinct which got them to where they are at this stage of the season. Despite the problems unlike games gone by, United did not look down hearted, their heads were not on the floor and we continued to battle and try and grab the reigns. Uniteds first instance of taking the game to Orient ended with a weak cross from Tony McMahon causing no problems for Jones who caught the ball with ease. Now, many football purists will call the rest of the first half and the start of the second half boring, but what we saw as Blades fans was a vast difference from what we have come to expect, we held the ball, we played intelligently, we did not push on and press enough in my mind but to keep the ball and cut down
This game gave me a sense of hope that things can be turned around, and if we can show the same character we showed for this game until January we have every chance of putting a better run together.
"It was all going according to plan and another screamer has denied us all three points"
"We’re unbeaten in three matches now and, even though two of those have been draws, it means we are slowly making progress. Getting out of the bottom four should, psychologically speaking, do us the power of good. But it is still very early days yet and this is just another small step"