Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, appeared a happy man at full-time after his side’s domination in the 130th Steel City Derby.
Neither side could break the deadlock in the 0-0 stalemate at Bramall Lane, and United had the best chance as David McGoldrick saw his first-half penalty saved.
It was a performance that pleased the boyhood Blade, however, and it takes them level on points with first-placed Leeds and above Norwich on goal difference ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
“I’m delighted in the way we played. I’m made-up,” he said.
“It shows how far we come and I know sometimes people don’t want to hear that but we’ve pegged a team back that two years ago were in a play-off semi-final, final.
“They’ve got big-hitters, big-name players, big wages and I thought last year [at Bramall Lane in the derby] we didn’t play.
“We got the balance right tonight and we picked it up, we played, we moved the ball about the pitch, we had a purpose.”