James Shield’s Final Verdict: MK Dons 1 Sheffield United 0

Sheffield United's Michael Doyle

Sheffield United's Michael Doyle

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Sheffield United reporter James Shield gives his final take on United’s 1-0 defeat to fellow League One promotion rivals MK Dons.

VIEWPOINT

This was a game of desperately fine margins with two pivotal moments. Sheffield United created one golden opportunity and failed to take it. MK Dons did likewise but tucked their chance away. Karl Robinson, Nigel Clough’s opposite number, called the match exactly right.

HERO

Carl Baker was the best player on the pitch, with Jose Baxter, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Sheffield United’s back four not far behind. Young centre-half Terry Kennedy continues to improve and could have scored from a first-half corner.

KEY MOMENT

Carl Baker had been MK Dons’ most impressive player during the match and he took his chance well after piercing a Sheffield United rearguard which, until that point, had looked secure against their fellow promotion contenders.

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REF WATCH

Lee Mason (Greater Manchester). Sheffield United had one player cautioned - Jose Baxter - while MK Dons saw Jordan Spence, Kyle McFadzean and Carl Baker enter referee Lee Mason’s notebook. The official delivered an impressive display and got all of the big decisions right.

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Nigel Clough

“We’ve played them three times now this season and there’s been absolutely nothing in the games. Somebody puts a chance in, somebody doesn’t and that’s it.”

Karl Robinson

“There was one ricochet, Will Grigg did wonderfully to get his foot on it and (Carl) Baker, breaking from deep, it was an unerring finish from him. We see that every day in training, so we expect him to hit the target when he gets in those areas.”

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