Blades draw: Sheffield United 1 Oldham Athletic 1

One up: Nick Blackman after putting United ahead from the penalty spot.
One up: Nick Blackman after putting United ahead from the penalty spot.

SHEFFIELD United were rocked by a goal in the 96th minute after Nick Blackman had put them in front with a cooly-taken penalty.

Despite his faith in Long’s talents, Wilson had understandably tried to reduce the pressure on the teenager’s shoulders ahead of kick-off.

Nevertheless, the generous round of applause the goalkeeper received when his name was announced over the tannoy confirmed all eyes were on how the youngster, replacing the injured Howard, performed.

Oldham had enjoyed by far the better share of both territory and possession during the opening half of the first period.

Indeed, when Doyle played a square pass to Williams in the 29th minute, sarcastic cheers emanated from sections of the Main Stand.

Half-time: United 0 Oldham 0

When the action resumed, there was little doubt which of these two teams were more satisfied with their performance so far.

United, though, started the second half in much more purposeful fashion with Cofie making two runs towards the Kop down the right flank.

Six minutes after the re-start, United’s renewed industry got its reward and a moment of madness friom M’Voto undid all of Oldham’s good work.

The Frenchman gave away a penalty for needlessly wrestling Kitson as they jostled for position under a high ball before BLACKMAN, showing good composure following a lengthy delay, converted the resulting penalty by sending Bouzanis the wrong way.

ldham, pressing again, went close when Derbyshire flashed Montano’s 77th minute centre wide.

The giant figure of Smith entered the fray for Oldham with eight minutes remaining with Simpson making way.

Flynn should have extended United’s lead abut should wide, Long smothered Smith’s header sixty seconds later and Baxter was booked before SMITH equalised in the 96th minute.