Blackwell pleased by Blades courage

07 February 2010 10:55
Robbie Savage's first-half effort looked to have put the Rams on the verge of a priceless win at Bramall Lane but Williamson pounced in the 90th minute to prevent Blackwell's side slipping to their third successive league defeat.[LNB]"As poor as we were, I've got to give the lads credit for finishing well," said Blackwell.[LNB]"The crowd weren't happy but courage manifests itself in many ways.[LNB]"It might be going in for a header or simply just wanting to get yourself on the ball.[LNB]"And, to be fair, my boys showed courage and determination out there."[LNB]Blackwell added: "We've got far too many people coming and going through the football club at the moment so it's difficult to get any sort of cohesion."[LNB]While United breathed a sigh of relief, Derby were left wondering how they failed to beat their below-par opponents.[LNB]Rob Hulse, playing against his former club, prodded wide as early as the third minute as the visitors seized control.[LNB]United goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who picked up a knock in that exchange, later succumbed to injury as the fitness problems which have decimated Blackwell's defence continued.[LNB]Derby appeared on course for a comfortable victory after Savage drilled home a long-distance shot in the 17th minute.[LNB]Kris Commons gave Jordan Stewart, United's makeshift left-back, a torrid time down the flank while Michael Tonge, who started his career with the south Yorkshire club, drew a smart near-post save from Bunn moments before the interval.[LNB]Mark Yeates twice went close for United after the break but, when substitute Henri Camara saw a close-range attempt scrambled clear after Stephen Bywater parried Stewart's pile-driver into his path, their hopes seemed dashed.[LNB]But Williamson, the Derby-born midfielder, salvaged a point for United with an emphatic finish following Yeates' run.[LNB]"A couple of things cost us," Derby manager Nigel Clough admitted. "And one of them was failing to get that second goal.[LNB]"We were comfortable and should have been two or three up by the time that went in.[LNB]"We had plenty of opportunities to begin with and should have been out of sight.[LNB]"But, overall, I thought our performance was excellent.[LNB]"The front two led the line exceptionally well and everything else went from there.[LNB]"That set the platform."[LNB][LNB]

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