Billy Sharp's seventh consecutive league goal wasn't enough to beat swindon Town - a fixture they won by two goals to nil last season. Sharp converted his penalty after Coutts was dragged down in the box. But despite failing to convert first half chances the Blades had to settle for a point.
“We got off to a very good start, Paul Coutts did excellently to win the penalty and Billy (Sharp) dispatched it emphatically, but he could have scored again moments later from Martyn Woodford’s free-kick,” Nigel Adkins told sufc.co.uk.
“We are fully aware of how Swindon play, they are very adventurous in possession and move the ball quickly, so we had to keep our shape and remain focused.
“But at the same time we endeavoured to keep two strikers upfield because if we caught them in possession it was important we had the bodies forward to capitalise.
“We had chances in the second-half to get what I believe would have been a game clinching second goal.
“We knew we were getting pegged back towards the end of the first-half so we matched them up with a diamond in midfield after the break with (Paul) Coutts at the tip, and it worked well without us scoring again.
“We were resolute and Luke Williams, Swindon’s Manager, complimented us on that after the game, they got in behind once and unfortunately for us scored the equaliser.
“It is just a shame a couple of things went against us and we drew a game that looked like we were going to win.”