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Chelsea boss Pochettino concedes ‘draw a fair result’ with Sheffield United

Mauricio Pochettino conceded that a draw was a fair result after Chelsea conceded a late equaliser at Sheffield United.

Oli McBurnie’s 93rd-minute leveller earned the relegation-battling Blades a point at Bramall Lane, as Chelsea’s hopes of securing European football suffered a setback.

Chelsea had twice led in the contest through Thiago Silva and Noni Madueke, but a spirited Sheffield United side fought back on each occasion. Jayden Bogle beat Djordje Petrovic at his near post for the first, before McBurnie turned in an injury-time equaliser for the home side.


Pochettino said his team must be more clinical in front of goal but conceded that Sheffield United were well worth a point.

“If we analyse after the game then a draw was fair for both teams. In the Premier League you need to try to play well and also control games,” he said to Sky Sports.

“All the teams in the Premier League are good. Today we conceded in the last few minutes. We feel really bad in the way we conceded but we need to keep moving.

“We need to be more clinical. The team is scoring a lot of goals but we are conceding too much. We need to find this balance. At the moment we can’t get the right balance of scoring goals and conceding less. We are struggling in this thing and it is something we need to improve if we want to be in a different position in the table.”

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder agreed that his side deserved a result, with the Blades having now lost just one of their last four Premier League games.

“I think it was a deserved result,” Wilder said.


“Second half was really good, but I am disappointed in the first goal as we all look at set plays up-and-down the country and we all know how important they are – it is disappointing to get done again.

“First 15 minutes I didn’t like our performance, after that I liked our performance – full of personality.

“I would have been devastated if we didn’t get a result out of that game.

“I am looking at our individual team performance, we were really good against some big players and collectively we were the better team.

“We have talked about it after the Liverpool game and we went deep into that game we had two good performances against Fulham and Bournemouth we deserved a better points return.

“We all know the intensity of the division and we move onto Brentford next week – belief will hopefully be good, they have shown a lot of qualities.

“There is a load of games left and we approach the next game as the most important and see if we can go get a result.

“The performance of the players ignited the crowd and the crowd lifted the players when it was needed.”

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