Sheffield United were on the receiving end of last minute glory this time, as Nottingham Forest scored in the 95th minute to rescue a point at Bramall Lane last night.
The Blades had seemed on course for an unlikely – and frankly undeserved – three points when Billy Sharp once again nodded in at the Kop end. However, Ryan Yates headed in expertly in front of the Forest fans to ensure the Reds got what they at least deserved.
For United, there were some frustrations on the night. Paul Heckingbottom was forced to shuffle the pack as he handed a full debut to Femi Seriki, while Ben Davies had to slot in at right centre-back. He also opted for Morgan Gibbs-White in behind Billy Sharp, rather than a two directly up top.
Of course, many eyes were on young full-back Seriki. After returning from a miserable spell with Beerschot, he’s now back in the picture and is highly-rated at The Lane. But while he did ok against Forest, there was an expected nervousness about his game at times. And that was demonstrated in the 54th minute.
John Egan Berates Femi Seriki For One Moment
With the Blades having a throw-in just over halfway, Seriki opted to launch the ball backwards to towards the back three. From here, United panicked a bit and ended up losing the ball before John Egan was forced to make a timely tackle to prevent Brennan Johnson bursting through.
And as the camera panned to Egan from the tackle, the Irishman was visibly frustrated with the young United man.
‘FEMI!!!….FORWARD!!’, was the clear shout in anger from Egan. The defender clearly unappreciative of being put under unnecessary pressure from a Blades throw.
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Of course, he’s in the first XI because he is good enough. Yes, he played out of necessity but Heckingbottom knows all about him and had no problem in chucking Seriki in last night.
And while his teammates can rightly berate him for lapses in the game, Blades fans should simply stick with him. He is a product of the academy and will only get better. As Hecky said after the game, it will have been an eye-opener for Seriki against a quality Forest side. Indeed, he was lucky to get away with not giving a penalty away too.
His time will come again, though. He showed glimpses of what he is all about and will be all the better for it. Just maybe not launch the ball towards John Egan and co next time eh, Femi?