Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was once again happier with the result at the weekend, rather than the performance.
The Blades drew 1-1 at Arsenal – which can certainly be seen as a good point against one of the established stronger teams in the Premier League.
John Fleck rescued a point for them at the Emirates Stadium after Gabriel Martinelli had given the Gunners the lead.
Yet just as when they beat West Ham United the previous week, Wilder wanted to see more from his players.
“The overriding emotion is we’re delighted with the result and John’s goal. The last 10 minutes we should have possibly won it,” the 52-year-old told SUTV.
“But I don’t think we’d have deserved to win it because the performance level generally wasn’t of a high standard.
“There was a few in the firing line at half-time. It didn’t really have an effect on the players because they continued to play in the same way in the second half.
“We got out of jail a little bit.”
How can Sheffield United improve that performance?
It’s a quick turnaround for the Blades, who are next in action tomorrow night when they host Manchester City at Bramall Lane.
Wilder has been relatively consistent with his starting XI selection throughout this season. Five players have started every league game so far in 2019/20. Two others have only missed one match.
Yet perhaps there is a case of fatigue setting in for some and it’s time to switch things up.
The most obvious choice would be John Lundstram, who after an impressive start to the campaign has seen his form drop off since Christmas.
Mo Besic is a ready made replacement for Lundstram. Especially as they might need to be a little defensively minded against Man City.
Wilder has been more flexible with his selection decisions upfront. Yet Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie – who both started on Saturday – are now the leading appearance makers among the forwards.
Mousset in particular looked a little off the pace, spurning two good chances. Although David McGoldrick is expected to be available again after a foot injury, perhaps the pace running in behind of Callum Robinson would be a good foil for McBurnie.