Thorn looks to takes positives from draw

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Coventry boss Andy Thorn was not happy his side were denied a goal late on against Sheffield United
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Coventry boss Andy Thorn was not happy his side were denied a goal late on against Sheffield United

Andy Thorn was left with mixed emotions after watching his Coventry side lose the lead to draw 1-1 with Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena.

Stephen Elliott struck in the 62nd minute to put the Sky Blues ahead only for Nick Blackman to cancel out the strike with just six minutes remaining on the clock.

Thorn also felt his side had scored merely minutes before their opener when Kevin Malaga's header was kept out in a frenetic goalmouth scramble.

"I thought it was a cracking game. Sheffield are a very good side but I thought we more than held our own," Thorn said.

"It is always disappointing after going in front to concede a goal in the way we did - and even more disappointing was the one that wasn't given. I have seen it again and the guy on the near post was in the back of the net and the ball was a foot over the line."

But Thorn added: "All in all I am very encouraged with our start - we have had two tough games."

Blades boss Danny Wilson was uplifted by his side's performance, which included a dominant opening 45 minutes, but was not so happy with the result.

"I thought we played really well, at times our play was exhilarating. We have worked hard on our tempo and that showed but we are disappointed only to have won a point," Wilson said. "We conceded the goal from one long punt down field and that is disappointing.

"The way we created the opportunities is exactly what we have worked on. Nick (Blackman, a summer signing from Blackburn) is a very good player. Sometimes you have to move away from a club to get your break and we felt we could put him in position to fulfil his potential.

"He has got great confidence and at this level the football can be uncompromising but he has settled in well."

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