Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson admitted his side needed to create more chances after they crashed out of the Capital One Cup on penalties to Burton following a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane.
The Blades trailed twice to goals from Adi Yussuf and Cleveland Taylor but hit back through debutant Nick Blackman and Neill Collins.
Defender Collins missed a penalty in extra time prior to his equaliser before Albion's Marcus Holness was dismissed. And, after the shoot-out had gone into sudden death, striker Taylor struck the decisive kick to win it 5-4. Wilson told the club's official website: "We didn't capitalise on our long periods of possession during the game."
He added: "We needed to create more than we did and I think the pace the game was played at suited Burton more than us. They set themselves up with a game plan that has worked very well for them.
"It feels really strange playing a cup tie a week before the league season starts, it was family day at Bramall Lane and at times it had the feel of a pre-season friendly about it. The sun was out and it felt like a summer game, where as if it played on cold November evening it might have been more of a hammer and tongs sort of game.
"We have to put it behind us and get ready for the league season to start next Saturday against Shrewsbury. There is nothing wrong with getting a kick in the pants at this point of season, sadly to the detriment of the cup, but now all our focus will be on the Shrewsbury game."
- Bramall Lane
- Cleveland Taylor
- Neill Collins
- Marcus Holness