Scarr rues missed chances in Blades defeat

We just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal. We needed to put away our chances and we didn’t.

Dan Scarr

Dan Scarr was left to rue missed chances as Blues Under-23s were knocked off the top of the PDL North after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

Despite creating a host of chances, Richard Beale’s side couldn’t convert any of them and were made to pay 12 minutes from time.

The first defeat in their last five PDL outings means Blues slip below Leeds United at the summit of the division.

Defender Scarr spoke to after the game and said the players must be more clinical during their best spells in the game.

“We were so dominant, particularly in the first half.” Scarr said. “We had a lot of possession and I don’t think they hurt us at all. I don’t remember them having a shot.”

“We just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal. We needed to put away our chances and we didn’t.

“Second half, they stepped their game up and they made it difficult for us. Even still, we’ve had loads of chances in that second half and kept them down to a minimum.

“We need to be more clinical and ruthless in front of goal and don’t let them off the hook.

“I think if we convert one of those chances we go on and kill the game.

"There was a few tired legs towards the end and it was one of those days where it just didn’t happen for us.”

Despite Scarr’s best efforts to clear, a lofted ball into the box glanced off the Blues defender’s head and dropped kindly for Nickeson Gomis to volley past Connal Trueman.

The goal proved to be decisive and despite a late aerial bombardment, the visitors couldn’t find an equaliser.

“It’s a sloppy one to concede really.” Scarr admitted. “It’s a rubbish free kick to give away and we should never have conceded it in that area.

“But even still from set pieces I fancy us and we should defend it.

“A bit of loose marking and he puts it in at the back post so it’s one to look at. We’ve just got to get the boys together and go again.”

When you’re on top of a team as we were, you’ve got to keep on pushing and get the goal because it kills their confidence.

“We allowed them to grow and build themselves back into the game in the second half. I think if we bury them first half then there’s no way back in for them.

“We had them penned in, our shape was working but we needed to score whilst we were on top.

“It was the story of the entire game. It just wasn’t dropping for it. It was always a yard too far or too short.

“We’d get into good positions but the ball just didn’t fall in our favour today.”

With injuries to Michael Morrison and Marc Roberts, the 24-year old has travelled with the First Team of late but is yet to feature in a Championship encounter.

It hasn’t deterred the former Stourbridge defender who maintains he’s still enjoying his football and is remaining patient at his boyhood club.

“It’s a tough one really because the lads are doing well so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training. It’s all I can do.

“I’ve got stay fit and hopefully if a chance comes my way then I’ve got to take it.

“The camp is a good place to be and whether it’s playing in these games for the Under-23s or whether you’re playing in the First Team, it’s always enjoyable so it’s a lot easier to knuckle down and develop as a player which I think I’m doing.”