Smith: Onus on United
Stevenage boss Gary Smith claimed all the pressure is on Sheffield United after a goalless draw in the first leg of their npower League One play-off semi-final.
The Blades, pipped to automatic promotion by city rivals Wednesday at the weekend, finished 17 points ahead of their opponents. But it was Boro who came closest to breaking the deadlock in a typically tight semi-final when Blades keeper Steve Simonsen tipped Craig Reid's first-half piledriver against the crossbar. "Sheffield (United) came with a good game plan to frustrate our fluid play," said Smith. "We are disappointed not to have made more clear-cut chances and make the most of our openings. "That's as disappointed we have felt after a game in a long while, and it has come to something now when we say that a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United is a disappointment. "But although we were below par we are well and truly in this game. There is more to come and the pressure is now on them. And although they probably feel they are in the box seat, we scored two at their place two weeks ago."