Blackwell waits on Howard deal
Kevin Blackwell is unsure if Brian Howard is joining Sheff Utd, while Sean O'Driscoll was disappointed.
Last Updated: 30/09/08 11:04pm
Kevin Blackwell is unsure if Brian Howard is joining Sheffield United, while Sean O'Driscoll was disappointed with Doncaster Rovers' 2-0 home defeat.
Barnsley midfielder Howard appeared to be on the brink of joining the Blades on loan with a view to a permanent move in January.
However, Barnsley have subsequently accepted an offer from another club and Blades boss Blackwell is waiting to find out what has happened.
Blackwell answered "correct" when asked if Howard had not signed for the club, and said that he "hadn't got a clue" as to whether or not the deal would be finalised on Wednesday.
"It was agreed (last night)," he added, as to why he had announced the deal. "I can't say anything."
An own goal from Gareth Roberts and a Stephen Quinn effort secured United the points and Blackwell was happy with the result.
"We created better chances than them and every time I thought we could score," Blackwell said. "The system that they play here causes people problems but we acquitted ourselves well and every time we went forward we looked threatening.
"Since I have been here, the last 14 days prior to Saturday was the first time I have seen a downturn in the players. I have been here nine months and if I have got to choose those 14 days as the worst 14 days then it's not too bad is it?
"If we can get a good result against Bristol City then we will have put our little blip behind us. Every game is a massive result when you're at Sheffield United. Yorkshire derbies are tough games to win and if you come away from home and get three points then you're delighted."
Despite watching his side slump to a fifth straight defeat, Doncaster manager O'Driscoll refused to be downbeat.
O'Driscoll said: "I'm disappointed. We didn't put the ball in the back of the net, but I'm pleased with the performance. I thought that our discipline was really good, which it had to be.
"They are the foundations that you need to keep whether you're playing good, bad or indifferent or winning or losing games. We need to keep those to give us the platform to play and we have got to keep going.
"If we had hung our heads we may as well have walked off the pitch. We tried to do the things that were right and on another day we would have scored two or three. We have to dust ourselves down and move on."