SHEFFIELD United had to settle for a 1-1 draw after failing to find a winner at League One hosts Oldham Athletic who played most of the second half with ten men.
Former Blades forward Danny Philliskirk gave Oldham an early lead but Matt Done soon levelled.
Oldham’s Jonathan Burn was then sent off just past the hour mark but Nigel Adkins’ side could not find a winner with Billy Sharp and Stefan Scougall going closest with the latter hitting the woodwork.
Nigel Adkins said: “It’s definitely a game we should have won.
“We had our opportunities and it would put a different complexion on everything if we had been able to take them.
“Their player being sent off meant they sat a bit deeper, but we still created the chances and I thought we’d go on to win.”