DANNY Wilson believes Sheffield United should have finished the game off against 10-man Hartlepool United before last night’s Carling Cup tie went to a penalty shoot-out.
The Blades played for more than half an hour with a numerical advantage, but failed to make that tell as Scott Flinders pulled off a string of top-drawer saves.
The visitors eventually edged through to the second round of the competition after Danny Philliskirk netted a sudden-death spot-kick after Sam Collins had missed for Pools.
But former Pools chief Wilson feels his men should have had things wrapped up long before the shootout climax.
“First and foremost, the priority was to get through the tie,” he said.
“I thought the game panned out fairly evenly and we had a good few chances each.
“But when the game got in the latter stages I thought we should have put it to bed, we had a lot of chances.
“We allowed their goalie to make some good saves when really we should have given him no chance.
“But it was pulsating game and it showed that coming to Hartlepool is tough and we saw how intimidating it can be at times.
“The lads didn’t shy away during the shoot-out and kept their nerve and we’re happy to be through. It keeps that momentum going.”