Sheffield United and Tranmere, two of the top three sides in League One before kick-off, played out a forgettable goalless draw.

The Blades dominated possession in the first half but Tony McMahon's effort, which was palmed away by Owain Fon Williams, was their only shot of note.

Injury-hit Rovers came close when Adam McGurk's free-kick flashed wide.

Danny Wilson's side remain unbeaten at home this season, while Tranmere are without a win in five league games.

The home side also felt they should have had a penalty for handball against veteran Tranmere defender Ian Goodison just before half-time, but their protests were waved away by referee Eddie Ilderton.

Tranmere started the day as league leaders and are a point clear of United, who stay third.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"A point is a point at this stage of the season and you've got one more then you had when you started.

"We had some good opportunities, although they were half-chances, because I thought both defences played well.

"If we had been a bit more composed, we possibly could have been rewarded with a goal.

"We've got to keep battling on and keep picking up points, but it's obviously disappointing it wasn't three points today."

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I don't think either keeper has had a save to make. We haven't created that much and neither have they.

"We're playing Sheffield United. They're capable of playing at the next level up, so I've got nothing but praise for my lads.

"They've done fantastic to come here and get a point."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 30 Williams (McAllister - 74' )
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Porter (Kitson - 63' )
  • 10 Blackman
  • 12 Miller

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 16 McAllister
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 14 Kitson
  • 17 Cresswell
  • 19 Cofie

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 05 Goodison
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 06 Palmer
  • 10 Robinson (Thompson - 77' )
  • 17 Power
  • 09 Cassidy
  • 11 McGurk Booked
  • 20 O'Halloran

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 03 Black
  • 19 Kay
  • 23 Daniels
  • 07 Thompson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 19,163

Match Stats

Shots

5 10

On target

3 3

Corners

2 4

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

88:37 Booking

Booking Adam McGurk shown a yellow card.

88:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David McAllister by Adam McGurk. George Long takes the direct free kick.

87:02

Danny Holmes crosses the ball.

86:40

Joe Thompson crosses the ball.

84:31

Dave Kitson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

83:58

Unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Liam Palmer results in a free kick. Matthew Hill takes the direct free kick.

82:54

Joe Thompson challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

81:33

Shot from deep inside the area by Nick Blackman clears the crossbar.

80:47

Jake Cassidy takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

80:33

Michael O'Halloran crosses the ball, clearance made by Neill Collins.

79:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by David McAllister on Liam Palmer. Max Power restarts play with the free kick.

78:44

Adam McGurk sends in a cross, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson replaces Andy Robinson.

74:44

The ball is swung over by Michael Doyle, Shaun Miller takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a brilliant save. Michael O'Halloran crosses the ball, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

73:06 Substitution

Substitution David McAllister comes on in place of Marcus Williams.

71:13

Max Power takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

70:49

Corner taken by Andy Robinson, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

70:26

Adam McGurk takes a shot. Ryan Flynn gets a block in.

69:26

Matthew Hill sends in a cross, save by Owain Fon Williams.

68:15

Max Power has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

66:21

Nick Blackman delivers the ball.

62:36 Substitution

Substitution Dave Kitson comes on in place of Chris Porter.

60:39

Nick Blackman fouled by Zoumana Bakayogo, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

59:03

Handball decision goes against Tony McMahon. Andy Robinson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

58:46

Centre by Danny Holmes, clearance by Marcus Williams.

56:21

Jake Cassidy takes a shot. Michael Doyle gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson.

55:44

Shaun Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

55:08

Andy Robinson challenges Neill Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by George Long.

54:49

A cross is delivered by Michael O'Halloran.

53:04

Handball by Chris Porter. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

52:34

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, blocked by Adam McGurk.

49:18

Shaun Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ash Taylor. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

48:07

Adam McGurk takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

47:34

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Robinson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Doyle.

47:09

Michael Doyle challenges Max Power unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Max Power.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Max Power on Ryan Flynn, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

44:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Porter on Ash Taylor. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

42:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Porter on Danny Holmes. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

41:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

38:37

Marcus Williams challenges Danny Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Adam McGurk from right wing.

37:35

The referee blows for offside against Andy Robinson. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

36:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Cassidy on Harry Maguire. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

34:46

Nick Blackman delivers the ball.

33:44

The ball is delivered by Michael Doyle, clearance by Ian Goodison.

32:28

Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Robinson. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam McGurk.

31:38

Tony McMahon takes a shot from 20 yards. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

30:37

Tony McMahon fouled by Jake Cassidy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

27:59

A cross is delivered by Zoumana Bakayogo.

26:57

Effort on goal by Liam Palmer from 35 yards went over.

23:57

Nick Blackman fouled by Liam Palmer, the ref awards a free kick. Nick Blackman restarts play with the free kick.

18:19

Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Porter. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

17:36

Corner taken by Nick Blackman from the left by-line.

17:15

Tony McMahon takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

16:41

Nick Blackman takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Adam McGurk.

15:41

Unfair challenge on Shaun Miller by Max Power results in a free kick. Nick Blackman crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Danny Holmes.

14:53

Marcus Williams sends in a cross, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

14:37

Centre by Adam McGurk, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

11:34

The official flags Chris Porter offside. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

10:35

Ryan Flynn fouled by Andy Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Tony McMahon, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

8:56

Nick Blackman takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

8:28

The ball is swung over by Jake Cassidy, clearance by Michael Doyle.

6:59

Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Palmer. Strike on goal comes in from Andy Robinson from the free kick.

5:47

Corner taken by Adam McGurk, clearance made by Harry Maguire.

5:02

The ball is delivered by Michael O'Halloran, Matthew Hill gets a block in.

4:08

Shaun Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ash Taylor. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

2:10

Michael Doyle fouled by Andy Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Flynn takes the direct free kick.

1:16

Danny Holmes produces a cross, clearance by Harry Maguire.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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