Date: 8th February 2009 at 10:11pm
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Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell described the Blades’ second Steel City Derby defeat of the season as ‘hard to live with’ and made few excuses for his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Owls on Saturday.

Wednesday have held the upper hand in recent Sheffield Derby meetings and Saturday was no different as goals from Tommy Spurr and Marcus Tudgay ensured Wednesday had the bragging rights for a good while at least.

‘I cannot tell you how much of a blow it is to lose to our biggest rivals, and it will be hard to live with because it is the worst feeling ever. If there is a game that we cannot afford to lose it is this one,’ he said.

‘We won’t be able to sleep for days, not until the next game, and if it doesn’t hurt us we shouldn’t be managers and players.’

He continued: ‘At the end of the day we have lost to a world class strike that would be hailed the world over if it had been scored by Ronaldinho. Credit to Tudgay, he meant it and I was right behind it and knew it was going into the top corner.

‘I am not going to hammer the players, they have been magnificent all season and got back quickly after the early shock.’

Better luck next time, Kevin…