Analysis: Brighton 1-1 Sheff Utd

Michael Beardmore, BBC Sport

No one of a Sheffield United persuasion is under any illusions about the difficulty of the Blades' task of maintaining their Premier League status.

But if they are to achieve that mission, it won't be enough simply to pick up points against their fellow strugglers - you need surprise results elsewhere too.

Bournemouth's win over Newcastle and Luton's draw with Liverpool were recent cases in point.

And while the Blades' point at Brighton might not steal as many headlines as those aforementioned two results, it was nevertheless impressive.

They could have been blown away by the Seagulls' storming start but Paul Heckingbottom's side are clearly warming to their top-flight task.

Four points from six is a huge boost before what cannot be dressed up as anything other than a massive fortnight after the international break - Bournemouth's visit to Bramall Lane followed by a trip to Burnley.