Search goes on despite Simonsen resurgence

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night explained why he is pressing ahead with his search for a new goalkeeper despite lavishing praise on Steve Simonsen following his return to action at Stevenage.

Simonsen, a former England under-21 international, delivered a commanding performance at Broadhall Way after spending the previous two games on the bench following erratic displays against Leyton Orient and Sheffield Wednesday.

But with teenager George Long United’s only other option between the posts, Wilson admitted is he continuing to scour the transfer market for reinforcements ahead of this evening’s JP Trophy tie with Bradford City.

“It’s nothing against the two lads we’ve got,” he said. “But if Simmo gets injured or George gets injured then we’re back to square one, aren’t we?”

Matt Duke spent the summer training at Bramall Lane before financial constraints eventually saw him join City instead. The 34-year-old was one of several players Wilson’s counterpart, Phil Parkinson. subjected to scathing criticism following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Cheltenham Town.

Parkinson, whose side are 21st in the League Two table, fumed: “Dukey has held his hands up but that goal has got to be saved.

“He’s got to do better than that.

“We’re in a ruthless working environment and it’s a dog-eat-dog business. It’s not worth me mincing my words.”

Predicting his rival will turn things around at Valley Parade, Wilson said: “Phil is a good manager, an experienced manager, and he’ll get it right there. Bradford shouldn’t have any worries about that whatsoever.”