Blades to extend Lappin loan

Simon Lappin in action for United at Shrewsbury
Simon Lappin in action for United at Shrewsbury
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Sheffield United are today expected to confirm they have extended Simon Lappin’s loan until January.

The Cardiff City defender had been poised to return to South Wales following the League One fixture with Shrewsbury Town.

But, speaking after the defeat at Greenhous Meadow, manager Nigel Clough told The Star that doubts about Lappin’s future have been resolved: “Simon should be staying with us,” Clough said. “And we’re pleased about that because he’s impressed us since we’ve come in. I don’t envisage any difficulties.”

Lappin, aged 30, has made five appearances since being signed by Clough’s predecessor David Weir. The former manager’s departure had caused doubts over his stay at Bramall Lane but Clough added: “Simon is technically very sound. He’s strong on the ball.

“Despite being seen as a defender, he probably prefers to play further forward which is where we’ve used him. He has good experience.”

Clough was less complimentary about the moment of petulance which earned United substitute Febian Brandy his second red card of the season and, according to the visitors’ coaching staff, was the turning-point of a game which saw them slip back into the relegation zone.

Brandy had only been on the pitch 12 minutes when he shoved Town’s Connor Goldson in the face and Clough said the winger could face further censure if he is found to have breached United’s code of conduct. He said: “Indiscipline in the second-half cost us but we kept plugging away, even with 10 men.”