Blame me

Down and out: Lane striker Darius Henderson missed a huge chunk of the season because of injury and is convinced he could have been the man to keep United in the Championship
Down and out: Lane striker Darius Henderson missed a huge chunk of the season because of injury and is convinced he could have been the man to keep United in the Championship
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DARIUS Henderson last night revealed he feels “personally responsible” for Sheffield United’s relegation from the Championship despite missing the majority of the season with serious injury.

The striker, who returned following an 11-month lay-off against Watford in March, also insisted he will not be submitting an official transfer request after tomorrow’s final game of the season at Swansea.

“I hold myself responsible for us going down,” said Henderson. “That’s the way I am.

“It’s not in my nature to blame others or make excuses. I know I haven’t played much but that’s how I feel.

“If I had been fit then I could have made a contribution in terms of goals and to the team in general that means we might not be in this position.”

Henderson added: “Not so long ago I made it plain I wanted to stay and that’s still the case. I’m not asking to leave and I won’t be asking to leave. I’ve got no intention of leaving.”

Despite his public pledge of allegiance, Henderson will be aware he is among a group of players United must look to shed as they prepare for life in League One. Trevor Birch, the club’s chief executive, confirmed following last weekend’s draw with Barnsley that costs need to be drastically reduced.

Henderson, who joined United in 2008, added: “If I’m told that an offer has been accepted then obviously I’d have to talk to the other party involved, the same as you would in any other walk of life.”

Henderson has scored two goals since recovering from a long-standing hamstring problem. Having been sent off on his comeback at Vicarage Road, he said: “I wanted to play even though the advice from the physio was that I should wait a little longer.”