SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson revealed he had no qualms about selecting teenage goalkeeper George Long for last night’s victory over MK Dons.
United, who climbed to fourth in the League One table after beating Karl Robinson’s side 2-1, dropped Steve Simonsen in favour of the youngster after admitting to concerns the crowd could get on the former England under-21 international’s back following a series of errors in recent weeks. But insisting Simonsen will still have a “big role to play” this season, Wilson said: “The good thing about George is nothing fazes him.
“It was a big call but I always thought the fans would give him a big lift.
“I didn’t want them waiting for Simmo to make a mistake and I didn’t want Simmo to be waiting for that either. But I have to say Steve has been brilliant with George during the build-up and that is the measure of the man.”
Wilson, who revealed striker Chris Porter’s ankle injury should heal in time for Saturday’s game against Exeter City, also expressed his desire to keep on-loan Blackpool duo Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke at Bramall Lane when their month long deals expire.
“If it’s possible I’d love to keep them,” he added. “But it’s up to Blackpool and they are in the box seat quite rightly so. The two lads have got a desire to play and that’s credit to Blackpool.”
United took the lead when Richard Cresswell pounced midway through the opening period but Stephen Gleeson equalised Dons soon after the re-start.
However Phillips netted the decisive goal after combing with Clarke during the closing stages.