Danny backs Blades pride

Heated words: Lee Williamson, pictured, and Matthew  Lowton had to be separated by skipper Michael Doyle after clashing over Colchester's goal.                             PICTURE: steve parkin
Heated words: Lee Williamson, pictured, and Matthew Lowton had to be separated by skipper Michael Doyle after clashing over Colchester's goal. PICTURE: steve parkin
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DANNY Wilson has praised the passion shown by two of his Sheffield United players after they were involved in an on-field row following Colchester’s equaliser on Tuesday.

Right back Matthew Lowton and midfielder Lee Williamson were seen having heated words in the aftermath of Colchester’s goal early in the second half.

Skipper Michael Doyle actually stepped in between the two players to defuse the situation, in the process reassuring referee Trevor Kettle that he’d got it under control.

At the time of the goal, a live television report made a claim, uncorroborated, alleging Williamson had ‘slapped’ Lowton during their row.

Neither Wilson nor any of his staff or club officials are understood to have been aware of anything of that nature and no allegation of ‘slapping’ was put to Wilson in the media conference afterwards.

On the incident itself Wilson said: “It’s great to see two lads caring and showing so much passion for their team and their club. These are two young lads who are passionate about things, about their football and they are two lads who also happen to get on very well indeed with each other.”

Had a United player struck a teammate and it had been seen by referee Kettle or brought to his attention by one of his assistants, then it would almost certainly have resulted in a red card.

The Blades boss is likely to address the issue again today if asked about it at his usual pre-game press conference.

With the Blades beginning preparations for Saturday’s home game with Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere Rovers, Wilson reiterated that the point at Colchester was a “positive” result.

“It was a very tough match, we didn’t get knocked out of our stride and it is a point that could be so vital in the final reckoning,” said Wilson.

“Overall, I thought we did ok from a very tough match.”

The Blades’ reserve home game with Forest yesterday afternoon was called off.