STEPHEN Quinn has revealed Sheffield United benefited from an unlikely source of inspiration ahead of their League One victory over Colchester.
The Dublin born midfielder watched Ireland stun Australia in the Rugby Union World Cup before scoring one of three goals for Danny Wilson’s side against the visitors from Essex.
The result ensured United remained second in the table - level on points with leaders Charlton Athletic - and ensured they bounced back in style following last week’s defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Afterwards, Quinn told The Star that the historic 15-6 triumph in Auckland had left him in the ideal frame of mind.
“I’ve got my brothers over at the moment and I think I was the only one sober and who hadn’t had a drink when I left for the ground,” he said.
“Doyler (Michael Doyle), David McAllister and myself all had massive similes on our faces when we came in and a bit of an extra spring in our step too. All of us Irish lads were buzzing after that.”
First-half strikes from Ched Evans and Chris Porter saw United race into an early lead before Quinn completed the 3-0 rout during the closing stages.
Despite only losing one of their opening nine matches in the competition this season, Wilson’s players faced stinging criticism in some quarters after being beaten by Lee Clark’s side.
But, paying tribute to the manager’s impact behind the scenes, Quinn said: “Everything now is so positive here.
“Even what happened against Huddersfield didn’t set us back. That shows we’ve got strength of character.
“Of course there are going to be times when we get beaten but it’s how you respond that counts.
“We know we’ve got a good core here because there are some cracking players like Danny Philliskirk and Macca (McAllister) who weren’t even involved (against Colchester) and people like Monty (Nick Montgomery) and Morgs (Chris Morgan) still to come back.
“I think the squad is definitely good enough. You look at that and think, come the winter, we’ll be okay.”
Wilson could be forced to reshuffle his back four when United return to action at Wycombe this weekend after confirming Neill Collins suffered a rib injury against Colchester: “We don’t know how bad it is but we’ve not got a game in midweek so he’ll be able to have a good rest.”