CLUB captain Chris Morgan is calling on relegation-haunted Sheffield United to “clean up” their act as they bid to climb away from the drop zone.
The centre-back, ruled out for the rest of the season with cruciate knee ligament damage, has expressed his concern over United’s poor disciplinary record on the eve of the Yorkshire derby encounter with Leeds United.
In a troubled season, United have chalked up the most red cards of any Championship outfit (10), accumulated 56 bookings and conceded nine penalties.
Morgan told The Star: “First and foremost, we have to have discipline on the pitch because if you are losing important players like we will do on Saturday then that is something we have to improve and clean up a little bit.
“I don’t know why our discipline has not been good this year. It is a difficult thing to put your finger on but it is something we have to sort out. Of course, you will have moments in a season where people will pick bookings up and red cards but you need them to be at a minimum.”
It was Leeds who triumphed in a bad-tempered contest at Elland Road in September. Both Robert Snodgrass and Jamie Ward saw red in the dying minutes.
With the Whites having sold out their away allocation, Morgan has warned United to keep their cool in the pressure cooker environment.
“Everybody has to be careful on Saturday,” said Morgan. “We have to stay cool and be professional. We must not get involved in the atmosphere of the game and lose sight of what is important.”