SHEFFIELD United have been ordered to open a new front in the war for League One supremacy, Marcus Williams revealed last night.
Danny Wilson, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, issued the command after blaming a profligate attack for their defeat by Huddersfield Town in midweek.
Williams, who made his debut on the left-hand side of defence less than 24 hours after arriving on loan from Reading, said: “The gaffer has made it clear he wants the full-backs to push on and get forward.
“We’ve got some really good wingers here – people like Ryan Flynn and (Nathaniel) Mendez (Laing) who I’ve worked with before – while Quinny (Stephen Quinn) is playing out of his skin at the moment.
“But we’ve been told to try and push on too when the opportunity arises.
“If we can get beyond those lads then it’s going to really stretch our opponents.”
With his stay at Bramall Lane scheduled to expire just before next month’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday, Williams is expected to retain his place against Colchester today despite Lecsinel Jean-Francois’ return from suspension.
The former Scunthorpe defender’s debut proved a bitter-sweet experience.
Impressed by the capabilities of his new teammates, he nevertheless found himself on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline as United slumped to only their second defeat of the new season and first in League One this term.
“We conceded some sloppy goals,” Williams admitted.
“But with the amount of chances
we created, on another day I think we could have scored five or six.
“I actually thought we played some great stuff.
“We knocked the ball around really well and it was exciting to be a part of that.”
Aesthetics are clearly important to Williams.
Last summer he rejected the invitation to join United, now one place behind leaders Charlton, after expressing concerns about the tactics employed by one of Wilson’s predecessors.
But with Wil
son determined to mix substance with style, Doncaster-born Williams had no qualms about making the move this time around after becoming increasingly disillusioned with the lack of opportunities at Reading.
“I first found out about United’s interest a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “But for some reason it all got delayed.”
With Matthew Lowton cementing his place at right-back, Wilson admitted during his pre-match press conference that he faced a “tough call” choosing between Williams and Jean-Francois.
Kevin McDonald should feature but fellow midfielder Nick Montgomery is still out.