Sheffield United: Bee ready for a test

David Weir is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Sheffield United this weekend. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
David Weir is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Sheffield United this weekend. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
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Sheffield United manager David Weir is demanding his players lift themselves ahead of their trip to Brentford.

Burton Albion dumped the Blades out of the first round of the Capital One Cup in midweek.

But Weir is backing the club to regroup quickly from their cup seback, starting at Griffin Park on Saturday.

Brentford, managed by Uwe Rosler, finished third in the League One standings last season, and went on to lose to Yeovil Town in the play-off final.

Weir is acutely aware the Bees will provide his side with a stern examination of their promotion credentials.

He said: “Brentford’s going to be a very tough game. They are a good side and have got some good players. There will be different challenges involved in that so we are going to have to pick ourselves up and get on with that one.”

Febian Brandy and Jamie Murphy are likely to be restored to the starting line-up this weekend as Weir aims to find a winning formula.

Winger Brandy, a late second-half replacement against Burton, starred in their win over Notts County last week.

Right-back Tony McMahon is also nearing a first-team return, having missed their opening two fixtures due to an ankle problem.

Weir said: “It was a big disappointment to go out of the cup as early as we have done. There are clearly things we still need to work on.”

More than 23,000 tickets have been snapped up for England Under-21s’ friendly with Scotland at Bramall Lane next Tuesday, 7.30pm.