Sheffield United: Blades lack killer instinct

Harry Maguire celebrates his goal against Notts County
Harry Maguire celebrates his goal against Notts County
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HARRY Maguire admits Sheffield United risk a miserable summer unless they rediscover their ruthless streak.

The England under-21 international was speaking after Notts County, despite being reduced to 10 men midway through the first half of Saturday‘s contest at Meadow Lane, snatched a late draw to leave the visitors fifth in the League One table and eight points off the automatic promotion pace.

Maguire, who had earlier handed United a second minute lead, told The Star: “We don’t want to go on our holidays in May and still be in this division. We need everyone to grab a hold of the team and before we start looking at others we all need to grab a hold of ourselves.

“We can go on a long winning run. With the squad we’ve got we are more than capable of doing it.

“But we need to do it quickly because, as we all know, we’re in January and seasons fly by. We’ve dropped too many points as it is and we all feel we should be a lot higher.

“Bu all we can do is keep on working hard in training and during games.”

Danny Wilson, the United manager, acknowledged some members of his team are struggling for confidence ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Kevin Blackwell’s Bury.

Warning Wilson’s predecessor will be desperate to beat his former club - “We all know what Kevin Blackwell is about and he’ll be massively up for it” - Maguire added: “We started well and we were better even against 11 men but we didn’t have the killer instinct.

“We gave County too much respect even though they had 10 men and paid for a lack of concentration.”