Sheffield United: Boss identifies Essex Boy’s threat

Ryan Flynn during last season's win over Colchester United at Bramall Lane
Ryan Flynn during last season's win over Colchester United at Bramall Lane
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Respect, not reverence, writes James Shield. That is the tone David Weir wants Sheffield United to strike when they return to League One action against Colchester today.

That is the tone David Weir wants Sheffield United to strike when they return to League One action against Colchester today.

Joe Dunne, Weir’s counterpart at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, delivered a scathing assessment of the visitors’ recent performances at Bramall Lane when he met the media earlier this week.

But having heard his opposite number accuse Colchester of being content to enjoy “a big day out” in South Yorkshire, the former Scotland international opened a new front in the psychological war surrounding this afternoon’s fixture.

Insisting United will not be lulled into a false sense of security by Dunne’s comments, Weir said: “We know Colchester have got some very talented players. We’ve studied them very closely on video and done our homework thoroughly.

“We always respect the teams we are playing. That is the way is should be, must be, even.

“But that doesn’t mean to say that the focus isn’t on ourselves. The main emphasis of our work has been to concentrate on doing the things that we are good at.

“Striking the right balance being showing respect and imposing ourselves.”

Colchester travelled north last night placed fourth in the embryonic table after beating Gillingham and Port Vale. United slipped to 12th following their 3-1 defeat at Brentford.

Weir, whose side dispatched Notts County 2-1 on the opening day of the new season, said: “We have been working hard on the training ground to make sure that we are properly prepared.

“As always, there are a few things that we’ve identified which can be put to good use. The task now is to ensure that happens.”

United, who saw Kevin McDonald join Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week, overcame Colchester 3-0 last term. They also triumphed by the same scoreline in the corresponding fixture during the 2011/12 campaign.

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