SHEFFIELD UNITED: Danny Wilson’s waiting game after appeals setback

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SHEFFIELD United are unlikely to make an immediate move into the loan market despite failing to save Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn from suspension.

Officials at Bramall Lane were informed by the Football Association last night that an appeal against the red cards shown to the midfield duo during Saturday’s draw with Scunthorpe had been rejected.

Speaking immediately after the League One fixture at Glanford Park, manager Danny Wilson admitted he would attempt to bolster his options if either player was declared unavailable for selection ahead of this weekend’s visit of Bury.

However, The Star understands that United could now wait until after the game against Peter Shirtliff’s side before showing their hand following exploratory talks with several potential targets.

Although the independent regulatory commission charged with overseeing disciplinary cases supported referee Steve Rushton’s decision to dismiss both Doyle and Flynn, they elected not to increase their original three-match bans after ruling neither appeal had been frivolous.

“United appealed on the grounds of wrongful dismissal,” an FA spokesman confirmed. “Michael Doyle was charged with violent conduct and that charge was upheld.

“Ryan Flynn was charged with serious foul play and that charge was upheld also.

“Both appeals were dismissed by the independent commission and both players will now serve three-match suspensions.”

Several members of United’s under-21 side staked early claims for places in the squad set to entertain Bury during yesterday’s 5-1 success over Barnsley at Shirecliffe.

Danny Philliskirk (2), Jordan Chapell, Erik Tonne and Chris Salt were on target for Chris Morgan’s team. Danny Rose netted for the visitors.