SHEFFIELD UNITED: Dave Kitson eyes first start

Staking a claim: Dave Kitson makes his presence felt with Harry Maguire.       Picture: steve ellis
Staking a claim: Dave Kitson makes his presence felt with Harry Maguire. Picture: steve ellis
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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson hinted striker Dave Kitson is on course to win a place in his starting 11 following last night’s draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Wilson, who claimed United could take “plenty of positives” from their performance despite failing to break the deadlock, was quick to praise the experienced forward’s contribution.

Asked whether Kitson, who impressed as a second-half substitute, had thrust himself into contention for a more prominent role, Wilson said: “There’s absolutely no doubt about that.

“He’s a quality player - we knew that when he came in - and he gives us a different option.

“We asked Dave to get in there and try to make things happen. I thought he did that.

“Their lads at the back knew they’d been in a game.”

Kitson recently signed a short-term deal with United after leaving Portsmouth earlier this year.

“We’ll see how Dave recovers but, if you asked him, he’d say he would be ready to play again in half an hour.”

Dean Saunders, the Rovers manager, admitted he would have “taken a point” ahead of kick-off before praising his players’ ability to keep “some top-drawer” strikers at bay.

Saunders, who saw Martin Woods and Chris Brown go close during the opening exchanges, said: “We controlled the first half. Then they went route one in the second and were hoping to pick up the second balls. You don’t get many games in the Championship like that. They suit this league. United are a good team. They won’t not score against many teams.”