Sheffield United: Keep faith, Blades ace urges fans

Tony McMahon gets in a cross for United at Carlisle
Tony McMahon gets in a cross for United at Carlisle
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Tony McMahon has urged Sheffield United supporters to stick behind David Weir’s team as they attempt to overcome their disappointing start to the new League One season.

McMahon issued his plea following Saturday’s defeat by fellow strugglers Carlisle which means United will enter this weekend’s meeting with Preston North End having lost six of their last eight outings.

Weir, who confirmed winger Jamie Murphy missed the visit to Brunton Park after suffering a set-back in his battle against a groin injury, instigated a no-holds-barred dressing room inquest into the reasons behind United’s predicament before returning home.

And McMahon said: “Our fans have always turned out in their numbers and I know they’ll do that again.

“I know they’ll be hurting at the moment.But hopefully they’ll stick with us as we look to turn things around. Nobody here enjoys these results or the fact that things aren’t going right.

“But it’s not through lack of effort or hard work. Basically we’ve just got to keep on going and find the right formula.

“We’ve got the quality here and if we keep working hard - as we are - then we’ll also start to get the rub of the green like people have had against us.”

McMahon added: “We’ve had a discussion about it and everyonehas been encouraged to have their say. We’ve not been ruthless enough and not been taking our chances.”

Weir had expected Murphy to feature against Carlisle after resuming training: “Jamie has suffered a set-backand it’s something we’ve really got to get sorted out properly now.”