CHRIS Morgan, Sheffield United’s first team coach, claimed Dave Kitson can become part of Bramall Lane folklore after watching the striker open his account for the South Yorkshire club.
Kitson, starting for only the second time after signing a short-term contract, capped a commanding performance with a clinical second-half finish during Saturday’s draw with Notts County.
Substitute Lee Hughes dashed United’s hopes of claiming their fourth win of the new League One campaign when he pounced during the closing stages of this compelling contest.
Afterwards Morgan, deputising for manager Danny Wilson during the post-match press conference, likened Kitson to cult-hero Neil Shipperley who helped United reach the top-flight six years ago.
“He really does remind me of Shipps in the sense that he gives us a different option,” he said. “A different dimension.
“Kits isn’t full up to speed yet but he’ll get there and no defender playing against him is ever going to get an easy ride.
“You’ve only got to look at what he’s done in the game to see he’s going to be a real asset.
“And Kits is an excellent professional too who works hard on all aspects of his game. We’re really pleased to have him.”
Despite admitting a lack of composure in front of goal had proven costly, Morgan insisted Wilson and his staff were “pleased with the lads’ effort and application.”
United, still unbeaten in this term’s competition, slipped to eighth ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Hartlepool United.
Morgan also cited the contribution of Wilson’s back four as a source of encouragement.
“Frank Barlow (United‘s assistant manager) has got a saying that strikers win you games but defenders win you titles and promotions,” he added. “I think the lads at the back are playing well together and they’ll get even better the more games they play.”