Sheffield United manager David Weir predicted Marlon King can wreak havoc among League One defences this term after watching the centre-forward score a “perfect” goal.
King’s clinical second-half finish ensured Weir’s side claimed a point from last week’s meeting with Crawley Town and averted the prospect of a seventh consecutive League One defeat.
United courted controversy when they signed the 33-year-old on a free transfer less than a month ago but he demonstrated why they were so keen to acquire his services during Friday’s tense encounter at Bramall Lane.
And Weir, whose side host Hartlepool in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tomorrow evening, said: “The great thing about Marlon is that, as soon as we saw him go through and get into that position, we knew what was going to happen. You knew he was going to score because he just doesn’t miss those.
“He’ll be pleased to get off the mark for us and he’ll just keep on getting better and better every time he plays. Marlon will admit he’s not quite there himself yet because he’d been out for a while when he came here but he’s worked hard and is possibly at around 90 per cent.
“There’s plenty more to come from Marlon. That’s for certain.”
United’s poor run seemed destined to continue when Jamie Proctor helped Town capitalise on their hosts’ slow start before King converted.
Weir conceded his team’s performance before the interval had been poor - “We won’t make excuses. It wasn’t good enough.” - but insisted the move which produced the equaliser - Conor Coady and Febian Brandy combining to split Town’s defence - provided a tantatlising insight into the potential which exists within its ranks.
“As to how we want to play,” Weir said. “I thought that was the perfect goal; good passing, good intelligence, well-thought out and executed. It showed what we can do.”