Sheffield United: Players respond to Morgan challenge

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Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan has revealed how a frank dressing room discussion proved the catalyst for the club’s first win since the opening weekend of the League One season.

Speaking after Saturday’s victory over Port Vale, Morgan, who was installed on an interim basis following David Weir’s departure earlier this month, told The Star that wretched sequence of results had prompted plenty of soul-searching behind the scenes.

Proud Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan after his side broke their winless run

Proud Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan after his side broke their winless run

Paying tribute to his squad for the manner of their response, he confirmed: “We asked them some difficult questions and so we’ve got to give the players credit for answering them in the way they did.

“I questioned their application and desire because, at times, our performances have simply not been good enough but they’ve gone out there and set the record straight.

“The important thing now, though, is to make sure we keep on doing it.

“We are delighted to get the win but we also have to remember that is only one game. Now our job, all of us together, is to go out there and show the same all over again.”

“We created chances and showed a fantastic attitude,” Morgan added. “The boys showed that, as we know, they are good players.

“So, the task now, is to demonstrate the same qualities in the next match and then the one after that. To keep on doing it.”

Together with his new assistant Mick Wadsworth, Morgan is preparing to continue in the role on a caretaker basis when United, who climb to 20th in the table, visit second-placed Peterborough tomorrow.

Bramall Lane’s hierarchy are understood to have met with several potential candidates since relieving Weir of his duties nearly a fortnight ago.

MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, Richie Barker of Crawley Town and Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade also feature on their short-list although, perhaps significantly, Nigel Clough was among the crowd at Gresty Road as United’s forthcoming opponents Crewe Alexandra overcame Bristol City.

Goals from Neill Collins and Michael Doyle put Vale to the sword although Micky Adams’ side, who spent the majority of the contest with 10 men, caused a scare when Adam Yates scored a fortuitious equaliser. Shaun Miller, the United centre-forward, made his long-awaited return from injury as a second-half substitute.

“We don’t have any timelines about when someone might be coming in and so we’ll carry on working as usual,” Morgan said. “But Mick and I both want to ensure that, when we do hand over the reins, we are in as good a shape as possible.

“Of course this is a difficult job because of where we are in the table. But you’ve only got to look around at the fan base, the infrastructure and the stadium to see what a great job it is too and why it’s one that anyone would want.

“Every manager has their own deas and style. We tried to get as much experience out there as possible, went to a 4-4-2 because that way, everyone knows their role providing they work hard. It was just a simple way of doing it.”