Sheffield United: Players told to showcase their skills

David Weir watches the action unfold during last weekend's meeting with Colchester United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
David Weir watches the action unfold during last weekend's meeting with Colchester United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United manager David Weir has ordered his players to shoot on sight after acknowledging the League One club must improve its performance in front of goal, writes James Shield.

Weir issued the directive ahead of this weekend’s clash with Bradford City which pits the visitors against Phil Parkinson’s newly promoted side.

“We have been urging the lads to shoot from distance and work the goalkeeper,” Weir said. “People like Lyle Taylor will be quick to pounce on any rebounds that come their way.

“There are a number of things we have been working on lately and will continue to do so as we all strive to improve. We’ve all seen what can happen if you hit the target.”

Weir was referring to the sight of Colchester’s Sam Walker fumbling Harry Maguire’s long-range effort into his own net during last Saturday’s draw at Bramall Lane.

The on-loan goalkeeper’s error means that Maguire, who was also on target against Notts County, travels to Valley Parade as United’s leading scorer so far this term with two.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1