Sheffield United: Pride’s back at the lane

Welcome embrace: New manager Chris Morgan was rapturously received by fans.   Picture: steve parkin
Welcome embrace: New manager Chris Morgan was rapturously received by fans. Picture: steve parkin
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SHEFFIELD United manager Chris Morgan has spoken of his pride in his team - but said outgoing management duo Danny Wilson and Frank Barlow would share in that sentiment, following victory over Swindon Town.

Strikes from Chris Porter and David Kitson propelled United to their first victory at Bramall Lane since February and ensured hopes of automatic promotion remain intact. United remained fifth, four points and two places behind tomorrow’s visitors Brentford, having played one match less.

Morgan, who received a rapturous reception from the crowd, said: “We’re really pleased and proud of the performance the lads produced. But there won’t be two more happier people than Danny and Frank when they’ve seen that result come through.”

Morgan and assistant David Unsworth, screened footage of the team’s finest achievements in the dressing room moments before Saturday’s encounter.

Morgan said: “We’ve got a fantastic analyst who works for us and so we keep footage of matches. What we decided was that we’d stick some things on a DVD and let them watch it. We showed them little clips and different things of what they are good at and what they can do when they put their mind to it.

“We’ve used things like that in the past and they’re a good tool to have up your sleeve,” Morgan added.

“If you use them all the time then they lose their effect but we thought today was a good day to do it. I thought, first half in particular, the lads were outstanding. They are the ones who take all the credit.”

Porter ended United’s goal drought on home soil when he converted Tony McMahon’s free-kick during the closing stages of the first-half.

The former Derby centre-forward, scoring for the second time in three outings, forged an effective partnership with Kitson who doubled the host’s advantage seven minutes from time. McMahon was again responsible for providing the assist.

Morgan added: “That was a real team effort from every one of the 14 lads involved and also those on the bench. They all contributed and played their part. You’ve got Kevin McDonald, who people don’t know has been ill since Tuesday, putting in a shift even though we knew he wouldn’t last 90 minutes but it’s impossible to single anyone out. The response from each and every one of them, including the fans, was absolutely superb.”