David Weir apologised to Simon Lappin after admitting it was “probably wrong” to hand the defender his Sheffield United debut against Crawley Town.
With United entering the match having suffered six consecutive League One defeats, the atmosphere inside Bramall Lane veered from friendly to febrile following Jamie Proctor’s opener for the visitors.
Lappin, whose loan transfer from Cardiff City was only processed hours before kick-off, endured a difficult evening as United arrested that disappointing run by securing a 1-1 draw courtesy of Marlon King’s clinical finish.
Hinting he will include Lappin in the team which entertains Hartlepool tomorrow evening, Weir said: “Simon wasn’t at his best but he’s a good player and will benefit a lot from having that game.
“Of course, with hindsight, I have to question myself with regards to whether I made the right call pitching him straight into the Lions’ Den as it were.
“Perhaps that wasn’t fair but, as I say, he’ll be better for being involved and will bring plenty to the table for us in terms of ability and experience, not least in this division.”