United’s penalty prize after scare

Glory boy: United's Danny Philliskirk celebrates his match winning penalty at Victoria Park.    Picture: Steve Parkin
Glory boy: United's Danny Philliskirk celebrates his match winning penalty at Victoria Park. Picture: Steve Parkin
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SHEFFIELD UNITED boss Danny Wilson paid tribute to his team’s character after their Carling Cup victory at Hartlepool.

The visitors reached the second round following a penalty shoot-out win over Mick Wadsworth’s side after the teams were deadlocked 1-1 at the end of extra time. Danny Philliskirk scored the decisive spot-kick after Colin Nish, Sam Collins and Stephen Quinn failed to convert and Wilson said: “The priority was going through and we’ve done that.

“We should have put the game to bed earlier with some of the chances we had but we’ve won, got some momentum, and that’s the main thing. I was pleased that we didn’t have to go looking for volunteers. All of the lads who took penalties were really keen to do so and that shows they’ve got spirit.”

Meanwhile, potential signings Kevin McDonald, Matt Duke and Alex Kruk have been briefed on the reasons behind United’s failure to offer them deals, Wilson has confirmed. The trio arrived on trial earlier this month but, speaking before last night’s game, Wilson admitted at least one more high earner must follow Darius Henderson, Mark Yeates and Jamie Ward through the exit door before they can be offered permanent contracts.

Their continued presence at the club suggests Wilson is keen to bring all three to Bramall Lane on a permanent basis.