Blades fans column: Wallace re-invention offers left-sided boost to Sheffield United

Kieran Wallace
Kieran Wallace
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In the end United could have beaten Donny by six or seven, but I thought Rob Jones was a bit harsh on his team.

The first half was pretty even but the sending off made it easy for United.

Gary Mackenzie was a touch unfortunate, but such incidents are given as reds more often than not nowadays.

He didn’t intend to get Craig Alcock in the ribs but to attempt a flying kick against a leaping, defenceless player when the ball is above head height is reckless and dangerous, so the red was inevitable.

I remember when Matt Kilgallon was sent off by Mike Dean at Hillsborough for something similar but much less dangerous it tipped a tight game in Wednesday’s favour.

If Killa deserved to go (a decision we did not concur with) then Mackenzie’s was a certain sending off.

After this there was always the danger United would mess up at the back – which seemed likely at times – until the third goal calmed the nerves.

One player who was immune from such risk-taking was Kieran Wallace, who looks increasingly at home at left back.

I was never convinced he’d make a midfielder at this level, but he has sufficient technique and awareness to get by at left back.

He reminds me of ex-Blade Andy Taylor – readers can decide whether that’s a compliment or not – who has made a decent career at Walsall.

Wallace is not afraid to get forward either and is capable of beating a man and getting a cross in.

Wallace was runaway winner of the Man of the Match vote on the coach on the way back from Burton.

He’s worth giving a long look at in the position.

A big thank you to John Calvert, by the way, for saving us a couple of seats for the trip home.