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Under fire: Steve Simonsen
Under fire: Steve Simonsen
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night leapt to Steve Simonsen’s defence after insisting he will not allow a blame culture to develop at Bramall Lane.

Simonsen, the former Stoke and Everton goalkeeper, has been criticised in some quarters for gifting Huddersfield Town their first goal during Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat by Lee Clark’s side.

But Wilson, whose side return to action against Colchester tomorrow, said: “I certainly hope Steve’s confidence is okay because he’s going to be playing.

“If we want to pick it apart like that there were lots of aspects to that goal where we could have done better before it even got to Simmo.

“We win as a team and we lose as a team.

“If a midfielder gives the ball away it can lead to a goal but in most cases nobody notices.

“If it happens week in and week out then of course it becomes a problem.

“But it’s not been like that with Simmo at all because he’s a damn good goalkeeper.”

Asked whether Simonsen had apologised for his error, Wilson, who praised United supporters for the backing they have shown his team since taking charge in May, added: “The good thing about our squad is that they’re all honest lads.

“They’ve got trust in one another.

“It’s not the first time someone is going to make a mistake and it’s not going to be the last either.

“I’m not going to be falling-out with Simmo over one small thing. Like with all keepers you look at the number of times they save you points - and that’s certainly been the case with him this season.”

With Mihkel Aksalu still recovering from injury, teenager George Long will again deputise for Simonsen when second-placed United look to bounce back from their first defeat of the League One campaign.

“I rate George very highly,” said Wilson.

“He’s definitely maturing and you even see that in training.”