Lane loan duo bring new dimension

Driving force: Billy Clarke
Driving force: Billy Clarke
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson believes loan duo Billy Clarke and Matt Phillips have added an extra dimension to the team’s attacking play.

Clarke was the driving force behind the Blades’ 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons in midweek, setting up Richard Cresswell and Matt Phillips’ goals. The Irish striker has yet to get off the mark but his impressive performances have helped Wilson’s men climb up to fourth in League One.

Although he was ineffective for spells against the Dons, Phillips still notched his third goal in as many outings to seal United’s hard-fought triumph.

“They (Clarke and Phillips) offer something different,” said Wilson. “We have not got those types of players in the club. They can be the difference between getting results and not.

“That little bit of quality and pace can unsettle the opposition and defenders. They proved their worth again the other night.”

Blackpool pair Clarke and Phillips penned one-month loan deals at United just 48 hours before the Steel City derby and Wilson has been delighted with the impact the forwards have made since joining his revolution.

“When I first came in everybody was moaning about having loan players but, if you get the right ones, they can be fantastic,” he said. “They (Billy and Matt) have come with the right attitude which is a credit to Blackpool and Ian Holloway.

“They wanted to come out and play and have a hunger to play and are contributing to us.”

Both are poised to return to Bloomfield Road in mid-November but Wilson has not ruled out extending their loan deals.

“I just hope Blackpool win every game, get promotion and don’t want them back,” he quipped. “I don’t know how Ian is thinking but if there is a possibility of keeping hold of them we have got to try.

“If they keep playing well, Ian might want them back. We will wait and see what happens.”

Chris Porter is expected to shake off his ankle injury in time for the visit of Exeter City on Saturday.

Wilson said: “I wanted everyone in tip top shape for MK Dons and I didn’t think Chris was. He had a little bit of reaction Tuesday morning.”

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