No grudge, says axed Blades ace

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STEPHEN Quinn has admitted he was ‘disappointed’ to be left out against Scunthorpe United but refuses to criticise Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson.

The cultured midfielder, who turns 26 next month, dropped to the substitutes bench against the Iron as Wilson decided to give Ryan Flynn a chance to shine on the left flank.

However, Quinn, who came on as a second-half replacement for Johannes Ertl, was the architect behind United’s come-from-behind win as he played a pivotal role in Lee Williamson’s leveller before scoring a deflected winner in the latter stages of an absorbing contest at Bramall Lane.

Quinn said: “I was disappointed. He [Danny] pulled me into his office and told me I would be on the bench. I didn’t take it well but it happens. I have played a lot of games and he thought I maybe needed a rest.

“I was happy I came on at half-time. It was great to get the winner.”

The Irishman, who is expected to be named in the side to face Oldham Athletic tomorrow, insists he did not feel he had a ‘point to prove’ to Wilson when he came on as a replacement.

“I have known the gaffer for years so he knows what I am capable of,” he said. “I just wanted to get on the ball and inject a bit of pace into the game.”

Quinn added: “The most important thing is to try and keep eking wins out.”

Paul Dickov, Wilson’s counterpart at Oldham, has hailed the job the ex-Northern Ireland international has done in turning around the club’s fortunes.

“Danny is a fantastic manager and a great bloke off the pitch as well,” he said. “It was tough for him at the start with his Wednesday connections but he has shown what a good manager he is and why they are right up there.”