There’s no such thing as a good defeat as David Weir knows.
Sheffield United fans may console themselves after their loss against Burton on Tuesday that it’s an unwanted distraction out of the way when promotion is the sole aim.
I’m not so sure Weir will have the same opinion.
The Blades were rightly lauded after an impressive first league victory last Friday night against Notts County. They passed it around well against a team who were down to ten men for the majority of the match and deservedly picked up the three points.
Seeing off a League Two side at Bramall Lane in their next game would have given the new manager a perfect start to his new job.
While some may say Burton’s win will have brought a dose of realism back to supporters’ expectations, for Weir it will have just reinforced the big job he has in front of him.
This is United’s third season in League One. For all the talk of being patient they need to get out of this division as a matter or urgency. Losses against the likes of Burton are neither here nor there for that challenge, but they’re a reminder that pretty football needs a cutting edge.