Sheffield United: Marlon makes a positive impact

Sheffield United centre-forward Marlon King � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United centre-forward Marlon King � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Marlon King’s presence has transformed the dynamic inside Sheffield United’s dressing room, according to manager David Weir.

The former Watford, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City centre-forward is set to spearhead United’s attack against Crawley Town on Friday evening after impressing on his first two outings for the South Yorkshire club.

Weir, speaking ahead of the League One fixture with Richie Barker’s side, revealed King has had a positive impact both on and off the pitch since arriving at Bramall Lane.

“He’s given us a focal point which is good but he’s also brings another experienced voice in what is a pretty young squad,” Weir said. “And that’s invaluable.

“Marlon, together with the likes of Neill (Collins) and Michael (Doyle), will give an opinion on something and offer their thoughts on certain situations which is exactly what you want.

“You are always going to have different characters but you never want it to be quiet in there and with the likes of those around it won’t be so I’m pleased about that.”

“There is a good spirit behind the scenes and that is pleasing,” Weir added. “The lads have really bought into what we are trying to do.”

While Weir has bemoaned United’s poor fortune of late - they found themselves bottom of the table after losing at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend - assistant manager Anthony Williams admitted Town benefited from the rub of the green during their win over Oldham Athletic.

Reflecting upon a result which lifted them to eighth in the table, he said: “We rode our luck at times but we created enough chances to win the game. We could have conceded, yes, but we had by far the better chances.

“If we had got the second goal it would have killed off the game and the rest of the chances they created probably wouldn’t have come.

“We probably played better football in the last two games but drew them so it is pleasing not to play as well and get the three points.

“It is all about winning games in different ways. They tried to stop us playing and it was hard for us to break them down at times but we dug in and got the win.”