Sheffield United: No excuses for Mark Duffy as Blades suffer EFL Cup exit

Mark Duffy of Sheffield United battles to get past Billy Bingham of Crewe
Mark Duffy of Sheffield United battles to get past Billy Bingham of Crewe
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Standing deep in the bowels of an empty Bramall Lane, Mark Duffy pulled no punches when asked to assess Sheffield United’s EFL Cup exit at the hands of Crewe on Tuesday.

“It was really disappointing,” the winger said.

“I’m not going to stand here and lie to anyone; we should have won that game. The gaffer wasn’t happy, and rightly so, and we’ve got to work hard now and turn things round.

“We created lots of chances, just like we did at Bolton, but the ball just doesn’t seem to be going in the net. If we take those chances, it’s a different game but as the gaffer says, we have to be ruthless in both boxes.

“He made it clear that he wanted to get the ball rolling and get a win, we played a strong team and it, myself included, wasn’t good enough. We need to start winning games.”

Duffy came close to dragging United back in the game when his long-range thunderbolt cannoned back off the Crewe crossbar in extra time.

“It shouldn’t have even got that far,” Duffy admitted.

“We have to look at what we can do better and put things right. The fans will turn out in numbers this weekend and we need to win the game, it’s as simple as that.

“Hopefully we’ll start as we have in the two games so far, on the front foot, take our chances and see out the game.”

Duffy, who made his Blades debut in the weekend defeat to Bolton, will hope to retain his place this weekend when Chris Wilder’s men host Rochdale at Bramall Lane.

“For the second game running, we had the chances to put the opposition to bed,” Wilder said.

“We’ve been beaten twice in two games now so we’re not in a great position, and there’s a hell of a lot of work to do. Going out of the cup is difficult to take.

“The culture of this club is about going forward and being positive, and at times I thought we just went safe.

“But we’ve got to get our heads down now, and make sure we get a result on Saturday.”

Despite their slow start, Wilder will resist the urge to make wholesale changes for the visit of Keith Hill’s side.