SHEFFIELD UNITED: Sorrowful Steve Simonsen wants to stay and make amends

Dejected: Steve Simonsen after missing his spot-kick at Wembley
Dejected: Steve Simonsen after missing his spot-kick at Wembley
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DEVASTATED goalkeeper Steve Simonsen is desperate to make amends following the “lowest” moment of his career and stated: “I would love to stay at Sheffield United.”

The Blades shot-stopper blazed over the vital spot-kick in the all-Yorkshire League One play-off final on Saturday to hand Huddersfield an 8-7 victory on penalties.

The 33-year-old, out of contract at Bramall Lane at the end of June, has described the period since his penalty miss as “horrendous”.

But, having made a string of superb saves to foil the Terriers during normal and extra time in the final, Simonsen is hopeful of prolonging his stay with the club.

“I’ve replayed it [the penalty] a million times over in my head,” he said. “I can’t bear to watch it at the moment.

“Hopefully in a few weeks time I might be able to get round to watching it over again.

“I am obviously gutted for myself, the fans, all my teammates, family and everybody.I know everything doesn’t come down on my shoulders but on the face of it you feel it is all your fault.

“My kick ended the game and ended our chances of promotion so I’ve got to live with that, but I am big enough and ugly enough to comeback from something like that.

“It was the lowest part of my career with the way things ended.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at United so much and after the way things ended on Saturday I feel I need to be there to put things right.

“I will have a break with the family and then it will be time to sort out my future.”