Simonsen lauds United spirit

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FIRST-CHOICE shot-stopper Steve Simonsen has stated the strong bond among the Sheffield United players is behind their lofty league position.

Trailing 2-0 at home to Walsall on Tuesday, Danny Wilson’s men staged a remarkable comeback to clinch their third league win on the trot following relegation to the third tier of English football. It means United are joint top of the table ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Asked whether the spirit in the dressing room is the best it has ever been in his time at Bramall Lane, Simonsen said: “Without a shadow of a doubt.

“As a club and a squad of players, we decided to draw a line under what happened last year and start afresh. It was terrible last season and we want to get the club back to where it belongs. The spirit in the camp is fantastic and it was a superb achievement to turn it around like we did against Walsall.

“We have got that winning habit and when you get that it can be hard to shrug off.”

Ryan Flynn and Chris Porter remain major injury concerns for the trip to Birkenhead. Both players are still struggling with hamstring and dead leg injuries respectively.

Manager Danny Wilson has indicated Flynn has a greater chance of recovering in time for the clash with Rovers but he has not ruled out Porter from being included in the travelling party.

Wilson may have to make one enforced change if Kevin McDonald fails to shake off the ankle knock he picked up in midweek. Lee Williamson and Michael Doyle are pushing for starting places after impressing as substitutes.