FAN leader Pete Whitney fears the Blades have not got enough defensive depth to cope with the rigours of League One.
Lifelong supporter Whitney, chairman of the official Sheffield United Supporters Club Executive Committee, says the club’s weaknesses at the back were ruthlessly exposed by Huddersfield Town in midweek.
The Terriers extended their unbeaten league run in 2011 to 33 matches with a 3-0 victory at Bramall Lane. It was a productive return to South Yorkshire for Ian Bennett, who played for United between 2006-10, as the evergreen Worksop goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in between the sticks for the big spending visitors.
Season-ticket-holder Whitney said there was no shame in losing to Huddersfield and he hopes the defeat acts as a wake-up call to Danny Wilson’s men.
“I hope we don’t meet many better sides than them this season,” he told The Star. “They are a good side but unfortunately we made mistakes and they punished us for them.
“It was never a 3-0 game but we made some elementary mistakes in defence.
“We were thinking we were looking quite solid defensively but we gave a poor goal away at Scunthorpe and some poor ones at home to Huddersfield.
“We are not a strong side in certain positions. We had to fetch in an emergency loan player [Marcus Williams] to come in at left-back and when you are top of the league, you would hope that would not be the case.
“The squad is a bit thin.”