Simonsen the saviour

Steve Simonsen
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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, paid tribute to goalkeeper Steve Simonsen following last night’s victory at Huddersfield Town.

Simonsen produced several fine saves to deny Lee Clark’s side an equaliser after Neill Collins had scored the only goal in the sixth minute. The result, which lifts United to second in the table, saw Wilson’s men deal a psychological blow to one of their main promotion rivals.

Simonsen, a former England U21 international, came under intense scrutiny earlier this term following a series of high-profile errors but he has restored his reputation with some displays since. “Big game players come to the fore in big games,” Wilson said. “Steve is a big game player and he showed out there why he’s played a Premier League level. He was faultless, he really was. But everyone contributed to that outcome.”

Collins and Harry Maguire were also imperious at the heart of United’s rearguard. “It’s a good win but it doesn’t decide anything,” added Wilson. “There’s still a long way to go and a lot of points to play for so we’ve got to maintain those same high-standards.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has described David Weir as relaxed about his situation at Bramall Lane.

Weir has spent three weeks training with United’s first-team squad. As yet, the veteran defender has not been offered a permanent contract with United although Wilson is keen on utilising his services before the end of the season.

“David is very relaxed about everything,” Wilson said. “We’re happy to have him here and he’s happy to be here. He’s enjoying what he’s doing and you can’t help but be inspired by having him around.”