SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades woe is ‘mental’

Foiled again: Harry Maguire's spot kick looks good but is saved by Sky Blues keeper Joe Murphy.      Picture: martyn harrison

Foiled again: Harry Maguire's spot kick looks good but is saved by Sky Blues keeper Joe Murphy. Picture: martyn harrison

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson acknowledged his team have a “mental block” when it comes to penalty shoot-outs after crashing-out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Coventry City last night.

Seven months after losing the League One play-off final on spot-kicks, United were beaten in exactly the same fashion by Mark Robins’ side after David McAllister’s strike had cancelled-out Harry Maguire’s own goal.

Wilson, whose side also exited this season’s Capital One Cup on penalties, expressed his disappointment after watching both Maguire and Ryan Flynn fail to convert. With John Fleck keeping his cool to fire City into the Northern Area semi-finals, Wilson said: “We seem to have a mental block penalties wise and we have to get rid of that in these situations.

“I thought we might break the hoodoo but we didn’t. I can’t be concerned about it until we get to big games - this was a decent game - like last time but it’s something we will have to work hard on. Some of the lads go into a bit of a freeze frame when it comes to penalties.”