Sheffield United: Chris says the kids will be alright

Academy graduate Joe Ironside works hard at Huish Park  � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Academy graduate Joe Ironside works hard at Huish Park � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheffield United’s failure to gain promotion is likely to spell the end for some high-profile names at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.

But while Dave Kitson, Barry Robson and Danny Higginbotham face uncertain futures after penning short-term contracts, Chris Morgan has insisted Monday’s play-off defeat by Yeovil Town could prove an improbable fillip for some of their younger colleagues’ careers.

Reflecting on events at Huish Park, where goals from Kevin Dawson and Edward Upson catapulted the hosts to Wembley at United’s expense, Morgan said: “We’ve got some excellent youngsters coming through and, if they bottle this feeling, they can become stronger for it.

“Unless you are fortunate enough to be at one of the Premier League’s top clubs, there are times when you’re going to have disappointments. It’s how you respond to those which ultimately counts.”

Morgan included seven academy graduates in the squad which, having triumphed 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final with Gary Johnson’s side, were beaten 2-0 in the return.

“They can be proud of what they’ve given this season,” Morgan said.

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