David Weir believes a detailed analysis of Sheffield United’s recent performances could prove the catalyst for an up-turn in results, writes James Shield.
The former Scotland international delivered his verdict after last weekend’s defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers condemned the visitors to a fourth consecutive defeat and left them bottom of the League One table.
Weir acknowledged this latest blow was even tougher to take given that United controlled long periods of the contest at Molineux but confirmed: “There is very little, if anything, that we can criticise the lads for. But that won’t stop us searching for areas where we can improve because clearly we have not had a good start and that needs to change.
“I genuinely think we are talking about small details rather than anything big. The boys gave everything they had against Wolves and, performance wise, continued to make genuine progress because I thought they were the better team.
“They didn’t get their just deserts out there but they did make progress.”
“Perhaps one of the aspects where we can get better is to make sure we put in great performances for the entire 90 minutes rather than 45 or 60 minutes,” Weir added. “But that sounds like a criticism and it’s not because, like I say, they gave everything they had out there and didn’t deserve what happened to them, they didn’t get those breaks against opponents who have also got plenty of quality and some very good players.
“So we’ll keep trying to identify things we can do better while still encouraging them because they deserve it.”
United, who saw Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme deny Jose Baxter, Ryan Hall and Febian Brandy before Leigh Griffifths and Bakary Sako converted after the interval, host eighth placed Crawley Town on Friday hoping to arrest a six match losing streak in league competition.
“We’ll all be fighting hard,” Weir said. “Definitely.”