Sheffield United: Goal-shy Blades eager to stop the rot

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Confidence is a big thing in sport - and Sheffield United boss David Weir accepts that is in short supply right now at Bramall Lane.

Weir kept his players locked in the dressing room for over an hour after United crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek. A deflated, drained and downbeat Weir insisted he would not walk away from the League One club despite their 1-0 home loss to Hartlepool.

The Scot, who took charge of United in June, said: “The team lacks confidence right now. That’s apparent to everyone and confidence is an issue. You can only find that in yourself. Nobody is going to give it you.”

Weir felt there were no positives he could “cling on to” after Tuesday’s cup tie as United failed to hit the back of the net for the fourth time in their last five matches.

“I didn’t see that performance coming,” said Weir, who made five changes to his starting line-up.

United skipper Michael Doyle said: “It is gut-wrenching that we haven’t won a game since the opening day of the season [against Notts County].

“As players, we are so desperate to turn it around. We keep showing glimpses of how good we can be, but we’re not getting the results and that is what matters. We are expected to win games.”