FIRST it was his compatriot, Michael Doyle.
Now David McAllister, another redoubtable Dubliner, has become the latest Sheffield United player to express mixed feelings about recent performances delivered by Danny Wilson’s squad.
Irish eyes are smiling at Bramall Lane. But only just.
“We are producing some good periods of football,” McAllister said. “What we want to do now is have a good 90 minutes.
“It’s nothing the manager has told us. He doesn’t have to. We already know ourselves.”
McAllister, who is set to partner his fellow Irishman in midfield against Tranmere Rovers today, used last weekend’s victory over Carlisle to illustrate the point.
Before the interval United, impressing both in terms of their attacking prowess and comfort in possession, seemed destined to register an emphatic win at Brunton Park following goals from Ryan Flynn and Nick Blackman. But, when Danny Livesey reduce the deficit midway through the second period, the visitors were forced to endure an uncomfortable quarter of an hour until Doyle combined with Neill Collins to make the game safe.
“Actually, we were all a little bit disappointed coming back from Carlisle,” McAllister acknowledged. “It should have been easier than we actually made it.
“We’re in a good position and we want to build on and make the most of that. It’s all about trying to piece everything together now.”
With the League One leaders arriving in South Yorkshire this afternoon, third-placed United have spent the week attempting to ensure they achieve that objective against opponents who have won 10 and drawn nine of their 21 matches in the competition so far this season.
Wilson’s side, beaten only twice, expect to be without Kevin McDonald (ankle) and Tony McMahon (hamstring) while Dave Kitson’s attempts to overcome a similar complaint have been hampered by a training schedule disrupted due to the adverse weather.
“It was important to get to get back to winning ways (at Carlisle),” McAllister said.
“Whatever you say about any particular game, the most important thing from our perspective at least is getting those three points.
“That’s what we want again but we know how tough Tranmere are going to be.”
Did You know? Tranmere Rovers, who were originally known as Belmont Football Club, once sported an orange and amber kit before reverting to their traditional blue. They changed to white in 1962.