David Weir admits Sheffield United will be judged on results despite insisting his players do not deserve to enter Friday’s meeting with Crawley Town bottom of the League One table, writes James Shield.
Despite losing each of their last six outings in the competition, United have served notice that a change of fortune is not far away by delivering impressive displays against high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End.
However Weir, who earlier this week acknowledged he would prefer to be “a team that plays badly and wins rather than one that plays well and loses,” conceded the time has come to translate performances in to points.
“We don’t want hard luck stories,” the United manager said. “We want to bring success here and we are trying to implement the things to do that.
“To be fair to the lads, they have shown real signs of progress and not got their rewards. What we have to try and do is make sure that changes because there have been really positive aspects to their play.
“But I also know that, ultimately, it is the final outcome everyone looks at in football. We’re working hard to ensure that (outcome) changes.”
Weir has loaded his side with attacking talent in recent weeks with Marlon King, Jose Baxter, Ryan Hall and Febian Brandy all starting at Molineux four days ago.
United are expected to adopt the same tactic when Town visit Bramall Lane hoping to become the fourth club to beat them on home soil since August.
“We have to keep encouraging the boys because they are doing so many things right,” Weir continued. “There is very little that we can actually criticise them for so it would be unfair to do that just for the sake of it, rather we’ll keep working hard.”
Meanwhile, United’s forthcoming away fixture against Coventry City could be postponed due to international call-ups.
Sean McGinty was yesterday named in the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad which faces Romania in a UEFA Championship qualifying double header either side of the visit to Sixfields on October 13 while George Long (England under-21) and King (Jamaica) could also be selected to represent their respective countries that weekend.