Sheffield United: We’ll get the goals: Weir

Sean McGinty gets the crucial goal
Sean McGinty gets the crucial goal

Sheffield United manager David Weir is confident the goals will soon start to flow after their penalty shoot-out victory over Scunthorpe in the JP Trophy.

Although the Blades defeated the Iron on penalties to move into the second round of the northern section of the tournament, Weir’s side have now failed to hit the back of the net in more than four hours.

Weir, who handed Florent Cuvelier his debut following his move from Stoke, said he was happy the team kept their first clean sheet of the season but recognises they have got to be more ruthless as the season unfolds.

He said: “There needs to be more end product in the final third. There’s no doubt about that. We got in some quite good positions and didn’t quite finish it off. It’s an obvious area for improvement and is something we’re working on and I’m confident we will get better at. We got a clean sheet and that was an added bonus. We take great confidence from that. We are trying to create chances but keep the door locked.”

Sean McGinty stepped up to score the decisive spot kick after Mark Howard had saved Andy Welsh’s effort. “Going to penalties tested the boys character and they came through it with shining colours” said Weir.

“It is always a tough place to come and we came through it with a victory. It is a good start for us to progress in the competition.”