Sheffield United: Weir wants substance and style

Debutant Lyle Taylor in action at Mansfield Town � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Debutant Lyle Taylor in action at Mansfield Town � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, insists his team have answered some important questions ahead of next month’s opening League One fixture against Notts County despite expressing concerns about the confrontational nature of last weekend’s friendly at Mansfield Town, writes James Shield.

The strong-arm approach employed by members of Paul Cox’s incurred the visitors’ wrath during the closing stages of Saturday’s contest, with members of United’s coaching staff making their displeasure known following several reckless challenges.

Weir admitted he “didn’t like some of the things that were going on out there,” after watching Febian Brandy’s goal extend his players’ unbeaten run to five games.

But, having drawn a line under the affair afterwards, he told The Star: “From our perspective, it’s shown that we can also handle the physical aspects of the game and we can take a positive from that.

“I thought the lads acquitted themselves well and stuck to the task in hand when they could easily have gone the other way.

“We passed the ball very well at times and that was pleasing. But in football, it’s also important to be able to look after yourself in the right manner as well. And they demonstrated they go do that as well.”

United, who return to competitive action on August 2, entertain Atromitos FC, of the Greek Superleague, in three days time before completing their preparations for County’s visit at York City less than 24 hours later.

Centre-forward Lyle Taylor is expected to feature in at least one of those matches after making his United debut as a second-half substitute at Field Mill. He completed a £250,000 transfer from Falkirk last week having scored 29 goals in 42 appearances for the Scots.

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