Sheffield United: Lane lock-in leads to Wilson lock-out

Last act: Wilson had a 90 minute heart-to-heart with his players
Last act: Wilson had a 90 minute heart-to-heart with his players

DANNY Wilson’s last act as Sheffield United manager was to lock his players in the dressing room for nearly an hour and a half after the midweek defeat to Crawley Town.

And in his final interview, with many surmising that it had been a heated, no holds barred inquest, he emphasised that there were no rows.

“There weren’t any tea cups thrown, we’re beyond that ,” said the now ex-Blades boss. “It was a constructive chat and the emphasis was about keeping the belief ahead of the next game, a fantastic one against another of the promotion rivals (Swindon Town) at the weekend.”

Despite the shattering disappointment of what seemed to be a pivotal result in terms of automatic promotion, Wilson clearly was looking ahead with no thoughts at that stage of not being around to see the job through.

“There is no point in looking back, what has happened has happened,” he said. “It’s about moving forward. We had to let people go and that’s well documented.

“It is not anything to do with now. We have got five great games in front of us and we have to focus on that now,” he added little realising he would not be around to do so.

Cruelly, two of Wilson’s most consistent performers, Neill Collins and Harry Maguire, were at fault for the Crawley goals in the final quarter-of-an-hour but Wilson, loyal to the last, backed his main defenders.

“Those two boys, in particular, have been outstanding in the last couple of seasons,” he said.

Commenting on his final appearance as manager Wilson said: “It was a game of fine margins.

“Hitting the post twice and then undone by two mistakes, well, that’s quite unlucky in that respect. But following things through not getting the ball in the back of the net has been the problem recently as everybody knows.”

United have found the back of the net just twice in their last six League One outings and one of those was an own goal at Tranmere Rovers and they have failed to score in their last four home games. Their tally of 52 goals is the lowest of the top six teams and second-lowest in the top half of the table.

“Chances were created but, unfortunately, not taken,” he added.

“The thing to do is work hard on the training ground and look to tweak a few things.”

He wasn’t to get the chance!

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