Sheffield United: No stone left-turned in search for winning formula

David Weir is refusing to panic despite a sequence of poor results  � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
David Weir is refusing to panic despite a sequence of poor results � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

David Weir will refuse to press the panic button despite Sheffield United’s poor start to the new League One season, writes James Shield.

But the former Scotland international, speaking ahead of this weekend’s visit of Preston North End, admitted could make changes to his team’s tactics and personnel in an attempt to reverse its downward spiral of results.

United suffered a sixth defeat in eight outings when they were beaten by Carlisle three days ago and Weir told The Star: “In situations like this you look at absolutely everything you are doing. You question everything aspect of your gameplan and preparation to see if there is anything you can improve.

“We have our ideas about the direction we want to take and the methods we think will get us there. We still stand by those because we think they are right.

“But we aren’t scoring goals and we are conceding them which, quite clearly, isn’t a good combination. That’s got to stop.

“So we’ve got to look at ways of trying to make sure that happens. To reverse the situation and get ourselves back on track.”

Concern about United’s predicament towards the foot of the table has been exacerbated by the fact they have scored only once since drawing with Colchester on August 17.

A different centre-forward has been deployed at the apex of United’s attack in each of the club’s last three league fixtures as coaching staff attempt to improve its returns in the final third.

Weir has made a new striker his top priority during the emergency loan window but warned against regarding the transfer market as a magic cure-all.

Pledging to leave no stone unturned in the search “for the right formula,” he said: “I’ll be laying under the covers at night thinking about what we can do better. Searching for the answers.

“I’ve got sympathy for the fans because they don’t want to hear us coming out after matches and saying the same things over and over again.

“Trust me, we don’t want to do that either. I’m aware that’s been the case too often lately so we’ll be looking at everything to make sure it’s not in the future.”

“I hate losing. It leaves a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach which doesn’t go away until you win.

“This is a fantastic football club, a great football club which has had that feeling far to often over the past few years. It’s been the case for too long now and it’s got to change.

“When I came here I made it clear I’d been doing everything I could to try and make sure it did. And that is still the case.

“I hate the feeling of being a loser and it is something that needs addressing quickly.”

Although Jamie Murphy could miss the meeting with North End after suffering a reoccurrence of the groin problem which has hampered his progress this term, fellow midfielder Febian Brandy is expected to return following suspension.

“The other thing you can’t ignore the importance of is hard work,” Weir said. “Application, attention to detail and the need to remain focused.”