Sheffield United: Wilson keeps players locked in

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, kept his players locked in the dressing room for nearly an hour following last night’s defeat by Crawley Town.

Goals from Billy Clarke and substitute Paul Hayes left the South Yorkshire club searching for a first win on home soil since February and dealt a painful blow to its hopes of securing automatic promotion from League One.

Sources claimed that Wilson, whose side remain fifth in the table with five matches of their season remaining, was chairing a no-holds-barred inquest into United’s miserable run of form at Bramall Lane.

They return to action when Swindon Town visit on Saturday.

Richie Barker, Wilson’s opposite number, was predictably in more upbeat mood.

“As a Sheffield lad this is a proud moment for me,” the former Rotherham and Hartlepool defender, said.

“But it’s an even prouder moment for my team who did so well against an experienced side which put them under pressure.”

“It was a thoroughly deserved victory,” Barker added.

“We showed great spirit and determination to stay in the game before hitting them on the counter.”

Meanwhile, Jordan Robertson scored his second goal in as many games for United’s under-21s in their Professional Development League fixture against Leeds yesterday.

Robertson, a free agent after parting company with Scunthorpe was on target in the 89th minute.