SHEFFIELD United’s Chris Morgan has called for a show of solidarity at Walsall tonight to prevent a selection crisis from overshadowing the South Yorkshire club’s bid for automatic promotion.
Manager Danny Wilson was last night attempting to recruit a centre-half on loan after seeing injury and suspension tear the heart out of his back four following Saturday’s defeat by Oldham Athletic.
Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire will both miss the game at the Banks’s Stadium after being sent off against Paul Dickov’s side while fellow defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois is also ruled out after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
But Morgan, who joined Wilson’s backroom staff in May, said: “It’s at times like this that the dressing room comes together, when you look to the character you’ve got in there.
“Straight away after the (Oldham) game there were players saying ‘don’t worry, I’ll play centre-half if we can’t get one in for Walsall’.
“It wasn’t just one or two lads who were saying that, it was plenty.
“Even though they don’t play that position they were letting the gaffer know that they were ready to step in and help if required,
“And that speaks volumes about their attitude.”
Morgan, who confirmed he is targeting a return to reserve-team action “before the end of the season” having spent the past 17 months recuperating from serious injury, evoked memories of United’s march to the Premier League six years ago in an bid to inspire his colleagues.
“It’s not always the most obvious games that galvanise you as a team,” he added. “It’s not the three or four-nil wins. It’s the ones where everything seems to go wrong and your backs are to the wall but you still come through that brings you together.
“Everyone always asks me what the best games were that year we went up and they’re surprised when I give them the answer.”
United remained second in the League One table – four points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday – despite losing to Athletic. Walsall, meanwhile, are 21st.
Frank Barlow, United’s assistant manager, said: “We can bring someone in up to three hours before kick-off.
“We don’t know if it will be possible but we could do with reinforcements.”