SHEFFIELD United captain Nick Montgomery last night opened a new front in the war of words surrounding the Steel City derby by accusing Chris Lines of making disrespectful remarks after Sunday’s match at Bramall Lane.
The usually mild-mannered Montgomery purposefully attended yesterday’s press conference -designed to preview this evening’s match at Preston North End - to claim the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder uttered “disappointing” comments as the teams made their way off the pitch following a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Montgomery said: “Lines came down the tunnel saying they should have won the game.
“I’m not going to say the exact words he used but I found them pretty poor from a player who was hardly involved in the game.
“He’s not played above League One before so I know it was a big game for him. Maybe he’s not played in front of a crowd as big as that before.
“I just find it disappointing.”
United manager Danny Wilson, whose team conceded two late goals against Gary Megson’s side, insisted Gary Madine’s equaliser should have been ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Steve Simonsen immediately after last weekend’s contest.
Megson subsequently responded by telling The Star: “I don’t think it was an issue.”
Montgomery added: “The game has gone now but we’ll look forward to Hillsborough.
“We feel as if we let ourselves down (by giving two goals away) but Sheffield Wednesday are a decent team and (Gary) Megson has put a good squad together.”
Wilson confirmed Harry Maguire, United’s teenage centre-half, should be fit to face Preston despite suffering a knee injury against Wednesday.
“Harry is fine,” he said.
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