Step in right direction, says under-fire Blades boss Weir

Blades boss David Weir
Blades boss David Weir
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David Weir hailed Friday’s night’s second-half performance against Crawley as a step in the right direction as Sheffield United finally ended a run of six straight defeats.

Their comeback only yielded a point but it also helped alleviate the pressure on the manager’s shoulders after a poor start to his tenure.

“Patience is something results buy you,” said Weir after suggestions in the build-up that the club’s new Saudi owners were growing impatient.

“There’s not a never-ending timeframe, we’re not going to be naive and think we can continue to lose football games.

“We are trying to build something here but I don’t expect unlimited time, they need to see improvement, they need to see results, so we’ll continue to try and do that.”

United were abysmal in the first half, but rallied in the second and were rewarded with an equaliser from Marlon King after Lyle Taylor had been sent on to support the lone striker.

Weir said: “There was two ways we could have gone at half-time; we could have gone under or we could have accepted the challenge and we came out and stood up to it and responded in the right way.

“We answered in the right manner. But we want to win games so we’re not happy because all we’ve done is get a draw at home, but it is a positive step.”

King’s equaliser was his first goal for the club since arriving last month, and came in only his third full game since injuring his knee in February.

“I knew the chances would come with the quality we have got as a team,” said King, 33.

“We came in the dressing room and regrouped and we said we’ve got to stick to our guns and the quality will shine through.”