Sheffield United: Blame me for defeat, says Blades striker Sharp

Chris Basham of Sheffield Utd and Billy Sharp (front) dejected on the final whistle
Chris Basham of Sheffield Utd and Billy Sharp (front) dejected on the final whistle
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SHEFFIELD UNITED striker Billy Sharp has assumed “full responsibility” for the Blades’ shock 3-2 reverse to Colchester United at Bramall Lane.

Sharp, who had earlier netted from the spot, missed a late penalty for United, who have now lost back to back home matches.

The former Leeds United frontman says he is happy to continue to take spot-kicks, but equally acknowledges that if boss Nigel Adkins takes him off them, then he has no issue with that.

Sharp, who was fouled by U’s defender George Elokobi in the 87th minute, prompting the second award, said: “I take full responsibility for the defeat.

“With my chances alone, we could have won three games.

“On the positive side of things, we showed character to come back into it after going two goals down, but I had the chance to get us a point and I can only apologise.

“If the gaffer pulls me off penalties, then fair enough.

“But I still want to take them. I’m paid to score and the ‘keeper is paid to save them. He got the better of me out there.

“It’s a kick in the teeth because that’s two defeats in the space of four days, but we’ll work hard to put it right.”

Afrer the game, Adkins confirmed he is seeking to enter the emergency loan window, with Fulham defender Dan Burn high on his list of targets.

A brace from U’s midfielder George Moncur put the Essex outfit 2-0 up before Sharp netted a penalty after Owen Garvan brought down Martin Woolford.

Ten minutes later in the 61st minute, Woolford drew the Blades level, but Marvin Sordell put the U’s back in front with a fine 82nd-minute strike.