SWINDON ..........0 Morgan kicks off with win
CARETAKER manager Chris Morgan claims former boss Danny Wilson will be the happiest man in Sheffield after United saw off promotion rivals Swindon.
Former Blades skipper Morgan took over from the sacked Wilson on Wednesday and he saw Chris Porter and Dave Kitson fire the hosts to victory in his first game in charge.
And Morgan – who was delighted with the desire his team showed – is hoping his luck continues in what is proving to be a crucial run-in.
“I told my wife this morning, what I am is a very lucky man,” he said.
“The text messages and the calls I’ve had from all sorts of people in football – coaches, managers, players – has been fantastic.
“But it’s the 14 players who played that got the result and if we’re going to get promoted this season it’s got to be through that team unity.
“We’ve all been in dressing rooms when a manager’s been sacked and it is difficult, but what we have to do is be professional people and we’ve got a job to do.
“Probably the most pleased man sat at home listening to the results will be Danny – I guarantee you that.
“We’re all delighted because it’s a massive result for us.We needed it – it puts daylight between us and Swindon and what it does is give us the confidence to go on.
The Blades completely dominated the first half and could have been in front just three minutes in when Harry Maguire hit the post from Tony McMahon’s free-kick. Porter then had an eighth-minute shot headed off the line by Aden Flint before Kitson’s followup was blocked.
Kitson released Porter with a threaded through ball three minutes later but the latter’s shot was saved at the second attempt.
They combined again on 29 minutes but Porter’s right- footed shot went wide across Foderingham’s goal.
James Collins forced a smart save from George Long with a wellstruck 34th-minute shot in Swindon’s best chance of the game.
But the Blades’ pressure finally told three minute later when Porter powerfully headed in McMahon’s free-kick from close-range.
Minutes before half-time McMahon nearly grabbed one himself, but his 20-yard free-kick clattered the post and went wide.
Chances were scarce after the break but Simon Ferry’s inch-perfect tackle denied Kitson a certain goal on 73 minutes after the ball fell kindly to him in the area.
The striker wrapped up the win on 82 minutes though, heading McMahon’s right-wing cross in off the underside of the bar.
And Robins boss Kevin MacDonald admitted his side were well below par.
“The supporters pay their money, they’ve got a right to say what they want,” he said.
“The one thing is the people who have come to this game will have seen there was a change in attitude and performance in the second half.
“It still wasn’t good enough for what this football club want and what I want but when you’re not winning games you expect them to be unhappy.
“I just think it’s a little bit of effort, a little bit of self-belief and a little bit of calmness all over the pitch that we’re lacking and all those little
things are adding up.” COVENTRY boss Steven Pressley insisted his side’s match at Crawley should’ve been abandoned due to treacherous playing conditions.
Goals either side of the half from Billy Clarke and Connor Essam gave Crawley an outside chance of making the Play-Offs and another promotion while Coventry fell to their successive away defeat.
However Pressley felt the state of the pitch hindered the way his team try to play their football.
“I think the game should’ve been called off,” said Pressley. “The ref’s reason for continuing the game was because he felt the penalty areas were ok. You’ve got to remember there’s another 80 per cent of the pitch to consider and it made life very treacherous.
“It made life very difficult in terms of passing the ball and that’s certainly what we want to do as a football side. The players kept trying to do the things we’ve been working towards during the week in training and credit to them for that.
“We weren’t aggressive in the first half, with and without the ball but I thought in the last 15 minutes we put Crawley under a severe amount of pressure.”
Both sides enjoyed chances early in the match through Crawley’s Clarke and Carl Baker.
However The Reds took the lead quarter of an hour in
DAVE KITSON OPENER: Chris Porter scores the Blades’ first goal
CORNER: Nicky Adams