Lid­dle red helps Weir de­liver for the Blades

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Gold To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

SH­EFFIELD United man­ager David Weir demon­strated he must have learnt a thing or two un­der David Moyes at Ever­ton as he started his man­age­rial ca­reer with a win.

Weir, who ap­plied for the va­cant post at Good­i­son Park fol­low­ing Moyes’ move to Manch­ester United, was left beam­ing as Harry Maguire’s header won it for the home side af­ter Enoch Showumni had ear­lier can­celled out Kevin McDon­ald’s first-half opener.

County had been re­duced to ten men early on af­ter Gary Lid­dle saw red for a danger­ous chal­lenge on McDon­ald and Weir felt that it had added pres­sure to his side.

He said:“It was a bit tense be­cause it in­creased the pres­sure on us to get the win.

“Them scor­ing gave us a test and we learned a lot of things tonight – we were asked a few ques­tions and we came through them well.

“It is en­joy­able to start with three points be­cause that is what we wanted.

“We pro­duced the level of per­for­mance that I want and ex­pect us to be at.

“(New sign­ing Fe­bian Brandy) showed the crowd what he could do – he’s got pace and quick feet that gives you some­thing ex­tra.

“But this sea­son is not go­ing to be about in­di­vid­u­als – it’s go­ing to be a squad sea­son and ev­ery­one will have some­thing to con­trib­ute.”

The open­ing match of the new sea­son kicked off the Football League’s 125th-year cel­e­bra­tions, with the world’s old­est pro­fes­sional football ground host­ing Notts County.

Danny Haynes’ header al­most put the vis­i­tors ahead af­ter 13 min­utes but the turn­ing point was Lid­dle’s high chal­lenge that earned him a red card from ref­eree Keith Stroud two min­utes later.

The Blades took the lead af­ter 30 min­utes, McDon­ald steer­ing Daryl West­lake’s low cross into the bot­tom cor­ner from ten yards.

Showumni equalised with a low vol­ley from 20 yards af­ter 59 min­utes be­fore Maguire’s back post header from Stephen McGinn’s free­kick eight min­utes later. Mag­pies boss Chris Ki­womya had no com­plaints about the red card and praised the com­mit­ment of his team.

He said:“I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get any­thing out of the game but there were lots of pos­i­tives I can take.

“I know we rode our luck a bit against a good side – they opened the pitch up and played good football.

“I thought it was a bit harsh to give a red card so early in the game but he did go in with his foot high – I un­der­stand the de­ci­sion.”

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