Liddle red helps Weir deliver for the Blades
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.”