United manager John Sheridan had more praise for the fans this weekend as he witnessed first hand the passion from the terraces from the travelling Blue Army.
“We’re going to lose games this season, but it isn’t nice losing the first one,” he said. “I wanted us to get something for the long journey the supporters have had, because the turnout from them was magnificent. They got behind us and it was fantastic.
“The players are disappointed because they know they let the fans down. There wasn’t anyone going home on the team bus with a smile on their face, let’s put it that way.”
“It’s our first game at home next week and we want to hit the ground running there,” he continued. “The games will start to come thick and fast now. You can’t take too much time to ponder over things, so we have to make sure we get out there and do things properly.
“As I’ve said already, I didn’t like that first half performance on Saturday, it just wasn’t good enough. Too many people didn’t really turn up, but I’ve got to take it on the chin and work hard to get a better performance out of them this weekend.
“I hate losing, it’s not what I’m about, and I do beat myself up about it because there’s a lot of things I didn’t like that happened in that game. We were very untidy, and we need to be doing things better, it really is as simple as that."
And the manager’s eighth signing of the summer, Adam Campbell, got 10 minutes as he came on having joined the club just 24 hours earlier.
“I like him, he’s a good player,” he said. “He’s clever in how he does things and he’s very sharp in his movement.
“He pulls wide and he fills those positions just behind the striker. He plays a certain way and he’ll fit in with what we want to do.”
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