Moaning Warnock Slams United Attackers

Last updated : 15 August 2004 By Rob Cooper

Neil Warnock
Warnock in a quieter moment
When Reading won 2-1 at Bramall Lane last year, Warnock slammed Andy Hughes for an alleged foul on one of United's defenders, but this time around the Blades boss had some harsh words for his own team.

Sheffield United have endured a miserable start to the season, picking up two points and scoring just once in their opening three matches, so Neil Warnock is not a happy bunny.

The Blades boss criticised his team's attacking players for failing to put any of their chances away this afternoon.

Warnock's side cut Reading open on a number of occasions only to fail with their finishing. Ex-Fulham duo Barry Hayles and John Harley were guilty of missing some gilt-edged chances.

"Simply, goals change games and although they (Reading) are a bogey side, they weren't in it in the early stages," explained an angry Neil Warnock.

"We've had four or five great chances and in the end the misses gave them a massive lift - their bench couldn't believe it. Our crosses were the worst it has been. We rarely beat the first man and when we did we crossed to the far post and there was nobody there!

"It's hard not to be over critical but it is frustrating when you create some great chances against a good team.

"The first 35 minutes was our best football for two years but we gave them a massive lift by missing some great chances."

Sheffield United's poor performance left Warnock tearing his hair out on the touchline, but this is hardly unusual, the moaning Blades boss can be seen spitting and seething in his dug out whenever his team fall behind.

Yet Warnock insists the current Sheffield United side are the best he has ever worked with and that he is not daft.

"I'm not daft, this is the best team I've managed and I think at the end of the season we will be pushing at the top - I don't see any reason to change my mind after three games," he said.

Reading MAD are still trying to work out which of these two statements are less believable....

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