Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson reserved special praise for Steve Simonsen after his side pulled off a 4-3 penalty victory over Hartlepool in the first round of the Carling Cup.

Simonsen's spot kick save denied Hartlepool captain Sam Collins to win the tie for the Blades, and Wilson said that the 32-year-old has been particularly impressive over the last two games.

"He's had two very good games and impressed me in pre-season, his form is epitomised by the penalty save but his all-round game has been good," said Wilson.

"His distribution and decision-making about where and when to play has been very good as well. His tempo and getting us playing have been pleasing - I've been impressed with his all-round game."


Simonsen signed with Sheffield United last summer after making seven appearances for the side on loan. The former Tranmere, Everton and Stoke goalkeeper has now made 46 appearances since moving to Bramall Lane.

Wilson said after the match that momentum is now in Sheffield United's favour, as the Blades move on to face Tranmere away this weekend in Npower League One.

"The priority was to get through the tie. That was the game plan," the manager said. "When the game was getting into the last stages, I thought we should have put it to bed.

"The nice thing is that we've got a little momentum going."

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