Billy Sharp accepted “full responsibility” for Sheffield United’s 3-2 defeat by Colchester last night.
The centre-forward missed a late penalty as Nigel Adkins, who confirmed he is looking to enter the emergency loan market, saw his team lose its second match at home in the space of four days.
United appeared destined to snatch a draw when Sharp, who had earlier converted from the spot, was fouled by Colchester captain George Elokobi with less than three minutes of normal time remaining.
But, after seeing his attempt saved, Sharp told The Star: “I take full responsibility for the defeat. With my chances alone, we could have won three games. On the positive side of things, we showed character to come back into it after going two goals down but I had the chance to get us a point and I can only apologise.”
United, who remain fifth in the League One table, return to action at Bradford City on Sunday.
“If the gaffer pulls me off penalties then fair enough,” Sharp said. “But I still want to take them. I’m paid to score and the ‘keeper is paid to save them. He got the better of me out there.
“It’s a kick in the teeth because that’s two defeats in the space of four days but we’ll work hard to put it right.”
George Moncur scored twice as Colchester, previously without a win all season, seized control of the match before Sharp and Martyn Woolford drew United level. Adkins, speaking after Marvin Sordell relieved the pressure on his counterpart Tony Humes, acknowledged he is scouring the transfer market for reinforcements with Fulham defender Dan Burn among his targets.
“We’ve got work to do because, for us to get promoted, we can’t lose two back to back games at home and concede six goals,” Adkins said. “We’ve created chances in both of those games. There’s always work to do on the training ground and there’s always work to do behind the scenes. We want competition for places and the players to perform. But we, and I keep highlighting the ‘we’ part, have got to do it together.”