Sheffield United preview…

I’m buzzing as always for this weekends fixture away at Bramall Lane, especially due to having an unexpected free weekend last week as our scheduled opponents Bradford City were in FA Cup action on Valentine’s Day as they defeated Sunderland. I did think that on Thursday I would get my football fix at the Under 21’s game, but that was called off… The Ricoh pitch was dire. Anyway, at least I can feast my eyes on another important League One match tomorrow.

I’m feeling strangely optimistic about the game… Why? I’m afraid I can’t answer that one! Just have a gut feeling we’ll get a result, despite United’s recent form. We go in to the game with no win in six, whilst the Blades have won their last three outings, including a very impressive 3-1 victory against league leaders Bristol City last weekend. I think my optimism comes from hope more than expectation, as it is again another huge game in a long season – a loss would see us drop in to the relegation places for the first time this season.

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The form table isn’t pleasant reading.

As supporters tomorrow we need to get behind the lads and cheer them on to a much needed 3 points! The reverse fixture saw us run out 1-0 winners at Sixfields earlier in the season, who’s to say we can’t get three points again? Pressley says we’ve been working on attacking all week in training, so let’s hope we can put a few goals away and stay relatively tight at the back and ensure the journey back is a joyful one (well as joyful as it can be).

Obviously the Sky Blues still have a few absentees with Reda Johnson still sidelined, Frank Nouble is also out for another 3-4 weeks and Sanmi Odelusi remains a doubt. The Blades will be without first choice ‘Keeper Mark Howard who is currently nursing an injury, along with Ryan Flynn and Michael Higdon (a striker City were apparently interested in during the summer). It is a blow to be missing the players we have sidelined there’s no doubt, and I hope Blair Turgott gets a chance to shine after scoring a brace for the U21’s last week, he could fit in to Odelusi’s slot perfectly. Nouble will of course be missed too as he has the potential to turn a game, and Reda? Well… Look at these stats. I’m not a huge fan of his, but he does bring something to the team it’s certain, the physicality with we lack!

League record with Reda

Played 15
Won 6
Drew 7
Lost 2 Points 25

And without him…

Played 15
Won 1
Drew 4
Lost 10 Points 7

I just hope tomorrow we can get another win without him, as we need to prove we don’t rely on him that heavily! I don’t think the defence has been too bad overall in his absence, it’s our failure to convert chances and score goals… Let’s just hope we can bag a few tomorrow!

See you there!

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