Charlie Webster’s Lane View: Preston points just what we needed after derby

Great result: Two-goal hero Lee Williamson celebrates at Preston.

Great result: Two-goal hero Lee Williamson celebrates at Preston.

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I started to pen my column this week with Sheffield United 2-1 up at Deepdale on 59 minutes.

I was sat tentatively, watching on a small monitor, in between Chelsea and Arsenal’s Champions League ties at Sky Sports.

Somebody cheered across the Sky Sports News office as Preston equalised and, yes, I piped up and told them to pipe down.

Iain Hume, what do you think you are doing?

I then headed to the studio to do a news update during Soccer Special and the Blades score, Lee Williamson. getting our third.

Oh my, life this is brilliant! This has got to be ours, I thought. The office banter was getting quite serious. I was quietly but confidently making points about the value of three points to our office Preston fan.

Final whistle and Sheffield United took the glory and we are back in the play-off positions, sitting in fifth place. Deservedly so, and that is not just me being a biased Blade - even the office Lilywhite agreed. Great game as well; beats Chelsea v Genk any day.

I went on air at 10pm that night a very proud Blade. However, I admit I smiled a little too much when it fell to me to talk about the League 1 result and show the goals. Why can’t we perform like that every week? Is this another turning point?

Time and time again Danny Wilson’s side have shown the character and fighting attitude needed for promotion.

Forget about the derby. I’m bitter still and not even going to comment on it as Wednesday night’s result is just what the doctor ordered. The pacy Matt Phillips brought in on loan from Blackpool was a brilliant move - two goals in his first full appearance for United. He scored on his Premier League debut too within seconds of coming on as a sub for Blackpool.

Phillips’ attacking flair was the perfect remedy. Good on the club for bringing in his skill and recognising the areas we need to amend.

I know there is concern over our history of loan signings. Bringing in loan players and seeing short-term success is all very well but we need to be building a reliable and sturdy squad to take us back up.

That may be the case in the January transfer window.

However, if loan players help us out right now and put us in a comfortable position at the turn of the new year then I don’t think there’s a problem.

Both Billy Clarke and Phillips are going to work their legs off; individually they have a lot to prove for their own careers’ sake.

Phillips has been out of favour at Blackpool and told by Ian Holloway that he needs to improve his match sharpness and Clarke is trying to regain form after a year on the sidelines. I’m now looking forward to seeing United in our second away fixture this week.

Leyton Orient are on a decent run of form; they too got the better of Preston recently.

No slacking, boys. For Saturday I have vowed Twitter silence during the game, as I seem to jinx Blades results. Every time I celebrate a lead via Twitter, we lose it. My second-half Twitter silence on Wednesday worked. Every little helps, right?

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