Not quite but nearly for United

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Sheffield United is a big club in all respects – number of supporters, training facilities, stadium, and in the money available to attract new players and give us, apparently, a large squad of players. So why is it that we have, yet again, failed to get promotion from the third tier of English football?

Whilst admitting that the standard of football in this division is quite good, some other teams have scored many more goals than us and, obviously gained more wins and points. Teams like MK Dons, for example, who were remade a few years ago 50 miles away from their natural home at Wimbledon, have an outstanding record this season. In previous seasons other clubs with lesser facilities than SUFC have beaten us to promotion.

This season we have seen a rather negative style of play, with us sitting back on a one – goal lead, which is nullified by a last-minute equaliser, or even a defeat. The play we saw at Swindon Town on Monday evening, whilst not a performance which could often be repeated, showed just what could be achieved when the players’ talents are unleashed. It is no good saying that we did well in cup games, it is promotion in the league that really counts.

Questions must be asked, so that we don’t continue to perform as a team of nearly quites.

DV Cave

Kingsley Park Grove, S11