The perfect recipe for promotion out of League One...free-scoring confidence and a solid record at the back with the added ingredients of consistency and mental toughness.
Sheffield United have scored the most goals at home in League One (26) and have the joint best away defence alongside Brentford (eight goals conceded.)
After a televised victory over Notts County, the Blades fifth League win in a row and seven in all, we are now sitting in a very nice second place and it makes it all that little bit sweeter when it’s above our rivals Sheffield Wednesday, this is a good Christmas!
A comment which again I’m sure is going to cause a slating from Wednesday fans but to be honest as a Blade all I care about is seeing United out of League One.
Sheffield United fans may reflect on this though; it was back in October 2008 the last time Wednesday went above the Blades. And they have never repeated that feat until this season.
Watching United’s performance at Sky Sports News was brilliant.
As a proud Blade it was great to have the cameras at Bramall Lane.
Neill Collins and Richard Cresswell have been instrumental in this recent run of form, inspiring commitment on their behalf, and to see James Beattie make a cameo appearance was a bonus to the three points and a timely lift.
Even more so though the reaction from the crowd when he graced the pitch, a comment by a Blade compared it to ‘some menopausal women spotting Take That at Bramall Lane.’
I know how loud my mum shouted when I took her to see Take That in the summer: Deafeningly loud!
Beattie looked in decent shape, I thought, I was shouting at the TV screen pushing him on to hit the back of the net, that would’ve been the perfect end to a great game.
However Danny Wilson’s post match comments are right as fans and players we must not take anything for granted, the top of the table is ridiculous.
Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Huddersfield are all perfectly capable of taking away our current placing and the Blades promotion target.
Especially as we still have our neighbours to play away along with Huddersfield, MK Dons and leaders Charlton also on the road.
If Sheffield United are the team that I say we are - a team that shouldn’t be in League One - then Danny Wilson and his men should be able to handle the challenge, especially if the Blades can keep the consistency of our defence on our travels.
While we are on a high I’m certainly going to enjoy it, I’m making the trip from the big smoke to Bramall Lane on Saturday to bring in the New Year with another three points for the Blades against Hartlepool.
Danny Wilson would love that against the team he used to manage but Sheffield United must be wary - Pools’ record is much better away from home and is not to be taken for granted.
Not quite sure why they’ve arranged this game for New Year’s Eve, I prefer the traditional New Year’s Day football outing. It’ll be a long journey home (for me) if we don’t do the business.
See you there.