I’m relishing the city duel for League One glory

Keen battle: We're only two points behind Wednesday
Keen battle: We're only two points behind Wednesday
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I’M WRITING this with half an eye on the recent happenings in football withLuiz Suarez banned for eight games in a case labelled ‘amongst the most complex’ in football and John Terry charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand.

Back to my other eye and to Sheffield United. I have to say the perfect outcome that I wrote about last week from the weekend’s fixtures happened!

If that’s the result of ‘perfect outcome predicting’ then I’m going to start doing that every week.

Sheffield United won after I exposed Bournemouth’s frailties and Danny Wilson of course took note, only joking by the way!

Even better Sheffield Wednesday got the draw.

The mood is almost perfect amongst the club, the players and the fans going into the football mania of Christmas and New Year and the January transfer window.

The Blades are playing well: most importantly at this level we have found some consistency, winning games and accumulating the points.

The key now is we just need to hold on to that form and wrap Ched Evans up in cotton wool.

Including myself and various fans I’ve spoken to, there is a genuine belief that wasn’t previously as strong that we are, dare I say it, going up.

Though I pray we still have the steam as we start to come into the business end of the season. For sure it is going to be seriously frighteningly close.

Back to the immediate and luck is slightly on our side with two home games to guide us through to the end of the year with Notts County and Hartlepool.

On December 27 against County I’ll be in the Sky Sports News studio but the December 31 game I’ll be in the stands witnessing victory.

‘Perfect predicting’ coming in here: County have hit a blip in form and on the road, the odds are certainly in United’s favour, they’ve lost the last three away.

Hartlepool on a losing streak too, they’ve lost their last four and face a mid-table clash away to Oldham before they visit Bramall Lane.

To throw into the mix what a brilliant extra incentive it is to have Wednesday hovering just two points above us. I’m quite enjoying the competitiveness of League One.

Although I wasn’t impressed recently when I was talking to a former player now football agent, no names mentioned, and he was telling me about a player he has who has interest from both Sheffield clubs. Asking him which one he is most likely to move too, he said Wednesday because it’s the better club.

I nearly fell off my chair. The player in question is pretty average anyway so, Blades fans, no need to worry!

George Long, however, is reportedly in a three-way battle for his fine talent, with Sir Alex Ferguson involved.

Personally I think it would be a shame to see another home grown player leave the club - remember Jordan Slew - and for Long at just 18 years old a bit more first team experience wouldn’t do him any harm if there is any truth in this story.

Long could learn a lot from the move of Slew.

The ever-turning trusty rumour mill of football...

Happy Christmas to all and a big-up to fellow Blade Kell Brook for his fine work at the weekend doing Sheffield proud.