Oakwell performance Blades blueprint to follow in second leg, says Davies

Matt Done had a 'goal' controversially disallowed in the first leg. ''  Photo:  Blades Sports Photography
Matt Done had a 'goal' controversially disallowed in the first leg. '' Photo: Blades Sports Photography
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Steven Davies has explained why Sheffield United remain confident of winning their League One play-off semi-final with Swindon Town ahead of tonight’s decisive second-leg.

Nigel Clough’s side enter the game trailing 2-1. But Davies, on loan from Blackpool, said: “The situation we got ourselves into, we are going there knowing we’ve got a chance. And, the way they like to work, they are always going to give you a few opportunities at the back.

“They didn’t know what had hit them to begin with. They looked shocked and our intensity was too much for them.

“Even though they played very well, I don’t think there’s anything in their team we need to be worried about.

“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be tough because they are a good team. But the gaffer will set us up the way he thinks is best to win the game.

“He sent us out with a game plan in the first leg and we showed, after losing the momentum a bit and then wrestling it back again, what character we’ve got and that we’ve got big players.”

Davies said goalkeeper Mark Howard was “unfortunate” following Nathan Byrne’s injury-time strike - “the ball took a bounce right in front of him” - but cited United’s performance during last month’s 2-0 win at Barnsley as their blueprint for success: “If we can get anywhere near that, then we’ve got a great chance,” the centre-forward said. “Teams at home have got to try and make things happen, that suits us down to the ground.

“We know what we’ve got to do. And we are capable of doing it. We’ve shown it in the past.”