Sheffield United: Barry’s formula for success

SHEFFIELD UNITED V PRESTON NORTH END   27.4.13'Pic : Martyn Harrison'Barry Robson-   Sheffield United  & David Buchanan -  Preston''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
SHEFFIELD UNITED V PRESTON NORTH END 27.4.13'Pic : Martyn Harrison'Barry Robson- Sheffield United & David Buchanan - Preston''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Barry Robson aims to draw upon his European and Old Firm experience in a bid to help Sheffield United reach the Championship next term, writes James Shield.

The former Celtic midfielder, who scored against Barcelona when the Spanish giants visited Glasgow five years ago, made the admission ahead of tonight’s League One play-off semi-final first leg with Yeovil Town.

Barry Robson is among the most experienced members of Chris ''Morgan's squad

Barry Robson is among the most experienced members of Chris ''Morgan's squad

Outlining the qualities United will require to beat Gary Johnson’s side, Robson said: “The most important factors on occasions like these are organisation, work-rate, determination and desire. That’s what it takes to win important matches and that’s our philosophy.

“The mental and physical aspects are both equally important. Yes, of course there’s pressure but we deal with that pressure every single week.

“In any case, these are the moments that you are going to look back on in your career and really remember. So you’ve got to make sure you remember them in a positive light.

“These play-off games mean as much to the fans of this club as a Champions League game means to those of another,” he added. “It’s all in relation to where you are at.

“We’ve got some good experience here and experience can help. But the younger lads are oblivious to pressure and so it’s important to have both.

“Seriously, this is one of the best groups I’ve ever been involved with during my time in football.”

Robson, capped 17 times by Scotland, is among several “big game” players Chris Morgan hopes can swing the tie in United’s favour ahead of Monday’s return at Huish Park.

Teenage striker Joe Ironside and Callum McFadzean are also vying for starting roles after impressing the South Yorkshire club’s manager in recent weeks.

Despite revealing his “confidence” in United’s ability to qualify for this month’s Wembley showpiece, Robson said: “Yeovil wouldn’t be up there if they were a bad team and they’ll want it just as much as us.

“That’s why we know these are going to be two very tough games. That’s what we’re preparing for.

“I know their two strikers are dangerous but they’ll be strong as a group. Equally, though, there are going to be people here they know all about too.”

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