Sheffield United: Blades set to hit a wall of sound

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CARETAKER manager Tony Philliskirk has urged the Oldham Athletic’s supporters to create a wall of noise at Boundary Park.

Philliskirk, whose team lost their FA Cup fifth round replay at Everton in midweek, issued the challenge as they prepare for a return to League One action against Sheffield United tomorrow.

Describing the visit of his former club as a “massive game” - Athletic are now just a place and a point above the relegation zone - Philliskirk said: “Hopefully the fans will stay with us until the end of the season and cheer the team towards getting the points we need to stay up as quickly as possible.

“The supporters were outstanding at Goodison Park. Even at 3-0, when you think they could go the other way, they just sang and sang.

“Our next two games are Sheffield United who are right up there at the top and Tranmere who are in the mix as well. They are very important games.”

Philliskirk, who spent five years at Bramall Lane in the Eighties, must decide whether to start striker Matt Smith against Danny Wilson’s side.

Smith, aged 23, scored Athletic’s consolation during Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat. United, now second in the table, have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four outings.

Philliskirk, who took charge last month, said: “We have set them a goal of winning five games,” Philliskirk added. “I am sure if the players continue in the vein they are we will be okay.”

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