Sheffield United: Blades star warns rivals

Kevin McDonald.      'Picture Bruce Rollinson
Kevin McDonald. 'Picture Bruce Rollinson
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KEVIN McDonald has warned League One leaders Doncaster Rovers that Sheffield United are perfectly positioned to strike in the battle for first place.

United, who visit Crewe Alexandra this evening, are second with 10 matches of their season remaining and unbeaten since February 1.

Although Rovers enjoy a three point cushion at the top of the rankings, Danny Wilson’s side have played a game less than their South Yorkshire rivals and McDonald said: “We are in the best position. We are nicely placed, tucked in just behind and we can pounce.

“If we keep grinding out those results then we can do it. We’ll take promotion any way it is offered but we want to go up as champions.

“We want to finish first.”

McDonald added: “Donny are a strong side. It’s going to be a really good battle.

“They’d say exactly the same but we’re confident as well. It’s been a long hard season and now we are in the finishing straight.

“If you’d have asked us 26 games ago if we’d have taken being in this situation, would we want to be here, then the answer would have been yes.

“We’ve got a different squad to last season but we’ve adapted well. We expected to be challenging and now we want to complete the job.”

McDonald, a former Scotland under-21 midfielder, admitted last night that he harbours ambitions of winning a first senior cap following Gordon Strachan’s appointment as his country’s head coach.

Crewe drew 3-3 with United at Bramall Lane earlier this term and McDonald conceded: “We probably under-estimated them a little bit but whatever else happens we won’t make that mistake again.”

Wilson, the United manager, said: “I can see where Kevin is coming from. If we win our games that’s going to take us top but there’s a long way to go yet before we can think about that and it could go down to the wire.”

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