Sheffield United: Chris ready to pore over play-off details

Sheffield United winger Jamie Murphy tests Yeovil Town's defence
Sheffield United winger Jamie Murphy tests Yeovil Town's defence
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Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan has vowed nothing will be left to chance as he prepares his squad for their League One play-off semi-final with Yeovil Town, writes James Shield.

And Morgan, whose team finished a place behind the visitors in the final rankings, warned it would be a grave mistake to under-estimate the threat posed by Gary Johnson’s side.

With United and Yeovil returning a win apiece from their two meetings last term, Morgan said: “We’ll sit down and go through the DVD’s of both those matches. We’ll look at absolutely everything and leave no stone unturned.

“We’ll examine the areas where we feel we can exploit them and we’ll also look at improving upon those areas where we could have done better against them.

“It’s all part of the process. We’ll go into detail and make sure we’ve got all the bases covered.”

Friday’s contest marks Yeovil’s first appearance at Bramall Lane since Paddy Madden’s brace propelled them to a deserved victory in January.

However United, who travel to Somerset for the second-leg of their double-header on Monday, boast an unblemished record of success at Huish Park.

Chris Porter’s finish secured maximum points there in August 2011 before a commanding header from Neill Collins enabled them to repeat the trick 13 months later.

Despite his combative reputation as a player, Morgan has adopted a more cerebral approach behind the scenes where senior figures have been impressed by his exhaustive analysis of opponents.

The 35-year-old, who steered United to fifth in the table after taking charge following Danny Wilson’s departure three weeks ago, said: “Fair do’s, I thought Yeovil were excellent at our place but they know we are a damn good team too. We’re always striving to improve.”

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