Sheffield United: Kits can come back to haunt Reading

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DANNY Wilson believes Dave Kitson’s presence in Sheffield United’s squad for today’s FA Cup tie at Reading could help the visitors score a psychological victory in the battle for a fifth round place, writes James Shield.

Kitson, who joined Danny Wilson’s side on a free transfer earlier this season, scored 60 goals in 146 appearances for the Premier League club before joining Stoke City in a £5.5m deal five years ago.

United, two divisions and thirty-one places below their opponents in the football pyramid, travelled south last night acknowledging they must produce an inspired display in order to progress.

But Wilson, who could also include former Reading defender Marcus Williams in his starting eleven, said: “Because of the belief they had in Dave, because of how much they invested in him, that could be in people’s minds.

“Dave scored a lot of goals for Reading and a lot of very important ones at that.

“You are always wary whenever you’re up against one of your old players because of what might happen.

“Because of his position, being a striker, I think that especially applies to David.”

Kitson’s team mate Nick Blackman was also expected to travel yesterday despite attracting interest from Crystal Palace and at least two other unnamed clubs.

Blackman, aged 23, has been identified by Palace manager Ian Holloway as a potential long-term replacement for Manchester United bound Wilfried Zaha.

Wilson, whose side are fifth in League One, said: “Trying to get promotion, of course, is our priority. Just like the league is for Reading.

“But, make no mistake, we also want to do well in the cup.”

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