Sheffield United: Morgan wants positive approach

Matt Hill hopes to be declared fit for Friday's play-off semi-final first leg
Matt Hill hopes to be declared fit for Friday's play-off semi-final first leg
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Chris Morgan, the Sheffield United manager, believes that previous meetings between his team and Yeovil Town will have no bearing on the outcome of their League One play-off semi-final, writes James Shield.

Both clubs enter Friday’s first leg at Bramall Lane having recorded a win apiece during the regular season with the picture further complicated by the fact neither triumphed at home.

Morgan said: “We’ve reviewed the footage (of those matches) but these are one-offs. Everything about them is different because what you’ve effectively got now is a two match campaign which hopefully becomes three.

“That’s the way everyone involved will view it.

“Basically, it’s about who handles the pressure. That’s going to be absolutely key.

“It’s not the only thing, there’s more to it than that of course, but the right mind-set is going to be vital.”

Morgan, who took charge when Danny Wilson was sacked following last month’s defeat by Crawley, added: “All season things have been thrown at the lads here and they’ve always responded.

“They’ve always reacted and that shows what characters they are. It speaks volumes about their determination, desire and professionalism.”

Yeovil, who finished fourth in the table, host the return leg at Huish Park on Monday.

Two goals from Paddy Madden propelled them to victory over United four months ago, 17 weeks after Neill Collins’ second-half strike had seen fifth-placed United claim maximum points in Somerset.

United are confident Matt Hill will be declared fit after taking a blow to the knee against Preston North End last weekend. Yeovil, meanwhile, predict fellow defender Jamie McAllister should overcome a foot problem in time for the journey north.

“We’ll make sure everyone is properly prepared,” Morgan said. “That they know everything they need to know.

“But we won’t lose sight of the fact that our main focus needs to be on us.”

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