Chris Morgan, the Sheffield United manager, aims to keep Portsmouth guessing ahead of today’s visit to Fratton Park, writes James Shield.
United, who travelled south last night fourth in the League One table with three matches of their League One season remaining, are without influential defender Harry Maguire following his red card against Brentford in midweek.
Danny Higginbotham, previously of Stoke City and Southampton, appears in pole position to replace the England under-21 international.
But Morgan, who withdrew teenager Terry Kennedy from Thursday’s Professional Development League victory over Birmingham as a precautionary measure, said: “We’ve got lots of options there. Danny can come in, Matty Hill can step across, there’s Darryl Westlake ready to play and Callum McFadzean can also slot in at the back.
“We’ll take a good look at all of those and chose the option we think is best for this game.”
“We took Terry out of the under-21’s match because we didn’t want anything happening to him,” added Morgan. “We want as many people available as possible at this stage.”
Morgan, despite his claims to the contrary, has made a number of subtle tactical adjustments since replacing Danny Wilson at the helm earlier this month. The most noticeable of those has been the up-tempo approach responsible for delivering four points from fixtures with fellow Championship hopefuls Brentford and Swindon Town.
“We always look to be positive, whether that be at home or on the road,” Morgan said. “But we’ll also try to be cute and clever.
“There will be a terrific atmosphere down at Pompey because they always get right behind their team down there.
“But I’ve told the lads that it’s all about us. I firmly believe that.
“Our mind-set is going to be important and we’re delighted with the response that we’ve had from the lads.”