SHEFFIELD UNITED: No drain at the Lane, says rival boss Gary Smith

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STEVENAGE manager Gary Smith has denied his team will be “emotionally drained” when they travel to Bramall Lane this weekend.

Smith admitted he could hardly bear to watch as Sheffield United’s next opponents secured a crucial victory over fellow play-off contenders Brentford on Saturday.

With Stevenage climbing back into the play-off positions following a nerve-wracking match at The Lamex Stadium – Uwe Rosler’s side missing two penalties en route to a 2-1 defeat – Smith admitted Saturday’s meeting with United marks the latest instalment in a gruelling run of games for his side.

With Stevenage entering the televised clash looking to record their fourth straight League One win, he said: “There were one of two guys that I did look at (changing) after having some tough games.

“They’re quite an emotional drain as well as pressurised games. I didn’t watch either of the penalties. I was looking at the ground hoping it would go our way and it did.”

Wilson’s men, who are second in the table, were beaten by sixth-placed Stevenage when they met in Hertfordshire five months ago but the boss confident his squad possess the character required to secure automatic promotion.