Sheffield United: Sharp ready to wreak havoc after ‘first’ Blades goal

Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Blackpool

Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Blackpool

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins says Billy Sharp is now “up and running” after claiming his first goal since returning to Bramall Lane during the close season.

Sharp, a £500,000 signing from Yorkshire rivals Leeds, was on target during a 2-0 victory over Blackpool which lifted United to fourth in the table.

Blades goalscorers Billy Sharp and Marc McNulty

Blades goalscorers Billy Sharp and Marc McNulty

Adkins, who told The Star they remain “active” in the transfer window ahead of the forthcoming deadline for new signings, insisted Sharp is now set to wreak havoc among League One defences after achieving his desire to score in front of The Kop.

“Since we brought Billy in, he’s been dying to score at that end,” Adkins said. “He’s done that now.

“To be fair, he’s had some great chances but there’s been some super saves or it’s been blocked. He’s up and running now. But we have goals throughout the team and that’s been demonstrated again. We are not just reliant on one person, and have goals throughout the squad.

“Billy wants to score, and he wants to be here, because he loves this football club. He is a goalscorer, and put him in the right areas and nine times out of 10 he will score.”

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

Sharp’s goal, his first for United in six years, propelled Adkins’s side to its fourth straight win in all competitions ahead of tomorrow’s Capital One Cup tie at Fulham.

Sharp, who progressed through the club’s youth system before rejoining from Scunthorpe in 2007, was also involved in the move which saw substitute Marc McNulty end Blackpool’s resistance.

Adkins said: “Marc McNulty has been working really hard in training and I thought the spaces would be a little bit more convenient for him to get into. We’ve got a huge amount of belief in him and he’s a very, very good player in his own right as he’s just shown out there again. What a superb finish that was.

“We’ve got different options, going forward, for different situations and that’s a nice position to be in. All of the lads up front, including Michael Higdon, bring something different to the table and we are going to need that flexibility over the course of what is a long, tough season.

“For me it’s about having a squad and being able to change it around. Today we scored two great goals, kept a clean sheet, and Mark Howard made a good long-range save towards the end. It’s early days, and we just need to keep chipping away.”

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