This time last week I was presenting on Sky Sports News, as normal.
But on International Women’s Day I was accompanied by another female presenter, Alex Hammond, rather than the usual male/female combination.
A fun morning but also a forward step in the attitude towards females working in sport but that is not what I am mentioning this.
Rather the fact that we are both from Sheffield and both Blades through and through.
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The only downfall was that (despite trying) there was no way we could sneak our team into our chat.
Not without it being blatantly obvious.
There was another downfall - one of us was ordered to wear blue and you’ve guessed, I drew the short straw.
Our promotion push seems destined to go down to the wire.
Ten games to go and two points clear of third placed Sheffield Wednesday.
No matter what Sheffield United do, the Blades can’t seem to create any sort of comfortable distance in the final automatic promotion place and probably won’t.
It’s all going to be about those precious last few points.
Or is it?
This time last year in League One, Southampton was down in fourth and finished in second with a run of six wins to finish the season.
Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and MK Dons are all still capable of a similar fight back.
Of course we should concentrate on ourselves but it doesn’t harm having one eye on the competition.
A run of six victories is also a perfectly capable achievement for the Blades too.
United have come away relatively unharmed from a run of games on the road, a draw away from home cannot be scoffed at.
We remained calm and composed; played the football Danny Wilson has injected: short, sharp and with a high tempo. All in all, a dominating possession game.
A Colchester United fan at the game said: “I still think the Blades will go up automatically. I just feel they have a little bit more quality than their rivals.”
The Us certainly seem to step up against the ‘big boys’ – beating Charlton Athletic the week previous.
Wilson, speaking before United’s fixture at Colchester, said he was more concerned with catching Charlton rather than staying away from the chasers below.
He might not be far wrong.
Charlton have lost their last two and both in their own back yard with the most recent against Notts County described as a defensive horror show.
I know nine points is a lot between the Blades and Charlton but it’s better to look up than down.
One step at a time and who knows?
The next step is the visit of Tranmere Rovers. A team who may be unbeaten in their last three but they are also a team that is without a win away from home in their last 10.
It is encouraging that United are welcoming the division’s 16th placed team to Bramall Lane.
A perfect Saturday then to come, watching the Blades at home with hopefully a number three to add to our tally and then an evening of watching a Sheffield talent fighting at the Arena.
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