STEVE Simonsen, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, has warned Charlton Athletic ‘We’re not scared of you’ ahead of today’s top-of-the-table showdown at The Valley.
Second-placed United travelled south last night knowing they will move to within a point of the League One leaders by recording their 12th win in 13 games.
Simonsen acknowledged Chris Powell’s side enter the contest as favourites but said: “We’re not worried. We’re more focused on ourselves and making sure we do what we know we can do.
“We’ve got players here with lots of ability and experience. Players who have
performed at a higher level and performed well.
“The results we’ve had have given us lots of confidence and that’s a massive thing in football. Charlton might not be the best footballing side in the competition but they’ve shown you don’t need to play slick stuff to get results.”
Charlton triumphed 2-0 when the two teams met at Bramall Lane in October.
United manager Danny Wilson said: “Charlton are very organised and they work hard for each other. But I didn’t think there was much between us in that match and perhaps they got a bit lucky with the goals.”
United striker Ched Evans, who has now scored 18 times in as many starts, had only just returned from long-term injury when Powell’s charges made the journey north.
Simonsen, insisting his words should not be seen as a sign of complacency, said: “Charlton are a great side, the best side in the division at the moment because they wouldn’t be on top if that wasn’t the case.
“We won’t be going into this match as favourites. which is something we’ve not been accustomed to lately. They will be.”
Simonsen added: “It’s an important game but it won’t decide who is going to go up and who isn’t at the end of the season. Far from it.”
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