Why I am feeling a little worried about the derby

The winner: Ched Evans celebrates against Rotherham but it was not a convincing performance by the Blades.           Picture: Steve Ellis
The winner: Ched Evans celebrates against Rotherham but it was not a convincing performance by the Blades. Picture: Steve Ellis
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It feels lately that the wave we have been riding on since our drop to League One and the appointment of Danny Wilson is slowly starting to subside.

I have a slightly anxious feeling going into the much anticipated derby.

According to some, Sheffield United’s performance against Rotherham United was the Blades’ worst of the season.

The ‘hoofball’ seems to be showing its ugly face rather than the actual playing of football- then there is the hesitancy of our strikers who look like they do not feel confident to go for it in front of goal, which leads to a serious lack of sharpness.

I thought Wilson had shifted that mentality out of the squad.

With the risk of sounding repetitive, last season I banged on about the amount of times our midfield, or lack of it, failed to deliver.

And not a lot seems to have changed on that front.

The midfield fight, the battle in the centre, could represent the difference next Sunday and the difference in United’s entire promotion campaign.

However despite Rotherham seemingly playing the better football in the JP Trophy and our so-called woeful turn-out we got the result.

We needed it after Saturday’s disappointment.

The worst thing is the chatter about Sheffield United among football fans...that we can only beat the small teams, we might not be able to step up to the big boys.

We need to change this attitude quick-sharp.

Irrespective of it being a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game the players should have been giving it their all and more, re-installing some faith before the derby.

So we now have to show our neighbours Sheffield Wednesday that we aren’t a League One stayer.

This will be the first time in more than 30 seasons that the Steel City derby is at third tier level.

My Grandad, a Wednesday supporter can you believe it, used to tell me about past derbies.

He liked to talk about the 1979 meet especially (before my time on this earth luckily as the Blades lost 4-0) but the crowd attendance was 49,309 and is still a record attendance for the English third division. Incredible.

Before I was born, my Grandad used to police a lot of the games, you can only imagine some of his stories.

Funny thing is my uncle used to go at the same time but he is a Blades fan.

I think it’s inevitable they will have clashed a few times!