Now it’s time for United to climb the league table

On fire: Ched Evans has hit 13 goals in 17 appearances. picture: steve parkin
On fire: Ched Evans has hit 13 goals in 17 appearances. picture: steve parkin
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Unbeaten in our last six games, we have a striker in Ched Evans who is firing on all cylinders with 13 goals in 17 appearances yet we are still sitting in fifth position in League One.

A sentence full of positives with a clear reminder of the negatives.

I am not one to focus on negatives, so despite the fact that we have held fifth position in recent weeks, it is worth reminding ourselves that Sheffield United are only four points behind our city neighbours Sheffield Wednesday in second and a lot can change in football, especially in third tier football.

Let’s just talk about Wednesday for a second which I’m always hesitant to do, but fair play they are unbeaten in their last seven and Gary Megson has done a decent job, a good man to have at the helm at this level of football.

The reason why I’m talking about our rivals is the Owls have a pretty important game for us this weekend, a clash with Huddersfield Town, the other team blocking our movement up the table.

Town are level on points with United after a deterioration of recent form, they have drawn eight out of 20.

Now wouldn’t it be lovely if Huddersfield stuck to the stats and did the Blades a bit of a favour and possibly end the weekend with just one point?

Bournemouth, our opponents this weekend, have found a bit of form of late but still labour with an unsteady set-up under boss Lee Bradbury and have obvious weaknesses that United should be more than capable of exploiting.

They did of course travel to the Galpharm Stadium and show that they on the road of improvement and Bradbury is starting to instill some sort of consistency into the Cherries performances.

However Bournemouth are terrible at home, my friend who plays for the Cherries will hate me saying that but it’s true and bizarre that their away form is better than their home.

Bradbury doesn’t seem to know what system to play in his own back yard and even better news for the Blades is that two of the Cherries most in form players are not playing this Saturday, Wes Thomas and Scott Malone.

I have to throw this in as well: the two teams that Bournemouth have beaten at home were Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday, I couldn’t resist!

I’m looking to head to the seaside to watch the Blades take all three points again this weekend.

We are playing confident football which bodes very nicely for the up coming busy Christmas period.

A note regarding Richard Cresswell for thinking on his feet. It just shows how important it is to be trained in emergency first aid, credit to him for putting Rochdale keeper David Lucas into the recovery position and possibly saving his life.

Everybody in sport should look at being emergency first-aid trained.

Luckily I’ve never had to use my training before only on a dislocated knee but that’s another story for another time.