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SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades put faith in experience

Brains trust: Sheffield United first team coach Chris Morgan, left, discusses football with assistant manager Frank Barlow

Brains trust: Sheffield United first team coach Chris Morgan, left, discusses football with assistant manager Frank Barlow

  • by James Shield Sheffield United
 

NEW boys on the block versus members of the establishment, Yeovil Town face Sheffield United tomorrow searching for their first ever victory at Bramall Lane.

Promoted from the Conference in 2003, the visitors possess a healthy disregard for tradition. But Danny Wilson, whose United team boast over 120 years’ worth of Football and Premier League pedigree, is determined to preserve the status quo.

“Yeovil are a good side but this is a home game and we want to take three points,” Chris Morgan, a member of Wilson’s coaching staff, said.

Despite his confidence in United’s ability, Morgan is acutely aware that reputation is not going to decide the outcome of this League One fixture. Performances, professionalism and perhaps even a dash of luck will ultimately count.

Third in the table and beaten only three times in the competition since August, the odds appear stacked in United’s favour. Yeovil, though, are formidable foes and travel north tonight placed 10th but having won three of their previous five outings.

“The last time we played Yeovil at home we won 4-0 and it was Gary Johnson’s first game back as manager,” Morgan added. “But, despite that score, we still noticed a real change in them.

“Gary’s teams are always organised with a great work ethic. He’s a very good manager and we knew there would be a reaction.”

With Matt Hill and Neill Collins nursing injuries, Danny Higginbotham and Harry Maguire are set to anchor a United rearguard which has kept 12 out of a possible 32 clean sheets. Jamie Murphy, a recent capture from Motherwell, is likely to make his home debut for the hosts.

 

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