Sheffield United Fan's Column: It really is a funny old game

It's strange how football works.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 9:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:36 am

When United went through their three-match dodgy spell in January they conceded eight goals in three games.

The next five games saw one goal conceded, but then in the last three, seven goals have gone past Simon Moore.

The upside of that is that United scored ten in those three games, winning two and drawing one, so it’s not as bad as it might appear on the face of it.

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If United can continue scoring the way they are doing, there’s little to worry about. And it’s not as if United rely on one player to score the goals, with Kieron Freeman the most prolific full back in United’s history and even Paul Coutts getting on the scoresheet.

There can’t have been may seasons when so many different players have scored.

If there’s a slight concern it’s that there’s an apparent weakness straight after half time. A significant statistic indicating a lack of concentration, or just another of those anomalies that happens in football?

If Chris Wilder is not overly concerned, then nor should we be, as United lost none of those matches.

If there’s one thing nobody can complain about it’s the entertainment value United provide away – even if it’s not too good for the heart sometimes.

Away from home United have scored four three times and three six times. We’ve also conceded a four and three twice, plus a few twos.

Five wins and four defeats from the last four games will give United exactly the same record as 2011/12, and probably just about the same number of goals scored and conceded too.

Two things are in our favour compared with five years ago – none of the opposition is as good as Charlton and Wednesday were, and surely United will do better than five wins and four defeats. But even that sort of sequence would see us up.