Athleticism could be the key to United promotion

Pointing the way: United's players celebrate a goal against Yeovil
Pointing the way: United's players celebrate a goal against Yeovil
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I read about some of the details of Sheffield United’s 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in Heathrow airport.

By read I mean basic updates on my phone but it’s better than nothing, I suppose.

I sat, smiling, as I waited for my plane with thoughts of the club being back into second place.

Ten wins in 14 this season at Bramall Lane, the statistics are starting to sound in tune with promotion.

Yes, I have been reminded constantly by the other side of Sheffield how close things are between the two Steel City sides and the place of second is by no means safe.

I am under no illusion that it is.

However our current positioning still makes me smile, although I am acutely aware this weekend is crucial.

Yes United play Bury but another game that I’m sure all Blades will be keeping an eye on, is Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton.

Those that say they won’t and that it only matters about our result are in denial!

I received a very positive message from a friend of mine who is affiliated with Yeovil Town and interviewed me for their programme, earlier in the season.

The Blades were quality were his words and when we have the likes of Beattie, Porter and Montgomery on the bench it says it all.

Let’s hope so and that I won’t be in next season’s Town programme (and of course I mean that in a good way).

Gary Johnson, Yeovil manager, stated that United have an athleticism needed to compete in this division something we lacked in our most recent Championship spell.

Danny Wilson definitely deserves a good part of the credit for the improvement in conditioning and athleticism.

I’m actually finishing the end of this article in Kuala Lumpur.

I’m guest-presenting out here for a week on various football shows around Asia.

I have brought my Blades’ shirt and will somehow sneak it on to to the telly over here.

I like to keep that United support up internationally, even though they all think I’m talking about the other United they know and love, Manchester.

My trip overseas didn’t start well; my taxi driver said Chelsea is the trend over here at the moment.

As for Sheffield United, the response from the driver wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.

I had to explain Sheffield was where I was from and the driver Mr Tan was confused why I wouldn’t support a high flying team.

The proposition of ‘once a Blade always a Blade’ took a lot of explaining.

Bury for the Blades next, a step towards making this second place a little bit more stable, I hope.

Bury, though, are only four points off the play-off places themselves.

Another League One side whose away form on wins is better than their home but Bury’s inconsistency and defence is something United should be able to get on top of at Gigg Lane.

Football overload for me, shortly, not literally, that is the name of the show I’m about to make an appearance on.

With my Blades shirt in tow!