Classy Clarke leads way in United promotion tilt

Matt Phillips
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BILLY Clarke has been a revelation since arriving at Bramall Lane.

The Irish striker oozes class and the Blackpool loanee bagged his first goal in Sheffield United colours in the pulsating 4-4 draw with Exeter City.

He is a provider as well as a scorer of goals, setting up Richard Cresswell and Matt Phillips’ strikes against MK Dons last week.

Clarke’s partner up front in the 4-4-2 system is Chris O’Grady, who was a constant threat for Sheffield Wednesday at Wycombe. While he failed to find the net at Adams Park, his hold-up play was instrumental in the Owls securing a third away victory of the season.

Phillips made it five goals in four starts versus the Grecians. The right winger is a dangerous customer at League One level; his pace and trickery proving too much for defenders.

Although he was taken off late on, Doncaster’s Kyle Bennett repeatedly stretched Coventry’s defence and I’ve picked him on the left flank. The youngster always seemed capable of conjuring something special out of nothing and he has a key part to play in Doncaster Rovers battle to beat the drop.

In the centre, Jose Semedo gets the nod after registering his first Wednesday goal while Danny Harrison produced a dogged display in Rotherham United’s third straight draw in League Two.

Jon Harley has brought steel and experience to the Millers back four and I’ve selected him at left-back while Pascal Chimbonda made a solid debut for Rovers so he is in the right-back position.

He still has a lot to learn but Danny Batth continues to perform consistently well for Wednesday and I’ve paired him with Steve Foster in the middle while Neil Sullivan completes the dream team.

Chosen ones

Neil Sullivan (Rovers)

P’cal Chimbonda (Rovers)

Steve Foster (Reds)

Danny Batth (Owls)

Jon Harley (Millers)

Matt Phillips (Blades)

Danny Harrison (Millers)

Jose Semedo (Owls)

Kyle Bennett (Rovers)

Billy Clarke (Blades)

Chris O’Grady (Owls)