The frustrations of Sheffield United!
In my column, last week, the squandering of leads and throwing away of points against sides that we really should be putting away early on was on the agenda and unfortunately it has to be again, this week.
I was hoping we would have learned our lesson. Six points in our last five games we’ve thrown away according to our manager, that would have left us nicely positioned two points behind Charlton.
How if you are Danny Wilson do you sort this out? Is it tactics that need to be looked at during the game? With the leads that we’ve lost in the last few games, could the manager have withdrawn a striker and put an extra midfielder on to protect the leads that we’ve had.
Should the boss be looking at his own interventions? Or is it the players’ work on the pitch that needs to be revisited?
United consistently show that the character is there on the pitch, coming from two behind on Saturday but we need to pull in that character to complete the result to go in our favour.
Moving forward and hopefully upwards to this weekend. I’ll start with the negative and get it out of the way.
Stevenage are in excellent form, they’ve won three out of their last four including their last two away.
The newly promoted side are physically very strong, very well organised, defensively well drilled and know how to win with serious momentum. Promotion back to back through from the conference League speaks for itself.
However on to a positive for the Blades, Stevenage have lost twice in the League at home so far, to Notts County and Scunthorpe.
United has the joint best away defensive record in the League having only conceded six goals.
However the Boro have only conceded one goal in their last four matches. So we may be going from an eight goal fest to a game where chances will be at a premium and one goal nicks it, as long as that is a Blades goal then, right now, I couldn’t care less!
On a final note I was on air Tuesday night on Sky Sports News and watched former Blade Billy Sharp net for Doncaster at the Keepmoat stadium.
Watching his reaction to scoring nearly choked me and completely puts things into perspective within football and life.
A man who’s just lost his two day old son to go out and play for his team with dedication, scoring a wonder goal...and then you look at what else is going on in the game and certain other players’ attitudes.
Football goes so much deeper than just a game as Sharp showed on Tuesday night, playing despite his grief for his son.