Neil Redfearn wants maximum returns from Sheffield United Women's final league games

Sheffield United Women boss Neil Redfearn wants maximum returns from his side in their last three league games.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 12:00 pm

The in-form Blades are fourth in the Women’s Championship and travel to eighth-placed Crystal Palace on Easter Sunday, having lost just once in their last 10 matches – a narrow 2-1 defeat against league leaders Leicester City.

They drew 1-1 with Durham in second last time out and Redfearn admitted he was ‘disappointed’ his team didn’t win that game after taking the lead through Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

He said: “It was an excellent first half, that’s probably the best we have played against one of the sides that’s been in and around us. We should have been out of sight.

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"Overall, a really pleasing performance, just disappointing perhaps that we didn’t get the three points we probably deserved.”

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The result stretched United Women’s unbeaten run to five matches, which includes four wins.

"That’s the level that we set ourselves now, we don’t want to try and drop below that at all,” said Redfearn, who is approaching the end of his first season in charge.

“We have started to dominate the ball a lot more and we have still got that solidity at the back.

"The bigger picture and the stat that we want to see is we want to try and win all three games.”

The Blades have kept 10 clean sheets in their 20 league and cup games so far this season, including a shutout against Crystal Palace in a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture in November.

Redfearn said: “We know we are going to get games that are tougher than others, this is going to be a tough game because they are a side that’s capable.

"They are a side that don’t concede many and they have found a little bit of form, they have found their feet through the season.”

He added: “I’m more interested in us and what we do because there is a bigger picture of us developing and evolving as a side.”

A win against Liverpool in United’s final home league game of the season on April 25 could see them clinch third sport ahead of the Reds, who are currently above them on goal difference.