Sheffield United: Blades must show character

Character: Dave Kitson
Character: Dave Kitson
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DAVE Kitson has predicted that Sheffield United’s punishing fixture schedule can bring the best out of Danny Wilson’s squad, writes James Shield.

United, who resume their bid for promotion at Tranmere Rovers in 48 hours time, must play nine games in 30 days after last weekend’s League One contest with Brentford was postponed.

Although Kitson acknowledged the hectic programme presented “another hurdle” for United to overcome as they bid for a return to the Championship, he told The Star: “We’ve got some real character in our dressing room and I think that puts us at an advantage.

“I’ve always been the type of person who has thrived on adversity and the underdog status. Although we’re not the underdogs in this instance the principles remain the same.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve played for a club which is by far and away the biggest relative to the division it’s in.

“So, in these situations, you have to show character. The triumphs taste sweeter and that’s what gets you through.”

Kitson, who has scored 10 goals since arriving at Bramall Lane in August, is expected to spearhead the visitors attack against fifth placed Rovers.

United, who are sixth but with games in hand on all of those teams above them in the table, entertain Carlisle on Monday before travelling to Walsall. Then, they host Crawley and Brentford after being forced to sandwich those re-arranged contests either side of a meeting with fellow contenders Swindon Town.

“We know teams, especially coming to our ground, are giving everything to beat us,” Kitson added. “So, wherever we are, we must look to ourselves and match that.”

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