Sheffield United: Blades told to focus on Crewe test

United's Bramall Lane playing surface failed a pitch inspection yesterday.
United's Bramall Lane playing surface failed a pitch inspection yesterday.
Share this article
Have your say

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United boss, wants his players to forget about their FA Cup heroics and focus on Saturday’s clash at Crewe Alexandra.

United, whose clash with Peterborough United, scheduled to take place at Bramall Lane last night, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, sit in 21st position in League One, one point and a place below Crewe in the standings.

Despite leading United into the fourth round of the FA Cup, Clough is acutely aware of the importance of picking up a positive result at Crewe in their battle to beat the drop.

“The cup has been good for us but the most important thing for us now is Crewe,” said Clough, who will be without captain Michael Doyle’s services for the next three matches following his red card against Fulham last weekend. “There are more than 20 games to go but we know how important this one is.

“We want to keep our standards high and raise our game again like we have done in the cup.”

Following a pitch inspection yesterday morning, Premier League referee Craig Pawson decided to call off United’s clash with Peterborough due to standing water on the pitch.

Pawson said: “There are several areas of the pitch that are causing real concern.

“The pitch is very heavy already and with the forecast for more rain we have to think about the safety of the players and officials. There is no way this game could start.

“There is standing water already and with the forecast in mind conditions are not going to improve.”

A new date for the fixture has yet to be confirmed.