Aden Flint has warned his Bristol City team mates not to underestimate the threat Sheffield United pose, writes James Shield, despite insisting Steve Cotterill’s side can secure the League One title by mid-April.
Flint was speaking ahead of this afternoon’s meeting between the two sides at Ashton Gate which pits first versus sixth in the table.
“Because of their tradition and the players they have, Sheffield United are a big club in League One and are always difficult opponents,” he said.”We’re going well at the moment, but we expect a very difficult game against them.”
City, who are five points ahead of third placed MK Dons, have not been beaten in the competition since December 20 while United travel south hoping to avenge their 2-1 defeat at Bramall Lane six months ago.
Aaron Wilbraham opened the scoring before Wade Elliott cancelled-out Michael Higdon’s equaliser for the hosts.
“Both teams score a lot of goals from set-pieces and they could decide the game,” said Flint. “We’ve watched videos of Sheffield United and they get a lot of goals from second phase off set-pieces, so we will have to watch out for that.
“We’ll have to concentrate for sure, even when we go in their box looking for a goal. They may be dangerous, but we’ll be looking to score some goals ourselves.”
Flint, the former Alfreton centre-half, was a member of the Swindon Town team which blazed a trail out of League Two three years ago and he added: “There are quite a few similarities. We won a lot of matches back then and didn’t lose many and we kept a lot of clean sheets, so things are looking good.
“We were promoted with about five games to go and then picked up the championship in the second to last game.
“We did it with plenty of time to spare, which is the best way to do it. I much prefer being top of the table from the start of the season like we have, because that means other teams have to catch you and then knock you off.”