Sheffield United focusing on matters in their control as they face games behind-closed-doors

Simon Moore, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, says the Blades are focusing on controlling the controllables as they prepare to play in the first Premier League game to be played behind closed doors next week.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 7:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 7:22 pm
Simon Moore of Sheffield Utd with his Premier League debut ball: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

United face Aston Villa over three months after their last outing, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

No fans will be allowed inside any ground for the rest of the season, while debate continues to rage over when exactly they will be allowed back inside stadia.

And while Moore admits that football will not be the same in an empty stadium, he knows his side must focus on matters within their control.

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"It'll be very strange," the goalkeeper admitted. "It'll be like playing in a reserve game when no-one's there. We'd all love fans to be there, and it'll be brilliant to get them back when we can because they make football.

"But we can't control that. We have to control what we can, and we have a great chance to achieve something special.

"The lads look sharp after coming back, and credit to them for putting themselves in this position in the first place."

Moore could make his second Premier League start later in the season, when United face Manchester United at Old Trafford. No.1 goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible to face his parent club, meaning either Moore or Michael Verrips will deputise.

"To get to this position and get football back on has been a good effort from everyone," Moore added.

"It's been a difficult time and it's nice to get back to some sort of normality. We know it won't be the same without fans but we have to adapt to any situation.

"The lads are ready and raring to go after lockdown."

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