Sheffield United: John Egan explains why only Leicester City have kept more clean sheets

John Egan believes communication has been the key to Sheffield United’s excellent defensive record in the Premier League so far this term.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 6:24 pm
John Egan, Jack O'Connell and Chris Basham following Sheffield United's win over Aston Villa at Bramall Lane: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Chris Wilder’s side will enter Saturday’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion having kept six clean sheets since August; a figure only bettered by second-placed Leicester City.

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Egan, who like his fellow centre-halves Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell helped United win promotion from the Championship last season, said: “As a unit, we work really well together. We’ve come up against some really good strikers this year and if we can defend well, we can keep on winning games.”

United finished the latest round of fixtures in seventh - above the likes of Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle - after beating Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. They will travel to Sussex five points above 13th placed Albion, who are expected to include former United target Neal Maupay in their attack at the AMEX Stadium.