Sheffield United midfielder Chris Basham has rubbished claims he is embroiled in a personal feud with Michael Brown ahead of today’s visit to Port Vale.
Basham was sent-off for a challenge on the former United favourite during the corresponding fixture last season but does not anticipate any problems when they renew their rivalry this afternoon.
“I was enjoying the game at Port Vale, playing centre-half,” Basham said. “It was a cold, snowy day, and it was a bit of a lunge tackle.
“I still don’t think it was a red card, but it was given. It was the first red card of my career and hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Brown, who made nearly 200 appearances for United before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, was dismissed when Vale were beaten at Bramall Lane in March. Basham, who had earlier been cautioned for a foul on the 38-year-old, added: “He got sent off at our ground, but there’s no hard feelings. Everyone knows he’s a very experienced player, the fans love him. I have played against him nine or 10 times and we have always had a battle.”
United manager Nigel Adkins named Basham as captain when Jay McEveley, who has missed his team’s last two games, succumbed to injury.
“Jay is our captain, but the gaffer gave me the privilege the last two games, and it’s been an honour,” Basham said. “Jay knows he will be captain when he plays, and when he doesn’t, hopefully the gaffer chooses me. All I do different, is say heads or tails. I always go for tails.”
“In the dressing room it’s very calm before the games,” Basham added. “We go out and look to enjoy the game, fight for each other.
“We have always had a great unite in the changing room, and hopefully that will show again on Saturday. We have a big squad and everyone is fighting for places.”