It’s mid-table opposition in Carlisle United this weekend and a team we should be mindful of.
I still don’t quite have the security feel you should get playing at your own ground but at least our home record of percentage wins is better than away unlike others in League One - Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Bury to name a few.
Going off on a tangent for a second but I wonder why that is? To perform better on the road than at home? Pressure?
Anyway the mindful part comes from Carlisle being a good passing team that tends to play a diamond in midfield.
However, the lack of width should provide space for United to hopefully capitalize on. A good win in the FA Cup against Oxford United - who I have to say had some very confident fans, they really seemed to believe they could put us away going on their pre match banter to me. I soon put them right and luckily so did the Blades.
It’s great news that we have a home fixture with Torquay in our second round cup tie. However not putting a downer on things but I’ve got quite a heavy eye on our league position at the moment, I do not want to be in this division next season.
Sheffield United need to approach every league game with the utmost importance. We’re fifth on 21 points, Charlton are top on 40 and Huddersfield Town in second hold 35.
Last year with our total so far we would have been hovering in mid-table. With our current form over the last six games we rank 10th.
The Blades next three matches, including Carlisle, should see us rise up those ranks, with Chesterfield and Rochdale to follow, both in the bottom four and both with all due respect, Sheffield United should be taking maximum points from.
I think we could do with the return of a helping hand from Blackpool’s Matt Phillips - six goals in six starts - for the Blades bringing the creativity and pace we seemed to be lacking.
It does beg the question of where is that now going to come from?
We should definitely have the winger straight back along with James Beattie, the speculation continues, and as I write this forums and Twitter continue to debate the possibilities of the man currently unattached to a club.
A very proud ‘good on you’ to finish for Kyle Walker making his first full England start as a Sheffield lad born and bred and a former Blade, a real talent with a sure international future.