We may have a much strengthened side out on Monday night at Bramall Lane with the possibility of Smith, Taylor, Coloccini and Simpson all returning to the starting line up.
Steven Taylor with physio Dave Henderson – both look happy enough
Sheffield have not won in their last six games, and with possibly 4 players returning to the side, and the way the lads never gave up on Saturday, and eventually came away with an unlikely win, just has to put the team in a good frame of mind.
The Blades have lost four and drawn two of their last 6 league games, and their last win was the 3-2 victory against rivals Sheffield Wednesday at home on 29th September.
They have also leaked 16 goals in those 6 games so Newcastle could potentially get some goals on Monday night, and if we have our first choice back four out (Simpson Taylor S Coloccini and Enrique) – things could be looking good.
Chris talked today about the win against Doncaster:
“It can be the best type of win because it galvanizes the team,” “We were down to 10 men and scored in the last minute, so it’s the sort of result that lifts the crowd and finishes the game with a feel-good factor.”
“It is testament to what we have in this team. It showed we have a spirited group of players with a real desire to be at the right end of the table.”
“Now Monday is a massive game and was always going to be. They’ve had a difficult time in recent weeks and had injury problems, but they are a Championship-hardened club with some excellent players.”
“Whether they are in good form or bad form, it’s always a difficult place to go. The crowd will get behind them and they will be lifted by the occasion. They are a very good team, with enough quality capable of being at the right end of the table at the end of the season and pushing for a promotion spot.”
“We’ll take very good support, as we always do and I am expecting nothing less than a real tough game. We know we will have to go into a game against a very good Sheffield United side with a game plan that will enable us to get something.”
Good words by Chris, and he could say that about any team in the Championship, because we know all teams are looking forward to playing Newcastle United this season – and yes – most raise their game.
But that’s always the way it is with good teams, just ask Manchester United, so the lads will need to get used to it, and come out and give of their best at Bramall Lane.
If they can do that, then the likelihood is that we’ll end up with another valuable 3 points.