Victor Chandler: Unbeaten Millers to inflict more woe on Blades

Febian Brandy, centre, had an afternoon to forget against MK Dons.
Febian Brandy, centre, had an afternoon to forget against MK Dons.

Sheffield United continue to disappoint and suffered their first home defeat of the season against MK Dons.

Antony Kay’s 87th minute header sentenced the Blades to their third league defeat in five games. To compound their problems, Febian Brandy missed an open goal before being given his marching orders for a late tackle.

United again were out-played and conceded more possession and shots on target to the Dons and they were lucky to scrape through a tricky Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie away to Scunthorpe United, playing out a 0-0 draw to eventually go through 5-3 on penalties.

United travel to Rotherham United, who maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win away at struggling Notts County thanks to a Kieran Agard goal before half-time, on Saturday. The Millers are 11/8 to edge this tasty South Yorkshire derby with United 2/1 and the draw 12/5 and Rotherham look good value for all three points. The Millers to pull off the half time/full time double result looks tasty at 29/10.

Sheffield Wednesday are still seeking their first win of the season after throwing away yet another lead, this time at the hands of Middlesbrough.

They will get a cracking chance to break their duck after the two-week international break when they welcome Yeovil, a side who have lost their last four league games without scoring a solitary goal in the process, to Hillsborough. Wednesday are 4/5, with Yeovil 19/5 and it is 5/2 the draw. Should Wednesday carry on their winless streak, pressure on manager Dave Jones is sure to increase, and Wednesday have been nibbled for relegation, now 4/1 from 11/2.

Barnsley meanwhile beat Huddersfield at Oakwell Saturday in a spirited display that saw David Flitcroft’s men earn their first win of the season. They bounced back from a 5-2 battering at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and were comfortable at half time with the score 2-0. Despite James Vaughan bagging the visitors a consolation, the Reds were good value for three points. They face promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest after the break and Forest are deserved 3/5 favourites, with Barnsley 5/1 and the draw 3/1.

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