Sheffield United: Beware of the Blades backlash, warns Flynn

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Winger Ryan Flynn has warned Saturday’s opponents Brentford that Sheffield United are over their “shock” defeat to Stevenage last weekend - and are ready to regain the advantage in the race for the Championship.

Flynn was withdrawn at half time at the Lamex Stadium, as a hat-trick from Dani Lopez condemned United to a 4-0 defeat - their heaviest league reverse this season.

That result, combined with Brentford’s last-minute win over Preston, saw United drop out of the League One automatic promotion places.

“Saturday’s result was a bit of a shock to the system,” Flynn said.

“It was a bad day, and we didn’t see it coming because we’ve been playing so well lately.

“Of course, losing 4-0 is always a bad result. But we spoke after the game about what went wrong, and the nature of football means that you have to move on quickly and put it to bed.

“All we can do now is look to the next game and hope to put it right against Brentford.”

United will take heart from the statistic that Uwe Rösler’s Brentford have won just six times away from Griffin Park this season - the lowest away haul of all the top six teams.

They did, however, climb into the League One automatic promotion places on Saturday after beating Preston North End, courtesy of a last-minute Sam Saunders penalty.

“It is a massive game - it’s crucial for the rest of the season, really,” Flynn, whose side have lost only three times on home soil this term, said.

“And it’s made all the bigger after both our results last weekend.

“It will be tough, but all the games in this league are - but we’re at home, and so with the crowd behind us hopefully we can get the job done.”

Wilson and Rösler, the United manager’s German counterpart, are two of League One’s keenest exponents of the passing game.

But Scottish winger Flynn insists that United are capable of ‘winning ugly’, too.

“The game should be a good spectacle for the fans,” the 24-year-old added.

“It’s on TV so there’ll be a lot of people watching, including the other teams, so it’s a chance for us to go out there and put a marker down for the rest of the run-in.

“Both teams like to play open football, and you imagine Brentford won’t come looking for a draw.

“But we we want to win the game, too - no matter what it takes.”

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, kicking off at 12.45pm.

“As players, we just look to win the game - at this stage of the season,it doesn’t really matter about the performances,” Flynn said.

“Points are so important now - teams will continue to drop points around us and some have to play each other still.

“So we’ve got to just take one day at a time, quietly go about our business and see where it takes us.”

Bradley Wright-Phillips, a mooted target for United boss Danny Wilson in January, has yet to break his duck for Brentford - but free-scoring Clayton Donaldson has hit 21 goals so far this term.

Indeed, Donaldson took just three minutes to find the back of the net when United travelled to Griffin Park back in November - and Harry Forrester added another, as United lost 2-0.

“They played very well last time at their ground - they got two early goals and then sat back and we couldn’t break them down,” Flynn said.

“Hopefully this time around, with the creative players we have in our ranks, we can break them down.”

One of those creative players Flynn refers to, fellow Scot Jamie Murphy, is facing a race against time to be fit after being withdrawn just ten minutes into the defeat at Stevenage.

“Jamie is an important player for us,” Flynn said, “so it’ll be a boost for us if he’s available. You can see the difference he’s made for us since he arrived.

“There’s a few Scottish boys here now, with myself, Neill Collins, Kev McDonald and Barry Robson, so we’ve helped him settle in.

“When I first came down, the staff here helped me a lot, and I think that if you’re settled off the field, it helps your performances on the field, too.

“So we’ve tried to help Jamie where we can.”

As a winger whose game centres on inventiveness rather than industry, it is perhaps little surprise that Flynn has been cautioned just three times in a fledgling career that has so far spanned just 150 games.

He was sent off earlier this season against Scunthorpe United, however - the only blot on an otherwise enjoyable season so far.

“I’ve played a really big part in the season and that’s nice from a personal point of view.

“But it won’t mean anything if we don’t go up, and after the disappointment of last year that’s what we’re all aiming to do.

“We’re determined to finish top of the pile, still, and we’ve got a game in hand so we’re in a good position to do just that.

“We came so close last year, and to miss out again would be horrible.

“So hopefully we can go one better and win the league.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Hoyland has left his post as United’s United’s Professional Development Lead Coach.

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