Sheffield United: Lane form baffles Blades stalwart

Defender Neill Collins
Defender Neill Collins

DEFENDER Neill Collins says he is baffled by Sheffield United’s recent run of poor form at Bramall Lane.

The Blades, who have fallen to fourth in League One after Swindon Town’s victory at Yeovil Town in midweek, have triumphed just once on home soil in 2013 in five attempts. Indeed, United have won 10 times on the road compared to eight in front of their own supporters this season.

League leaders Doncaster Rovers and the Blades have both garnered 29 points in their own backyard while their fellow promotion rivals; Brentford, Swindon, Bournemouth and Tranmere Rovers have all fared better.

Collins told The Star: “We seem to be quite similar to Doncaster in that we appear to be better equipped to do well away from home where we can soak up pressure and then counter attack. That shouldn’t be the case and hopefully we can put it right in our final five home games.

“We have not been at our best at Bramall Lane but it’s not through a lack of effort. There is more pressure to play in front of your own fans. We have not been able to break teams down at home. It’s down to us on the pitch to rectify it and get promoted.”

Collins has conceded a “few choice words” were exchanged in the changing room after the Stevenage debacle last weekend but he is refusing to dwell on the 4-0 loss.

Speaking ahead of the televised clash with Brentford, he said: “All the best teams in the world have the odd bad result. It is how you respond.”