Blades set for “major game”
Manager Danny Wilson wants his Sheffield United side to make the most of home comforts when they return to Bramall Lane for back-to-back games which could define their season.
Wilson’s men enter tomorrow evening’s game with Coventry City in sixth place, eight points behind League One’s top two sides Tranmere and Doncaster Rovers.
But a defeat against Mark Robins’ seventh-placed side puts them just one point behind Wilson’s men, who topped the table just a month ago.
Then on Tuesday, they entertain a Crawley side who sit tenth, seven points behind United with a game in hand.
“It’s a major game on Friday night for us,” Wilson, speaking after last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Reading, said.
“It’s important to get a good start and get a home win under our belts.
“It’ll be difficult, of course; Coventry are going well, but hopefully by then we’ll have one or two players who can just give us that spark.”
Although, at the time of writing, no significant transfer activity is imminent, sources at Bramall Lane expect there to be some movement before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight.
Wilson, who hopes to add to his squad before then, may tomorrow find himself without the services of Nick Blackman, United’s 14-goal top scorer who is understood to be nearing a move away from Bramall Lane.
Reading’s Madjeski Stadium is Blackman’s expected destination - the striker turned down a move to Championship side Crystal Palace, but the lure of the Premier League could prove too strong to resist.
Chairman Kevin McCabe, meanwhile, is convinced that Wilson remains the right man to lead United back to the Championship.
“I had a good heart-to-heart session with Danny, and there’s no doubt that the rope is being pulled in the same direction,” McCabe said.
“We just need a little bit of luck.”
The return of Neill Collins, complete with protective mask, from a cheekbone injury was one of the few plus points from the Reading game, and Wilson could be tempted to bring his centre-half back tomorrow evening.
If so, Danny Higginbotham could move to left back.
Scunthorpe United winger Mark Duffy, who impressed against United earlier this season, is one player known to be admired by Wilson, while Bradley Wright-Phillips has also been linked.
Wilson is also expected to make a decision on trialists Conor Clifford and Craig Lynch.
Chelsea youngster Clifford and Lynch, a Sunderland striker, played 90 minutes for United’s Under-21 side on Monday in a 2-0 defeat to Crewe.
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