Star Flynn seeking to improve his goal return

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Sheffield United’s FA Cup hero Ryan Flynn is targeting more goals from the wing after his stunning strike in the victory at Aston Villa.

Flynn ensured United’s safe passage into round four of the world’s oldest cup competition, with a stunning left-footed strike to knock out Premier League giants Villa on their own turf.

The goal was Flynn’s second in three games following a competent finish in United’s 3-1 win over Walsall, and the Scottish winger admitted: “I think there are a lot more goals in me.

“That’s my role - I’m in the team to score and set up goals, and help the team in any way I can.

“The lads who get on the scoresheet are the ones who receive the plaudits, but it’s a team game and we want to repeat that performance again.”

Nigel Clough’s charges, who travel to Meadow Lane this weekend, face United old boy Shaun Derry’s side having lost just one of their last ten outings in all competitions.

Under the former England international’s predecessor, David Weir, United had won just one in 13.

“It’s starting to look a lot better now,” Flynn added.

“At the beginning we had to work hard and dig out results to keep the confidence going.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way and your luck isn’t in, but we’re playing with a bit more confidence now and I think you can see that in how we’re playing football.

“We’re passing and moving the ball around a lot better.

“Against Oldham, Tranmere and Villa we scored goals and they weren’t scrappy ones, either.

“They were well worked ones and we have to keep that going if we want to move forward.”

Like fellow Scot Jamie Murphy, who scored United’s opener at Villa Park, 25-year-old former Falkirk winger Flynn endured a slow start to life under Clough at Bramall Lane.

“In the early days I had a few niggles to be honest,” Flynn revealed.

“But I’ve always been in and around the squad and the gaffer isn’t afraid to chop and change the team if he thinks a certain system will get us the result we need, especially away from home.

“But I am here and ready whenever I am needed to help the team. All I can do is keep working hard and wait for him to give me the chance.

“Thankfully he saw that I was working hard in training, gave me a chance and I’m trying to make the most of it.”

This weekend’s opponents, County, moved off the bottom of the League One table with a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Bradford City on New Year’s Day.

“There are a few teams around us in the table,” Flynn said, “so if we can start taking a few points off them, then that can only help us.

“Individually I want to try and stay in the team and as a team, we want to try and push up the table.

“We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves.

“We have to take one game at a time.

“But we are starting to move in the right direction.”

United have announced that former Derby County vice president Malachy Brannigan will become Bramall Lane’s new managing director.

Brannigan, who worked closely with Clough at Pride Park, has previously held positions at Coventry City, Hull City and Everton.

“The opportunity to work for a club with the stature and history of Sheffield United, along with the prospect of working with Nigel and his team once again, was one which I could not turn down,” Brannigan said.

“The Blades have an exciting future.”

Clough, meanwhile, has been nominated for the League One ‘Manager of the Month’ award for December after an unbeaten month in which they picked up eight points in four games. Also nominated for the award are Steve Cotterill of Bristol City, Karl Robinson of MK Dons and Brentford’s Mark Warburton.

United’s Jose Baxter has also been nominated for the ‘Player of the Month’ award, after scoring three times in the month.

Both men will discover whether they have won the award tomorrow.

* United’s FA Cup clash with either Fulham or Norwich City has been moved to Sunday, January 26, after being selected for live transmission by BT Sport. The game will kick off at 1pm at Bramall Lane. United will discover their opponents next week, when Fulham host Norwich at Craven Cottage in their third round replay.

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