Sheffield United: Barry confident about goal threat

Barry Robson says United have been working hard in training this week
Barry Robson says United have been working hard in training this week

Sheffield United midfielder Barry Robson last night revealed Chris Morgan’s squad have spent the past week working hard to improve their performance in front of goal, writes James Shield.

United enter the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final with Yeovil Town having scored only four in their previous six outings.

Robson, the former Scotland, Celtic and Middlesbrough favourite, said: “We’ve been looking at a few things in training. We’ll prepare properly and everyone is going to work hard for one another.

“This is a fresh start now and we’re looking forward to it. What’s happened at the end of the season has gone. Finished. Done.

“All that matters now is the next two games.”

United host Gary Johnson’s side this evening before Monday’s return at Huish Park.

“In an ideal world you want to be at home second,” Robson continued. “But, to be honest, it doesn’t really bother me.

“You’ve got to play at home and away anyway so either is okay as far as I’m concerned.”

Robson joined last season’s beaten finalists in January following a brief spell with Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.

His experience of Old Firm and Champions League encounters in Glasgow could prove crucial as United attempt to reach the Championship next term.

“There’s always pressure and expectation at a club like ours,” Robson said. “Everyone is going to be under it now.

“We’ve had it all season so who knows? That could work to our advantage now.

“What I do know for definite is that we’re going to give it everything. Our very best shot.

“The boys were unlucky last year. Really unlucky in fact.

“So let’s go out there and get promoted for the fans, ourselves and everyone associated with the club now.

“I’d love a promotion (in England) on my CV.”

With the winners of the double-header between United and Yeovil set to face either Brentford or Swindon at Wembley later this month, Robson said: “It’s always important to look after yourself and live your life right.

“You’ve just got to prepare the same way you would for any other match.

“You work hard in training and do all the right things away from the pitch.

“Even relax as much as you can and watch a little bit of the television. There’s a few of us in the hotel (at Bramall Lane) so we’ll get together and watch the other games on the television.”

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