Sheffield United: Blades told to expect an ice cold reception at Highbury

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Sheffield United have been warned Fleetwood Town will try and win ‘by any means necessary’ at Highbury this afternoon, writes James Shield.

Graham Alexander, who led the Lancashire club to promotion via the play-offs last term, made the admission ahead of a fixture which his counterpart Nigel Clough described as “possibly the biggest” in their history since entering the Football League four seasons ago.

“I don’t care how we win as long as we win. Being hard to beat, being strong defensively, whatever makes all the difference.

“One-nil wins? Any manager will be happy with that because all we want is the three points.”

Fleetwood, six points behind fifth-placed United in the League One table, have lost only twice at home this term.

“It’s obviously something that we’re proud of,” Alexander said. “It’s a practical run, it gets us points.

“You don’t get anything else apart from that.

“But it’s important because for the first half of last season I think we were too helter-skelter with our results at home and it cost us a top three spot in the end.

“Our away form was great but we lost too many games when we were a bit gung-ho. We were trying to win every game as soon as possible and it cost us.

“The players have done a lot of work on how we want to play at home. The supporters are also a big part of that and they always get behind us which is a huge help and something we try to use.”

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