Sheffield United: Flynn looks forward to tough test

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RYAN Flynn, the Sheffield United winger, hopes to experience a “perfect game” at AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, writes James Shield.

Danny Wilson’s side, who have vowed to try and pass rather than pummel their way towards promotion, will lock horns with opponents possessing the exact same principles.

Speaking ahead of fixture which pits second versus fourth in the League One table, Flynn said: “It’s a match we’re looking forward to.

“Both teams like to play football. Their home form is very good. Our away form is very good.

“It’s set-up to be the perfect game.”

United, two places and a point behind Bournemouth in the rankings, travelled south yesterday hoping to record a fourth straight success following victories over Shrewsbury Town, Bury and Colchester.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, are attempting to recover from last weekend’s shock result at Preston North End which saw them lose for only the third time since Eddie Howe’s return to Goldsands Stadium as manager.

“There’s still a long way to go and things are very tight,” Flynn, who scored twice during a 5-3 win over Bournemouth in September, said. “There are 14 matches left and a lot can change.

“Our aim is to be in the top two after the final match of the season has been played. In fact, our aim is to try and win the league because, if you do that, then you know you’ve gone up and it’s the best way too.”

Howe, aged 35, took charge of Bournemouth for a second time in October following nearly two years at Burnley.

Lee Bradbury, one of his recent predecessors, issued a claim for wrongful dismissal against the club earlier this week.

With only four points separating first from seventh in the rankings, Howe said: “You look how tight it is at the top and how many of the teams are challenging for six positions and there is a lot of pressure on every team.

“It’s quite unusual to have any team from six (being in contention). It’s not easy and it’s tight for a reason.”

United could be without striker Jonathan Forte (groin) while Tommy Elphick, Miles Addison and Charlie Daniels are absent for Bournemouth.

“Sheffield United have an experienced side compared to us,” Howe added. “They have done it at a higher level and that will help their push.

“They’ve got a good blend.”

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