Sheffield United: New arrival’s vow

Fitness mission: Barry Robson aims to be up to speed soon
Fitness mission: Barry Robson aims to be up to speed soon

SHEFFIELD United midfielder Barry Robson will use the postponement of last night’s League One fixture with Crawley Town as a window of opportunity to improve his fitness.

Robson, who had been expected to feature against Richie Barker’s side before a waterlogged pitch forced the contest to be re-scheduled, admitted following Friday’s game with Coventry City that he is still “lacking a little bit of sharpness” after returning from a spell in North America with Vancouver Whitecaps.

But the Scotland international vowed: “It won’t take long for me to be right up to speed again.

“I’ve basically just got off a plane and so I’m bound to need a little bit of time.

“There was one moment in the [City] match when I tried to play a pass and the ball bounced off my knee but that rustiness will go quickly.

“I’ll be working really hard and being around with the rest of the lads is going to help enormously.”

Nevertheless, despite that brutally honest assessment, Robson immediately made his presence felt at Bramall Lane by delivering the set-piece that saw Dave Kitson drag United back on level terms before Leon Clarke’s second goal of the contest saw City snatch a hard-fought victory.

Previously of Celtic and Middlesbrough, Robson, 34, had been training with his former team-mates on Teesside before answering Danny Wilson’s call last week. Robson added: “I’ve settled in really quickly here. I know quite a few of the lads like Macca [Tony McMahon] and Danny Coyne from being up at Boro and that always helps.

“But the rest of the boys have been great too. It’s a good group. I could tell that straight away.”