Poor refereeing decisions and late goals meant there was plenty to talk about after Sheffield United and Swindon’s League One Play Off first leg clash at Bramall Lane on Thursday.
The Robins may be 2-1 up going into this next instalment at the County Ground but there’s still plenty of time for more twists and turns before either side can look forward to a final tie against Preston at Wembley.
SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; Stephens, N Thompson, Turnbull; Byrne, Kasim, Luongo, Gladwin, Randall; Williams, Hylton.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Howard, Harris, McEveley, Alcock, Freeman, Basham, Coutts, Done, Murphy, Flynn, S Davies.
SWINDON PLAYER TO WATCH
Nathan Byrne, above, was born in St Albans and, after impressing for the Clarence Park club’s youth team, joined Tottenham Hotspur before later signing professional terms. The 22-year-old capped an impressive performance at Bramall Lane on Thursday evening by scoring an injury-time winner and Sheffield United must prevent him from roaming forward again at the County Ground tonight. Has also represented Brentford, AFC Bournemouth and Crawley Town on loan.
Sheffield United have not won at the County Ground since December 1994. They must end their 21 year wait for a victory tonight to keep their hopes of a Championship return alive. However, their League One play-off semi-final opponents had not tasted success at Bramall Lance since February 1970 until Nathan Byrne’s injury-time strike ensured they will enter the second-leg boasting a narrow advantage. Nigel Clough’s side were beaten 5-2 in Wiltshire earlier this season but later avenged that defeat during the return fixture.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
It’s 13/2 for Sheffield United to be awarded a penaltySky Bet
Keith Hill: The Hertfordshire based official last oversaw a fixture involving Sheffield United six months ago when they triumphed 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers despite being reduced to 10 men when the on-loan Paddy McCarthy was dismissed. Chris Basham was also cautioned during that match. Hill averages 3.5 cautions per game this term and has produced four red cards since August.
BETTING (Sky Bet)
Swindon 6/5 Draw 23/10 Sheffield Utd 9/4
WORTH A PUNT?
It’s 13/2 for Sheffield United to be awarded a penalty