Blades must win to withstand pressure from Steel City rivals

Being a Sheffield United fan is nerve-wracking at the best of times but coming so close to the end of the season with us and Wednesday both in very tight contention for the 2nd automatic promotion place spot in League One is making this season even more tense than usual.

The main question on my lips and of many fellow Blades fan, is not a case of if, it’s more a case of when will we throw it away? Are we going to crash and burn at Stevenage, the last home game of the season (on sky which is never good) or in the playoffs? May I remind you of the nightmare of Burnley at Wembley a few years ago in which was perhaps one of the worst performances I have seen.

But (and this being a massive but) this time it is different as we have a special weapon. That weapon being super Ched Evans. It’s been a while we have seen a striker of his calibre gracing the Bramall Lane pitch.

His finishing has been a major part of our success this season. His off the ball movement is outstanding as is his vision whilst on the attack. Despite this and against what many of our rivals may think, I don’t see us as a one-man team. In fact, United are the highest scoring side in the top four tiers of English football but Evans has only contributed 28 of these goals. That implies to me that our striking force has been somewhat of an all round effort this season.

Whilst our defensive record remains quite good I have been disappointed with some of the goals we have conceded of late.  Our defence appears to be willing to stand off the opposition players allowing them to run at us which can leave us quite vulnerable at times.

Looking towards tomorrow’s home game against Leyton Orient I feel confident of 3 points and of the Blades netting a few goals against a team who will be giving it their all to avoid relegation.  Orient, in 20th place just four points above the relegation zone, could well be safe with a victory over us so we know it will not be an easy encounter despite the difference in league position.

However, providing that Evans is focused on the game despite his on-going court case, we should ok to record another much-needed win in the race for promotion. I ask all the Blades fans to get behind the team tomorrow. Let’s not get on their backs for a misplaced pass or a poor shot. So trying to avoid the cliché but let’s try to be the 12th man at Bramall Lane. Up the blades

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