Sheffield United must start games on the front foot

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He might just have stumbled onto something here.

Whilst Mark Lawrenson might not come across as everyone’s favourite cup of tea, there are a couple of times that he manages to get things right, and this is one of those times.

What’s he said?

Speaking on the BBC Sport website during his weekly predictions column, Lawrenson made an interesting point about the Blades’ last game against West Ham United:

“You can never accuse either of these teams of lacking effort or intensity, and I think this will turn out to be a cracking contest. Sheffield United were poor early on in their draw with West Ham last week, but they turned it around after the break and I am sure Chris Wilder’s half-time team talk will have had something to do with it.”

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Making a strong start

If you take a look at Sheffield United’s games so far this season, this has tended to be a trend for them.

They have only managed to take the lead in games three times this season, against Crystal Palace, Everton and Arsenal and in each of those fixtures they went on to get three points.

In all the other games they have found themselves chasing the game at some point, and that has brought in a mixed bag of success, with results such as a draw against Chelsea and a defeat against Leicester City.

So this should really be an indicator to Chris Wilder and the team about how they need to start approaching games, with ‘start’ being the keyword there.

Wilder has said that he doesn’t like his team being called a ‘defensive side’, but as we have discussed on FFC, that is how his team have been playing so far this season.

Which 'United' will finish higher this season

The Blades

The Blades

The Red Devils

The Red Devils

That doesn’t make it a bad thing though, in fact, it should give them a decent platform to build on during matches.

If the Blades can just start the game with a little bit more aggression and then get themselves a lead to defend, then they’ve shown that they are more than capable of holding out for a result, just like they did against Arsenal.

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