Sheffield United: Blades ready to go for rivals’ throats

Sheffield United have been ordered to adopt a positive approach at Oakwell tomorrow
Sheffield United have been ordered to adopt a positive approach at Oakwell tomorrow
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Bob Harris has poured cold water on suggestions that Sheffield United will adopt a safety-first approach during tomorrow’s game at Barnsley, writes James Shield.

Instead the visitors’ full-back, who also appealed for calm following last weekend’s shock defeat by Crewe Alexandra, revealed manager Nigel Clough has ordered his players to ‘go for the jugular’ at Oakwell.

Fifth-placed United are five points ahead of their neighbours in the League One table and Harris said: “The gaffer has told us that if we can win the next two, then it’s going to be difficult for them to catch us.

“We’ve got some players coming back and that’s going to help as well.

“We go into every game wanting to win. People are saying that if we don’t lose it will be a positive result as well but we don’t go into any game wanting to draw.”

“There are seven games left, if we can make it an eight point gap with eighteen left to play for then that’s a big gap,” Harris added. “But it’s never over until you cross the line.”

Barnsley, in eighth, have yet to taste defeat since Lee Johnson’s appointment towards the end of February. They drew 2-2 with League One leaders Bristol City, who suffered a 3-1 reverse when United travelled to Ashton Gate earlier this year, six days ago.

United have won two of their last three games but lost last weekend’s encounter with a Crewe team battling for survival at the opposite end of the table.

Harris said: “I understand where certain people are coming from because we should be winning games like Crewe at home. But we’re still five points ahead (of seventh place) with seven games to go, it’s well in our own hands.

“Obviously Saturday was disappointing, not to get the three home wins in a row.

“Crewe are fighting for their lives towards the bottom but I think, on chances created, it was a game we deserved to win. We’ve got to pick ourselves up now and get ready to go.

“Everyone is looking forward.”

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