Sheffield United: Blades ready to ring changes for Doncaster Rovers derby clash

Andy Garner with Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Andy Garner with Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United could ring the changes for tonight’s South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers after Andy Garner, their first team coach, admitted that mistakes in terms of team selection had contributed towards last month’s home defeat by Crewe Alexandra.

But Garner, speaking after United bounced back from that loss with a victory at Barnsley three days ago, insisted “every member of the squad” will have a contribution to make as Nigel Clough’s side attempt to reach the League One play-offs.

“Touch wood, we’ve got every player available now,” Garner told The Star. “We realised on Friday when 24 were involved in training. We don’t usually have that.

“We told them that some, because of the numbers, were going to be disappointed. Twenty-four into eleven doesn’t obviously go.

“But also that there will be changes between now and the end of the season. There’s going to have to be because we learned a massive lesson against Crewe.

“Maybe, even though we’d won the two games before, we should have brought a few in to freshen things up. Perhaps that was wrong, I don’t know.”

United return to Bramall Lane this evening for the first time since Ryan Colclough’s 90th minute goal prevented them from securing a third straight win on home soil following successes over Port Vale and Scunthorpe.

However, they consolidated their grip on fifth place with six matches remaining when goals from Steven Davies and Jason Holt embellished a convincing performance at Oakwell.

Garner said: “We spent a long time on Friday discussing the team. We came up with lots of different ideas and the waste basket next to our desk was getting pretty full.

“But I think, in fairness, we got it right. We came up with the right balance and hopefully the same thing will happen again.”

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