Sheffield United: The boy’s Done good

Matt Done joined Sheffield United from Rochdale earlier this month � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Matt Done joined Sheffield United from Rochdale earlier this month � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

The combination of goals and surname make him a headline writer’s dream, writes James Shield.

But, even if he scores his 19th of the season against former club Rochdale this evening, Matt Done has no desire to become tomorrow morning’s news.

“It’s been a good start, yes. But I’m not interested in personal accolades and that’s the truth of the matter. Getting Sheffield United into the Championship is the only thing bothering me.”

Tonight, when he returns to Spotland less than four weeks after crossing the Pennines, Done can help Nigel Clough’s side take another step towards achieving that aim. The 26-year-old has netted four times in as many outings for the promotion hopefuls who, following Saturday’s draw with Coventry City make the 50 mile journey in fifth place.

“I think there’s more to come because I’m in a team that creates chances,” Done said. “I’ll work my nuts off to try and get on the end of the passes that come my way.

“As long as I do my job, which is to run around and get into the right areas, then I’m sure they’ll be finding me because, and I can’t stress this enough, it’s all about the team.”

It was exactly that altruistic approach which, as Clough’s counterpart Keith Hill will testify, set in motion the chain of events which ended with Done completing a surprise transfer to Bramall Lane earlier this month. Having started the season as a winger with the ability to deputise in defence, Rochdale’s requirement for fresh attacking options prompted what has been a hugely successful move up-front.

“I wish Rochdale all the best because I owe them a lot,” Done continued. “I wouldn’t have a bad word to say about the club ever because everyone there was brilliant to me.

“But I’m a professional footballer and that won’t even enter the equation now. It can’t. Keith and the rest of the lads there know that.

“I want to win for Sheffield United and I’ll be doing my damndest to make sure that happens. Just like they’ll be doing the same for their team.”

“I wasn’t looking to leave there and, to be honest, I didn’t expect to,” he added. “Keith kept telling me there’s no way I would be going at the start of the window and he kept repeating that all the way through.

“Then, right at the last moment, United came in and that was pretty much that. Everything got sorted-out and I’m very proud to be here. Delighted too.”

Doubtless Clough, whose ‘undisclosed’ offer was clearly attractive enough to prompt Hill’s change of heart, felt the same way after acquiring the services of a player who had found the back of the net 14 times in his previous 29 outings before arriving at Bramall Lane. United, who count Bristol City and Swindon Town among their recent list of scalps, travel west today seeking to protect their unblemished record against Rochdale who, despite falling off the top six pace, are expected to provide awkward, obstinate opponents

“We can play some really good football but we’ve shown there’s more to us than just that lately,” Done said. “We’ve shown a good team spirit and the ability to dig in when the going gets tough.”

United demonstrated that mix of silk and steel during their last away fixture at Notts County when Done’s effort cancelled-out Liam Noble’s equaliser following Jamie Murphy’s spectacular opening goal.

“Jamie’s was something else,” Done said. “A brilliant individual piece of skill.

“Mine was a different because it was the other way around. Pass, pass, pass.

“It’s probably frustrating for the fans when we knock it around because they’ll be thinking ‘just have a go’ but it shows we can mix it up and do different things. The one I got down in Bristol before that was similar to the goal at County and that’s why I think they’ve been brilliant goals. Not because I scored them but because they’re about the team.”

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