Antwoine Hackford scores for Sheffield United under-21s v Barnsley
Sheffield United under-21s: Hackford and Marsh remind Heckingbottom of their attacking prowess


Sheffield United under-21s: Hackford and Marsh remind Heckingbottom of their attacking prowess

Sheffield United’s under-21s squad continued their fine season as they came from behind to beat local rivals Barnsley yesterday.

The Blades youngsters were in danger of seeing their fine run of form disrupted by the Reds. But two quickfire goals from two players involved at first-team level gave United the three points.

Antwoine Hackford got himself on the scoresheet first before the in-form Louie Marsh netted the winner just minutes later.

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Both players have been in and around the first-team. Marsh has been named in the squad this season and spent time at Shirecliffe with Paul Heckingbottom’s side. Hackford, meanwhile, made his Premier League debut under Chris Wilder, coming on as a substitute at Crystal Palace.

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While most Blades fans will be well aware of Marsh this season, it’s almost like Hackford has become a bit of a forgotten man.

The ‘rapid‘ striker missed most of last season with an injury as his progress was curtailed. But he’s now back fit and seemingly firing, as he looks to make a mark and impress Heckingbottom and his staff.

Chris Wilder saw a lot in Hackford, hence his debut as a 16-year-old in the top flight. But Hackford has had to sit back and watch the likes of Daniel Jebbison and Will Osula jump him in the pecking order.

A goal yesterday will do him the world of good. And the focus now for Hackford must be on impressing for the 21s between now and the end of the campaign.

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At the time when he got his debut, there was a lot of excitement around Hackford’s emergence at Bramall Lane.

Obviously, his injury has spoiled his progress a tad. But Hackford remains an exciting young player and it’s no surprise since his return he’s pretty much become first-choice striker for the 21s.

However, given the United first-team squad and the fact promotion looks on, Hackford might need a loan move over the summer. If he does get that, then he gets the ideal chance to show what he can do.

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