Sheffield United will be looking for an element of revenge this weekend when they take on Huddersfield Town in a Yorkshire derby in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Blades threw a point away last time out against The Terriers when Slavisa Jokanovic was in charge. A late Billy Sharp goal had appeared to rescue a share of the spoils for United. However, a late late winner from Levi Colwill ensured Huddersfield took all three points back home.
This time around, though, things could be different. United are on a winning run of four games and under Paul Heckingbottom, look a different side completely. However, Huddersfield are also on a good run. They are unbeaten in 13, with seven wins in that period.
And speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash, Sheffield United’s assistant manager, Stuart McCall, believes Huddersfield – and in particular Lewis O’Brien – need to be respected.
“Fair credit, good coach when I was at Blackpool they beat us 3-0 what they did is the nil tells you they are stubborn, I really like the kid O’Brien, he’s terrific and they have been well coached. It’s the same group of players so it’s what they are doing on the training ground that’s working but it will be tasty on Saturday,” McCall told Yorkshire Live.
A win for United would see them go just a point behind the Terriers, who currently occupy fifth spot in the Championship.
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This Blades side needn’t fear anyone at the moment. They are playing well, putting in good performances and grinding out results on a weekly basis.
Of course, this is a tough test. But so was West Brom, and United came through that with flying colours. The big plus, too, is that there is a sense we haven’t even hit top gear yet. That will soon, and a team could face a hammering when it does.
United should look to use the momentum gained in this one tomorrow. A win is there for the taking, albeit as McCall points out, O’Brien and his team are excellent in their own way. Failure to win promotion is likely to cost Huddersfield O’Brien’s services, though. Leeds want him, and are said to be ready to pay around £10m for the midfielder.