Olly writes his latest article following a string of decent results putting the Blades into top spot.
Well, I’m back at work now so can’t get back to the Lane now until I get home. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the festive game in but will have to wait until February to get the last half of the season back on the Kop.
We’re doing really well at the moment, and I know that we were top for a while last season but am hoping that we can keep the momentum going and stay up there now that we’ve managed to get to where we are. I know there’s only a point in it and still a long way to go until the close season, but fingers crossed this year for a deserved return to the Premier League. It’s been too long since we were there last and having languished in League One for a few seasons, Chris Wilder’s prowess in management skills have got us out of that League and into the Championship. Last season was our first season there and I suppose it would have been a dream come true to get back to the Premiership last season, but our team tried their hardest but no-one could fault them for their efforts in trying. A season in the Championship gave us the team-spirit required to find our feet I suppose.
My last game at the Lane was the 3-2 win over Preston, and you could see a bit of nervousness around the home ends with the formation change in the second half and the subsequent come-back from Preston. Maybe CW was trying out a more defensive formation to hold it at 2-0 but it didn’t work. Perhaps that was because we are more of an attacking minded team that like to put the opposition on the back foot, but either way, to come out with the points and a 3-2 win can’t be grumbled at.
Since then we’ve managed to pull good results away at Millwall and Blackburn, with the former being a bit of a bogey team for us in the past, so it was more enjoyable to come away from the Den with the points this time.
Last weekend saw us turn Hull City over with a narrow 1-0 win, even though the penalty taker seems to be in McGoldrick’s domain now. I suppose it could be payback for them knocking us out of the Cup at the beginning of the season on home soil.
I’m really chuffed that we are where we are now though, our team looks one of the strongest in the Championship, and especially now that Coutts has returned to the first team we have a formidable midfield with him, Duffy, Norwood and Fleck. They all seem to have an understanding and have the desire to get at the opposition.
Anyway, I’ll be following from where I work on the internet or if we’re on British Forces Telly then that will be even better!
On a footnote, my lad is doing well with his new team at Staveley even though they aren’t enjoying a decent Cup run, they are doing really well in the Sheffield League and comprehensively trouncing the other teams around them with some impressive wins. Fingers crossed they get to the top of their League as well.
Olly Longden (RFA)
Sheffield United MOD/Armed Forces Supporters Branch