Olly writes his latest ahead of Saturday’s clash with Villa at the Lane.
I was gutted not getting to the game last weekend, but had major car problems plus had to get them sorted before heading off to the airport for my family holiday in Majorca that evening.
It was an excellent result for us though, our midfield was superb, and with Norwood being the latest addition you can tell he’s strengthening our midfield trio in the absence of Coutts. Duffy grabbed a deserved goal, along with Freeman, which I thought was unbelievable how it didn’t get stopped on its way into the back of the net. Good dummy from Clarke though to make sure it ended up in the net. Was topped off with a good effort from Fleck as well. At least it put Bolton back in their place though!
With that win it’s moved us up to 6th ahead of Saturday’s game at BDTBL. Villa had started the season well with wins over Hull and Wigan, but they have only managed to draw their last three matches in the Championship, so hopefully they have come to a sticky patch and we can grab the points in front of the Bramall Lane Faithful on Saturday. I’ve been reading on Twitter how a lot of their fans are moaning at the moment about their performances, but I think we have a decent and strong enough squad to put them to the sword at the Lane.
Hopefully we’ll get the same starting eleven as last weekend, however, Clarke was withdrawn with a niggle with his hamstring at Bolton at halftime, so hopefully he’s recovered okay and can perhaps get his first goal of the season on Saturday. Failing that though, we’ve got a workhorse in the form of McGoldrick, who is one of the guys that runs around a lot harassing the opposition defenders. It would be good for him and Sharp to click together up front if Clarke’s goal drought goes on much longer.
I’m on a course next week for four weeks but will be home at the weekends, so I’ll definitely be back on the Kop this Saturday (I miss my seat!) and have a few busy days of football from this evening.
My lad’s got a friendly playing for Staveley MWFC U18s against Brampton Rovers this evening at home. He played last Sunday in a friendly away at Glapwell, after a couple of hour’s kip after flying back from holiday, beating Glapwell 5-1 on their turf. Bit gutted that I’ll be missing his first competitive game back for Staveley against Bradford Town at the first team ground on Monday though.
Then it’ll be a long-awaited visit to BDTBL on Saturday, the best footy ground in the country, and the best fans second to none! As I’ve said before, our fans are the best twelfth man a team could wish for!
Olly Longden (RFA)
Sheffield United MOD/Armed Forces Supporters Branch