United entertain the Blades
United play their second Sky Bet League One league home game in the space of a fortnight on Saturday when Sheffield United come to town in search of some much-needed points of their own.
Caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh said: “It has been as upbeat a week as we could make it and we’ve tried as much as possible to keep the feelings of pressure away from the players. We want them to play and do things with the shackles off. I’ve told them the worst thing that can happen is that they lose the game. We’ve already been losing so we might as well try to play with no fear and, if we can, let’s get out there and enjoy it.
“We’re still in contention in the league because there are 40 games to go. That’s the way we have to approach it. We aren’t totally adrift at the bottom of the table and one win at the weekend makes things look much better. If we manage that then we’ll start to win a few fans back, because we definitely have something to prove to them. They’ve had it tough as well, but it’s up to us to make them believe in us again and to give them something to shout about. We really do want to put the situation right.”
For part one of this week's interview with Graham Kavanagh, click HERE
For part two of this week's interview with Graham Kavanagh, click HERE
Sheffield United have some good news as Jamie Murphy (groin) is expected to be declared fit for Saturday’s clash at Brunton Park.
The influential Scotsman has missed the fixtures at Scunthorpe and Rotherham with tightness in both his groin muscles, but boss David Weir expects him to return to full training before United head to Cumbria.
Elsewhere, George Long and Sean McGinty have returned from international duty unscathed and come back into contention, but Febian Brandy misses out again as he serves the final game of his three-match ban.
Weir must decide whether to stick with Chris Porter up front or recall Lyle Taylor, whilst loanee Harry Bunn continues to push for his first Blades start.
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Head to Head
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When last we met
Monday 1 April 2013 - Sheffield United 0 - 0 United
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Our match referee is Mr Darren Bond.
He has been the man in the middle for four games so far this season, showing sixteen yellow cards and two reds.
Our last meeting with him was for our away game at Notts County in March where a first half Alan Judge goal was enough to the hand the hosts the victory. Paul Thirlwell picked up a yellow card during the game and striker Lee Miller was shown a red card with just 60 seconds left to play.