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PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD UNITED (H)

18 December 2015

The Iron return to League One action on Saturday and will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins against Sheffield United.

Mark Robins’ side won in midweek against Leyton Orient to progress to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, setting up a tie against Chelsea.

They will hope to carry on that momentum against a Sheffield United side that has fallen short of where many expected them to be this season.

The Blades were amongst the pre-season promotion favourites, but find themselves in 11th place in the League One table.

Former Iron boss Nigel Adkins is the man at the helm, and he will be hoping that last Sunday’s victory against high-flying Coventry can signal a change in fortunes.



The Iron have no new injury worries heading into Saturday’s game, but will be able to welcome cup-tied Tommy Rowe back to the squad.

Stephen Dawson and David Mirfin are both nearing a return to first team action.

Gary McSheffrey and Tom Hopper will miss out for the Iron with their respective injuries.




Billy Sharp is someone that Iron fans will be very familiar with having played for the club in the past and establishing himself as a favourite.

The striker started his career at Sheffield United, in what was the first of his three spells at the club, before joining the Iron in 2005.

He was only with the club for two years, but he managed 56 goals in just under 100 games for United, becoming a real fan favourite.

Sharp then joined Sheffield United again, going on to play for a further two seasons, before joing Yorkshire rivals Doncaster initially on loan.

The 29-year-old was prolific at Rovers, helping him to earn a move to Championship high-flyers Southampton in January 2012.

He helped them gain promotion to the Premier League, but soon found his opportunities limited and went on several loan spells in the Football League.

After a one-year spell at Leeds last season, he joined the Blades for a third spell in the summer and has found the net eight times so far.



The last time Sheffield United visited Glanford Park the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in last season’s fixture.

The Iron took the lead eight minutes before the break as Neal Bishop headed after the Blades failed to deal with a free-kick.

Sheffield United soon it back though as Kieron Freeman angled a fierce drive into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Both sides went for it in the second half and both managers felt they could have gone away with all three points.

The point helped the Iron to pull clear of the bottom four, while the Blades consolidated their play-off place.



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