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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SHEFF UTD v IRON

6 May 2016

The Iron travel to Sheffield United and will hope to continue their excellent run to make the play-off spots.

Graham Alexander’s side have won five on the bounce and know that they could make the play-offs.

United are level on points with Barnsley, who have a two goal better goal difference, and are two points ahead of Gillingham.

The Iron take on a Sheffield United side that saw their own play-off push ended with a 3-1 defeat at Coventry last time.

That means that three teams will battle it out for one slot, with Barnsley travelling to top of the table Wigan and Gillingham hosting Millwall.



The Iron are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Neal Bishop, with boss Graham Alexander assessing his injury before the short trip.

Other than that, United have no new injury worries and could be able to welcome Sean McAllister back into the squad following his recovery from injury.



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 joining 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 21 times this campaign.



The Iron lost 4-0 on their trip to Sheffield United last season, with Miguel Llera also dismissed in the defeat.

Jason Holt opened the scoring for the Blades as he slotted home after 15 minutes, and they doubled that courtesy of a Jose Baxter penalty.

It remained 2-0 until the final ten minutes, when Jamie Murphy coolly slotted past Luke Daniels, before Baxter added another penalty.

Llera was adjudged to have fouled Marc McNulty and picked up his second booking in the process, leaving the Iron a man light for the final five minutes.



Here are all the past results between the two sides:

SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2015-16 - Sat 19 Dec
LG 1
Iron 0-1 Blades

2014-15 - Tue 24 Mar
LG 1
Blades 4-0 Iron

2014-15 - Sat 14 Mar
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bishop
2012-13 - Wed 26 Dec
LG 1
Blades 3-0 Iron

2012-13 - Sat 8 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Clarke
2011-12 - Wed 29 Feb
LG 1
Blades 2-1 Iron
Duffy
2011-12 - Sat 10 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Dagnall
2010-11 - Tue 22 Feb
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Garner 2, Miller
2010-11 - Tue 14 Sep
CHAMP
Blades 4-0 Iron

2009-10 - Sun 28 Mar
CHAMP
Blades 0-1 Iron
Hayes
2009-10 - Sat 17 Oct
CHAMP
Iron 3-1 Blades
McCann 2, Hayes
2007-08 - Sat 7 Feb
CHAMP
Blades 0-0 Iron

2007-08 - Sat 1 Sep
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Crosby, Paterson, Sparrow
1983-84 - Tue 27 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bell
1983-84 - Tue 1 Nov
DIV 3
Blades 5-3 Iron
Dey, Broddle, Wilson
1981-82 - Sat 20 Feb
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Blades
Moss, Telfer
1981-82 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 4
Blades 1-0 Iron

1960-61 - Sat 25 Feb
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Godfrey
1960-61 - Sat 8 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 2-0 Iron

1959-60 - Sat 13 Feb
DIV 2
Blades 2-1 Iron
Thomas
1959-60 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Marriott
1958-59 - Sat 28 Mar
DIV 2
Iron 1-3 Blades
Harburn
1958-59 - Sat 11 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 4-1 Iron
M Jones



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