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Preview - Sheffield Utd

12 April 2013

TOWN play their penultimate away game of the campaign at Sheffield United on Saturday.

As the race for promotion nears the home straight, both teams will be looking for maximum points from this encounter with United now under the stewardship of Chris Morgan following the departure of former Swindon manager Danny Wilson on Wednesday evening.

THE VIEW

Manager Kevin MacDonald told the media at his press call that he hoped his players would put in a full, 90-minute performance at Bramall Lane.

“Every game is going to be a big one between now and the end of the season but it’s a big game for both teams. We’ve just got to hope that we can get a 90-minute performance rather than a 45 or a 60-minute performance.

“If the games go the way they’re going it could be down to 8 or 12 teams after this weekend; once again everybody is beating everybody. Who would have thought that Doncaster and Sheffield United would lose at home. 

“We need that little change in luck but we also need that full 90-minute performance that we’ve not had for a couple of weeks. A victory would be a great boost but we’re not counting our chickens because we know that Sheffield United are a very good side.” 

THE STORY SO FAR

The Blades’ draw at The County Ground in November was the final game of an unbeaten run that had stretched from the opening day of the season before defeat at MK Dons the following Saturday.

An unbeaten December was punctuated by a defeat at Hartlepool in the final game of 2012 before further defeats followed in January at Yeovil and at Reading in the FA Cup. 

February started with a defeat to Coventry but then six wins rubber-stamped the Blades’ promotion credentials. After a win at Tranmere on Good Friday, the last three games have produced two draws and a defeat, including a 2-0 reverse at home to Crawley on Tuesday.

LAST TIME OUT

The 0-0 draw at the County Ground earlier this season was perhaps unsurprising: the last four meetings between the sides have now ended in draws.

Town have not played at Bramall Lane since May 2000 when a Giuliano Grazioli double helped to earn a point in a 2-2 draw.

Swindon’s all-time record at the Blades makes for grim reading for Town fans with just one win in 12 league meetings. That victory came in February 1970 when goals from John Trollope and Arthur Horsfield secured a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Bramall Lane was the venue for Town’s first fixture in the top-flight on the opening day of the 1993/94 Premier League season. Despite falling behind, John Moncur wrote himself into the history books when his quickly-taken free-kick brought Swindon level. Two goals in the final fifteen minutes condemned Town to a 3-1 defeat. 

TICKETS

TOWN FANS CAN PAY ON THE DAY. CASH ONLY, SAME PRICES. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE PROMOTIONS OFFICE ON CHERRY STREET FROM 1.30PM ONWARDS

Adult - £24.00 
Senior Citizen Over 60/Students - £18.50 (Students require NUS card) 
Young Adult 16-21 - £18.50 
Junior 15 & under - £13.00 
Wheelchair - £18.50 (Includes free helper)


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