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Not even the spur of the home crowd could help promotion hopefuls Sheffield United as they were comprehensively beaten 0v4 by Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round.
Striker Adam Rooney reiterated before the game that Blues’ FA Cup challenge is serious, despite the demanding number of fixtures to play already this season: “We want to win every game we play in. We showed our desire against Wolves and we wanted to get through to the next round – Sheffield will be no different.” Chris Hughton had decided to shuffle the pack …

AT FIRST glance, Sheffield United’s mediocre position of tenth in the Coca-Cola Championship represents a massive disappointment for Yorkshire’s highest-placed professional club.
With four games of the season left United – a side that came within three points of automatic promotion last season, and reached the Championship Play-Off final – are nine points behind sixth-placed Leicester City. Although qualification for the top six is not a mathematical impossibility, the fact that United are only ten points above the relegation zone emphasises the disappointment that the season has been.
United’s attempts to gatecrash …

JUST eighteen months ago, the name Kyle Naughton was relatively unknown to anyone unfamiliar with Sheffield United’s youth academy.
Naughton was a precarious teenager, a pacy adventurous right back – who then amazed the Bramall Lane crowd with a series of displays which belied his tender age. After a character-building loan spell at Scottish side Gretna, Naughton, like many young players, was given his first taste of first-team action in a cup tie, against Port Vale. United won, Naughton kept his place, and scored in the next round against Huddersfield.
From then …

As many of you will know, Bristol City lost 3-2 at home to Sheffield United this past Saturday. As usual, I was in attendance in the East End, so one would have thought that I got to witness the home side come back from two goals down to equalise in stoppage time, only to let in a morale-crushing  third which sent the United fans back to the home of Stainless Steel with three points.

Darius Henderson – His hattrick gave Sheffield United the three points in a dramatic finale
You would’ve thought …

A glorious sunny day in the East Midlands saw Derby’s first real test of the new season, play off finalists Sheffield United were the opponents at Pride Park and sadly they showed up severe frailties in the new look Derby County.
First half saw United dominate the game, they hurried Derby all over the pitch not allowing them to pass the ball about the way Nigel Clough wants them too. Chances were few and far between, Stephen Pearson had Derby’s only real chance, a beautiful floated cross from Paul Green found …

After all the excitement of England qualifying for the World Cup it’s back to league action and Derby are kicking off early against Sheffield United at Pride Park. So a 1 o’clock kick off will give Derby an early chance to extend their unbeaten home run to 3 out of 3, but this will be the toughest test so far. Sheffield United are a strong side, they have added to the squad that got them to the play-off final last year and are a good bet for a play-off spot…so …

Whilst never professing to be exponents of ‘the beautiful game’, Sheffield United at least demonstrated glimpses of their intent to combine industry and invention in their pursuit of Coca-Cola Championship promotion at Reading on Friday.
Goals from Stephen Quinn, Jamie Ward and David Cotterill, an exquisite long-range strike to seal the victory, responded perfectly to Matt Mills’ opener and broke United’s hoodoo at the Madjeski Stadium, extending their unbeaten league run in the process.
United, perhaps unfairly, have acquired an unenviable reputation as a long-ball team, and went some way to dispel …

If any Sheffield United supporters travelled to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday night expecting any cure for the disappoinment they are feeling following the sales of both Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, then it was in short supply.
United, perhaps wary of both Friday night’s Coca-Cola Championship curtain raiser against Middlesbrough and the fact Kevin Blackwell has one fit and available striker, elected to send a youthful and inexperienced XI for their traditional, annual pre-season game against local side Stocksbridge.

Was the next Kyle Naughton on display at Stocksbridge?
A year ago Naughton …

A combination of unavailability and injury meant that Kevin Blackwell was unable to name his strongest team to face Lincoln City at Sincil Bank – frustrating both scouts from Middlesbrough, their opening day opponents, and travelling fans hoping for an insight into the side Blackwell will name on August 7.
But the two will be dismayed and encouraged respectively by United’s latest comprehensive friendly victory, even with a below-par side, which meant their entire pre-season campaign had passed without defeat.

Prolific – United defender Bromby
In no small part, that encouraging statistic is …

Sheffield United showed that there is life beyond Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker with a comprehensive friendly victory against local rivals Chesterfield last night.
On possibly their last visit to Chesterfield’s Saltergate home, goals from Leigh Bromby and ex-Spirite Jamie Ward sealed United’s third win from three warm-up outings ahead of the season’s curtain-raiser at Middlesbrough next month.
Understandably, however, manager Kevin Blackwell’s preperations for his squad’s latest outing were complicated by the sale of Naughton and Walker, two of his best young assets, to Tottenham Hotspur in a rumoured £10m double …