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Match Preview: Sheffield United (H)

16 February 2016

The Shakers will face Sheffield United tonight at Gigg Lane looking to put Saturday’s devastating defeat to Coventry behind them at the first chance they have.

Bury take on Sheffield United this evening in Sky Bet League One, 7.45pm kick-off, with the task of using their 6-0 defeat to Coventry City as motivation to improve and give everyone involved with the club a lift.
This game could be a stepping stone to start improving results and climbing up the table, especially with a squad full of experienced players who know what it takes to turn a bad run around.
Sheffield United however will not be an easy side to do this against, although the Shakers can use their fantastic 3-1 win over the Blades at Bramall Lane as motivation.
The Blades are currently sat 8th in the League 5 points behind 6th placed Millwall. Their season has so far been below average for a side which were expected to challenge at the top after a very good August, however they have struggled to stay consistent.
This carried on into 2016 where United have struggled to get going having only picked up 2 wins in 7 games, however they have kept in and around the play-off places with 3 draws.
The Shakers may still be without strikers Danny Rose, who has struggled with back strain over the past couple of weeks, and Tom Pope, who broke his wrist during training last Friday.
Kelvin Etuhu managed to only play 22 minutes on his return from a hamstring injury, and will be assessed to see how bad the reoccurrence is, but it is expected be a big loss to David Flitcroft’s squad.
Speaking after the match on Saturday, David Flitcroft expressed the need to bolster numbers through loan signings, especially in the defensive ranks. Although he will not just bring anyone in as they will have to improve on what he already has at his disposal.
He said: “This has got to be fixed in house, it’s got to be fixed with the players I’ve got at the minute. However, if I get an opportunity bring in a couple of players then I think that’s what the squad needs.
“We’ve been working hard on that and again nothing’s dropped in, but we are going to have to really drive that forward because we looked very vulnerable at the back on Saturday.”
Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins could bring 14-goal striker Billy Sharp back into his side after resting him for Saturday’s win over Doncaster Rovers. Sharp has been struggling with hamstring strain over recent weeks.
However, he will face tough competition from Che Adams who scored the winner for the Blades in his first start since December.
Adkins also has young midfielder Dominic Calvert-Lewin who will be fighting for a place in the starting XI after impressing during his full debut for the club on Saturday.
Tickets for the match are priced at Category A.
Listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from approx. 2.45pm.

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