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Sheff Utd Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 16/09/2002

NOW Town have eventually scored some goals away from home, expectations are that little bit higher. The Mariners cannot afford to simply rely on home games for wins, so a winning start away and not at home would be a welcome surprise.

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Players To Watch


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Paul Robinson

Stuart McCall

The lively 23 year old is on a three month loan from Wimbledon and is starting to form a promising partnership with fellow loanee Steve Kabba up front. The Northern born forward joined the Mariners on deadline day last season and rejoined them in time for their first game at Norwich. Looking to resurrect his career after an unsuccessful spell at Wimbledon, Robinson is now starting to establish himself at Town and will no doubnt be looking to earn a permanent contract.

Needless to say that the experienced Scotsman knows a bit about football. But still, even at the age of 38, he is an extremely worthy and talented member of any first division club. After returning to England in 1998 with Bradford City, McCall earned promotion to the Premier division and has enjoyed a successful spell since then. Neil Warnock took advantage of Bradford’s financial problems in the summer and signed McCall on as a player/coach and has been influential in the Blades’ good start to the season.

Top Scorers


TownSheff Utd

Barnard 1
Kabba 1
Pouton 1

Asaba 3
Ndlovu 3
Tonge 2

Team News


TownSheff Utd

  • Tony Gallimore is likely to miss out with injury after coming off in Town’s 3-2 defeat at Coventry. Darren Barnard will deputise with Terry Cooke recalled and Stuart Campbell swapping flanks.

  • Alternatively, Simon Ford who came on and did a good job at left back at Highfield Road, could play there.

  • Elsewhere, the Mariners will be unchanged with no fresh injury worries or any players returning from injury.
  • Iffy Onoura has ruptured his achilles after an injury 22 minutes into his sides 1-0 win over Rotherham. Inititally, it was though that he would be out for six months but surgery has revealed he might only be out for three months.

  • This means that Neil Warnock will have to decide between Paul Peschisolido, Peter Ndlovu, Wayne Allison or Laurens Ten Heuvel up front.

  • Phil Jagielka has a bruised foot and may make way for Robert Page who missed Saturday’s game through injury. He will partner Shaun Murphy at the back of the Blades defence. Steve Yates is still out, leaving United with little defensive cover, hence the fact that midfielder Jagielka had to play at the back on Saturday.

  • Probable Starting XI's


    TownSheff Utd
    Danny Coyne
    John McDermott (c)
    Steve Chettle
    Simon Ford
    Paul Groves
    Darren Barnard
    Alan Pouton
    Stuart Campbell
    Stacy Coldicott
    Paul Robinson
    Steve Kabba
    Paddy Kenny
    Rob Kozluk
    Robert Ullathorne
    Robert Page
    Shaun Murphy
    Michael Brown
    Stuart McCall
    John Paul McGovern
    Michael Tonge
    Carl Asaba
    Paul Peschisolido



    TownSheff Utd
    Terry Cooke
    Darren Mansaram
    Jonny Rowan
    Iain Ward
    Shaun Allaway (GK)
    Peter Ndlovu
    Nick Montgomery
    Wayne Allison
    Colin Cryan
    Phil Jageleika

    Last Time Out

    The two sides last met in February, a game which started the "Great escape" of last season. It also saw the birth of the Allen/Boulding partnership, a pairing up front that transformed the Mariners. A loss in this game would have surely sunk the Mariners who were already seven points adrift at the bottom of the first division. However, a Stuart Campbell header from a deflected Danny Butterfield cross was enough to steal all three points for the Mariners and get their season rolling again.

    Town Team: Coyne, McDermott, Groves, Raven (Ford), Gallimore, Campbell, Burnett, Coldicott, Butterfield, Allen, Boulding.
    Subs (not used): Jevons, Jeffrey, Willems and Croudson
    Attendance: 7,141   Report

    Sheff Utd Head-to-Head (94th on The Opposition Ladder).


    Fishy prediction: 1-1. Reader's POMs


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