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Focus Needed After Disappointing Defeat

Wednesday 29th February 2012
The steel city showdown has been and gone. The blue half of the city has the bragging rights and Blades fans must lick their wounds after going down 1-0. The game its self lacked allot of quality from both sides. The free kick that hit the bar from United and the move that led to the Wednesday goal were perhaps the only pieces of quality in the game. United struggled in the 2nd half resorting to long balls forward that were meat and drink for the Wednesday back four. You could sense the Owls gaining confidence and when the chance came they took it.

Strangely I've found myself only a little annoyed at the outcome. I'm usually like most Blades when we lose a big local derby, clutching at straws and trying to point the finger at one specific reason to why we lost. This time however I put it down to a bad day at the office, certainly in the 2nd half. I think knowing we can play much better than we showed Sunday is giving me the confidence that we can still go on and achieve automatic promotion.

United now have to cash in on the 2 games in hand they have, doing that is the only way to put out the flames of hope Sundays win has given the Owls. United must also not forget that Huddersfield are within 4 points of them. Huddersfield may have changed manager, but with employing Simon Grayson they have an experienced boss who recently guided Leeds to promotion from League one.

So, the focus for Danny Wilson and his players is now turning to Scunthorpe this Wednesday night, followed by Oldham on Saturday. Both games are at home, and represent a fantastic opportunity to grab 6 points. Scunthorpe has been a bit of a bogy side for United over the years, but is currently in the bottom 4. Oldham lie only a few points better off, so both these games are perfectly winnable if not a little tricky.

One thing is for certain, the next 5 games are going to be really crucial getting over Sundays disappointment. Any sort of derby hangover will firmly hand the momentum to the teams chasing, placing huge pressure on United to keep hold of second place. However, winning the next couple could just break the spirit of the opposition giving United the chance to have a relatively relaxed run in. I believe that can be done, but disappointments are bound to come at some point such as Sunday. It is how you bounce back from them that will ultimately decide promotion.
Matthew Wright

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