THE SHARP BLADE: Sheffield United show promotion credentials

OF the 8,000 fans assembled inside Oldham’s Boundary Park ground on Saturday, 3,500 were from the red and white half of Sheffield.

It was a fantastic away following and and that superb support was rewarded with a fine 2-0 win for the Blades. The perfect start to the season.

It had been said before that given the controversy surrounding Danny Wilson’s appointment, it was important that we hit the ground running.

The new Blades boss will have been as pleased as anyone that we got off to a winning start, and Saturday’s result will have no doubt won over many Wilson sceptics.

Although it is true it was far from a classic performance, these are still early days and the result was the most important thing.

The result aside, there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

Our defence, our downfall last season, looked resolute and solid and was deserving of the clean sheet.

Harry Maguire, still only 18, looks a class act already, and the way he majestically rose above the Oldham defence to power home an unstoppable header shows we have another home grown gem on our hands.

We kept our shape and possession pretty well, the midfield and strikers worked hard, and Stephen Quinn put in a man of the match display which was epitomised by his run and pass which picked out Richard Cresswell for the second goal.

We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, though. This was just the first game of 46 this season, and we will undoubtedly face much sterner opposition than an average Oldham side during the course of the campaign.

But the early signs are very promising and Saturday’s win will give us a platform on which to build.

Winning breeds confidence and we now have two back to back home games to further show our credentials as possible promotion contenders.

So lets get behind the lads and show them the kind of support we did at Oldham.


The Sharp Blade