Millwall boss assesses Sheffield United's season

NEIL Harris is not surprised how well Sheffield United have done this season after their century haul of points last year in League One.

The Blades ran away with the league title, finishing 14 points ahead of Bolton, before carrying that momentum forward and in the first half of this campaign it looked like they were going to challenge for automatic promotion.

But, perhaps understandably, they couldn’t maintain that form in such a competitive division against sides with more spending power. They are still in the hunt for a top-six finish, and will be looking to avenge their 3-1 defeat at The Den earlier this season, when a switch by Harris from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 swung the game the home side’s way.

There are three points between the teams in the Championship table, with Millwall also having a plus-seven better goal difference.

“I’m not surprised with how well they have done,” Harris said. “They got 100 points last year in League One and if you can get that in League One you can comfortably get to 50, 60, 70 points in the Championship. Time and time again we have seen teams do that.

“They play attacking football. There was no way I expected them to be anywhere other than the top half of the league this year. I think Chris [Wilder] has done a brilliant job in the last couple of years and I enjoy watching his teams play.

“They can be open, there are a lot of transitions in their games because they do like to attack. Our aim is to attack also. I think it will certainly be an exciting game at Bramall Lane.

“The game at The Den was fantastic. That was one of the only times this season a team has forced us to change shape. We did it to great success.

“It’s a great position for both clubs to be in, that we’re looking to get into those play-off spots at the end of the season.”

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John Kelly