Championship Midweek: Cagey first half at Griffin Park?4 min read
Sheffield United travel to Griffin Park to play Brentford on Tuesday night in what may turn out to be a tricky tie to negotiate for The Blades.
After Sheffield United’s 2-2 South Yorkshire Derby draw at Rotherham on Saturday, manager Chris Wilder, in typically no-nonsense fashion, admitted his side did not even deserve the point they gained.
The Blades are having an excellent season, but perhaps their main weakness is a lack of pace up top.
Billy Sharp remains a predatory goalscorer but can no longer run in behind at 32 and while last season he had Leon Clarke pressing the defence next to him in a 3-4-1-2, the system this year is slightly different.
David McGoldrick has started more often than Clarke but he is more of a withdrawn, creative forward, meaning the formation can resemble a 3-4-2-1 with Sharp more isolated.
Because the third forward, Mark Duffy, does not offer pace over long distances either, Sheffield United have no means of relieving the pressure when penned in.
The question though is whether Brentford can take advantage.
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