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Preston up Next as Blades look to build upon six-star win

By Owain Wyse, Sheffield United writer

Preston up Next as Blades look to build upon six-star win

After their emphatic win on Saturday, United will be looking for another strong performance under the lights as the Lilywhites travel to S2.

The Blades found their scoring touch and showed quality in all areas as they recorded a thumping victory over Darren Ferguson’s side. Iliman Ndiaye started the romp with his first Blades goal as a cut back from debutant Gibbs-White allowed space for Ndiaye to fire well placed finish into the bottom corner at the Bramall Lane end; a dream start for the youngster dubbed the signing of the summer by many within the club. However, despite the Blades dominance in the first half a mistake from Jack Robinson allowed Posh striker Jack Marriot in behind to score his first of the season.

In the second half United would make their control count. Firstly, John Fleck pounced on a loose ball played it into Sharp and continued his run into the area, Sharp’s return ball found the Scotsman who put the Blades back in front. Just two minutes later, some excellent football saw unlikely scorer Ben Osborn arriving late into the area to slide the ball home and lift the roof.

It wouldn’t be long to wait until the 4th, again Ndiaye and Gibbs White combining with the latter thrashing a finish into the top corner. Ndiaye would be involved in another goal shortly after as he latched onto Sharps cross, a hat-trick of assists for the skipper, and his header nestled into the corner of the goal.

It wasn’t quite the perfect second half for the Blades however. Egan lunged in and brought down Jonson Clarke-Harris who dusted himself down and stepped up to slam the penalty down the middle. The game wasn’t done yet though, in injury time substitute McBurnie found Osborn to score his second. The 6 goals scored in the game equalled the tally the Blades managed in their last 10 competitive games.

After the wonderful performance at the weekend United will be looking to carry their form into tomorrow’s game. There are no fresh injury worries for United and they could be bolstered by the returns of Ben Davies, Sander Berge, and David McGoldrick. Sweden’s number one, new signing Robin Olsen, could also be available however Jokanovic was still unsure about the situation of his new keeper during the pre-match media. New free agent signing Adlene Guedioura is eligible for selection tomorrow after he signed a one-year deal with United after training at Shirecliffe with the squad for a while before the move was confirmed.

As for Preston, Ched Evans is unlikely to be available for selection against his former club, but ex-Owl Conor Wickham is in contention to feature after he signed a short-term deal with the club earlier today.

With United high on confidence from the crushing victory at the weekend the fans are hoping for another high class performance against a strong Preston side that have only conceded one goal in their last four Championship outings. Prediction wise I’m going for a 3-0 win for United.

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