Sheff Utd v Fleetwood: Visitors will have tails up, says Basham

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SHEFFIELD United manager Nigel Adkins cut a frustrated figure as the Blades spurned a number of chances to kill off 10-man hosts in Oldham Athletic at the weekend, with the profligacy compounded by a poor concession to the Latics in a 1-1 draw.

The Blades have the chance to make amends against further Lancastrian opposition in visiting Fleetwood this evening, with the Red Rose side famously taking the spoils at Bramall Lane last season.

Sharpen up and be ruthless in both boxes, will be the advice.

After a recent slump that cost Graham Alexander his job on the Fylde coast, Fleetwood, under the command of Steven Pressley, head south in much better mood than they were a few weeks back following an excellent 4-0 win over high-flying Burton Albion.

That has made the division sit up and take notice and has not escaped the attention of the Blades either, according to midfielder Chris Basham.

He said: “Having a new manager and coming off the back of a 4-0 result makes it a very hard challenge and they will have their tails up.

“It is something we are going to have to be very wary of.

“They were a good team in the league last year and didn’t get off to the best of starts this year.

“But you look at their result on Saturday and we have to stop that from happening and make sure we play our stuff and go on to win.”

Last six games: Sheffield United WDLWWD; Fleetwood LLLWLW.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

Last time: Sheffield United 1 Fleetwood 2; March 7, 2014; League One.