Sheffield United defend an eight-game unbeaten record at Walsall today with a new-found confidence under manager Nigel Clough.
The Blades have not lost since facing Gillingham on November 16 and they have shown a tenacious side to their game which has pleased Clough.
But in their latest win, a 3-1 success over Tranmere Rovers on Sunday, the Blades combined graft with craft.
Leading from Jamie Murphy’s first-half effort, United showed some quality counter-attacking football after the break which ripped through Rovers’ defence.
Winger Ryan Flynn was the beneficiary on one occasion, netting his second goal of the campaign, and the former Liverpool midfielder was full of praise for his team-mates.
“That is eight games unbeaten, and we just want to keep it going,” said the 25-year-old.
“Early in the run we were just working hard, digging out results, and sometimes luck doesn’t go your way when you are down at the bottom.
“But with a bit of confidence, I think some of our goals against Tranmere weren’t just scrappy goals but good team goals, through passing and moving.
“Some games we have not got our just rewards from, but against Tranmere we did that and it could have been more.”
The play-off chasing Saddlers took a 1-1 draw from Bramall Lane in November, as part of United’s eight-game undefeated sequence.
Flynn said: “We have another tough game against Walsall, who showed how tough they can be just recently at Bramall Lane. They came here and played some good football, so hopefully we can go and take the game to them.”
Last six: Walsall LLWWLD, Sheffield United DWWDDW.
Last time: Walsall 1 Sheffield United 1; April 6, 2013; League One.
Referee: L Collins (Surrey).