Smiths tips Sheffield United as npower League One champions

Gary Smith. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Gary Smith. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

SHEFFIELD United have all the tools to win the npower League One crown, according to Gary Smith, ahead of the Blades’ visit to the Lamex on Saturday.

Danny Wilson’s side are second in the table, three points behind Doncaster, with a game in hand. Despite the Blade’s difficult run in, Smith believes they will win the league.

“They have got a lot of battle-hardened pros who have been in play-offs and promotions, a manager who knows how to be successful, and if they even get close to the points from last year they will win it at a canter,” said Smith.

“They also added good players and although their early season form looked like a team coming together, they weren’t getting beat.

“If you compare our two teams were getting beaten by the odd goal and they’re making sure they don’t get beat.

“They are consistent, durable, have quality in good areas and all the characteristic that should be in the top three and I think they’ll win it.”

Smith also pointed to a larger budget and bigger crowds to get able to attract “higher calibre” players who can “get it done every week”.

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In the sides’ last meeting, Sheffield United completely outclassed Smith’s team, beating them 4-1.

“They completely overran us earlier in the season,” said the Stevenage boss.

“When all is said and done, no one will fancy us against Sheffield United, even at home because of the earlier result and our form.

“But given our overall position and what we need to find, points wise, and our Tuesday performance, we will have the mind-set and confidence to attack the game. We have nothing to lose, the players are looking forward to it and it should be a terrific atmosphere, which gets more out of any home team.