Preview: Sheffield United vs. Yeovil Town
Updated Monday, 9th January 2012
Sheffield United return to npower Football League One action this Tuesday night against a struggling Yeovil Town side who are currently 21st in the table.
Salisbury City - the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition and 90 places below their South Yorkshire opponents. They went through safely (3-1) to set up a Bramall Lane tie with either Birmingham City or Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Blades lead 1-0 by the break thatnks to Chris Porter's (18 minutes) neat finish; in the second half they trebled their lead if only through misfortune - Ched Evans (60) saw Kevin McDonald's shot cannon unknowingly off his head and when Evans squared the ball across the box Danny Webb (72) poked into his own net. City did score a well earned consolation via Lloyd Macklin (86) but the damage had already been done.
Blades boss Danny Wilson could be without right full-back defender Matt Lowton - he missed the defeat to Carlisle United (2-3) on 2 January and Saturday's FA Cup win over Salisbury City due to a hamstring injury and although not deemed too serious he may be rested - Johannes Ertl may keep his place should Lowton remain abcent.
Midfielder Stephen Quinn could return to the side to face Yeovil, he was rested last Saturday whilst Richard Cresswell was handed a starting place on the bench and he too could return against the Glovers.
Yeovil Town, who were dumped out of the FA Cup at the second stage at home to non-leaguers Fleetwood Town (0-2) were last in action on 2 January when they drew 1-1 with Exeter City at St. James Park. Andy Williams (40) had given Town the lead but the Gricians hit back and on 75 minutes Richard Logan leveled things for the hosts.
The Glovers will be boosted by the return of three players ahead of their visit to Bramall Lane; defender Kerrea Gilbert and midfielders Paul Wotton and Ed Upson all missed the trip to St. James Park through suspension. Gilbert was dismissed on 17 December (at Rochdale) - serving a three match ban whilst both Wotton and Upson where brandished a two game ban following the collection of ten yellow cards.
However they will be without midfielder Conor Clifford, 20 who has since returned to parent club Chelsea following the completion of his two month loan spell, but forward Gavin Massey has extended his loan deal (from Watford) into mid-February.
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton is likely to field former Blades trialist Kerrea Gilbert against United following the end of his suspension; he arrived on trial from Arsenal in July 2010 and played in two pre-season friendly matches - one of which a 2-0 win over Rotherham United in their temporary home, Don Valley Stadium.
The Glovers trip to Bramall Lane is the first in the clubs history since their formation in 1895; though United and Town have already previously met this season at Huish Park which resulted in a 1-0 victory to Danny Wilson's Blades - Chris Porter netting the vital goal in that game.