Blackpool boss sticks knife in Blades

Tom Aldred hopes for his chance at Sheffield United
Tom Aldred hopes for his chance at Sheffield United
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Neil McDonald says all the pressure is on Sheffield United ahead of today’s clash at Bramall Lane.

Blackpool have taken just one point from their first three League One games and travel to South Yorkshire to face the bookies’ favourites for the title.

New Blades boss Nigel Adkins had a shaky start of his own with a 4-0 defeat to Gillingham but bounced back in style with wins over Chesterfield and Peterborough United.

And McDonald has tried to shift the pressure on to his opposite number by saying no-one expects a Pool win.

“The pressure is all on Sheffield United and their manager,” McDonald said.

“But it’s still early in the season and it should be an interesting game.

“There will be a big crowd and hopefully our players will respond to that.

“We have a game plan to stop them doing what they are good at.

“They are the favourites but they had a tricky start, though they have won a couple on the bounce. It will be tough but if we can pick up points that will be great.”

McDonald is likely to make changes to the side beaten 2-1 by Burton at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday.

Defenders Tom Aldred and Charles Dunne come into contention, with Jose Cubero also knocking on the door, having hardly featured so far.

McDonald added: “There won’t be too many changes but there may be one or two.

“We’ve given the squad the chance in the three games. I might well freshen it up a little.

“It’s another big game but they are all big games for us.

“We have to go in with the positive attitude that we played really, really well in the first half on Tuesday.

“I know we haven’t managed to find that performance over 90 minutes but we have to.

“If we can put the good parts of our performances together, then we will be more than good enough. This is a good chance to show what we can do.”

Apart from keeper Colin Doyle and John Herron, McDonald has a fully fit squad to choose from.