The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

THE play-offs nor­mally in­spire dread in fans and play­ers alike but Sh­effield United goal­keeper Mark Howard be­lieves the for­mat will suit the Blades per­fectly.

United have reached the FA Cup and Cap­i­tal One Cup semi-fi­nals in the past two years and the 28-year-old is con­fi­dent those ex­pe­ri­ences will stand them in good stead.

“We’ve had some great cup runs and those should def­i­nitely help us in the play­offs,” ex­plained Howard.

“They’re dif­fer­ent be­cause they are one-off games and you set up dif­fer­ently be­cause you need to win.

“The whole men­tal­ity is dif­fer­ent. Ev­ery­one has played a lot of games but then, sud­denly, it just comes down to three.”

CON­FI­DENT: Mark Howard

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