Rory aims to make Ban­tams’ wait go on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Daniel Freedman

SHEFFIELD Wed­nes­day fans love noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting one over on Steel City ri­vals United, but when one of them lines up against the Blades on Sun­day he in­sists purely pro­long­ing Brad­ford’s run of form will be mo­ti­va­tion enough.

Ban­tams de­fender Rory McArdle be­gan his ca­reer at Hills­bor­ough and has never made a se­cret of his al­le­giance.

But when he lines up against Nigel Ad­kins’ Sheffield United on Sun­day, McArdle says his only in­ter­est is in ex­tend­ing Brad­ford’s four-match un­beaten run.

“It’s not go­ing to change any­thing,” said the 28-year-old.

“It’s a game of football and we want to con­tinue the run that we are on. Go­ing out there and putting in a per­for­mance and get­ting a good re­sult, that is the main thing.

“The fact that it is against them then it might make me a lot hap­pier if I can go home af­ter the game on Sun­day night and en­joy it with a big smile on my face.

“We need to show the same things we have done in the last few games – a bit of re­silience.

“We need to make sure we don’t play off our shape, ev­ery­one sticks to their jobs and works hard. That’s ul­ti­mately what has been pos­i­tive from the spell we are on.

“We know that if we work hard and de­fend from the front we can keep a clean sheet, hope­fully, and then build from that and maybe go on to win the game.”

Another born and bred York­shire­man, Billy Sharp, came un­der fire in mid­week af­ter miss­ing a penalty in the 3-2 home de­feat by Colch­ester.

Che Adams could be avail­able again af­ter miss­ing that game with ill­ness, but Ad­kins is back­ing the mis­fir­ing Sharp to re­main as his first-choice spot­kick taker. “We have got ev­ery con­fi­dence in Billy,” the man­ager said.

“He scored a tremen­dous penalty against Bury and I am sure he will con­tinue to want to take that level of re­spon­si­bil­ity in the fu­ture.



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