Keane to find escape route
STEVE McCLAREN believes Sheffield United are a safe bet for a top-six finish after watching the Blades end his side’s impressive run.
QPR were six games without defeat when they arrived at Bramall Lane, but a David McGoldrick header was enough to see the Blades climb into second spot.
It was their fourth Championship victory in a row and former England boss McClaren said: “You have got to take their challenge seriously.
“They have always got opportunities because they have goalscorers.
“McGoldrick and Billy Sharp are scoring goals, so if they continue to do that, they will be up there for sure.
“They are top six and I expect them to stay there.”
Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “Steve has managed at the highest level and it’s great that people are saying good things about you.
“Our players talk about wanting to achieve and wanting to be in around the top of the division and I am not going to hide away from their desire and ambition.
“We want to enjoy the situation and enjoy the challenge.”
McGoldrick nodded his 10th goal of the season from Oliver Norwood’s superb right-wing cross in the 37th minute.
Blades defender George Baldock said: “There’s a lot of teams with bigger resources but I think we’re proving that means nothing. There’s definitely a confidence, an inner confidence.
“It’s not an arrogance, just a confidence. With Billy, you’ve got one of the best finishers of his generation, as the stats show.
“He’s a great lad, a great captain. David is a joy to play with. His technique is phenomenal. I can’t believe he’s not played top-flight football.”