Keane to find es­cape route

Daily Star - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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