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06 March 2018 Venue Craven Cottage Attendance

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Wilder reflects on weekend 'off'

5 March 2018

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Chris Wilder hopes to have a near fully fit squad to choose from for Tuesday's clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

But the Blades boss revealed there are a 'couple' of players that are doubtful for the trip to the capital.

Speaking prior to heading south, Wilder remarked: "We've got a couple of issues, which will see late fitness tests carried out.

"But the weekend off has given the likes of Brooks, Wilson and Holmes extra time to recover, so all three will travel. That was the bonus of us not playing really.

"Hopefully, we'll only have Paul Coutts missing, which for March is pretty good going and it means I have the job of picking the right team from a very strong group of players.

"I've said throughout, we've missed Brooksy who was flying at the time he got taken ill, so to have him back for the last 12 games is good, the same applies to having the likes of Wilson and Holmes fit too."

On Saturday's enforced postponement because of the adverse weather conditions that gripped the region last week, the United boss admitted he missed that buzz at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
He added: "We wanted to play on Saturday and I was sitting at a game think we should be playing, but we weren't.

"The weather in the area has been pretty poor and we made a decision as a football club to postpone Saturday's game on Thursday.

"We now have to get the Burton game into the schedule quickly, but we trained over the weekend, including at the Lane on Sunday and we are looking forward to another cracking Championship game on Tuesday night."

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Fulham 3-0 Blades - report

6 March 2018

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The Blades came up against an in-form Fulham and the result could have been different had first half chances been taken.

Instead, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two impressive first half goals and Tom Cairney added a third as the home side collected the points.

The United starting line-up displayed one enforced change with Donaldson replacing Clarke, who was suffering from a tight hamstring. Blackman recovered to take the 'keeper's jersey, leaving Moore to remain on the bench, where he was joined by the fit-again Brooks.

Basham and Duffy had early runs, testing the Fulham defence, and on 13 minutes the Blades went close as Lee Evans and Fleck were involved before Sharp peeled away from Odoi to head Duffy's cross over.

Blackman was also busy. He spilled a Cairney shot but collected from Johansen, after a big deflection off Basham, and Mitrovic.

Fulham, though, grasped the lead just after the half hour. Fredericks got behind the Blades defence and his low cross saw MITROVIC react first to poke home.

There was a great chance to level when Fulham were caught on the break but Bettinelli pushed Fleck's effort around a post and on 42 minutes an unmarked Donaldson failed to get a telling contribution to an Evans corner.

And within moments, Fulham had doubled their lead. Again MITROVIC was the difference, stabbing home at the front post after a neat ball down the left channel.

Mitrovic almost added a third in injury-time at the end of the first half but he sidefooted over after a blistering run from Sessegnon.

Brooks was introduced at the start of the second half as the Blades changed formation and the youngster was quickly in offensive mode but Bettinelli dropped on a loose ball ahead of Donaldson.

Johansen forced a save from Blackman but he could do little about Fulham claiming a third just after the hour. The home side won possession on halfway and after a quick break, skipper CAIRNEY added himself to the attack to score.

Boss Wilder threw on Ched Evans and Holmes in an attempt to offer different attacking intent and they almost combined soon after but the Welsh striker headed wide.

The only other Blades chance of note was Stearman having an effort blocked after free-kick, whilst Fulham held the ball professionally to keep the visitors at bay. Mitrovic wasted a chance for a hat-trick and Piazon went close.

Fulham comfortably saw out the closing minutes, plus four of added time, as United left the capital empty-handed.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Sessegnon, Odoi, McDonald, Johansen (Norwood 64), Cairney, Ream, Ojo (Piazon 58), Targett, Mitrovic (Fonte 86).
Unused: Ayite, Christie, Norman, Kamara.

Blades: Blackman, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham (Brooks 45), Sharp (Holmes 64), Donaldson (C Evans 64), Stearman, L Evans, Duffy.
Unused: Moore, Lundstram, Leonard, Lafferty.

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