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Preparing properly

19 February 2014

Blades coach Andy Garner believes preparations for Wednesday evening's trip to Gillingham have been good.

Confidence is high after the weekend's victory over Nottingham Forest and with the Blades behind in the league programme due to the FA Cup exploits, amendments have been made to the training programme.

Garner explains: "The games are coming thick and fast so it has been a case of training-matches-rest - we have stressed to the lads how important it is to rest when the fixtures are relentless.

"There is not a lot of training to be done, it is more a case of getting the legs turning over and preparing, both mentally and physically, for the next game.

"We've had plenty of additional cup games but we are happy with the squad and how the lads have been doing. They know that attentions are now focused on the league, that remains our bread and butter, and it is the coaching staff's job to get them ready for Wednesday.

"The cup is brilliant for everyone involved, but we have to make sure we get out of bottom four as quickly as possible. Confidence is high and we are preparing properly for every game."

Speaking to the media ahead of travelling to Kent, it was clear that Garner remembers the 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham in November and is keen for the Blades to make amends.

He added: "We gave two sloppy goals away to Gillingham at our place. It took a lot to get over that performance, it was poor from us, but this is a chance to put it right and we will get opportunities.

"Gillingham are a big, strong side and the condition of the pitch could be a factor but all we can do is prepare and make sure we are up for it."

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