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Stearman upbeat ahead of Cottage return

6 March 2018

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Richard Stearman says the Blades enter Tuesday's clash against in-for Fulham in confident mood, having won three of their last four Sky Bet Championship matches.

And although the experienced defender believes the trip to Craven Cottage will represent United's biggest obstacle to overcome in the final weeks of the season, he is optimistic about their chances, despite losing 5-4 in the corresponding fixture in November.

Stearman remarked: "It's vital we keep picking up points and it'd be good to take them from the teams around us, but it won't be the be all and end all on Tuesday night.

"We'll have 11 games to go after Fulham and the result there won't determine where we finish in the league, but it could go along way to helping us get back into the top six.

"It was a fantastic game for the neutral earlier in the season, but I'm sure the manager would happily take a 1-0 win on Tuesday."

He added: "Every game is a big opportunity, there are lots of points to be played for and although Fulham are probably the toughest test we have left, we still have to go there looking for the win."

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