Did Sheffield United make Duff decision in bore draw at Hillsborough?

Did Sheffield United make Duff decision in bore draw at Hillsborough?

WHAT was all the fuss about? A third successive Sheffield derby draw didn’t live up to the hype or the occasion at Hillsborough. But did United make a major mistake by leaving Mark Duffy on the bench? The attacking midfielder whose contribution in the Blades previous visit to S6 has become part of Steel City showdown folklore.

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Duffy answers critics and sends timely reminder to boss Chris Wilder after helping keep Blades in the pink

Duffy answers critics and sends timely reminder to boss Chris Wilder after helping keep Blades in the pink

MARK DUFFY began the week rebutting bizarre claims about his level of fitness. Then dropped to the bench at Carrow Road Road, he came on to provide a pin-point ball which enabled Sheffield United to claim a deserved point in a 2-2 draw against a slick and well organised Norwich City. The 33-year-old midfielder, who joined the Blades on a free transfer in 2016, remains a class act.

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Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

SHEFFIELD UNITED returned from the latest international break and stepped into a maelstrom at Rotherham United which left manager Chris Wilder raging. A 2-2 draw couldn’t mask his and Blades fans’ dismay at the shoddy performance. But should we be so surprised? Now Wilder, who cancelled the players’ Sunday off, is threatening a major shake-up for the midweek trip to Brentford.

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Why are Sheffield United's creative stars Brooks and Duffy considered the odd couple at Bramall Lane

Why are Sheffield United's creative stars Brooks and Duffy considered the odd couple at Bramall Lane

TWO of the most creative players in Sheffield United’s squad rarely start together. Mark Duffy and David Brooks have become the odd couple because they are regarded as operating in similar roles.  But is an opportunity that could enhance manager Chris Wilder's attacking philosophy going begging?

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Wilder masterstoke? No, but Sheffield United have nine points from twelve so what's all the fuss been about.

Wilder masterstoke? No, but Sheffield United have nine points from twelve so what's all the fuss been about.

SO what has all the fuss been about? Sheffield United returned to winning ways at Reading and have now taken nine points from their last possible twelve. They're back in a play-off spot only four days after manager Chris Wilder declared the club's promotion hopes were over with 13 matches left to play. A managerial masterstroke? Not on this occasion.

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Duffy too important to play games with if Sheffield United want to reach Championship play-offs

Duffy too important to play games with if Sheffield United want to reach Championship play-offs

MARK DUFFY can count himself exceptionally unlucky to have been left out of the side in recent weeks, making way for Sheffield United's January additions. But after back-to-back defeats manager With the exception of Lee Evans, manager Chris Wilder returned to his trusted old guard to secure victory over Leeds. Midfield powerpack Duffy demonstrated why he remains such a key player if the Blades are to reach the play-offs.

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UNLIKELY LADS: Leon's our main man up front now says Sheffield United boss Wilder as Duffy becomes driving force for table-topping Blades

UNLIKELY LADS: Leon's our main man up front now says Sheffield United boss Wilder as Duffy becomes driving force for table-topping Blades

LEON CLARKE has become Sheffield United's main man up front, says Blades boss Chris Wilder. It's a remarkable transformation for the former Wednesday striker who had struggled to impress at Bramall Lane but is now a firm favourite. Mark Duffy, meanwhile, is also enjoying the best football if his career, becoming a major driving force.

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Brief blast from the past reminds Sheffield United fans just how good it's got at Bramall Lane

Brief blast from the past reminds Sheffield United fans just how good it's got at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED'S grip on the Championship remains firm as they head to Elland Road for what is likely to be the biggest challenge of their campaign so far. Three points will see the Blades go top of the table but if they are to do it the latter stages of last week's victory over Reading served as a reminder. Attack is the best form of defence.

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Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

A STUNNING Steel City derby victory at Hillsborough gave Blades the bragging rights and left Sheffield Wednesday fans in stunned silence. It also raised the bar and confirmed that Sheffield United have serious play-off potential on their return to the Championship. That will become clearer as they face another big test, at home to big-spending Wolves.

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Las Vegas here we come: Title-winning Sheffield United are heading for League One promotion party in the States.

Las Vegas here we come: Title-winning Sheffield United are heading for League One promotion party in the States.

SHEFFIELD UNITED were crowned League One champions without kicking a ball and are now planning a promotion party in Las Vegas, Bolton's defeat at 10-man Oldham ensured the Trotters could not overhaul United's 91 points total with three matches remaining. Now 28,000 celebrating United fans will pack into Bramall Lane for an Easter Monday knees-up against former Blade Stuart McCall's play-off seeking Bradford City.

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