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"We’re a good team - we’re building"

John Swift looks ahead to Blades battle

15 February 2019

After a win in dramatic circumstances on Wednesday night, focus turns almost immediately to Bramall Lane - with Reading's second trip up to Sheffield in the space of a week.

Chris Wilder's Sheffield United await the Royals on Saturday, with the Blades hot on the heels of the top two in the Sky Bet Championship.

John Swift is aware of the threat they'll pose, particularly in front of their own crowd, where United have looked imperious at times this season.

The Blades have only lost three times in 16 matches on their home turf this term, and also have Championship top scorer and former Reading loanee Billy Sharp among their ranks.

“It’s a very tough test," Swift said.

"They’re a great team, it’s away from home, it’s going to be another very tough game.

“But we did well at Sheffield Wednesday away last week, so hopefully we can go to Sheffield United and put on another good performance and hopefully come away with the win.

“I think with games like Sheffield Wednesday away, they don’t really expect us to win, even with Blackburn on Wednesday they probably didn’t expect us to win.

“With Sheffield United – there will be very few people expecting us to win so we need to go into the games after Saturday and really stamp our foot down and play the football we want to play.

“We want to dominate the ball, dominate possession, get as many goals as we can and really push on – because those are the games we’re definitely going to have to win.

“But any team can beat any team in this league, we’re not going to go into Saturday thinking we’re not going to play our football, ‘we might as well let them take the three points now,’ nothing like that.

“We’re going to go into Sheffield United how we go into any game. We’re a good team, we’re building, we’re doing really well.

“We got a win on Wednesday, hopefully we’ll take the confidence into Sheffield United and hopefully the travelling fans will be pleased to go home with three points.”

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