Strong looking reserve team can go top

Last updated : 11 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

Preston are currently at the top of the league and they take on Wolves away this evening. A win for Preston would mean we couldn't get above them but if the Clarets win and Wolves can at least hold Preston to a draw then we would take top position for the first time this season.

Sheffield United visit the Turf and we will be looking to pick up maximum points after having drawn 1-1 at Bramall Lane in November in a game that saw keeper Luigi Cennamo sent off.

This game has been brought forward nine days because of the rearranged first team game against Bradford City on that date and once again we will can only expect a small gathering to watch them in action.

The Clarets will again field a mix of experience and youth. Lenny Johnrose returns after injury whilst Arthur Gnohere and Alan Moore play after being left out at Stockport. Robbie Blake again partners Andy Payton up front as he looks to get into the first team reckoning and Dimitri Papadopoulos wins a place back on the bench.

The full team is: Luigi Cennamo, Andrew Leeson, John Williamson, Earl Davis, Arthur Gnohere, Joel Pilkington, Brad Maylett, Lenny Johnrose, Andy Payton, Robbie Blake, Alan Moore. Subs: Tony Ellis, James Salisbury, Dimitri Papadopoulos, Mark Rasmussen, Matthew O'Neill.

There is experience in the Sheffield Unite team too with the likes of Lee Sandford, Shane Nicholson and goalkeeper Wilko de Vogt. Sandford would have been a Claret in the summer of 1997 had Adrian Heath not done a runner to Everton, he was one of the new signings he had lined up.

Sheffield United will line up: Wilko de Vogt, Ben Doane, Shane Nicholson, Lee Sandford, Colin Cryan, George Santos, Tyrone Thompson, Ryan Mallon, Adam Burley, Grant Smith, Lewis Killeen. Subs from: Benoit Croissant, Mark Ward, Kevan Hurst, David Colvin, Adam Baum, Anthony Tansley.

I'll be rolling up for the reserves – will you?

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