Philips previews SFD 14
We caught up with Sheffield United Fans Manager Matt Phillips ahead of the 14th Sheffield Fans Derby this coming Monday at Bramall Lane.

How has the squad prepared for the game on Monday?
“We have had two very productive and well organised training sessions, thankyou to Chris Clifford for planning and taking charge of these session, we have had alot of honest and frank discussions about what we expect from each other and the fact we are all aiming towards the same objective, to win for the red side of Sheffield.”

It’s the tenth anniversary match, at Bramall Lane, the event is hoping to go through forty thousand raised overall. How does it feel to be involved in this event at such a special venue and what do people need to do to get behind it and help smash through that money barrier?
“It is an amazing feeling to be involved in an event that could potentially raise so much money for the Stroke Appeal at Hallamshire Hospital, Bramall Lane is a dream pitch to play on for any Sheffield United Fan, myself included.”
“Every single player requires as many people to support them as possible via giving sponsorship, buying a ticket to watch the game and buying some raffle tickets (there's some cracking prizes!)”

United have won three games on the bounce, what do you need to do to sustain this momentum and draw level on game overall?
“Stick to the game plan and be patient, we know that we are in for a good competitive game and I am fully aware of the danger that the Wednesday squad can cause.  One fact that hasn't been announced is that any victory for Sheffield United would put us in the lead on goal difference.”

Looking through the eighteen man Sheffield Wednesday squad, is there any stand out players there that you will be watching out for and why?
”I am familiar with quite a few of the Wednesday players so this is an easy one to answer, Stevie Kitching is a quality player, and my players have been made aware of him, Ian Garratt is also a very capable marauding full back.  I apologise to any the other players who I haven't mentioned, I only have so much space to write this.”

Tickets are still on sale, why should people come along and get behind the teams and ultimately the charity, Sheffield Hospitals Charity Stroke Appeal on Monday evening?
“It will be a very entertaining game of football for an amazing cause, support your friends and/or family, buy a ticket and enjoy a fun evening watching 32 lads playing at a football stadium where half of them are living the dream.  Please dig into your pockets and support the Sheffield Hospitals Charity Stroke Appeal at 7pm on 22nd May 2017 and lets all be part of history.

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