Beattie backs strike partner

Striker expects Sharp to strike

Beattie: Backing Sharp

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James Beattie believes his Sheffield United strike partner Billy Sharp needs to relax in order to end his goal drought.

Sharp, who joined the Blades in July after leaving Scunthorpe, has failed to find the back of the net in four appearances for United.

However, Beattie believes the goals will soon start to flow for the 21-year-old, if he learns to relax.

"He is a top player who wants to do the best for his club," Beattie told the Blades' official website.

"But, Billy needs to relax so I try and help him on the pitch when I can. He will be fine and when he gets his first goal he will get a hatful.

"He is very similar in many respects to a young Brett Ormerod who I played with at Southampton.

"He can use both feet and his goal scoring record is second to none."