Blackwell - Beattie is the man

Blades boss delighted with striker, Sturrock questions penalty decision

Blackwell: Impressed by Beattie

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James Beattie has been identified as the man to fire Sheffield United to the Premier League by Blades boss Kevin Blackwell.

The striker netted a match-winning brace, with one coming from the penalty spot, as United defeated Plymouth 2-0 at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

And Blackwell is hopeful the £4million man will continue to find the back of the net as his side - who sit fifth in the table - go in search of Championship promotion.

"We are hoping Beattie's goals will be the difference in getting us promoted, and that's why that club has gambled in that department," Blackwell said.

"We're fortunate to have him. He's a great team player, he's a great lad in the dressing room, the players love him to bits and the staff love working with him and long may that continue."


United certainly needed to find some top-quality finishing after wasting a string of chances in the first half, and Blackwell acknowledged the importance of having someone who could convert.

"I could have been coming in and having a cigar at half-time but as it was I would have been chewing it instead of smoking it," he added.

"But there's no doubt that when the lads find their scoring boots we're going to give someone a hiding."

Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock - who also has hopes of promotion - was left disappointed by the defeat in Yorkshire.

"I'm very disappointed because I pre-warned my players about giving away too many set pieces in silly places," he said.

Of the penalty decision he added: "It looked a wee bit soft. I couldn't really see it but it happens all the time that people run into each other. Some refs give it, some don't, he did today and it changed the complexion of the game."