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Webster: Blades are still a good team despite relegation

Albion face Sheffield United this evening at Bramall Lane.

By Charlie Hanson • 24 April 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster kept a clean sheet on his return to the Albion team in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Underestimate Sheffield United at your peril is the message from Albion defender Adam Webster ahead of tonight's game at Bramall Lane (8pm).

The Blades had relegation confirmed after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Wolves last weekend, but if anything that could mean problems for Albion, Webster says.

“They've got nothing to lose now and the shackles are off. They've got a caretaker manager in charge so they might want to try a few things that they haven’t before. It will be a tricky game without doubt, we have to go there knowing it will be a really tough match.

“I faced them in the Championship with Bristol City and we beat them both times when Sheffield United were a very good side and flying at the time. They had a great first year in the Premier League and they have still got the core group of the players who were successful. You can’t be complacent in the Premier League and think you’re going to turn up and win, it never happens like that.

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“It’s so hard to get points in this league. They haven't lost by big margins which shows how tough it is.”

The defender made his long awaited return to first team action in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Tuesday, and the 26-year-old was delighted to be back after a two-month injury lay-off.

“The ankle was all good thankfully. I wouldn't say I felt miles off it, but I was a bit rusty. I hadn't quite had ten training sessions before the Chelsea game. I’d been out for just over eight weeks and it does take a bit of time to get back up and running.

“I felt I grew into it and hopefully that's the rusty game out the way.”

Albion will be without Webster’s fellow defender Ben White, who serves a one-match ban after his dismissal against Chelsea tonight.

“Ben has been brilliant, he has been an ever present this season and has done well so he will be a big miss,” added Webster. “But that’s what the squad is for and we will adapt.”

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