By Tony Leighton
As an experienced international who has played in the Champions League and in Old Firm games for Celtic against the club where he started his career, Rangers, Sheffield United midfielder Barry Robson will have no problem in handling the pressure of a two-leg npower League 1 Play-Off semi-final.
As he prepares to step into the first leg of the Blades' clash with Yeovil Town at Bramall Lane on Friday evening, Robson is the epitome of calmness. "There's pressure," says the 34-year-old midfield man, "but this is good pressure.
"It's enjoyable as well - we could be on holiday, but we're still in there fighting with hopefully three huge huge games ahead of us. A lot of players thrive on pressure, and whoever thrives on it best in this semi-final will come out on top."
Coming out on top over the two legs would take United into the Wembley final for a second successive season. Memories of last year's dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat by Huddersfield Town are still fresh in the memories of Blades' fans, but not so for the majority of players who are set to take on Yeovil.
As manager Chris Morgan has pointed out, "this is a new team and a new experience," with most of last season's side departed and replaced by the likes of former Middlesbrough player Robson, who arrived at Bramall Lane from Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps in January.
There are several youngsters in the side as well as old heads such as Robson, but he is confident that nerves will not be an issue for any of his team mates come kick-off time. "We've got a good mix of experience and good young players," said Robson, "and the lads here thrive on pressure.
"We have to deal with it every week. This is a big club and if you want to play for a big club you've got to be able to deal with it. And we do - this is one of the best groups I've ever been involved in. Everyone works for each other, we're all friends and hopefully we can put that togetherness to good use."
No-one would argue that Sheffield United are not a bigger club than Yeovil. But that will not make the Play-Off encounter any easier for the Blades. "Yeovil are a good side, especially in attack, so they'll be very dangerous," added Robson.
"To get past them will take organisation, work rate, determination, desire. All those words are what this club is about and we need to make sure we show all those things - and if we do, then with the quality we've got we can win this tie."
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