Pompey ace Brown fears a Blades backlash
Published 22:42 17/09/10 By MirrorFootball
Michael Brown has warned his Portsmouth team-mates to beware a Blades backlash when he returns to Sheffield United today.
Gary Speed’s men are smarting after being thumped 4-0 at home by Scunthorpe in midweek.
Former United midfielder Brown, whose side are bottom of the table after failing to win any of their first six games, said: “That was a bizarre result for Sheffield United the other night.
“I don’t know if that makes it even worse for us. They’ll be wanting a bit of revenge.
“The fans won’t be happy with that and rightly so, but before that Gary Speed’s got two good results with successive wins.
“It’s a fantastic club and they’ll be wanting a good result.”
Brown played 174 games for the Blades during a four-year stint at Bramall Lane.
The former Tottenham and Manchester City star added: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always lovely to go back to your old clubs and Sheffield United is a very special place for me.
“Hopefully we can go there and be as positive as we can. We’re still light on numbers but we’ve got a good number of senior players, so we need to kick on.
“We’ve played a few games together so there are no excuses – we’ve got to start doing it on the pitch.”
Speed, meanwhile, wants to change the culture of Bramall Lane as his side aim to bounce back.
He admits they lost their discipline in the Scunthorpe game but Speed also claims a number of controversial refereeing decisions cost them.
“I have been here two and half years and I’ve never known a place where you get so little as a home team. It cost the last manager his job. Why that is I don’t know but maybe we’ve got to change the culture of the place.
“It can’t be allowed to go on. Something has to change because I’m not sure what referees see when they come here. But it’s never a good thing to lose like that, especially on your own patch.
“Our supporters were absolutely magnificent throughout the game because they never once got on the players’ backs and we owe them a big thank you for that.
“The best way we can repay them is with a win against Portsmouth.”
Speed confirmed that United are continuing to scour the transfer market for reinforcements.
The former Wales star’s board of directors have made funds available for at least one new signing.