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Swindon Town and Sheffield United face first meeting since pulsating Play-Off

28 August 2015

Swindon Town and Sheffield United go head-to-head in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend, just three months after their memorable battle in the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs.

After finishing fourth and fifth respectively last term, the pair met in the Play-Off semi-finals to fight it out for a place at Wembley and the chance of winning promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Swindon picked up a 2-1 triumph at Bramall Lane, but it was what ensued at the County Ground four days later which was particularly breath-taking, and something which is unlikely to be repeated.

Mark Cooper's Robins scored three goals inside 18 minutes to seemingly put the tie to bed, but the Blades refused to accept defeat, scoring twice before half-time to just about stay in touch.

A Swindon goal followed after the break, but United responded. Jonathan Obika then made it 5-3 in the 84th minute. Game over? Not quite. Two more goals followed for the visitors, making it 5-5, and 7-6 to the Robins on aggregate. Play-Off records were broken, but Swindon held on.

Jordan Turnbull has been an ever-present in Swindon's defence so far this term, and the Southampton loanee – who featured in the 10-goal thriller – is expecting a much calmer affair this time around.

Speaking to the club's official website, Turnbull said: “That [Play-Off semi-final] was a bit hectic. I'm sure it will be much more calm and we’ll look to be a lot more solid.”

With Swindon losing 4-0 to Preston North End in the Final that followed, the Robins will meet again meet the Blades with both clubs back among League 1's top six.

Despite losing a number of last season's star players, Swindon are just one of five unbeaten clubs in the division and currently lie sixth, with two wins and two draws from their first four fixtures.

“A few people doubted us this season with a lot of new faces coming in and a lot of people from last year leaving but I think it's been a fantastic start,” 20-year-old Turnbull added.

“They [Sheffield United] are always going to be a threat in the league. They're a massive club and they've brought in some new faces but we're just concentrating on ourselves and working on our own game. We’re confident that we can get the win.”

Nigel Adkins' Sheffield United were thumped 4-0 on the opening day by the division's pace-setters, Gillingham, but have responded with three straight wins to climb up to fourth in the table.

We might not witness anything like the drama that unfolded on that Monday evening in May, but these two in-form sides should produce another high-quality clash.

You can keep up-to-date with all the goings on between the pair, and the other League 1 fixtures, by following our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague1

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