Warnock bewildered by fixture congestion

December 1, 2006

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has backed Arsene Wenger's complaints about the fixture list leading up to Christmas.

The Blades take on a Charlton side this weekend who were not involved in midweek action - while their opponents were taking part in a bruising encounter against fellow strugglers Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets themselves enjoyed the previous weekend off - and after Wenger described Arsenal's fixture programme as a 'farce', Warnock had a certain degree of sympathy.

'I don't understand the fixture list. We have to play three times in a week, Watford didn't play at all last weekend and Charlton haven't played this week. For once I am in agreement with Arsene Wenger about something,' said Warnock.

'It's bizarre, we've got 10 days off after our game on Saturday.'

Warnock was amazed how the fixtures could be so seemingly muddled when the fixture planners have modern technology at their disposal, but joked: 'That's modern technology for you.

If you can't get cameras across the goal-lines we haven't got much chance of doing anything else when we've got men on the moon have we?'

Warnock insisted his club were now in a crucial part of their season as they prepare for the visit of the Addicks.

'We always knew after the Manchester United game that every game up to Christmas is winnable and I'm sure teams playing against us think the same,' added Warnock.

'We are playing good football. We will get kicked in the teeth like we did at West Ham but we came back well and we had to stand up to a lot of intimidation at Watford.

'Charlton have some top-class players and our fans will play a big part this week.'

Defender Claude Davis suffered a knee injury at Watford and while scans suggest the problem is not as serious as first feared, he is not expected to feature against Charlton.