By Nick Montgomery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Latest instalment from Sheffield United's Nick Montgomery.Another busy few weeks for me and everyone at Sheffield United, but in the end I am delighted that we are back on course after a strained few weeks.
There has been all sorts of stories flying around over the past month, concerning our gaffer Neil Warnock and whether he would be leaving or not.
We obviously tried not to let it get to us, but I guess if you look at our run of two draws and a loss, while the saga was going on, then it is far from satisfactory for a team in our position and perhaps you have to admit it did get to us.
We actually didn't find out the boss was staying until the Thursday before the Sheffield derby, when he held a team meeting and put us all in the picture about what was happening and confirmed he was staying.
It was a relief to finally have everything settled and it obviously had the desired effect as we came out and produced a fine display to take the derby 1-0.
The derby is never an easy game, but thankfully we came up with the goods, and again we did the same against Burnley at the weekend - which was one of our best performances of the season.
Things have been a bit chaotic for me off the pitch also, as I am trying to move house at the moment.
I say trying as last week I was away with Scotland as part of the futures squad, which was a great experience for me. Walter Smith took the session along with all his senior coaches including Ally McCoist.
I played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Poland and Walter said he was very pleased with me. Not many people remember that I played at Under-21 level for Scotland and it has always been my ambition to push on and make the full squad.
Now my hope for the New Year is that I can win a place in the squad and get my first cap, something I think I am more than capable of doing - as long as I can carry on my form for Sheffield United.
This Friday will also be an ideal game for me to confirm my form, as our clash with Preston is live on Sky Sports and hopefully that game can kick-start us into the Christmas period - which, as ever, is hectic.
We also have the FA Cup to look forward to just into January when we face Colchester and hopefully the gaffer will put out a strong team and we can progress - but we won't forget that promotion is the priority.
Well that is it for this year, speak to you in 2006!
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