Al Habsi has been limited to knock-out competitions because of the superb form of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The 26-year-old Oman international was back between the posts at the weekend but could not prevent Sheffield United achieving a surprise FA victory.

Al Habsi said: "I knew it would be hard to play in the first team.

"It has not been easy for me as the only games I have played have been in cups.

"But I have to be patient and every chance I get I must take."