Victory over Nottingham Forest will send the Blades into second place in the Championship and Blackwell smiled: "It just goes to show we were not a one-man band when James was here. It was not the James Beattie Show at Bramall Lane.
"If I am honest, I have to admit that I did not want to lose a 20-goal-a-season man when Stoke came in for him in January. But I always feared I would lose James and that is why I went out and bought a quality replacement in Darius Henderson from Watford.
"It has all worked out brilliantly. We are in a terrific position to challenge for promotion, - and Beatts is scoring the goals to help Stoke stay in the Premier League."