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Charlie Webster: United must apply desire shown in the derby win to clinch safety

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  • by Charlie Webster
 

I’m still riding on the wave of our very precious and equally glorious win at the weekend against Leeds United.

Who’d have thought it? I love it when the stats, pundits’ opinions and predictions just go straight out of the window.

The Elland Road contingent - on course for a play-off battle for a place in the Premier League - went into the game on Saturday a full 29 points in front of us. But look who came out on top with a big fat three points.

My theory is that if we can defy the odds against us beating opposition such as Leeds then we can defy the odds against getting relegated.

Let’s face it whatever happens it’s going to be seriously close. At the moment we are favourites, everywhere, to go down alongside Preston and Scunthorpe.

We’ve had our rough patch and in the strategy and words of D Ream ‘things can only get better.’

It’s like when you’re ill the symptoms have to get worse before you can get better and sometimes there’s a glimmer of hope where you think you’re getting better but you’re not (that was Nottingham Forest.)

So realistically our next game, Neil Warnock’s QPR, is going to be tough but not impossible, we could take a draw from our former manager. Our last three games at Loftus Road have ended in a share of the points. However Adel Taarabt is going to need some serious restraining.

Now this is where the real business should happen, two at home on the trot, Middlesbrough first. I don’t need to say how much we need the victory here. The last time Boro won at Bramall Lane was in 1987 in the old Division Two. So we can keep that figure intact.

Cardiff are the second opposition we host three days later.

Now if we win this one and Crystal Palace lose their two away games at Ipswich and Leicester then we could theoretically be one point off safety.

Palace manager, Dougie Freedman said of his club: ‘We are not a relegation team, even though we’re in that area.’

Well Mr Freedman, with all due respect, neither is Sheffield United. Staying at the Lane our remaining two home games are against Bristol City and Barnsley, mid table floaters. By this time we are going to have everything to fight for unlike City and Barnsley whose seasons will be pretty much done and dusted, their fate decided. 1957 was the last time the Bristol club won at the home of the Blades.

My only worry is our final game of the season against Swansea. However our fighting spirit will power us through and the Blades run of eight games will all be about how badly we collectively want to stay up. Fans, players and the management.If we want to keep our Championship status badly enough we will fight with a fire and passion that will drive us to get the points we need. ‘The Sheffield United way.’

To help I reckon Micky Adams should play a DVD to the entire squad of the miserable performance in the play-off final in 2009 against Burnley. Definitely not ‘the Sheffield United way.’

Has the international break come at the right time? Will it give Adams time with his team to keep on working in the right direction? Or would it have been good to go straight into a game this weekend off the back of such a positive win. I’m hoping that the Blades we know and love come out against QPR with a renewed desire.

 

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