HE suspects Sheffield United are about to embark on a run of games which will decide whether Bramall Lane is hosting Championship football next season.
And, confessing to being “angry” and “hurt” by their position in the table, Daniel Bogdanovic, the South Yorkshire club’s straight-talking striker, last night vowed to fight tooth and nail to help them avoid the ignominy of relegation.
United entertain Millwall today four points adrift of safety and without a win in their previous nine outings.
Bogdanovic said: “Millwall, for me, is a do-or-die game. Every single one we’ve got left is. Every single one of them is going to be a World Cup Final.
“We’ve got to get positive results because if we don’t then we could find ourselves seven points behind and that is going to be very difficult to overhaul. It (Millwall) is absolutely vital purely because it is next on our agenda. That’s the attitude we must have.
“We’re playing at home and it’s a chance to get some confidence back and also get some momentum going.”
Speaking before last weekend’s defeat at Ipswich, manager Micky Adams expressed the hope that slipping into the danger zone would provoke “a response” from his players.
United host Reading following this afternoon’s contest at Bramall Lane before travelling to Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe, the two teams either side of them in the table.
Bogdanovic, who was born in Libya before taking Maltese citizenship, said: “Some people say I have a difficult character but, if I have, it’s because my life has always been an uphill struggle. I’ve never been just given anything.
“I’ve had to battle for everything I’ve got. I’ve had to, if you forgive the phrase, work my b******s off for everything.
“We should be angry. We should be hurt.
“We’ve got players at this club who have been in the Premier League, who would walk into most other teams in this division. Some of the teams around us are, with all due respect, supposed to be in a different dimension to us. But we are in a difficult position and so we have to fight.”
Kenny Jackett’s side travel north in seventh place and looking to avenge November’s defeat at The New Den.