‘Fans can fire us to play-offs’ says Blades goalkeeper George Long

George Long and Jay McEveley combine to clear the ball after the former's penalty against Shrewsbury
George Long and Jay McEveley combine to clear the ball after the former's penalty against Shrewsbury
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Penalty hero George Long has backed Sheffield United’s supporters to make the difference in Saturday’s play-off shootout against local rivals Barnsley.

Barnsley are level on points with sixth-placed Gillingham, and United are four points further back in ninth.

Ten points from their last four games has reinvigorated United’s late top-six push and three more against Paul Heckingbottom’s side could put them in a strong position with two games left.

And goalkeeper Long, who saved an early penalty on Tuesday evening as United beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 at Greenhous Meadow, said: “It will be noisy at Bramall Lane on Saturday, our fans will be making loads of noise.

“We’re all up for it and we want to get the win. We keep putting in performances and are getting results.

“All we are focused on now is Barnsley, nothing more than that.”

United boss Nigel Adkins added: “It’s a cracking game, set up nicely. A local team and both of us wanting the points.

“It’s going to be a good game, it will be a great atmosphere. Get behind the lads because they’ve put in a great shift yet again.”

“Credit to the players for the resilience and grit they demonstrated having conceded,” Adkins added.

“We were resolute, we regrouped and went on to score a deserved winner.”