STEVE Simonsen has described today’s visit of Tranmere Rovers as Sheffield United’s “biggest” match of the season so far.
And Simonsen, who last night insisted Danny Wilson’s side will do “everything within our power” to secure automatic promotion, warned their League One rivals that his teammates possess both the character and calibre required to survive the finishing straight.
United enter their meeting with Rovers second in the table and two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Simonsen said: “The next game is always the biggest and the most important. We’re not looking too far ahead.
“It looks as if one of us (United or Wednesday) is going to miss out on the top two and we’ll be doing everything within our power to make sure it isn’t us.”
Simonsen started his career at Prenton Park before completing a £3.3 million move to Everton in 1998. The former England under-21 international goalkeeper arrived at Bramall Lane from Stoke City two years ago.
“Some of the stuff we’ve played this season has been superb,” Simonsen added. “The passing, the interchanging; it’s fantastic to watch.
“Tranmere are a club close to my heart and they’ll be tough. But, if we can get the ball down and play like we can, I don’t think they’ll be able to live with us.
“There are plenty of ways to win matches and we can mix it up too.
“I’ve been involved in a team that smashed its way to promotion. Hopefully I can be part of one that goes up doing it a different way, but we’ve not achieved anything yet.”
As well as endorsing manager Danny Wilson’s decision to transform United’s style, Simonsen also paid tribute to his approach behind the scenes.
“No matter what the result is, there’s no ranting or raving from the gaffer,” he said. “There are no tea cups getting smashed in the dressing room.
“He’s calm and prefers to look at how we can do things better or try and put things right. That’s been a massive part of getting us where we are now.”
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