Jay McEveley believes Sheffield United can be masters of their own destiny in this season’s race for promotion from League One, writes James Shield.
But, speaking ahead of today’s game against Rochdale, the experienced defender warned his colleagues their “quality” will count for nothing unless they enter every single match with the same determination and focus which enabled them to claim West Ham’s scalp last month.
“Some of the stuff I’ve seen in training this week has been Championship standard,” McEveley told The Star. “If this team stepped-up into the Championship then, being honest, I think it could handle it because the quality and the depth of squad is there.
“So, really, it’s a mental thing. If we can get our heads right and stick together as a squad then I think we’ll be okay.”
McEveley, previously of Swindon Town and Blackburn Rovers, was a member of the team which stunned West Ham in the Capital One Cup just over a fortnight ago having beaten league leaders Peterborough en route to the Boleyn Ground.
United will stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to five matches if they overcome Keith Hill’s side and McEveley added: “Our results reaffirm what we’re doing but we’ve got to treat Rochdale like we’re walking out against West Ham. Without being disrespectful to them, because I think they’re really dangerous, they are newly promoted and we are established in the division.
“We are one of the favourites for promotion and we are at home. We’ve got to treat every single game like we did the West Ham one. Every single training session too. We don’t want to come up short.”