Chris Basham has urged Sheffield United to make Bramall Lane a ground where opponents fear to tread.
The midfielder issued his challenge ahead of tonight’s League One fixture against Fleetwood Town which could see Nigel Adkins’ side move to within three points of leaders Gillingham.
Basham, who admitted United were “frustrated” after being held to a draw by 10 man Oldham Athletic last weekend, told The Star: “We want to make people scared of playing us. We want to show that we are really in it to win it and, to be honest, we’ve probably not done that well enough lately.
“We’ve got start games much better than we have been and that doesn’t come down to the manager or the coaching staff. It comes down to us as players. We don’t want to be giving teams any ideas about fancying their chances.”
“The gaffer goes on about it a lot,” Basham added. “About winning your one versus one duels, about making sure that you are better than the player you are coming up against and about making sure that, at set-pieces, your man doesn’t score. It was frustrating not to win at the weekend because we created so many chances but didn’t put them away but it’s great that we have such a quick turnaround.”
United enter this evening’s contest in sixth while Fleetwood, who beat Burton Albion 4-0 three days ago, are 19th.
As Adkins presses ahead with his efforts to strengthen their first team squad, Basham said: “It’s important that we get three points on board because the league is so tight. Nobody is pulling away so it’s up to us to look to do that ourselves, to take control. A few of the fancied teams have had slow’ish starts but are probably just getting going now.”