Crawley Town have been warned to brace themselves for a Sheffield United backlash at the Checkatrade.com Stadium tonight, writes James Shield.
United enter the meeting with John Gregory’s side having seen their 11 match unbeaten run shattered by Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
And, urging his colleagues to channel the pain of that defeat into a positive performance against opponents also intent on snatching the fourth and final play-off spot, John Brayford said: “When you get knocked down, it’s all about how you get back up again. Losing isn’t something we like and so the challenge now is to try and take out that frustration on Crawley.
“I think people can see we’ve got the right mentality. We’ve got the right mindset.
“The lads have got nothing to be too downbeat about because, before that defeat, we had won 10 straight games before drawing at Preston. What we’ve got to do now is try and get another 10 straight victories. That’s what we’ll be aiming for.”
United’s defeat by the League One leaders left them 10 points behind sixth-placed Peterborough with 10 matches of the season remaining. Town, who were beaten at Oldham Athletic three days ago, are a further two behind but enjoy three games in hand on Darren Ferguson’s team.
With United set to face Hull City in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next month, Brayford said: “Crawley will be fired-up, make no mistake about that, because they’ll want to get one over on us. Sometimes, it’s all about having the right approach and being in the right frame of mind.
“We’ve come a long way in a short space of time and so that tells you all you need to know about the attitude of this group.
“Quite simply, we’ve got to try and win every single game and then see where that takes us. There are still lots of points to play for and even though we know it (qualifying for the play-offs) is going to be a long shot, it’s one we’ll be giving our all to try and take.”