Sheffield United: Blades face tough Stevenage test

Nigel Clough has been warned Stevenage will come out fighting tomorrow night
Nigel Clough has been warned Stevenage will come out fighting tomorrow night
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Sheffield United have been told to brace themselves for a tough test when they host Stevenage at Bramall Lane tomorrow night.

Graham Westley, the visitors’ manager, was critical of his players following last weekend’s defeat by Colchester which left them bottom of the League One table with only four games left to play.

But, admitting he is expecting a positive response against Nigel Clough’s side, Westley warned there must be no repeat of the lacklustre display which contributed to their 23rd loss of the campaign.

“I was trying to get a message across to the players that if you sit on the back-foot and invite a team on, any team can score a goal against you and I think we did that,” he said. “We started the game with a desire to go score a goal, we went and got the goal then we sat back on it.

“We didn’t work hard enough to take the game to them. We let them bring the game to us.”

Westley added: “I was trying to talk to the lads and shift the way in which we were playing. So often this season we’ve seen the team not willing to be influenced, not willing to shift a gear, to change what it’s doing.

“Sometimes I think not even appreciating that the information they’re been given is right.”