Sheffield United: Blades ready to show true worth in play offs say Basham and Murphy

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Chris Basham and Jamie Murphy have both admitted that some of Sheffield United’s performances this season haven’t been in keeping with the team’s abilities...but they are ready to ensure the play off matches won’t be regarded as one of them.

The joint winners of The Star Football Awards’ Sheffield United Player of the Year prize, both said the Blades are in confident mood ahead of Sunday’s match against Chesterfield and the semi-finals next Thursday, despite what has been something of a grind on the way to securing their place in the top six.

Sheffield United Player of the Year - joint Jamie Murphy & Chris Basham with Adam Simmonite, Nigel Clough and Phil Thompson

Sheffield United Player of the Year - joint Jamie Murphy & Chris Basham with Adam Simmonite, Nigel Clough and Phil Thompson

Murphy said: “When you are at a club like Sheffield United you are under pressure to win games and perform. There’s been times this season when we have done that and times when we have lost when we should have won.

“We know the pressure that comes with the job here but we are all doing well enough to get us to the top.

Basham backed up his team mate, adding that United are confident they can compete against any side they should come up against: “When I joined everyone said we should get promotion this season but football’s not like that, you have got to play your way.

“But no disrespect to teams, like Crewe coming and beating us at home, that’s not right and the fans see that.

“We have got to do the business in the play offs now and we are all confident going into the games and are very happy to play anyone, to be honest.

“So if we come sixth or fifth well happy days for us.

“These games are like semi-finals, finals and we’ve played in them this season. We are confident we can progress further and get to Wembley, somewhere I would love to play.”

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