Sheffield United defender Neill Collins has warned his team mates that admitting defeat in the battle for automatic promotion would be disrespectful to the club’s image, writes James Shield.
Chris Morgan’s side visit Portsmouth tomorrow five points behind second-placed AFC Bournemouth with one match in hand following Tuesday’s draw with Brentford.
But assessing the state of play towards the top of the League One table, Collins said: “We’re not going to give up.
“That mentality goes right the way through this club’s history. We’ve always been fighters here and things are no different now.
“Everyone has got their own professional pride, regardless of who is manager. Even more so now, though, because of who he is.
“We’ll keep on going and believing until someone tells us otherwise. Until someone says it’s not possible.”
Morgan, who made nearly 300 appearances for United as a player, took charge when Danny Wilson left Bramall Lane last week.
They head to Fratton Park fourth in the table having taken four points from Morgan’s first two games at the helm.
Collins, a member of the Leeds team which returned to the Championship in dramatic circumstances three years ago, continued: “You never ever know what is going to happen elsewhere.
“That’s why we’ve got to keep our side of the bargain by winning football matches. Because there would be nothing worse than seeing other results go our way and then coming off the pitch knowing we’d missed an opportunity.”
Reflecting upon Bristol Rovers’ visit to Elland Road in May 2010, which saw strikes from Jonathan Howson and Jermaine Beckford catapult 10 man Leeds into the second tier at Millwall’s expense, Collins added: “I spending days after games towards the end of the season thinking we’d blown it.
“During the interval (against Rovers) we thought we’d blown it. Then, all of a sudden ‘bang bang,’ and you’ve gone up so things do change.”