SHEFFIELD United defender Nyron Nosworthy has refused to concede defeat in the club’s battle for survival ahead of tomorrow’s “must win” match at Scunthorpe.
United’s hopes of preserving their npower Championship status next term were dealt a blow when they were beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
But as Micky Adams’ side prepare to face the team directly below them in the table, Nosworthy said: “Every game for me now is a must win. If not then we definitely can’t lose.
“We’ve just got to produce a good display at Scunthorpe and really go at them. We’ve got to aim to go the rest of the season unbeaten if we can. It’s not over. Not by a long way.”
Nosworthy added: “Losing (at Palace) was tough to take because, of all our recent performances, that was one of the best. Okay, we didn’t penetrate enough but everyone was doing their jobs, we were comfortable out there and were passing the ball well. We’ve got to do exactly the same thing again only this time finish with a goal.”
With results elsewhere leaving them five points adrift of safety, United must now summon a Herculean effort to avoid sliding into League One.
Nosworthy, making his first appearance since being involved in an altercation with a supporter at Burnley in December, said: “I’m happy to be back and trying to do the right thing for the club. I went out on a bad performance and a bit of a mess but the ankle (injury) which was troubling me at the time feels fine now.”
Meanwhile, Adams has confirmed he could be tempted to re-enter the transfer market despite recently signing Sam Vokes and Bjorn Helge Riise on loan.
He said: “We might still do something. You never know but, if we do, then it would only be one. There isn’t a lot of value out there at the moment. It’s very difficult to identify people with the right quality and then bring them in. I know folk think otherwise but that really is the case.
“I wouldn’t have thought we’ll be doing anything but it’s impossible to rule anything completely out in this business.”
Vokes missed-out against Palace due to a strained hamstring but should receive the all-clear to face Scunthorpe. More worrying is his suggestion that full-back Stephen Jordan, who was also absent in the capital, could be suffering from the same stomach virus which has limited Ched Evans’ involvement of late.