Sheffield United striker Michael Higdon has revealed that his enforced spell on the sidelines has given him a renewed hunger to succeed at the club.
Higdon was sent off in the Blades’ 3-2 defeat to neighbours Chesterfield at the beginning of the month but burst back from his suspension with a two-goal haul on Tuesday night as United beat MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
And with those late strikes, the Liverpool-born forward believes that he has proven a point to those who questioned his attitude.
“That (red card) killed me for two to three weeks. It hit me in the pocket, I wasn’t allowed to play and the pitch is where I want to be.
“The red card also left the fans asking if I can do do something for Sheffield United. So, I have just had to knuckle down and get on with it.
“I havent been in the team but, hopefully, by scoring twice, I have shown that I can do something and keep progressing.
“In my head, it has half answered people because I have shown that I haven’t got a bad attitude. I just got on with things.”
United boss Nigel Clough hailed the impact of the former NEC Nijmegen striker on his return to the side and hopes that the brace lights the touchpaper for a continued run of form.
“Michael could probably have had another one before he scored but he did well out there and he deserves that reward,” said Clough, whose side hope to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games when they take on Barnsley at Bramall Lane on Saturday. “He’s worked very hard behind the scenes and that’s why we’re pleased for him.
“Like everyone else, he knows that’s got to continue all the way through the season.
“Winning games, no matter what the competition, is a brilliant feeling.
“It’s great to get back into the dressing room when you’ve done that. It’s a good place to be. It’s a good habit and it’s one we want to stay in.”