Sheffield United: Murphy turns up the heat

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JAMIE Murphy wants Bramall Lane to become a ground where opponents fear to tread, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United winger challenged his colleagues to help make their stadium a fortress ahead of tonight’s meeting with Brentford which is set to exert huge influence over this season’s League One promotion race.

Murphy, a former Scotland under-21 international, said: “We want people to be scared to come here. That’s not really happened yet but I’m sure it will pretty soon.

“Back home you see the pride that Rangers and Celtic take from being such difficult places to go and win. We want to be exactly the same.

“We want to make it as tough as possible for teams coming to our ground. We want them to arrive here worrying about what to expect.”

United, who parted company with manager Danny Wilson last week, remained fifth in the table when they marked Chris Morgan’s debut at the helm with a victory over Swindon Town three days ago.

Brentford are third but enter this re-arranged fixture having played a game more than their hosts whose disappointing record on home soil was responsible for Wilson’s exit.

“The atmosphere from the crowd was great (against Swindon) and the atmosphere among the boys was great as well,” Murphy said. “The fans are superb here and we want to get promoted for them as much as us.

“We are capable of doing it. Definitely.

“We’ve got four games left, including this one, and we need to try and win every single one of those.

“It’s up to us to do the business. Brentford will come with confidence but were are confident in our ability too.”

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