Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has ordered his players to use the reception they received from supporters at the end of last season to turbo-charge their push for promotion this term, writes James Shield.
United open the new League One campaign with an awkward home fixture against Bristol City this weekend.
But Clough, despite insisting that results earlier this year will have no bearing on the battle for a Championship place, said: “The lads shouldn’t need any extra incentive. However, if they do, then all they’ve got to do is remember the scenes which greeted them after our previous home game (versus Coventry).
“The way the fans were with them when they walked around the pitch at the end was nothing short of remarkable. Yet, we hadn’t even won anything so can you imagine what it would be like if we did?”
United climbed from 21st the seventh in the table following Clough’s appointment in October and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.