Sheffield United: Unselfish approach key to winning survival battle

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Andy Garner has admitted Sheffield United’s players must put the club’s interests ahead of their own or risk undermining its battle to avoid relegation from League One.

United’s FA Cup exploits have come at a price with an already congested fixture schedule complicated further by their progress into the quarter-finals following last weekend’s victory over Nottingham Forest.

Manager Nigel Clough, speaking ahead tonight’s visit to Gillingham, confirmed his squad is facing a major test of its mental and physical fortitude after being forced to rearrange potentially season defining games against the likes of Brentford, Peterborough and Colchester in recent weeks.

Garner, United’s first team coach, said: “If someone is tired, it’s much better they tell us than try to hide the fact. It won’t be taken as an indication they’re not bothered, rather that they’re willing to put themselves behind the team.

“If someone drops out then, the chances are, they’ll come back in pretty quickly because we’re going to need everyone available.”

“We’re making sure everyone gets enough rest,” Garner added. “But, equally, if we tell someone to rest then we mean rest, not spending the day walking around a shopping centre with the missus.

“In fairness, we’ve got a good, honest and professional bunch of players here.”