Nigel Clough has warned the League One leaders they have yet to see the best of Sheffield United this season, writes James Shield.
And, speaking ahead of Friday’s game against promotion rivals Notts County, the former England international claimed the fact his team remain in the hunt for a top two finish should heap pressure on the likes of Bristol City and Preston North End entering the crucial Christmas period.
Clough labelled United’s display during last weekend’s draw with Oldham Athletic as “disappointing”, but said: “Let’s keep things in perspective. We are six points off the top of the table with a game in hand despite a below par performance.
“We know we can get better. We know there’s a lot more to come for us and so that must be viewed as a positive.
“We’re in touch and yet there’s still plenty of room for improvement. And that’s what we are striving to do.”
United remained fifth in the table after being held 1-1 by Lee Johnson’s side. County are preparing for the trip to South Yorkshire ranked sixth after making an impressive start to the campaign.
Garry Thompson, the visitors’ midfielder, has insisted that Roy Carroll’s recent decision to take part in their recent game against Coventry City, hours after returning from Euro 2016 qualifying duty with Northern Ireland, highlights the spirit among Shaun Derry’s squad.
“We’ll do anything to get in the team and that was personified by big Roy,” he said. “To put yourself out there like that and play two games in 17 hours is magnificent. But I think it underlines the spirit of the boys.
“The lads are prepared to do anything to put the shirt on and that’s what we need this season. It was unbelievable really, but that is what you get when everybody wants to play.
“Regardless of where you are, or what time your head hits the pillow, come match day all the boys would be prepared to put themselves out there. We all want to play our part for this club.”