Michael Higdon says Sheffield United’s “never say die” attitude makes them a force to be reckoned with as Nigel Clough’s side continues to chase glory on four different fronts.
And the former NEC Nijmegen striker, who fired United into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time since 2003 earlier this week, hopes that his late brace during Tuesday’s victory over MK Dons will silence those critics questioning his worth at Bramall Lane.
Higdon said: “We have something special going as a club. We are playing really good stuff at the moment.
“Obviously, the fans would like us to score more goals, especially at home, but I feel the character of the side is second to none.
“Even when players are dropped, they just get on with it and, when called upon, they deliver on the pitch.
“We’ve scored goals in the last five minutes of nine matches this season, so I’m told.
“We have a ‘never-say-die’ attitude and that is a great thing for anyone to have.
“We keep going. There is belief running through the team.
“I look at the clock every time we play and always believe we can score, no matter how late. One shot and we are back in the game.”
United enter Saturday’s League One fixture with Barnsley sixth in the table and preparing for a JP Trophy tie against Walsall next month.
They then face Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the FA Cup, after reaching the semi-finals of the competition last term.
Higdon recently served a three match suspension after being sent-off at Chesterfield. He said: “I was half a second too late (with the tackle). If I had taken the ball and the man everyone would have been happy. But I didn’t.
“That 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.
“The extra training has been great and it helps bring some reward. Personally, it is great but more so for the team.”
“I am here to score goals,” Higdon added.
“I have got three in the League Cup and that is pleasing. But I would like to have more in the league by now.
“When I came on, I felt good. I have been doing a lot of fitness work with the coaching staff and that has helped me a lot.
“If I wasnt fit, I wouldn’t have scored those goals against MK Dons.
“So, that is good news for me.”
Boss Clough revealed that all three substitutions at stadium:MK were enforced, with Marc McNulty, Stefan Scougall and Ben Davies all picking up knocks.
“Marc got a kick in the back and was struggling to breathe,” Clough said.
“It took the wind out of him. Ben was on his knees, and Stefan too.
“We’ll see how they are for the weekend, which will be a difficult game, without a doubt.
“They’ll need all their character this weekend - but this group of players just keeps on coming back and that’s a good quality to have.
“They don’t give up and they don’t know when they’re beaten.
“But there’s quality in there, too.”