United owe fans after drop, says Danny

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DANNY Philliskirk has conceded Sheffield United’s players owe their supporters a fast start to the season to erase the memories of relegation from the Championship.

The striker, who is in line to feature against his former club, Oldham Athletic, this weekend, has told The Star: “The fans were amazing last season considering the year we had. They deserve something back from us all.

“If we can get out there, play with confidence and enthusiasm, the fans will respect that. As long as we give 100 per cent, play good, attractive football and try to do the right things, then no one can really criticise that.

“It will be like a cup final for most teams who come to our ground but if we can get the fans on our side, we can make this a pretty intimidating place. As a group of players, we have to learn to deal with the pressure of being a big scalp. But, most importantly, we have to belief in ourselves.”

Philliskirk, the son of former United star Tony, joined the club permanently last month following a loan stint from Chelsea. The 20-year-old has set his sights on becoming a first-team regular at Bramall Lane having arrived on a free transfer.

“There is a lot of competition for a starting place here but I have to beat it off,” he said. “I respect my rivals but I want to get in front of them.”