George Baldock explains why Sheffield United still have much to play for for rest of season
George Baldock says he and his Sheffield United teammates have plenty to play for between now and the end of the season, despite appearing to concede that their hopes of surviving in the Premier League are all-but over.
United remained bottom of the top flight table after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton, with only 10 games of the season remaining.
And Baldock admitted: “We understand the situation, but there’s so much to play for. For our fans at home, building momentum for next season and playing for this football club.
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“We’re playing in the Premier League, for the next 10 games at least, so we’ve got a duty to do our best for the club and step it up.
“We’re coming up short at the minute which is the disappointing thing.
Anyone who plays between now and the end of the season has got an opportunity to play for a fantastic football club, so there’s always something to play for otherwise you get left behind.
“We all have to step it up and put in better performances. We gave the fans a great year and we’re so disappointed that we’ve come up short this year.”
Baldock lined up at centre-half against the Saints amidst United’s centre-half crisis, but a penalty from James Ward-Prowse and a second-half stunner from former Blade Che Adams ended the Saints’ run of eight defeats and one draw in their last nine league games.
“It’s disappointing once again, we’ve come up short and it’s hard to take,” Baldock added.
“It’s not through lack of effort, the boys are trying their hardest… It’s not a nice feeling.”