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BJORN Helge Riise last night warned his Sheffield United teammates there is no room for error in the battle for Championship survival.

Micky Adams’ side return to action against Middlesbrough today seven points adrift of safety after being beaten by runaway leaders Queens Park Rangers earlier this week.

But despite their perilous predicament, Riise remains adamant United can avoid relegation providing they eradicate the individual errors which wrecked an otherwise combative display at Loftus Road.

Describing the next two home games – Cardiff City visit Bramall Lane on Tuesday – as an opportunity to “set the record straight”, the Norway international said: “I can’t wait for this one because I want to get out there and prove to people we’re better than what happened (at QPR).

“I want to go out there and put that right.

“What was so disappointing was the fact that I had a really good feeling about the game going down there. We’ve done well at home lately - winning against Nottingham Forest and Leeds – and that shows what we’re capable of doing.

“I truly believe this club is too good to be in League One. We’ve got good players and I believe in the manager. But it’s no use just saying that. We’ve got to go out there and show it.

“If we take six points from these two games and Crystal Palace, who are above us, lose twice then it’s just down to a single point.

“So we have to regard the fact we’re at home as an excellent opportunity. It’s not over. Far from it.”

Riise, on loan from Fulham, added: “We’ve got to stop letting in silly goals. But that goes from top to bottom. It’s not just strikers who score goals and its not just defenders who defend.”

Adams, who revealed yesterday that Jean Calve, Richard Wright and Stephen Jordan have had their contracts cancelled by mutual consent, has also stressed the need for United to enter the meeting with Middlesbrough in a positive frame of mind.

“The fans have been great,” Riise said. “And we want to try and pay them back.”