John Egan reveals Sheffield United demand with seven games left in Premier League season
John Egan, the Sheffield United defender, says his side must try and put their previous results this season to their back of their minds as they look to build some confidence to take into next season in their seven remaining Premier League games.
United fell 18 points adrift of safety on Sunday evening when they lost 3-0 at home to Arsenal and although their relegation back to the Championship has not yet been officially confirmed, it is now a case of when rather than if.
Next up for Egan and Co. is a trip to Molineux to face Wolves this weekend, a game that has been switched to an 8.15pm kick-off to avoid a clash with the funeral of Prince Philip.
And Egan, who skippered the Blades on Sunday in the absence of Billy Sharp and on his full return to the side after injury, admitted: “It was a tough night all round. We've got seven games left now to try and get some confidence back into the side.
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“The only way you can do that is by getting results and upping the performances, and hopefully we can do that now.
“We know it's not good enough and the only thing we can do is try and improve and get better.
“It's tough to take at the minute with the spell we're going through, it's been a really tough season and the only ones who can put it right are the ones who step out onto the pitch. And that's got to be the focus now.
“At the end of the day the only thing you can do is play better. Myself and everyone in the dressing room has to be better.
“Every game is an opportunity to do well, no matter what's gone on in the past. You have to look at it that way, go and try and get three points.
“I believe momentum is a big thing in football and we haven't got it at the minute. We have to try and shift that momentum as quick as possible. We have to learn from the mistakes and try and be better.”