Oliver Burke says Sheffield United's guns are "blazing" again
Oliver Burke says Sheffield United must use their FA Cup victory over Bristol Rovers as a springboard towards Premier League survival.
Chris Wilder’s side enter tomorrow’s game against Newcastle at the bottom of the table and 12 points adrift of safety after taking only two from their opening 17 matches in the competition so far this term.
The 3-2 win at the Memorial Stadium was United’s first success of the season and, speaking after scoring his first goal for the club during the third round tie, Burke said: “We definitely need to take what we’ve done into the league. Hopefully the boys get all the confidence they need from what was a really good result and a much-needed one too.
“We can go into the Newcastle game all guns blazing now. It’s good to have the games coming thick and fast because everyone in the changing room is high spirited against, which is really good to see.”
United are scheduled to face Tottenham Hotspur after playing host to the visitors from the North-East.
Burke, previously of West Bromwich Albion, was on target during the second half of the meeting with Rovers, with Jayden Bogle claiming the winner after United’s opponents had dragged themselves level for the second time. Lys Mousset also netted, although his effort as later attributed as an own goal after the ball rebounded off the crossbar and struck Rovers’ Joe Day before crossing the line.
“That was my first goal for Sheffield United and I’m delighted with that,” Burke said. “It’s been a long time coming and maybe I should have had a few more. The main thing is the feeling of helping the team win and knowing the boost of confidence it should give us. It was great to help the team win.”
“We always knew Rovers were going to make it really tough and that we had to be ready,” he added. “We put in a great shift and got the job done. We put in a great shift and treated it with exactly the same mentality as we would a Premier League game.
"That’s what we did and it was great to be a part of, because the lads have been working so hard.”