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Neill Collins last night warned Sheffield United’s season has reached a crossroads, writes James Shield.

Collins, the former Leeds and Sunderland centre-half, delivered his verdict ahead of this afternoon’s League One fixture against fellow strugglers Bristol City.

Nigel Clough’s side travel to Ashton Gate 23rd in the table and Collins said: “I’m not going to sit here and say we can still get top six. You change priorities.

“We need to go on a run and string five back-to-back wins then reassess. We are where we are for a reason.

“We have to regroup. We have a new manager and everybody has got to try and do their job to the best of their ability until we get some consistency.”

Collins, whose team mate Callum McFadzean was yesterday poised to join Chesterfield on loan, added: “It irritates me the thought of fighting relegation this year. I came to this club to play in the Championship.

“I came at a time when we were third from bottom in that but thought we were more than capable of staying up. That wasn’t the case and then over the last couple of seasons we haven’t been able to get across the line.

“This season has been very disappointing and frustrating. You have no God given right, because you are a big club, to get promotion. It is about what you do on the pitch and we have not produced the results.

“It is very frustrating but it is about standing up and being counted and making sure that things turn our way. That’s all we can do and if we’ve got characters like that, we’ll be fine.”

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