Sheffield United: Blades are told they will be forced to go through the pain barrier to beat Millwall

Sheffield United have been warned they will be required to survive some more dark moments if they want to beat Millwall tonight.

Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 7:05 am

Speaking ahead of the meeting with Gary Rowett’s side, Slavisa Jokanovic admitted he expects the visitors to pose a serious test of his players’ credentials as they attempt to build upon last weekend’s win over Stoke City.

Jokanovic accepted City had taken United into “some difficult places” during Saturday’s contest, particularly after taking the lead through Jacob Brown.

The Serb, whose team struck back with goals from Lys Mousset and David McGoldrick, expects more of the same against opponents he regards as one of the most durable in the division.

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Slavisa Jokanovic, Manager of Sheffield United has sent out a warning to hos players and Blades fans ahead of tonight's match against Millwall. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

“There will be moments against Millwall when we will be in trouble,” Jokanovic said. “That is the same for all of the games, it doesn’t matter who you are, in the Championship.

“They are strong. They run well behind and they are good at set-pieces, so we must be ready for that.”

United crumbled under an aerial bombardment when they faced West Bromwich Albion earlier this term. But they are now a much more formidable proposition, after Jokanovic was finally able to bring in fresh faces towards the end of the transfer window. Four of the five signings he made - Robin Olsen, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ben Davies and Conor Hourihane - are all expected to feature against the visitors from south London.

"We are making progress, and we are seeing that progress,” Jokanovic said. “But that progress must never stop. The process never stops. You must never set yourself limits.”